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The Catholic Defender: The 15 Promises Our Lady gave for the Rosary. The Fourteenth Promise

14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ. Very important revelation is this 14th Promise! Here Mother Mary is telling you that those who recite the Rosary that she is your Mother!. Consider John 19:25-27, "Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home."

From the cross, Jesus placed His Mother into the home and protection of St. John the Apostle. This is a legal happening ensuring that Mother Mary would be taken care of. Also this provides as a legal Matter that Mary had no other children. If she had other children, by Jewish Law, Mary would have lived with the next eldest son.

Yes, Mary went into the house of St. John the Apostle, did the early Church recognize Mother Mary to be the Mother of the Church? St. John answers that question himself, "The serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current. But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth. Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus. It took its position on the sand of the sea." St. John is the Author of both the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation. Revelation 12:17 clearly states that Mother Mary is the spiritual Mother of all the faithful.

Consider when the Archangel Gabriel first appeared to Mary at the Annunciation, the angel made some interesting statements regarding Mother Mary and her future Son. Luke 1:26-38 states, In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, Full of Grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her."

What can we glean from this text? From the fall of man when Adam and Eve fell from grace the Lord made a prophecy for the human race. Genesis 3:15 states, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel." Many young maidens had an expectation to be this woman of Genesis 3:15 but there could only be one. Mother Mary from the very beginning was known by Our Lord who and when this woman would come. It was March 2 B.C. when the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Mary. Through Joseph and Mary, they were connected to the House of David. That is very important because the Child would come from the House of David and be called David's Son.

The announcement of Gabriel “Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28). I recalled the original Greek “Kecharitomene” means “having been” or “have already been” graced, Mary is “Full of Grace”, a past perfect participle. The biblical understanding for Mother Mary's Immaculate Conception. Jesus is the coming Messiah and King of Israel. Who were the Queens of Israel? It was the Mothers of the kings, not the wife or wives. All the Queens of Israel were the Queen Mother, that makes Mother Mary the true Queen because Jesus is the true King.

The Rosary depicts through meditation and intercession the lives of Our Lord and His Mother. It's like a walking bible because of our placing ourselves in these mysteries. When you are holding a Rosary, it is like you are holding Our Lady's hand because she is so identified in the Rosary. To Lucia, one of the Fatima children, Mary identified herself saying "I Am the Lady of the Rosary".

The Virgin Mary's 14th Promise for praying the Rosary is a general reality for all Christians, but she purposely includes the importance of praying the Rosary for her children, the Church. How the Rosary is important for individual devotion, for family devotion, and for parish devotion. The whole world praying the Rosary is greater by that merit than all the governments of the world and their armies. Salvation has come to the world, Jesus is God's only Son to the world and for the world gave His life and rose victorious over the grave. He is Risen!

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

V- Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God

R- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


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