Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How to Pray the Rosary: Quick Guide

The Rosary is a prayerful meditation for peace, and in the words of Pope John Paul II, the goal of praying the Rosary is "the improvement of the living conditions of all."  

In a world where our brothers and sisters struggle daily with poverty, hunger, inequality, hatefulness, disease, and oppression, the Rosary can act as a daily reminder to come together to help one another overcome those conditions - with the help of God.

Instructions for praying the Rosary are followed by a listing of the daily Mysteries and biblical references to each of those Mysteries.  Remember that "a" following a passage's citation is a call to focus on the first part of a passage, and "b" is a call to focus on the end of a passage.

The Prayers of the Rosary

 Begin by making the Sign of the Cross.
 Pray the "Apostle's Creed."
 Pray the "Our Father."
 Pray one "Hail Mary" per each of the three beads.
 Pray the "Glory Be" in the space between the three close beads and the next solitary bead.
Announce the First Mystery.  The types of Mysteries are the Joyful (Sundays during Advent, Mondays and Saturdays), Sorrowful (Sundays during Lent, Tuesdays and Fridays), Glorious (Wednesdays and Sundays), and Luminous (Thursdays). More information appears at the end of this post, and the hyperlinks direct you to follow-along videos.
 Pray the "Our Father" on the next solitary bead.
 While meditating on the First Mystery, pray one "Hail Mary" per the next 10 beads.  This is called a "decade."
 In the space following the decade, pray the "Glory Be" . . .
 and the "Fatima Prayer."

“Oh my Jesus forgive us our sins save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those most in need of thy mercy.”
 Announce the Second Mystery . . .
 and pray the "Our Father."
 Repeat that pattern through each decade.
End the Rosary by praying the "Hail Holy Queen."

About the Mysteries

If you are unfamiliar with any of the Mysteries, please use the referenced passages to explore their meanings. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mizeria: A Dairy Free Cucumber Salad Recipe

Polish Mizeria, Cucumber Salad, Made Gluten and Dairy Free!

Traditionally, mizeria is made with sour cream.  However, it's just as tasty made with the tangy zip of Miracle Whip, now also made as "Gold Standard Recipe" with no high fructose corn syrup! 

That makes my mizeria okay for folks who are gluten free, dairy free, or following a low FODMAP diet!  In other words, thanks to the folks at Kraft who brought back the original Miracle Whip recipe, mizeria is back on my menu!  

Mizeria, or Polish Cucumber Salad

I generally make enough for one or two meals serving one or two people.  That is, I don't make a whole lot at once, otherwise I eat it all at once.  You can double or triple the recipe as you see fit.
  • 1 large or 2 small cucumbers
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 tsp Fresh or dried dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs Miracle Whip Gold Standard Recipe
  • 2 - 3 large radishes

  1. First clean, peel (or don't peel), and thinly slice your cucumber and add it to a mixing bowl.
  2. Clean, peel, and thinly slice your green onion and add it to the cucumber slices.
  3. Add 1 tsp dill, salt and pepper, and Miracle Whip to the mixing bowl.
  4. The fun bit: Wash your hands, then toss your salad until everything is evenly coated with the Miracle Whip. Wash your hands, again.
  5. Serve fresh or chilled with additional dill and radish slices on the side. 

Note: For purists, you can add a bit of vinegar to the recipe, but Miracle Whip already contains a bit of vinegar, so I skip it.

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