It Can’t Hurt

If I ever make it up to heaven after I die, one person that I expect to meet is my sister, although she is still alive yet.  My sister has very strong faith and she recites the Rosary three times every day and I guess it is like second nature to her, but it is complicated to explain.  For those of you that are not Catholic, the meditative prayers that are recited are counted on rosary beads are collectively this is known as the rosary.  The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in history.  The string of beads has the crucifix fixed at the end and this is where your prayers start.  You need to say fifty-three Hail Mary’s, six Our Father’s, the Apostles Creed and the Glory Be, but it is much more complicated than that.

The prayers are broken up into decades, where you are supposed to contemplate mysteries and during the recitation of each set, thought is given to one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which recall events in the lives of Jesus and of Mary.  Catholics love the Virgin Mary a lot, and a decade is ten beads in a row where we say the Hail Mary and we ask for her help.  Once you get past the initial prayers, Rosary beads are arranged in five sets of 10 beads, interrupted by a bead on where you say an Our Father.

Here is where it gets complicated, depending on what day of the week it is, you will need to reflect on a different Mystery.  The Mysteries of the Rosary are meditations on episodes in the life and death of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Ascension and beyond.  These are traditionally grouped by fives corresponding to the five decades and each group is a themed set.  There are four different sets, those being the Joyful (or Joyous) Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the Glorious Mysteries.  Each one of these Mysteries consists of five parts which are associated with the decades.  I told you that this was complicated!

The Joyful Mysteries are broken down into The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Birth of Our Lord, The Presentation, and The Finding in the Temple.  The Luminous Mysteries are made up of Baptism of Jesus Christ, Christ Reveals Himself at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom and Call to Conversion, The Transfiguration, and Institution of the Eucharist.  The Sorrowful Mysteries contain The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and The Crucifixion.  The Glorious Mysteries involve The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Coming of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of Our Lady, and The Coronation of Our Lady.  The Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, while the Sorrowful Mysteries occur on Tuesday and Friday, the Glorious Mysteries take place on Wednesday and Sunday and the Luminous Mysteries only happen on Thursday.

Whatever life has thrown at you, if you have God in your life, you will never be alone.  You can pray for your family or for guidance in your own life, or maybe you could use prayer as a way to find peace.  Prayers may go unanswered, but it never hurts to ask God for help.  Praying should be like opening your heart to a friend.  If you have never prayed before, it is never too late to start.

Passover started yesterday on Wednesday, April 8 and it will continue till Thursday, April 16 this year.  Passover was the last plague issued on Egypt, when Moses asked the Pharaoh to let his people go and the Pharaoh wanted to keep all of his slaves.  The killing of the first-born sons became too much and the Pharaoh said get the hell out of my country, but then he changed his mind.  Many people today are praying that this Covid-19 pandemic will pass over them and not harm any of there loved ones.

Celine Dion sang a duet with Andrea Bocelli in a song titled ‘The Prayer’, which is a prayer for guidance, hope and safety in a world that lacks these things.  Though the singers do not directly mention who they’re saying their prayers to, it is likely they are saying it to God since mere humans cannot grant their wish.  They ask God to watch over them and give them wisdom for their daily lives.  They also ask Him to lead them to a place that is free of harm, they request to find light which also signifies finding direction in a confusingly dark world.  They wish for all of the violence, pain and suffering in this world to cease, so that people will love each other more and then they can coexist peacefully together.

‘The Prayer’ was written by David Foster, Tony Renis, Carole Sager and Alberto Testa and it was first released as part of the soundtrack album of the 1998 animated film Quest for Camelot.  It appeared on both Dion and Bocelli’s albums.  It wasn’t originally a duet between Dion and Bocelli, as both Bocelli and Dion had initially recorded solo versions of it.  Later on, they combined forces to record the powerful duet we have all come to love.  In 1998, it won the prestigious Golden Globe Award in the “Best Original Song” category.  It was later nominated for both a Grammy and Academy Award.  I couldn’t get a good video of the Dion and Bocelli duet, so I went with the Celine Dion and Josh Groban duet.

Can we touch the soul of heaven
Can we unite a sacred lesson
Every child creates a skylight of beauty
Can you hear cathedrals falling
All the universe is calling
Cry a single cello from your heart
Since the world has lost her way
Loneliness journey, endlessly
Yet the promised chance remains
Gift of what could be
So let the children remember the sun
Let them dance, let them soar
For their lives have begun
Let the children engender the rain
As the river runs through fields
Forever subsiding their pain
Every voice along the shoreline
Standing still within time
Spinnin’ unresolved
Walking as each season passes
Through wonderland, through walking glasses
A secret garden shines, beckons you
Gentle flower don’t fade away
Sweet innocence still harbors thee
In the faint of golden dreams
Where one love lives eternally
Let the children remember the sun
Let them dance, let them soar
For their lives have begun
Let the children engender the rain
As the river runs through fields
Forever subsiding their pain
Prayer, prayer
Bless the children for they are the light
They are the truth of spirit in flight
Yes the children engender the rain
As the river runs through life
Healing their pain
If you could trust with your heart one more time
Sweet angel conceived
You have forever and always believed,
Prayer, oh, prayer

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 51 where this week’s theme is prayer.

9 thoughts on “It Can’t Hurt

    1. Martin Luther criticized the practice of indulgences because he felt that indulgences were invented as a means for the Church to raise money. In 1517, the Protestant Reformation began and it was led by Martin Luther. An angry Luther nailed a piece of paper on to the door of a church, which contained 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation. I guess that some of these dealt with making the church less complicated, but I never read them.

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  1. As I celebrate Passover by watching a virtual sedar I am a little less streesed. I consider myself a cultural Jew. I love my heritage and my ancestry. I need not go to any gathering to speak to G-d. Prayers come in many ways and listening for the answers brings me comfort.
    Thank you for the information on things I did not know.

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