From the Breviary
Prayer from the Breviary
From The Breviary
Let us pray,
O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life death and Resurrection,
has purchased for us the reward of eternal salvation.
Grant we beseech Thee, that while meditating upon these mysteries
of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise
through the same Christ our Lord.
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Official Prayer Book
Of The Catholic Church
This prayer comes from the Breviary and is found on October 7th, the feast of
The Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This special day is also called The Commemoration of Our Lady of Victory.
The prayers for October 7th include this prayer in four different places.
The Breviary which contains the Divine Office is the official prayer book of the Catholic Church.
- It begins with what is called the collect
- It closes the first vespers
- Is repeated in the lauds and
- Ends the second vespers
Of course there are prayers that have been approved that are not contained in the Breviary, but this special collection of prayers contains the prayers that are to be said daily by Catholic priests and religious.
Regular people are encouraged to pray the Divine Office as well.
Compiled within it are many books that were needed to complete the Divine Office.
This compilation made it much less burdensome to complete all the prayers and that is why it was given the name Breviary, which means brief.
It contains an entry for every day of the year. Each entry contains
Before this book was compiled in the year 1568, by Pope Pius V, it was rather cumbersome to juggle the many books needed to pray this set of prayers.
- Bible books, including the Psalms
- Writings of the early Fathers
- Prayers and
The practice of praying these prayers evolved from all night vigils that were held before every Sunday Mass to a set of prayers recited daily either
The Rosary Prayer that begins with the words, "Let us Pray" is taken from October 7th's prayers in the Breviary. October 7th is the anniversary of the victory at the battle of Lepanto.
- In cathedrals
- By monks and nuns in monasteries and in convents and
- By others (some priest and religious) who are obligated to recite the Divine Office
This holiday or feast day was at first called Our Lady of Victory but was renamed Our Lady of the Rosary in 1716.
It therefore is fitting that it would be added to the Rosary prayers.
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...Reward Of Eternal Salvation
As with other prayers, the "Let Us Pray" prayer from the Breviary is a reminder of certain truths of the Catholic faith. Jesus is God's
"only begotten Son".
When Jesus died on the cross He opened the gates of heaven to all people who believe in Him and keep His commandments.
When He rose from the dead, He conquered death.
These are the "rewards of eternal salvation."
Jesus truly purchased for us by his death upon the cross, eternal life.
Nevertheless, you must cooperate with God's grace and follow His commandments if you are to be worthy of this gift from Jesus. It is up to you whether you accept eternal life.
...Imitate What They Contain
In this section of the prayer, you call to mind the mysteries that you just meditated upon. Meditation on the life of Jesus and Mary is the most beneficial form of prayer.
...Obtain What They Promise
Because we must cooperate with God's grace in order to earn eternal life, the following the rewards the Rosary promises are very valuable.
They enable us to accept God's grace and follow His commands more readily.
Mary made 15 promises to those who say the Rosary daily.
She told these promises to St. Dominic.
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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament.
They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood.
The most joyful event in all of human history is the Incarnation or when God
became man and dwelt among us read more...
Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
What a gift the the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are. Meditating on these
Mysteries of Light bring even deeper understanding of the public life of Jesus.
They fill in the blanks between Jesus' childhood and His suffering and death on
the cross. Therefore read more...
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus
loves you. He suffered and died for you. "Greater love than this no
man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
-John 15:13. You are loved by Jesus read more...
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How
exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead,
making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious
events as you pray the Rosary prayer will keep your faith alive and strong read more...
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