The Eucharist and the Rosary: Mystery, Meditation, Power, Prayer

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"Matthew Swaim takes a unique approach to Rosary devotion in exploring the many facets of the mysteries of the Rosary found in the Mass. Follow Matthew as he discovers a new dimension to the traditional devotion of Rosary prayer. Meditations on scripture through the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary become ever new and inspirational when connected directly to the celebration of the Eucharist. All twenty mysteries of the rosaries are considered and each chapter offers suggestions at the end to help you deepen your
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"Matthew Swaim takes a unique approach to Rosary devotion in exploring the many facets of the mysteries of the Rosary found in the Mass. Follow Matthew as he discovers a new dimension to the traditional devotion of Rosary prayer. Meditations on scripture through the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary become ever new and inspirational when connected directly to the celebration of the Eucharist. All twenty mysteries of the rosaries are considered and each chapter offers suggestions at the end to help you deepen your awareness of Christ's love.PaperbackView sample pages.Endorsements""What a beautiful way to connect the two most popular practices of the Church! What's more Catholic, in the popular imagination, than the Mass and the Rosary? Matt Swaim shows us a way to integrate them in a life of prayer that's a continuous act of praise. This book is rich, and it's for everybody. Share the wealth."" Mike Aquilina, Executive Vice-President, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, EWTN host""Matt Swaim offers insight and clarity as he explains the significance of the mysteries of the Rosary in our daily lives. As a convert to Catholicism, Matt shares his vibrant, mature faith in a wise and witty handbook to make the Rosary more accessible and meaningful as a form of prayer and meditation. An inspiring new voice in Catholic publishing.""Marybeth Hicks, Columnist for the Washington Times""What a glorious idea -- ""viewing the Mass through the lens of the Rosary, and vice versa!"" This book has instilled in me new excitement and wonder for both. Complete with insights from Scripture, sayings of the saints, the author's personal anecdotes and reflections, practical questions and poignant prayers for each and every rosary mystery, this book is an invaluable guide for all who would seek to grow closer to Christ. And coming from Matt Swaim, that The Eucharist and the Rosary: Mystery, Meditation, Power, Prayer is as fun as it is profound, well, that's no mystery.""Dr. Kevin Vost, author of Memorize the Faith and Fit for Eternal Life"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764818738
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 878,602
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Swaim works at Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio and is the producer of "The Son Rise Morning Show," a nationally syndicated program on the EWTN global Catholic radio network. He holds a B.S. degree in Media Communications (2002) from Asbury College.

Though serving in many non-Catholic Christian ministries prior to his conversion, Swaim entered the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil of 2005, and his "zeal of conversion" brings an added excitement to his practice of the faith.

He and his wife Colleen reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Watch an interview with Matt Swaim: Journey Home - Former Methodist - Marcus Grodi with Matt Swaim - 03-14-2011

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

The Joyful Mysteries 1

The Annunciation: "Only say the word?" 2

The Visitation: "How can this be?" 7

The Nativity: "Let us go to Bethlehem." 12

The Presentation at the Temple: "Looking for the Redemption" 17

The Finding in the Temple: "Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house? 22

The Sorrowful Mysteries 27

The Agony in the Garden: "Watch and pray." 28

The Scourging at the Pillar: "By his bruises we are healed." 33

The Crowning With Thorns: "Hail, King of the Jews!" 37

Carrying of the Cross: "Take my yoke upon you." 42

The Crucifixion: "The sun's light failed." 46

The Glorious Mysteries 51

The Resurrection: "The Firstborn From Among the Dead" 52

The Ascension: "A cloud took him from their sight." 57

The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost: "He lives with you and will be in you." 61

The Assumption of Mary: "He has lifted up the lowly." 66

The Coronation of Mary: "The Queen takes her place at your right hand." 70

The Luminous Mysteries 75

The Baptism of the Lord: "This is my Son, the Beloved." 76

The Wedding at Cana: "Do whatever he tells you." 81

The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God: "It is righteousness." 86

The Transfiguration: "It is good that we are here." 92

The Institution of the Eucharist: "Do this in remembrance of me." 96

Appendix 1 Prayers for Meditating Upon the Mysteries of the Rosary in the Context of the Mass 101

Appendix 2 Praying the Rosary as a New Catholic 107

Sources 117

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Original - and that's no easy task!

    Originality- I know, the last word you were expecting me to use for a book about the Eucharist and the Rosary, but that is what Matt Swaim delivers. I am not aware of another work that uses the twenty mysteries of the Rosary to zero-in on specific elements of the Mass. I love both and have written on both; but this book made new connections for me between Scripture and the Mass - insights that emerged for Swaim while meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary - that I couldn't wait to share with friends.

    Swaim says in the book's introduction that he views it as a work of "personal devotion rather than liturgical exploration or even theological speculation;" but trust me, there's more than enough liturgical and theological insight to satisfy even the most intellectually-oriented among us. Swaim's language is down-to-earth and easy to follow, but the realizations he leads us to are incredibly profound; and I found this to be especially true in his recurring consideration of the priesthood. Here's but a glimpse into the treasure trove: "The reason that the response of Elizabeth [in the Visitation] to the Christ-carrying Mary is striking to us is because our own response to the Christ-carrying priests is usually underwhelming by comparison . . .a mistake we sometimes make in the Catholic Church [is] one of treating priests, whose consecrated hands make Christ present on the altar, as mere sacramental vending machines" (p.9).

    Like me, I sincerely hope that other readers will make us of Appendix I, in their preparation for Mass. Swaim has somehow crystallized his reflections on each mystery into prayers only two or three lines in length, that nonetheless capture an application of each mystery to the Mass and petition the Lord to allow us to share therein.

    At 7" by 5" and 115 pages, the books' physicality strikes me as rather iconic of the realities it focuses upon - the contemplation of an unassuming young girl from Nazareth and sacramental signs as mundane as bread and wine; nothing of note in the eyes of the world but both filled with the power and very presence of God incarnate.

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