Pastor’s Letter Oct. 9, 2016 – Marian devotion and the Rosary
We are honored here in Edmonds to be one of three parishes in the Archdiocese to be called “Holy Rosary”. And this is why we always say Holy Rosary “Edmonds” to let everyone know which one we are. The feast day of our parish is Oct. 7th and I would like to make it a tradition to mark and celebrate this feast each year as we are doing this year with the Rosary Procession after the 9 AM Mass on Sunday, Oct. 9th.
A statue, located in the school, will be in the church this weekend and used for the procession. The statue shows Our Lady giving the Rosary to St. Dominic. Like many things in history, we try to simplify things that are complex. The Rosary is a development over time and shaped by various historical influences. St. Dominic comes into play with his new Order of Preachers trying to find ways to evangelize and re-evangelize the people of the 13th century. The Rosary was used by the Dominicans as a very effective and powerful tool to teach people about Christ and to pray.
I would propose that the Rosary is still an effective and powerful tool of evangelization and prayer in the 21st century as it was in St. Dominic’s day. People today still need to know Christ and connect with him and the Rosary is no better way. The Rosary is “Christocentric” and St. John Paul II made it a fuller expression of the life of Christ by adding the Luminous Mysteries, which focus on Our Lord’s public ministry, the last 3 years of his life. St. John Paul II called the Rosary a “Synopsis of the Gospel”.
The Rosary has a Marian flavor and the Mother of God is there in the background pointing us into a deeper relationship with her son. This is her interest and has always been her interest, to draw us into a greater love and relationship with her son, Jesus. And this is why we see in the image of Mary and Dominic, Mary giving the Rosary to Dominic. Mary is holding Jesus to show her love and maternal relationship with Jesus and her desire to make him known and loved. May the Rosary always rightly be honored in this parish which bears its name.
I would also like to note that we are honored that a parishioner, Marie Tran, was featured in this month’s Northwest Catholic magazine for her work in supporting orphanages in Vietnam. If you have not had a chance to look at it the article it can be accessed at www.NWCatholic.org.