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The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Christ
and we continue praying the nine-months novena seeking Mary’s intercession.



Well done to everyone who has particpated in the "The 20-day St. John the Baptist Fast" which finishes on the vigil of St. John the Baptist's birthday (June 23). Some may have started after the May Ember days, and some may have started during the Corpus Christi octave but regardless, as  it is not a required fasting period, it a way to make an offer before the Holy St. John the Baptist. 



We have learnt the following:


  1. The Ember days of May/June can be used as a quick starting point, or sort of a pre-fasting period. BUT, there are two great octaves after Pentecost, which both are leading us all the way up to the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 
    So, why not use the opportunity to both enjoy the birthday period, all the celebrations and feasts, up to the feast of Sacred Heart. We like to use the Ember days even though the days move and this does not give us a fixed date or day. When do we start a fast in relation to the St. John the Baptist birthday? 

  2. Therefore, the pre-fasting period can be after the Ember days, depending on when they are (May or June), or after the Octave of Pentecost.
    The Octave of Pentecost is a period that is regarded as the Church’s second greatest feast, the first being Easter.
    We are in the birthday mood which is not optimal as a fasting period, in particularly as we quite recently had finished the Lent.

  3. If we focus instead on the Corpus Christi octave , which we may use as a pre-fasting period, it is eight days after the feast, and the eight days leads us to the feast of the Sacred Heart (which is related to St. Margaret Mary Alocque which then was fulfilled in 1856, when Pope Pius IX established the feast of the Sacred Heart). The Friday is fixed in relation to the octave of Corpus Christi. 

  4. The pre-fasting may occur during the Corpus Christi octave, and this gives us eight days before the Blessed Sacrament, preparing ourselves to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 
    As it is a pre-fasting period, the feast of the Sacred Heart becomes a wonderful mark to then offer a fasting starting on the following Monday.

  5. This means therefore, that we have 14 days from the Monday after the Sacred Heart until the Vigil of the birthday of the Holy St. John the Baptist, which is celebrated on June 24.
    If you pre-fast during the Corpus Christi octave, and you do the fortnight until the Vigil, we have about 20 days, as an offer to both the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy St. John the Baptist.


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Cardinal Leo Burke called the faithful to follow him in praying a nine-months novena seeking Mary’s intercession which commenced on March 12. His Eminence wrote:

"Making the Nine-Month Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, entrusting ourselves to her guidance and protection and confiding to her intercession our many intentions for the Church and for the world, we rejoice in the perfect union of her Immaculate Heart with the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, Our Lord and Savior."


Our Step-by-Step Rosary Community have add-on's to the nine-month-novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe including the suggested prayer of Cardinal Burke. And, why not offer your fasting to this nine-month-novena which is culminating on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12



His Eminence Cardinal Burke asks for Our Lady of Guadalupe's maternal care and protection amid the forces of sin.

“The darkness of sin seems so great. But Our Lord has not called us to fear! Evil cannot approach the power of God’s grace. Sin cannot prevent Our Lord’s healing mercy from reaching those who repent and seek it. And nothing can diminish the care and protection of Our Lady for us, which remain as strong today as they were 500 years ago.”




Coronation of the Virgin. ©The Art of Christianity Collection, inv. nr AP00179.


“For never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.

This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”


Twenty-fifth Rose, St. Louis de Montfort




“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.”

St. Padre Pio




“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”

St. Josemaria Escriva



"The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son.

Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary.

With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests."

Our Lady of Akita, 1973.



In the beginning of our creation of the Step-by-Step Rosary, it was driven by questions searching for answers, and when finding answers, the answers were compared, questioned, and researched again. It became imminent that there is so much information around, and it is a copy and paste / re-citation of information building webpages.

What is the truth, which text is correct, which prayer is correct and stronger than the home-cooked ones?

The Step-by-Step Rosary then became the sanctuary, allowing us to build the foundation, or more so, cement the foundation.

The message is quite clear and the Rosary is our only weapon.



"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord."

Our Lady of Akita, 1973.



Our Step-by-Step Rosary community consist of several Step-by-Step community partners and share the visions of our founder. There are today Rosary booklets in six languages and it is an on-going project since its start in 2015/2016. More than 400 consecutive Saturday Rosary prayers are under the umbrella making the Step-by-Step Rosary an advanced "beginners Rosary" with the understanding that it is difficult to learn of how to pray the Rosary. The hundreds of Rosary prayers makes the Step-by-Step Rosary a useful tool for the ones who know of how to pray the Rosary, but wants to deepen the meditation and understanding.


Besides the our website, PrayRosary.info, the group consist of:




The Commander Cross Rosary launched online on Sept 13, 2019, due to the call from Cardinal Leo Burke and Bishop Athansius Schneider of the need of prayers before the Amazon Synod. It aims to reach men who wants to pray the Rosary. Bishop Athanasius Schneider asked for Knights to step forward in 2019.


The Society of the Holy Rosary launched online on December 6, 2019 in response to the call made by four Catholic exorcists for a day of fasting, prayer and repentance. It was intended to carry a deeper journalistic touch and it had a trending article about St. Maximilian Kolbe.


The Pray-Rosary.church offer Step-by-Step Rosary community Rosary prayers in other languages than just English, such as: French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainan. The Japanese- and the Portuguese versions are under construction. 


