Portsmouth, England, Oct 26, 2014 / 12:09 pm
Since prayers through the Blessed Virgin Mary "never fail," Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth is commemorating this month of the rosary by giving every parishioner in his diocese a free recording of the Marian prayer.
"For we are now coming to the end of the month of October when, as in May, our hearts and minds customarily turn to the Woman but for whom we could not be here," Bishop Egan stated in a pastoral letter to his diocese, read at all its parishes on Oct. 26, remembering the Blessed Mother as "the perfect mother of God … a model mother for us."
"As you leave church today, I am offering you a free gift. It's a CD for use at home or in the car … It will help you reflect on the joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries of the Catholic faith, for the CD contains the rosary," the Bishop of Portsmouth announced, hopeful that this recording would help the faithful grow in their spiritual life, just as the rosary has helped countless Christians in past centuries.
Calling Mary a true Christian disciple, Bishop Egan noted how she "devoutly followed Jesus in His public ministry, pondering in her heart everything He said, supporting Him from the foot of the Cross, and after the Resurrection praying with the early Church for the coming of the Holy Spirit."