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A St. Monica Group from Leyte

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I received an email from Bato, Leyte inquiring about the St. Monica chaplet.  It goes

We are a group of 10 mothers whose patron saint is St. Monica. I read in your page that there is a St. Monica group in place. I would like to know if they have the chaplet rosary of St. Monica. I have been surfing the net for a novena & I found one but we need the chaplet rosary. I hope you can help us. We are from Bato, Leyt. Its has been two years since we organized the group & we are celebrating the feast day of St. Monica this Aug. 27. Our celebration would be fulfilled with the chaplet rosary. Thank you.

First, I’d like to say that I found the email very heartening. I had no idea that the devotion to S. Monica was alive in Leyte. Bato, Leyte, I found out later is in the southwestern part of Leyte. Here is a description from their municipal website:

The town is located in the province of Leyte, Regon VIII. It is approximately 157 kilometers southwest of Tacloban City. Being strategically located along the western portion of the island of Leyte. Bato serves an ideal and popular jump off point for Cebu, the rest of the Visayas and the northern portion of Mndanao. Thus it has a great advantage over nearby municipalities in terms of commercial transport and a popular convergence point for businessmen, traders, civc groups and tourist.

Bato is 27 kilometers away from Maasin City, the capital city of the province of Southern Leyte and 48 kilometers away from Bayabay Leyte.

I’ve never been to the place. In fact, if not for the email, I wouldn’t even know there was such a place.

Second, the one who sent me the email (whose name I will not publish here) is asking about the St. Monica chaplet. We also have our group of mothers here in San Pedro who call themselves “the St. Monica Intercessory Group”, but from what I know, they don’t use a chaplet: they regularly meet around the Scriptures and the Blessed Sacrament.

The S. Monica Prayer Group of MGCP with Fr. Jing Mejorada

I know — vaguely — that there is a chaplet of Our Lady of Consolation that we used to pray in the seminary. But a chaplet of St. Monica? I did a search on it and found this page from Via Rosa. The chaplet is described thus:

This chaplet comprises a medal and 32 beads — one for each year St. Monica wept and prayed for the conversion and salvation of her son, Augustine. There are two beads on the pendant, and six groups of five beads (one large and four small).

For a much better rendering of the photo of the chaplet of St. Monica, click on the picture.

How I wish I could help the one who sent me the email.  Apart from the fact that I am not familiar with this devotion, I don’t even know whether the devotion derives from the Order or is a devotion that derives from other origins (the devotion to St. Monica began in France, after all, long before the Order of St. Augustine was founded.)  So I forwarded the email to the members of the St. Monica Intercessory Group of our parish in the hope that they could help them with the query or at least try to get to know them.  Mothers, will know what to do best in this regard.

Originally posted 2008-08-12 17:34:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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