|Jacob's Dream, William Blake|
Day 7: Jacob's Ladder
Read The Jesse Tree pp. 26-29. Hang ornament (ladder).
Jacob tricks his brother and while fleeing from home dreams of a ladder to Heaven.
Scripture reference: Genesis 28:10-22 (Jacob's dream)
Comments: In his dream, Jacob sees a ladder reaching to Heaven with angels going up and down from Heaven to Earth. Jesus applied this vision to Himself when He told Nathaniel, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." (Jn. 1:51). Jesus is our Ladder to Heaven. In order that we may climb this Ladder without falling, He gives us Mary to help us with her prayers. The greatest of these prayers is the Rosary.
Related Title: Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary
To the Queen of the Most Holy RosaryQueen of the most holy Rosary, in these times of such brazen impiety, manifest thy power with the signs of thine ancient victories, and from thy throne, whence thou dost dispense pardon and graces, mercifully regard the Church of thy Son, His Vicar on earth, and every order of clergy and laity, who are sore oppressed in the mighty conflict. Do thou, who art the powerful vanquisher of all heresies, hasten the hour of mercy, even though the hour of God's justice is every day provoked by the countless sins of men. For me who am the least of men, kneeling before thee in supplication, do thou obtain the grace I need to live righteously upon earth and to reign among the just in heaven, the while in company with all faithful Christians throughout the world, I salute thee and acclaim thee as Queen of the most holy Rosary. Amen.
If you are new to praying the Rosary, this website tells you all about the promises, the prayers, and the mysteries of the Rosary. In this post on EWTN, Fr. Saunders explains the history of the Rosary.