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Pope Francis: in the Rosary, we contemplate Mary as her Son’s first disciple

October 10, 2016

At a three-hour Marian prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square on October 8, Pope Francis spoke about the Rosary.

The vigil was part of the Marian Jubilee, which took place in Rome from October 7-9 as part of the extraordinary jubilee of mercy.

Referring to Eastern iconography, the Pope said that the Blessed Virgin Mary “is truly Hodegetria, the Mother who points to the path we are called to take in order to be true disciples of Jesus,” the Pope said. “In each mystery of the rosary, we feel her closeness and we contemplate her as the first disciple of her Son, for she does the Father’s will.”

“Throughout her life, Mary did everything that the Church is asked to do in perennial memory of Christ,” he added. “In her faith, we learn to open our hearts to obey God; in her self-denial, we see the importance of tending to the needs of others; in her tears, we find the strength to console those experiencing pain. In each of these moments, Mary expresses the wealth of divine mercy that reaches out to all in their daily needs.”


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