This year, the online prayer initiative has reached its fifth edition, involving hundreds of people who pray the Rosary together for the intentions of Our Lady, on her birthday.
“A Gift for Mary” was born in 2017 out of the desire to respond to the invitation of the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje to pray the Holy Rosary, and is promoted by the Costola Rosa in collaboration with La Luce di Maria.
An invitation that we know, is constantly renewed during all the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, precisely to show us the power of the Holy Rosary, as a winning weapon to fight against all forms of evil.
How the initiative was born
During the summer of 2017, I was in Medjugorje and in rereading all the messages given by Our Lady over the years, I focused on the one of August 1, 1984, in which he made a particular revelation:
“The second millennium of my birth will be celebrated next 5th August.
For that day God allows me to give you special graces and to give the world a special blessing. I ask you to prepare intensely with three days to be dedicated exclusively to me. You don’t work in those days. Take your Rosary and pray. Fast on bread and water. In the course of all these centuries I have dedicated myself completely to you: is it too much if I now ask you to dedicate at least three days to me? “.
An occasion of special grace
Our Lady not only indicated August 5 as the date of her birth but that on that date, by the will of God, special gifts of Grace are granted. So when a mom celebrates her birthday, usually the children come together to choose a welcome gift and then I thought it would be really nice to give her a gift all of us, together, and I had no doubts about the choice: the Rosary, as per her own invitation.
Said and done, the proposal to recite a novena for her intentions started, which in a short time had a wide response and was enthusiastically welcomed by the friends who follow us, and and hundreds of us found ourselves praying online for you, starting from 27 July until 4 August 2017, the eve of your birthday.
Confirmation that the Gift is the right one
Then, that same year, a confirmation has arrived that has motivated us even more to continue with this prayer initiative, through the message given by the Queen of Peace on 2 December 2017 to the visionary Mirjana:
“Dear children, I address you as your Mother, the Mother of the righteous, the Mother of those who love and suffer, the Mother of the saints. (…) To me, my children, give the Rosary, the roses that I love so much! My roses are your prayers said from the heart, and not just recited with your lips. My roses are your works of prayer, faith and love. When he was little, my Son told me that my children would be numerous and that they would bring me many roses. I did not understand, now I know that you are those children, who bring me roses when you love my Son above all else, when you pray with the heart, when you help the poorest. These are my roses! This is faith, which ensures that everything in life is done out of love .. “
Three appointments every day with the Rosary
For the first three summers, since “A Gift for Mary” was born, we recited the Rosary live on Facebook for nine consecutive days, every morning at 7.30. Then, starting from 2020, given the dramatic situation we are experiencing due to Covid and all its spiritual, moral and economic consequences, we decided to increase prayer. And once again the input of Our Lady who encouraged us along this path, through his message of 25 July 2020 given to the visionary Marija:
“Dear children! In this troubled time when the devil reaps souls to draw them to himself, I invite you to persevering prayer so that in prayer you may discover the God of love and hope (..). Be the reflection and example with your lives that faith and hope are still alive and a new world of peace is possible. I am with you and I intercede for you before my son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call ”.
And so thanks to the good will and willingness to pray of the friends of the Costola Rosa, we organized three live events, every day, from 27 July to 4 August, eve of the birthday of Our Lady, which according to the revelation made to the visionaries in Medjugorje, occurs on August 5.
Because August 5 does not contrast with September 8
September 8, is the day established by the Church, which never claimed that this was the real date of birth of the Virgin but rather the liturgical memory, which was imported from the East where it had been celebrated for some time. Then, it is from the end of the ninth century that this recurrence was observed throughout Christianity.
We thus have two occasions to celebrate the birth of Mary and therefore to prepare ourselves spiritually with prayer for these events, taking them as an occasion of grace, to make order in our hearts, approaching Confession, the Sacraments, because this is the ultimate goal.
Therefore we invite all the invited to pray for nine consecutive days the three mysteries of the Rosary: Joy, Pain and Glory and on Thursday those of the Light, as in Medjugorje for your intentions, so that your project may be realized, for the Triumph of his Immaculate Heart. And it will be our gift of love for you, for his birthday.
“Un Gift for Maria “
From Monday 27 July to Tuesday 4 August 2021, for the 5th edition of the “A Gift for Mary” initiative, there are three daily appointments that await us with the Rosary, which will be live on Facebook on the La Luce di Maria and Costola Rosa pages:
– Ore 7.00 the mysteries of Joy live from the Apparition Hill
– Ore 16.00 the mysteries of Pain
– Ore 22.00 the Mysteries of Glory
We are waiting for you to pray together for the intentions of the Queen of Peace.
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