The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch XI family observed the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary yesterday, October 7.  The branch has been observing Holy Rosary starting October 1 until end of the month. Each one is also given a chance to lead the prayer.

This is also the second year that this Office has been holding daily prayer for the month of October, but at this time, with the compliance of the safety precautionary measures through social/physical distancing and wearing of facial mask.

Besides dedication of this special month, the branch has been holding prayer of the Oratio Imperata either via zoom meeting or small gathering under the same protocols as the branch does not exceed ten personnel who share the same devotion.

As OIC-Director Aerrine Marie Reyes stated, “We believe that through our collective prayers, we are raising our present crisis to Him since this is the most powerful weapon against COVID 19 pandemic and an opportunity to turn to our beloved Savior in trust that we can stand against any adversity.”

We can see from our social media that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has also called us for the praying of rosary for healing of the world and special devotion to our Blessed Mother. 

The Rosary is taken from the Latin word “rosarium” which means “crown of roses” or “garland of roses” (www.wikipedia.com). It is a form of prayer along with prayer beads and in its outward form a Christian “mantra” wherein a short prayer is repeatedly said while counting beads. It inspires us to meditate on the mysteries of the lives of Jesus and Mary. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, meditation “engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ (www.vatican.va/archive).  Sheila A. Rivera