The Secret of the Rosary - Sixteenth Rose

Sixteenth Rose - The Hail Mary – Beauty

EVEN THOUGH THERE IS nothing so great as the majesty
of God and nothing so low as man insofar as he is a sinner,
Almighty God does not despise our poor prayers. On the
contrary, He is pleased when we sing His praises.
Saint Gabriel's greeting to Our Lady is one of the most
beautiful hymns which we can possibly sing to the glory of
the Most High. "I will sing a new song to you." (Ps. 143:9)
This new hymn which David foretold was to be sung at the
coming of the Messias is none other than the Angelic
There is an old hymn and a new hymn: the first is that which
the Jews sang out of gratitude to God for creating them and
maintaining them in existence----for delivering them from
captivity and leading them safely through the Red Sea----for
giving them manna to eat and for all His other blessings.
The new hymn is that which Christians sing in thanksgiving
for the graces of the Incarnation and the Redemption. As
these marvels were brought about by the Angelic Salutation,
so also do we repeat the same salutation to thank the Most
Blessed Trinity for His immeasurable goodness to us.
We praise God the Father because He so loved the world
that He gave us His only Son as our Savior. We bless the Son
because He deigned to leave Heaven and came down upon
earth----because HE WAS MADE MAN and redeemed us.
We glorify the Holy Spirit because He formed Our Lord's
pure, Body in Our Lady's Womb----this Body which was the
Victim of our sins. In this spirit of deep thankfulness should
we, then, always say the Hail Mary, making acts of faith,
hope, love and thanksgiving for the priceless gift of
Although this new hymn is in praise of the Mother of God
and is sung directly to her, nevertheless it greatly glorifies
the Most Blessed Trinity because any homage that we pay
Our Lady returns inevitably to God Who is the cause of all
her virtues and perfections. When we honor Our Lady: God
the Father is glorified because we are honoring the most
perfect of His creatures; God the Son is glorified because we
are praising His most pure Mother, and God the Holy Spirit
is glorified because we are lost in admiration at the graces
with which He has filled His Spouse.
When we praise and bless Our Lady by saying the Angelic
Salutation she always passes on these praises to Almighty
God in the same way as she did when she was praised by
Saint Elizabeth. The latter blessed her in her most elevated
dignity as Mother of God and Our Lady immediately
returned these praises to God by her beautiful Magnificat.
Just as the Angelic Salutation gives glory to the Blessed
Trinity, it is also the very highest praise that we can give Our
One day when Saint Mechtilde was praying and was trying
to think of some way in which she could express her love of
the Blessed Mother better than she had done before, she fell
into ecstasy. Our Lady appeared to her with the Angelic
Salutation in flaming letters of gold upon her bosom and
said to her: "My daughter, I want you to know that no one
can please me more than by saying the salutation which the
Most Adorable Trinity sent to me and by which He raised
me to the dignity of Mother of God.
"By the word Ave (which is the name Eve, Eva), I learned
that in His infinite power God had preserved me from all sin
and its attendant misery which the first woman had been
subject to.
"The name Mary which means 'lady of light' shows that God
has filled me with wisdom and light, like a shining star, to
light up Heaven and earth.
"The words full of grace remind me that the Holy Spirit has
showered so many graces upon me that I am able to give
these graces in abundance to those who ask for them
through me as Mediatrix.
"When people say The Lord is with thee they renew the
indescribable joy that was mine when the Eternal Word
became incarnate in my womb.
"When you say to me blessed art thou among women I praise
Almighty God's Divine mercy which lifted me to this exalted
plane of happiness.
"And at the words blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, the
whole of Heaven rejoices with me to see my Son Jesus Christ
adored and glorified for having saved mankind."

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  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

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