Feb 2, 2021: Today is the Feast of the Presentation of The Lord, the day Joseph and Mary presented the 40-day old baby Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. This is to officially induct Him into Judaism and the Jewish community (Luke 2: 22-35), now that the purification according to the laws of Moses has been completed. This day is also called the Candlemas day because the blessing and procession of candles is included in the mass.
This feast day is listed as the fourth mystery under Joyful Mysteries in the Rosary. The Rosary is a Catholic prayer devotion that is meant to draw us closer to Jesus and Mary by reflecting key moments in their lives and these are called mysteries. (The Rosary in 2 Minutes – video)
Does the Rosary have any power? This short documentary shows what happened when during WWII a man in Poland held clandestine rosary prayers, and what happened in the recent EDSA revolution in the Philippines in 1986.
The Rosary is a combination of vocal and mental prayer, namely, reflection on important events in the life of Christ and His Mother. In the early days, the Rosary was the best way for believers who were mainly illiterate and printing presses had not been invented. This rote method where prayers are memorised and repeated helped them pray and meditate on these Biblical events, and also remember them. These days, with online prayers, the fading in of roses on a PowerPoint slide is used to keep count. The more traditional methods are beads and knots.
The videos called Story of Rosary 1 and 2 (cartoon) talk about how St Dominic received the Rosary from the Blessed Virgin Mary, how it became popular and then was forgotten until an epidemic hit Europe.
There are 20 mysteries that are recollected during the Rosary prayer and they are put into four categories – Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Luminous Mysteries and Glorious Mysteries. You can pray the Mysteries according to the day or all at one sitting.