Glory and thanksgiving to you God our loving Father in fulfilling to us your promise to the Prophet Malachi in sending us Jesus Christ, our Light of healing and wholeness born by the Blessed Virgin Mary.
But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.
But, still, times and people have not truly changed that much since the time of Malachi as many of us are easily tempted to seek the easier way to the good life through evil and sins; many of us choose to simply pay lip service to calls of faith, going through external religious observances, and worst of all, still refuse to pray and reach out to be one with you, O God.
Teach us to rediscover prayer through the beauty and efficacy of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary that has guided nations and history for almost 2000 years, enabling us to contemplate the face of Jesus your Son through Mary his Mother. Yes, it is a Marian prayer method but strongly Christ-centered because it is Mary who truly knows Jesus so well that through her Holy Rosary, we are able to enter into the Lord's very life expressed in its Mysteries that hopefully help us to become like him through Mary.
Most of all, open our eyes to the wonder and joy of praying, of coming to you, loving Father, that is pure grace from the Holy Spirit who enables us to call you in Jesus Christ your Son; in the Rosary, "we plead to you with Mary, the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, interceding for us before you Father who filled her with grace and before the Son born of her womb, praying with us and for us" (St. John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Maria, #16).
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
On this day of remembering the intercession of our Lady of the Holy Rosary at the Battle of Lepanto Bay, we praise and thank you Father for this unique grace of praying to be like Jesus Christ your Son victorious over sin and evil at his Cross where he gave us his Mother Mary to be our teacher in following and imitating him our Lord and Master. Amen.