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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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The NHA Remnant Rosary and the Pilgrimage

The third strand of the Nazareth Prayer Rope, The Remnant Rosary©2005 NHA is a vital instrument in the life of St. Simeon Skete, Nazareth House Apostolate.

“If you want to get back to the source of the Rosary, to its origins we would need to open the Scriptures. That is why I like to bring together the Bible and the Beads, the two together.” -Fr. Gabriel Harty, O.P

“If you want to understand the Rosary its praying the Life of Jesus. If you want to understand Mary its saying yes to that Life. Therefore the Rosary is praying the Life of Jesus in union with Mary who said yes to that Life.” - Seraphim

“The Rosary (as vocation) is four prayers orchestrated by four sets of Mysteries celebrated in four Rosaries combating the four evils of our day* in the Hour that our Lord asks for.” (Could you not watch with me one hour?”) (Mat. 26:40) - Seraphim

The Mysteries of the Rosary...                  
...combating the four evils of the day*         
An aversion to the simple, mundane ordinariness of life
Fear and hatred of being exposed
Unwillingness to deal with pain and hardship
Apathetic lack of concern for the future

The schedule at the skete opens the day with vigils followed by the rosary and morning prayer office.  A full rosary is said in the morning (All 4 Mysteries) prior to the Mass.  The Chaplet of the Day is said at 5 PM with the Evening Office.  Mixed in with the 11 Offices said daily here, Seraphim says 3 more complete Rosaries.  He had committed himself to saying 2 full rosaries a day for many years but has added two more rosaries to that practice since coming to the skete.  With minimal distractions, that's four hours a day saying the rosary plus the Chaplet of the day.  As you can see, the rosary is extremely significant to the skete and has a profound effect on our lives. 

Therefore, the celebration of the Rosary, the praying the Life of Christ, is a joyous occasion to us.  The NHA Rosary Convocation is very special and dear to our hearts.  

On Saturday, May 10th we made the annual pilgrimage from St. Simeon Skete to the Ohio River, crossing to Indiana and saying the first set of Mysteries at St. Augustine Parish in Leopold, Indiana.  

It is here that the candle is lit and we begin the Mysteries.

The Joyful Mysteries - about the Mysteries of being human 

In the first joy of the Rosary we offer ourselves to the Mystery of The Coming (Incarnation).  Lk. 1:26-38

In the second joy of the Rosary we offer ourselves to the Visitation: Lk. 1:39-56; The third joy - the Birth: Lk.2:1-20; Mt. 2:1-18, 2Cor 5:17; Acts 17:28.  The fourth joy of the rosary: The Presentation - Lk. 2:21-22; 24-39; Mt. 2-13-15 and the fifth Joy of the rosary we pray the mystery of the Finding: Lk. 2:41-52

Just prior to our arrival at St. Augustine, the storm had damaged the church's cemetery. 

Tree limbs were strewn everywhere

Gutters torn down

Huge tree broke in two

and gravestones knocked down

Our next stop was to the Shrine of St. Joseph.  It was there that Deacon Tom Overmeer led us in the Mysteries of Light.  

THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES -about the Mystery of the Kingdom
1) The Baptism: Mt.3:1-4,11, 13– 4:1a; Jn.1:29-34; 3:30; Ps. 46:4 

2nd Mystery of Light - (A) The Changing: Jn. 2:1-11 (wedding, water and wine) 
(B) The Revealing: Jn. 4:4-30; 1Cor. 10:4    

In the Third Light of the Rosary we offer ourselves to the Mystery of the Kingdom
 Mk.1:14-15; Mt. 5:3-12    

Next Mystery: (4) The Transfiguration: Mt. 17:1-9; Mk. 9:2-8; Lk. 9:28-36
Deacon Tom Overmeer leading us in the Mysteries of Light 

The fifth Mystery of Light: The Supper: Lk. 22:7-20; Jn. 13:21-27, 30; 1Cor. 11:23-30; 

Tomorrow's Blog will be the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries.