Monday, July 16, 2007

Mother of our exiles

A discussion of the history of our family would not be complete without mentioning the faith that sustained them throughout so many struggles and trials.

Ilona's Catholic faith, such an important part of her life, was passed down to her children through family prayer and by attending Mass together. For many years Ilona was a member of the Mother Butler Society, serving the Church in many ways. One of the tasks of this society that she participated in was the making of macrame Rosaries to be sent overseas to missions. The Rosary in this picture is one that she made that is now in my possession. (Picture coming soon...)

The Rosary, such an important part of her life, is a prayer and meditation honoring the Virgin Mary and focusing on different periods in her life and the life of Jesus. The Hail Mary is an important part of the Rosary.

Here is the Hail Mary in Hungarian, Croatian and then in English.

Hail Mary in Hungarian

Hail Mary in Croatian

Zdravo Marijo, milosti puna, Gospodin s Tobom, blagoslovljena Ti medju zenama, I blagoslovljen plod utrobe Tvoje: Isus. Sveta Marijo, Majko Bozja, moli za nas grjesnike sada I na cas smrti nase. Amen.

Hail Mary in English

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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