Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
(Please see previous post on Mary and scallop shells).
On behalf of the Janite community, I wish many blessings of Dea upon ArchMatrona Ghrian of the Lady of Light Chantry (1) upon the eight anniversary of her consecration as an ArchMatrona (bishop). In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Kathi is currently forming her Deanic Collyridian Order of the Shrine of the Gentle Way. This Order is devoted to Mary (both Cosmic and Mother of Jesus). ArchMadria Kathi has composed the Shrine’s rosary based upon the Five Questions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On this, Her feast day, I would like to share it with our devotees. Deanic Christians will find it most suitable for a Blended Path.
We post it here with her permission.
Rosary Form used by the Shrine of the Gentle Way by ArchMadria Kathi Burke, SGW.
Using a standard Catholic rosary, which may be adapted to add a medal of Guadalupe if one desires. At the medal, recite the Queen of Heaven:
Queen of Heaven:
The Queen of the Universe
She who did reveal to us
Her love at the proper time
Now descends from the heavens
To the hills of Tepeyac
For each decade of beads, recite the Under Your Protection Prayer, followed by ten Hail Maris. While reciting each decade, focus on the following Questions asked by Our Lady of Guadalupe. To conclude each decade, recite the Blessing Prayer: Blessed by Guadalupe, now and forever.
The first Question: “Am I not here, I, who am your mother?” When have you felt your Mother left you? How did you know she was never gone from your side? What do you do on a regular basis to maintain that connection to your Mother?
The second Question: “Are you not under my shadow and protection?” We have all felt unprotected at times—remind yourself of the actions and devotions you take when you feel this way. Make an effort to protect others who may feel vulnerable.
The third Question: “Am I not the source of your joy?” Just for today, remind yourself how your Mother is the source of your joy—what blessings have you received, for which you may not have expressed gratitude? No matter how small, focus on the joyful events of the day.
The fourth Question: “Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?” When you feel despondent, remind yourself of how you are comforted by your Mother. You are always close to Her heart, and Her tender love is never far away.
The fifth Question: “Do you need something more?” This is the most important question of all. Speak to your Mother with the words of your heart, with as much clarity as you can. Lay your problems out so that She can help you resolve them. She does not need flowery words or rhetoric—speak plainly and with open need and any tears that may come. She understands. She always has. Our Lady is a lady of everyday people—not just of priests and priestesses, but of all who call upon Her.
Under Your Protection
Under Thy Protection, we seek refuge, O Holy Mother. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us continually from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin
Hail Mari, Fount of Wisdom
Glory Be to Thee
Blessed art Thou, O High Queen of Heaven,
and blessed is Thy heart of Love
Holy Mari, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and eternally
The Memorare (to conclude the Rosary)
Remember, O most gracious Lady, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.