Fifteenth Rose - The Hail Mary
THE ANGELIC SALUTATION is so heavenly and so
beyond us in its depth of meaning that Blessed Alan de la
Roche held that no mere creature could ever possibly
understand it, and that only Our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ Who was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary can really
Its enormous value is due first of all to Our Lady to whom it
was addressed, to the purpose of the Incarnation of the
Word for which reason this prayer was brought from
Heaven, and also to the Archangel Gabriel who was the first
ever to say it.
The Angelic Salutation is a most concise summary of all that
Catholic theology teaches about the Blessed Virgin. It is
divided into two parts, that of praise and petition: the first
shows all that goes to make up Mary's greatness and the
second all that we need to ask her for and all that we may
expect to receive through her goodness.
The Most Blessed Trinity revealed the first part of it to us
and the latter part was added by Saint Elizabeth who was
inspired by the Holy Spirit. Holy Mother Church gave us the
conclusion in the year 430 when she condemned the
Nestorian heresy at the council of Ephesus and defined that
the Blessed Virgin is truly the Mother of God. At this time
she ordered us to pray to Our Lady under this glorious title
"Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at
the hour of our death."
The greatest event in the whole history of the world was the
Incarnation of the Eternal Word by Whom the world was
redeemed and peace was restored between God and men.
Our Lady was chosen as His instrument for this tremendous
event and it was put into effect when she was greeted with
the Angelic Salutation. The Archangel Gabriel, one of the
leading princes of the heavenly court, was chosen as
ambassador to bear these glad tidings.
In the Angelic Salutation can be seen the faith and hope of
the patriarchs, the prophets and the Apostles. Furthermore it
gives to Martyrs their unswerving constancy and strength, it
is the wisdom of the doctors of the Church, the perseverance
of holy confessors and the life of all religious. (Blessed Alan
de la Roche) It is also the new hymn of the law of grace, the
joy of Angels and men, and the hymn which terrifies devils
and puts them to shame.
By the Angelic Salutation God became man, a virgin became
the Mother of God, the souls of the just were delivered from
Limbo, the empty thrones in Heaven filled. In addition sin
was forgiven, grace was given to us, sick people were made
well, the dead were brought back to life, exiles were brought
home, and the anger of the Most Blessed Trinity was
appeased and men obtained eternal life.
Finally, the Angelic Salutation is a rainbow in the heavens, a
sign of the mercy and grace which God has given to the
world. (Blessed Alan da la Roche)
The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.There are exactly 54 readings.
- A white rose for priests;
- A red rose for sinners;
- A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
- A rosebud for little children;
- Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary
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