St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The NHA Rosary Convocation 2009

"There shall be an holy convocation"
- Ex. 12:16

Nazareth House Apostolate offers "A Holy Rosary Convocation" each year on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nearest to the Feast of the Holy Rosary (7th October).

Thursday: Teaching
Friday: Rosary Street Retreat
Saturday: Rosary Pilgrimage

Using the Nazareth Bede Rosary, where the emphasis is praying the Life of Christ, pilgrims gather for the Annual Rosary Pilgrimage...

which is held on the Saturday of the Convocation week.

Nazareth House Apostolate Passports are stamped at each stop on the Pilgrimage journey.

Prior to the Convocation, booklets were handed out with October Intentions (prayer intentions for each day of the month of October).

The Convocations Intentions for October
The following intentions, based on the teachings of the Apostolate’s “Thousand Day Nazareth”, are suggested, one for each day of the month.
  1. May I be obedient, doing exactly what God says, immediately, with the right heart attitude. Acts 5:29; Rom. 1:5; Heb. 5:9
  2. May I continue to grow through deepening The Prayer. Psalm 42:7; 64:6
  3. May I have stability in place and vocation. Ps.16:8; ICor. 7:20
  4. May I relinquish doubt and embrace faith. Rom.4:20-25; 14:23.
  5. May I relinquish certitude and embrace paradox. Rom.8:28,29.
  6. May I relinquish apathy and embrace fidelity. Jms. 4:17; 2Cor. 5:15
  7. May I relinquish power and embrace vulnerability. Lk 18:9; Prov. 3:5,6. Ps. 78:7
  8. May I relinquish prestige and embrace humility. Prov.6:16, 17; Jms 4:6
  9. May I relinquish possessions and embrace poverty. Mt.5:3; Lk.1:53
  10. May I relinquish the old self and embrace the new self. Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10.
  11. May I be salt in a savorless world. Mt.5:13
  12. May I be light in a darkened world. Mt. 5:14; Jn 1:5
  13. May I be leaven in a flattened world. Mt.13:33
  14. May I be branch in a barren world. Jn 15:5
  15. May I be pulled from my comfort zones to suffer the world’s sufferings. Col. 1:24; 1Cor12:26; Heb 11:25; 13:3.
  16. May I walk the path I pray and pray the path I walk. Lk. 18:1; 1Tim2:8; Mt.4:19
  17. May I become a World Christian by ceasing to be a worldly one. Mk 16:15; Acts1:8; 1Jn 2:15
  18. May I bear my cross, realizing it is made up of all the crosses that are refused to be carried, mine and theirs. Mk 10:21
  19. May I come to realize and experience that God is perfectly hidden and perfectly revealed in each moment. Mt. 28:10b, 20b.
  20. May I be flung out to the furthest places by a centrifugal Love. Mk 16:15
  21. May I be pulled into the center by his centripetal Love. Lk 17:21; Acts 17:28; Mt. 11:28.
  22. May Jesus be revealed in and through my life. Mt.5:16.
  23. May I seek not so much to be stimulated as to trust the ordinariness of the present moment. Mt. 6:19-21; Phil. 3:8.
  24. May I trust my life, surrendered to Him, to be enough for God to do what He desires. 2Cor. 10:12,13.
  25. May I embrace that for which there is no substitute. Lk. 10:38-42; Acts 4:12; Ps. 84:3a
  26. May I find that being deprived of prayer is more painful than being deprived of the answer to prayer. Jer.33:3
  27. May I let go, let God and let be.Prov. 3:5,6.
  28. May I understand fully the question that makes Jesus the answer. Phil. 2:5
  29. May I be more for Jesus than I am against something. Mt. 6:33
  30. May He increase and I decrease. Jn 3:30
  31. May I love everybody; love without limits. Jn 13:34,35; Jn 3:16; Mt 5:43-46.

The Rosary Pilgrimage takes us on a journey though wooded lands, country roads, ...

we travel to say each set of mysteries of the Rosary at a different specific destination.

The Autumn air, the turning of the Fall leaves, it is a beautiful route to the area shrines.

Beginning at the Ohio River, we say the Introduction to the Rosary...

Journeying on, we stop at Leopold, IN to say the first set of mysteries at St. Augustine Church. Then its on to our favorite little chapel of Our Lady of Monte Cassino. Where we say a set of mysteries and then have lunch

The picnic grounds of Monte Cassino are perfect.

After Lunch we travel on to St. Meinrad Archabbey of St. Meinrad, Indiana. We say the final set of mysteries there. A quick visit to the gift shop and we journey back home. A day spent in prayer and fellowship. Perfect!

This year "the Sixth Decade" was given: (i.e.) an additional decade prayed on the rosary for a special intention using an appropriate episode from the Life of Christ.

For example: We are in prayer for a little 2 year old girl with leukemia named Chloe. We use the mystery of the Lady with the blood disorder (since Leukemia is a blood disorder). This story is also known as the "Woman with the Issue of blood" -Pushing through the crowd to touch His garment to receive healing.

Click on the following link to see photos and videos of the Rosary Pilgrimage. The slide show option is the better form of viewing.

Unfortunately this year, we were unable due to flooding to make our stop at the St. Joseph Shrine as we have in the past. Maybe next year... we missed not saying a set of mysteries here...