Oliver Welsford, our new Parish Assistant, writes about the first of our occasional ‘Exploring Spirituality’ series at Church:
On the Feast of the Holy Rosary (7th October) Fr Jeremy Sheehy, Parish Priest of St Peter’s, Swinton, gave a devotional talk at church on using the rosary.
We learned about ways of using the beads, which we discovered are an intrinsic part of devotional life in all the great religious traditions. The talk made it clear that the pattern of repeating the prayers of the Rosary do not conflict with what Jesus warned us against in Matthew’s Gospel, when he taught us not to use vain repetitions in our supplications. Rather the fabric of rosary prayer aids deep meditation and powerful intercession.
It became clear that taking time to use the Rosary to meditate on the many mysteries of the life of Christ is a way of deepening our relationship with God. The evening finished with an opportunity to pray three decades of the Rosary as a group, with our special intentions being the life and work of this Parish and local community, as well as for those who have requested prayer for personal reasons. It was an evening where the Spirit of God was very much with us, and we departed with a profound sense that our prayers had been received.