By: Nancy Reeves
Written: Sunday, May 6, 2018
I didn’t sign up for the Rosary. JoAnn Ferguson was coordinating it and I just did not want to commit to participating. I had a busy weekend. I planned to attend. If I had time. But participate? No. I showed up in the clothes I wore to Mass this morning. Minus my wedges. Plus comfortable flip flops. I was going to sit in the back row. Isn’t it mysterious how God works? In ways we just don’t see coming.
So when I walked in the atrium and heard, ‘Here’s Nancy. She can be a yellow!’, I said I hadn’t signed up. I wasn’t participating. I don’t know what to do. The reply? None of us know what to do. There were some no-shows. I was conscripted. I donned a yellow scarf and joined the ranks. I felt out of sorts. I was definitely out of uniform. I hadn’t got the ‘wear a white shirt’ memo.
Fifty Hail Marys. Fifty women of the parish. Five sets of different colored scarfs. JoAnn tried her best to explain what would happen. We just needed to process into the sanctuary and be seated in the first pew. We did. Then came the blessings.
We scarved females found our way to the pews with some confusion and rearranging. Then Fr. Jeffrey processed in with three white-scarves ladies of our Parish. He began. After a brief explanation he started praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. The white scarves led the first three Hail Marys. One by one each “bead” stood and led a Hail Mary. And my heart opened up and my ears listened. And the voices were varied. And they were beautiful. There were accents from around the globe. There were young voices. There were old voices. There were soft voices. There were shy voices. Some voices were confident. Some had to read their Hail Mary. Some of us got the prayer wrong. Yet, all of us did it just right. Because we participated. And prayed. Together. It was blessed and beautiful. It does not matter that it wasn’t perfect. Because it was exactly how it was supposed to be. Holy.
After the Rosary, JoAnn got to fulfill her dream of crowning Mary, our Blessed Mother. JoAnn’s love and sincerity shined upon us all. Well done JoAnn. Well done.