Octave of Christian Unity – A Rosary Thread

Welcome to Day 5 in the Octave of Christian Unity. I’m going to try something different tonight. I’ve been posting a Live Rosary Thread on Twitter (follow me on Twitter) for months now (this time around; I posted an earlier round for nine months from Summer 2018 to Easter Vigil 2019 the first time around). Tonight I devoted the Rosary thread to ending the culture of death and the Coronavirus crisis, and prayed for the Church and our country, too. I’m going to try to embed the thread here in this post and give my eyes a rest for the rest of the night. They’re dealing me fits. So here goes. Let’s see if it works. (Note: Success! It worked!) Note: This is the Twitter Rosary Thread for January 22, 2021.

+JMJ+ Welcome to our Live Rosary Thread. Tonight we’re praying for the Church, country, Christian Unity, & to END the culture of death & the Coronavirus crisis. Please do join in. Post your intentions if you like. We’ll pray for each other, too.

#CatholicTwitter #RosaryProject

Prayers offered in the opening & closing of our Live Rosary are optional, including the novena prayers. Use as many or as few as you like.

This week is the Octave of Christian Unity. And today is the anniversary of Roe v Wade. 💔

Some quotes from #EvangeliumVitae, the Gospel of Life, by Pope St. John Paul II, to help us pray tonight.


And from Evening Prayer.

Preparing to pray the Rosary:

“We must endure many trials before entering God’s kingdom.” — Acts 14:21


And from In Conversation with God, by Fr. Francis Fernandez Carvajal…

“The Church has the responsibility to witness to the truth of Christ’s final promise to the apostles: I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

— Octave of Christian Unity, Day 5.

“Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God.”

#EvangeliumVitae #GospelofLife

“Life in time, in fact, is the fundamental condition, the initial stage and an integral part of the entire unified process of human existence.”

#EvangeliumVitae #GospelofLife

“…every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, by the light of reason and the hidden action of grace, come to recognize in the natural law written in the heart (cf. Rom 2:14-15) the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end…”

…and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree. Upon the recognition of this right, every human community and the political community itself are founded.”
#EvangeliumVitae #GospelofLife

“In a special way, believers in Christ must defend and promote this right, aware as they are of the wonderful truth recalled by the Second Vatican Council…”

#EvangeliumVitae #GospelofLife

“By his incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every human being”.

— Gaudium et Spes, 22

Quoted in #EvangeliumVitae #GospelofLife

The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel.

#EvangeliumVitae #GospelofLife

Read more of #EvangeliumVitae, the Gospel of Life:


Also see:



Just an encyclical, oh yeah?

I just love that painting of the Blessed Mother with all those little ones all around her. 😍

The Rosary proper begins at the top of the hour. I hope you’ll join me. God bless you!

Sign of the Cross – Opening

In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

St. Joseph, Terror of demons, Protector of the Holy Family, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, you have deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children there the treasures of grace hidden…

(There’s a place in this prayer for your personal prayer intention.)

(For those who don’t believe, we pray…)

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord…

(For the Holy Father, we pray)

Our Father Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us…

(3x for an increase of Faith, Hope, & Charity in our souls and in our world, we pray)

Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women…

(Glory be, here and at the end of each decade.)

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

The 1st Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

Fruit of the Mystery: Contrition, Conformity to the Will of God

Our Father
Hail, Mary (x10)
Glory be
O my Jesus

(The Fatima prayer, said after each decade)

O my Jesus,
forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell.
Lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those most
in need of Thy Mercy.

The 2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

Fruit of the Mystery: Purity, Mortification

Our Father…
Hail, Mary… (x10)
Glory be…
O my Jesus…

The 3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

Fruit of the Mystery: Moral Courage

Our Father
Hail, Mary (x10)
Glory be
O my Jesus

The 4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

Fruit of the Mystery: Patience

Our Father
Hail, Mary (x10)
Glory be
O my Jesus

The 5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion

Fruit of the Mystery: Salvation, Self-Denial

Our Father
Hail, Mary (x10)
Glory be
O my Jesus

Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthanei!

(Optional Closing Prayers)

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail, our life, our sweetness, & our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning & weeping in this valley of tears…

(Optional Closing Prayers)

Let us pray: O God…

(Optional Closing Prayers)

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our protection against the
wickedness and snares of the devil…

(Optional Closing Prayers)

O Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this night be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule & to guide. Amen.

(Optional Closing Prayers)

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, sinners everywhere… — St Gertrude

(Optional Closing Prayers)

Novena to Our Lady of Monte Berico
O Most Holy Virgin, Mother of God and my Mother Mary, I thank you that you have deigned to appear on Monte Berico …

More info:


(Optional Closing Prayers)
A Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope…

This is a prayer from Fr. Ripperger.

Prayer of Command.

(Optional Closing Prayers)

May the Divine Assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Sign of the Cross – Closing

In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

St. Joseph, Terror of demons, Protector of the Holy Family, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!

Thank you for praying the Rosary with me. I pray that you will stay safe & well, virtuous & HOLY, & become who you were meant to be: a SAINT! May His Peace be with you always. Amen.

Rosary ebooks are in the works. Read more on the blog. (Now in the formatting stage and adding more text, too.)

Rosary Project 3.0 in the works

Learn about the Church Fathers. Enter to win the DVD set “The Bible and the Church Fathers” produced by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. See this page for details:

Winter Giveaway 2021

@threadreaderapp Unroll, please.

Originally tweeted by CatholicHeart&Mind (@disciple96) on January 23, 2021.

Image credits: By far the majority of the images used in tonight’s thread (and on the site in general) were found at Wikimedia Commons and are in the public domain. A few came from Pixabay, and were free to use, no attribution required. Some may have come from Adobe Stock, a site that I have a paid membership. I have modified the color tinting in most all of these images and have added text to some.

You can follow more Live Rosary Project Threads on the blog, or join us on Twitter by checking my profile page at a few minutes before 7pm Central on Tuesdays and Fridays for as long as I can keep at it. Eventually I may only do one night a week to free up more time for writing and, you know, life. We’ll see.

Thanks for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll join me again. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, virtuous and HOLY, and become what you were meant to be from the beginning: a SAINT. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men!”

Painting by Edward Armitage. Not sure now where I found it. I’ve had it in my collection for a while now.

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