For National Language Month (Buwan ng Wika), my “Prayer by Prayer” challenge will get a Tagalog twist! This time, instead of three short prayers in three different languages, I will focus entirely on one long prayer in one language: Ang Santo Rosaryo sa Tagalog (The Holy Rosary in Tagalog).
As usual, before explaining the August Plan, I want to give the July Report.
Month by Month: July
Sadly, the July “Prayer by Prayer” project (Link) was not very successful. The only prayer I memorized successfully was the Portuguese “O Jesu, e por Vosso amor.” Interestingly, this was also the prayer that I predicted I wouldn’t learn! Unlike the Latin Leonine prayer and the German Tischgebet nach Essen (Prayer after meals), it didn’t have an obvious place in my routine. But then my routine changed a little in July, and I did not hear low Mass as often as normal. Moreover, although I always pray before meals, I often forget to pray after them. In the end, the prayer that I said over and over, at odd times, because I worried I would forget it — that was the prayer I remembered!
The Latin and German prayers will get another chance. I will continue to read the Leonine prayers after Mass until I know them. And I now have a stronger habit of praying after meals, which is good for the Tischgebet nach Essen.
August: Ang Santo Rosaryo sa Tagalog
This month, instead of translating, I will be remembering. I used to say the rosary in Tagalog as a schoolgirl. And of course I know the Ama Namin (Our Father), Aba Ginoong Maria (Hail Mary), Luwalhati sa Ama (Glory Be to the Father), and O Hesus Ko (O My Jesus). But I do need to review the Sumasampalataya Ako (I Believe in God) and Aba Po Santa Mariang Hari (Hail Holy Queen). I also want to be able to say the mysteryo in Tagalog.
Since the start of the month, I have been carrying a Tagalog rosary booklet everywhere I go. The handiest one was Ang Bagong Rosaryo (The New Rosary) — which means it includes the new “Luminous Mysteries”. But my focus is on the traditional prayers and mysteries. If you want to read the prayers, I’ve found a good online booklet (Link).
And if you’re wondering what the Santo Rosaryo sounds like, I’ve embedded a video. Since it’s Sunday, let’s listen to the “Misteryo ng Luwalhati” or Glorious Mysteries!