Rosary and Benediction

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament / Benediction

Thursdays, following the 10.00 am Mass until 12 noon.

Every Sunday at 4.00 pm, except during the month of July & August, or Stations of the Cross during Lent.

High Altar at St Raphael’s at Benediction

Benediction is one of the most beautiful and moving ceremonies in Catholic liturgy.  For full details, see Benediction.

Hymns and Prayers at Benediction written by St Thomas Aquinas:

O Salutaris

O Salutaris Hostia
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.


The Rosary

The Rosary is recited daily Monday to Saturday before Mass and on Sundays at 4 pm.

Traditionally, the five Joyful Mysteries are said on Mondays and Thursdays and on the Sundays in Advent.  The five Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesdays and Fridays and the Sundays of Lent.  The five Glorious Mysteries are said on Wednesdays and Saturdays and all the other Sundays of the Year.

The five Joyful Mysteries: 
The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Birth of our Lord in the stable at Bethlehem
The Presentation at the Temple
The Finding in the Temple. 

The five Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
The Crowning with Thorns
The Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion of our Lord.

The five Glorious Mysteries:
The Resurrection of our Lord
The Ascension into Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Assumption of our Lady
The Coronation of our Lady.

For a very helpful introduction to the Rosary and how to pray with the Rosary, please click here and also here, and also here.