The PrayRosary.info had the intention to become the actual database for the Step-by-Step community. It is currently under revision of how we can structure the database in a better manner.


The Art of Christianity Collection, Stockholm has purchased more than 300 etchings, which are used within our Step-by-Step community. The vision is to be able to tell the story we want to share when praying the Rosary.




Another project that we are focusing on is the need to protect yourself, your house and family and we need proper blessed gear such as:


  • Medals of your choice (St. Benedict and Miraculous medal is a good start ...).
  • Rosaries .
  • Holy salt (pref. vigil of Epiphany).
  • Holy water (pref. vigil of Epiphany).
  • Blessed incence (myrrh or francincense, pref. Epiphany).
  • Blessed candles.


(our recommendation is that blessings are preferable according to the Rituale Romanum and only performed by a priest. Once you have seen the different approaches, it becomes clear when you see the difference)



Please do remember that once an item is blessed, if there is a transaction, it will breaks the blessing.



MONTHLY DEDICATIONS


January

The month of January is dedicated to the The Holy Name of Jesus.

Jan. 5 : Vigil of Epiphany, exorcism and blessing of Holy Water.

Jan. 6 : Epiphany blessing of incense, myrrh, and gold.

Jan. 13 : Commemoration of the Baptism of our Lord which closes the Christmas season.


Septuagesima Sunday : Pre-lent.


February

The month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Family. 


2 February - Candlemas or missa candelarum (Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ)

(Some may do the blessing of candles on the vigil of Candlemas).


3 February - Blasiussegen - St. Blaise and blessing of the throat.
Blessing of your throat, blessing of wine, candles, water and fruits.


March

The month of March is traditionally dedicated to the Holy St. Joseph. 

We commence our 40-day Lent on Ash Wednesday.


April

The month of April is traditionally dedicated to the the Holy Ghost.


May

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the the Holy Mary.

May 1 : St. Joseph, the worker's Feast day.


Pray the Rosary every day during May.


June

The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart.

We commence our 20-day St. John the Baptist fasting

after the ember days to vigil of the birthday of St. John the Baptist.


July

The month of July is traditionally dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus.



August

The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart.

Aug 1. : We commence our 14-day Assumption fasting

up to the vigil of the Assumption.



September

The month of September is traditionally dedicated to the our Lady of Sorrows.

Sept 3-11 : Novena to the Holy Name of Mary 

Sept 6-14 : Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows  



October

The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary.

Pray the Rosary every day during October.

Oct 24 - Nov 2. : Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory 



November

The month of November is traditionally dedicated for all Souls in Purgatory.

Nov 1 : All Saints Day.

Nov 2. : All Souls Day.

Nov 13. : We commence our 40-day fasting on the day after St. Martin de Tours Feastday,

which is on St. Pope Martin I Feast Day (unless it is on a Sunday) up to the Ember days in December.


Nov 29 : Novena to Immaculate Conception.

Nov 30. : St Andrew Feast Day, which commence the 20-days Advent Fast (St. Andrew Fast)


December

The month of December is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.


Dec 8 : Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception.

Dec 12 : Our Lady of Guadalupe.



The Devil celebrates your "victory" but leaves you alone with the consequences. And, these consequences are not good. Evil wants to alinate you from others. The more alone you are, the more darkness is around you, which is why we include all in our Rosary prayer community, even if you are alone while praying, you are not alone.



... through the 9 Ways We Participate in Other People's Sins:


  1. By Counsel
  2. By Par-taking
  3. By Consent
  4. By Provocation (to instigate others)
  5. By Praise or Flattery
  6. By Silence to Conceal the sin
  7. By not Punish the Sinner
  8. By Command or appeal/request
  9. By Defence of the ill done



    The modern Catholic Catechesis states in Article 8, Number 5, Point 1868: "The Proliferation of Sin".


    "Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:
    - by participating directly and voluntarily in them;
    - by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;
    - by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;
    - by protecting evil-doers."



    In the point 1869:


    "Thus sin makes men accomplices of one another and causes concupiscence, violence, and injustice to reign among them.

    Sins give rise to social situations and institutions that are contrary to the divine goodness.

    "Structures of sin" are the expression and effect of personal sins. They lead their victims to do evil in their turn.

    In an analogous sense, they constitute a "social sin."



    The points 1868 and 1869 are the nine ways of how we participate in others sin, regardless if we understand that we are used by others.

    That is also why the nine mentioned ways are of importance to put the foot down and say NO or STOP.



    The word consequence is interesting as Merriam-Webster defines it as "a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause".


    Are there consequences of your actions?

    PRAYER ACCORDING TO THE POPES INTENTION

    The Raccolta, ed. 1910, #23.

     

     

    There are people who, today, have difficulties of praying for the Popes intentions - but - few knows of what the intentions actually are:



    "The Pope’s intention always includes the following objects:



    i. The progress of the Faith and triumph of the Church.
    ii. Peace and union among Christian Princes and Rulers.
    iii. The conversion of sinners.
    iv. The uprooting of heresy.




    These intentions may be fittingly recalled and prayed for after Communion, or at the visit;
    but a general intention of praying according to the mind of the Pope is sufficient ; and any prayers may be used which are not already of obligation, e.g., the Little Hours of a priests Office.

    (July 12, 1847; May 29, 1841.)"