The Rosary and Lent

Lent is a time when we can rediscover prayer. It is the occasion to pick up the beads again to meditate with Mary the mysteries of the Lord’s life.

We could think that Lent is the period of the liturgical year which goes well with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. In fact, it is what comes readily to mind.

The meditation of those mysteries will be the opportunity for us to unite with those who suffer in their body and heart, to pray for those who are persecuted for justice sake, because of their attachment to Christ. And how not to think about our brothers and sisters hounded and killed because of their faith in Nigeria, Near and Far East, in India and so many other places?

It will allow us to remember those who attempt to lighten the pain of those who suffer, who help the dying or struggle against all the injustices. They are the Simon of Cyrene who help to carry so many crosses!

Finally, it will give us again and always the opportunity of giving thanks to the Lord who has loved us so much that He died on the cross to save us!

But let us not think that Lent is only linked with the Sorrowful Mysteries!

The liturgy itself reminds us of it since in March we will remember the Annunciation, the first of the Joyful Mysteries!

During Holy Week, we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, a Mystery of Light!

And let us not forget that the Resurrection, a Glorious Mystery, was announced by Christ to his disciples! He will suffer and die, He who is the Resurrection and the Life!

So, during this Lent, with our Rosary – all of our Rosary – let us resolutely take the road to Jerusalem!

Fr. Louis-Marie ARIÑO-DURAND, o.p.

General Promoter of the Rosary