For the past 4 years, our parish has had an annual 40 Hour Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. The church is open night and day for 40 straight hours and we are all invited to come and spend some time with Jesus in Adoration. It’s a wonderful gift. During a break in visiting my patients on Friday, I dropped in and spent some time in prayer, giving thanks for the peace and quiet of Jesus’ Real Presence in a dimly lit church, an oasis in the middle of my busy day.
I took the opportunity to pray more thoughtfully from the devotional, Our Lady’s Psalter: The Rosary of the Mystery of Christ. Known as the Oldest Rosary Clausulae, this rosary pre-dates the version with which we are all familiar and “has its origin in German Cistercian and Carthusian monasteries of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.” Since it was Friday, I decided to pray the Third Psalter (Tertia Quinquagena) which delves more deeply into the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus and ends with the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother.
A combination of the Blessed Sacrament, tranquil surroundings, and meditative clausulae drew me more closely into Jesus’ Passion . I felt I was following Him step-by-step from the time He asked three of His apostles’ to wake up and pray with Him; submitted to the blows, spittle and insults during His interrogation; and carried His cross patiently through Jerusalem. Fingering my rosary while reflecting on His Passion, and thinking about the humiliation and physical assault He suffered somehow seemed more powerful in the peace and quiet of the church.
O Lord, I really and truly am not worthy………..
The clausulae in Our Lady’s Psalter are inserted into the Hail Mary prayer after the Holy Name of Jesus and before Holy Mary. The clausulae “engages” either Jesus or Our Lady in a conversation that contemplates the mystery of the redemptive Incarnation. If you’re interested, here are some of the English translations from the Latin clausulae that I found to be the most moving in Adoration today:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Of whom, knowing Him to be most dutiful, thou did say to the servants: “Do whatever He tells you.” Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Hail Mary…………thy womb, Jesus. Who entrusted His will to the will of the Father saying, “Not My will, but Thine will be done!” Holy Mary……Amen.
Hail Mary………thy womb, Jesus. Who was then led to Caiaphas, accused by false witnesses, and Whose face was veiled with spittle, slapped, derided and judged guilty unto death. Holy Mary……Amen.
The clausular rosary provides another method of praying to Our Lord and Our Lady. If you would like to know more about the clausular rosary, Our Lady’s Psalter, read here. It’s translated from Latin by Fr. Marco Testa and includes both the Latin and the English text.
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