Scripture Rosary for the Month of Mary

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7pm, Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Archbishop John Wilson invites everyone to join him for a special online gathering on Wednesday 27 May. He will be leading live-streamed May Devotions – including a Scriptural Rosary at 7pm from the Cathedral. At this time when we are asked to be more isolated than usual it is an opportunity to ‘spiritually gather’ together.

A Scripture Rosary –The Mysteries of Light

Archbishop: Dear friends, thank you for joining us to pray the Scripture Rosary as part of our devotions for the Marian Month of May.

We will be praying the Five Mysteries of Light and before each of the ten Hail Mary’s for each mystery there will be a short line of Scripture. Our Rosary will conclude with the Litany of Our Lady of Walsingham.

In this special year of The God who Speaks, linking the Rosary with the Scriptures is especially appropriate. We pray together on the Feast of St Augustine of Canterbury, the Apostle of England and a Co-patron of the Archdiocese of Southwark.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen.

Our Father… For an increase of FAITH

– Hail Mary… For an increase of HOPE

– Hail Mary… For an increase of LOVE

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Fatima Prayer: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell.  Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

The First Luminous Mystery –The Baptism of The Lord Jesus by St John the Baptist in the River Jordan

Our Father…

  1. John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  (Mark 1:4) Hail Mary…
  2. And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the straps of his sandals.”  (Mark 1:7)  Hail Mary…
  3. “I have baptised you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  (Mark 1:8)  Hail Mary…
  4. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”(John 1:29)  Hail Mary…
  5. It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John.  (Mark 1:9) Hail Mary…
  6. John said: “I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptising with water was that he might be made known to Israel.”  (John 1:31) Hail Mary…
  7. John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and rest upon him.  (John 1:32) Hail Mary…
  8. John said: “I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptise with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.’ (John 1:33)  Hail Mary…
  9. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”  (Mark 1:11)  Hail Mary…
  10. At once the Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.  (Mark 1:12,13) Hail Mary…Glory be…Fatima Prayer…

The Second Luminous Mystery – The Lord Jesus Revveals Himself Through His First Sign at the Wedding at Cana in Galilee

Our Father…

  1. On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. (John 2:1) Hail Mary…
  2. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.  (John 2:2) Hail Mary…
  3. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  (John 2:3) Hail Mary…
  4. (And) Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4)  Hail Mary…
  5. His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”  (John 2:5) Hail Mary…
  6. Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing,
    each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. (John 2:6,7)  Hail Mary…
  7. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”  So they took it. (John 2:8) Hail Mary…
  8. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without
    knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom… (John 2:9) Hail Mary…
  9. The headwater said to the bridegroom, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” (John 2:10) Hail Mary…
  10. Jesus did this as the first of his signs, at Cana in Galilee, and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. (John 2:11)  Hail Mary…Glory be…Fatima Prayer…

The Third Luminous Mystery – The Lord Jesus Proclaims The Kingdom and Announces the Call to Repentance

Our Father…

  1. The Lord Jesus said: “The time is fulfilled. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  (Mark 1:15) Hail Mary…
  2. As Jesus passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen.  (Mark 1:16) Hail Mary…
  3. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  (Mark 1:17) Hail Mary…
  4. Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.(Mark 1:18) Hail Mary…
  5. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.  Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. (Mark 2:3,4) Hail Mary…
  6. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”  (Mark 2:5) Hail Mary…
  7. Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins
    are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?  (Mark 2:8,9) Hail Mary…
  8. Jesus continued, ‘But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth” he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” (Mark 2:10,11) Hail Mary…
  9. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Mark 2:16) Hail Mary…
  10. Jesus heard this and said to them (that), “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Mark 2:17) Hail Mary…Hail Mary…Glory be…Fatima Prayer…

The Fourth Luminous Mystery – The Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus

Our Father…

  1. The Lord Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. (Luke 9:28) Hail Mary…
  2. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. (Luke 9:29) Hail Mary…
  3. And behold, two men were conversing with Jesus – Moses and Elijah – who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. (Luke 9:30,31) Hail Mary…
  4. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Mark 9:5) Hail Mary…
  5. Peter hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. (Mark 9:6) Hail Mary…
  6. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”  (Mark 9:6) Hail Mary…
  7. When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. (Matthew 17:6) Hail Mary…
  8. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” (Matthew 17:7) Hail Mary…
  9. And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone. (Matthew 17:8) Hail Mary…
  10. As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus told them, “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Matthew 17:9) Hail Mary…Glory be…Fatima Prayer…

The Fifth Luminous Mystery – The Lord Jesus Institues The Most Holy Eucharist

Our Father…

  1. Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.  (John 13:1) Hail Mary…
  2. Jesus said, “You know that in two days’ time it will be Passover, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (Matthew 26:2) Hail Mary…
  3. On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” (Matthew 26:17) Hail Mary…
  4. Jesus said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” (Matthew 26:18) Hail Mary…
  5. When it was evening, Jesus reclined at table with the Twelve. (Matthew 26:19) Hail Mary…
  6. Jesus said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…’ (Luke 22:15) Hail Mary…
  7. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” (Mark 14:22) Hail Mary…
  8. Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”(Matthew 26:27,28) Hail Mary…
  9. Jesus said, “I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.” (Matthew 26:29) Hail Mary…
  10. Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.  (Matthew 26:30)  Hail Mary…Glory be…Fatima Prayer…

Concluding Prayers:

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. (Leader) Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.  (Response) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.


For the Intentions of our Holy Father Pope Francis: Our Father…Hail Mary… Glory Be…

The Litany of Our Lady of Walsingham

Lord have mercy on us, R/ Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us, R/ Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us, R/ Lord have mercy on us.
Christ hear us, R/ Christ graciously hear us.
God our Father in heaven, R/ have mercy on us.
God the Son Redeemer of the world, R/ have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, R/ have mercy on us,
Holy Trinity , One God, R/ have mercy on us.
Mary, R/ Pray to the Lord for us.
Mary without sin, R/ Pray to the Lord for us,
Mary God’s Mother, R/ Pray to the Lord for us,
Mary the Virgin, R/ Pray to the Lord for us.
Mary taken to heaven, R/ Pray to the Lord for us.
Mary at Bethlehem, R/ Pray for all mothers.
Mary at Nazareth, R/Pray for all families.
Mary at Cana, R/ Pray for all married couples.
Mary at the cross, R/ Pray for all who suffer.
Mary in the upper Room, R/ Pray for all who wait.
Mary, Model of womanhood, R/Pray for all women.
Woman of faith, R/ Keep us in mind.
Woman of Hope, keep us in mind, R/

Woman of charity, keep us in mind.
Woman of suffering, R/ Keep us in mind.
Woman of anxiety, R/ Keep us in mind.
Woman of humility, R/ Keep us in mind.
Woman of poverty, R/ Keep us in mind.
Woman of purity, R/ Keep us in mind.
Woman of obedience, R/ Keep us in mind.
Woman who wondered, R/ Remember us to God.
Woman who listened, R/ Remember us to God.
Woman who followed Him, R/ Remember us to God.
Woman who longed for Him, R/ Remember us to God.
Woman who loves Him, R/ Remember us to God.
Mother of God, R/ Be our Mother always.
Mother of the church R/ Be our Mother always.
Mother of all priests, R/ Be our Mother always.
Mother of all missionaries, R/ Be our Mother always.

Mother of all women consecrated to your son, R/ Be our Mother always.
Mother of all people, R/ Be our Mother always.
Mother we need you, R/ Be our Mother always.
Mother who went on believing, R/ We thank God for you.
Mother who never lost hope, R/ We thank God for you.
Mother who loved to the end, R/ We thank God for you.

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother look down with mercy upon England your Dowry, and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in you. By you it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope, was given to the world: and he has given you to us that we may hope still more. Plead for us your children, whom you did receive at the foot of the cross, O sorrowful Mother, Intercede for our separated brothers and sisters that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of your Son. Pray for us all, Dear Mother that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with you in our heavenly home. Amen