31 Days of Prayer – The Rosary

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. So, naturally, I want to encourage you to pray the rosary.

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It took me a long time before I realized how powerful and wonderful and scriptural the rosary is. Now, I look forward to praying the rosary. If you are interested, go here to learn about Catholics and the Rosary, and here are some links about the rosary.

I wish I had the chance to make a video or had the opportunity to do a live chat so we could pray the rosary; It just isn’t possible today. However, here is a quick rundown on how to pray the rosary:

On the Cross: Make the sign of the cross, state your intention, and pray the Apostle’s Creed.

Large Bead: Pray an Our Father.

3 small beads: Hail Mary on each bead.

Large bead: Pray a Glory Be, announce the first mystery**, pray an Our Father.

10 small beads: Pray a Hail Mary on each bead.

Large bead: Pray the Glory Be, “Oh my Jesus,”* announce the second mystery, pray an Our Father.

10 small beads: Pray a Hail Mary on each bead.

Continue in this way, remembering to announce the next mystery, until you finish the fifth mystery.

Large bead: finish with the Hail Holy Queen and “Oh, God..” Make the sign of the cross.

*Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven. Amen.

**Joyful Mysteries of the rosary are: The Annunciation, The Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth, The Nativity of Jesus, The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, The Finding of Jesus at the Temple.

**Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary are: The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and fifth, The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.

**Luminous Mysteries of the rosary are: The Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan, The Wedding Feast at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom and call to Conversion, The Transfiguration, and The Institution of the Eucharist.

**Glorious Mysteries of the rosary are: The Resurrection of Jesus, The Ascension of Jesus, The Coming of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of Mary, and The Queenship of Mary.

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Our Lady of the Rosary

The Rosary is one of the most powerful prayers we Catholics can pray. A lot has been written and preached about the rosary and it is an integral part of our Church History.

Our Lady of the Rosary

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This particular feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by St. Pius V because the Christian victory at the Battle of Lepanto was attributed to the praying of the rosary.

Sadly, there is a lot of misconceptions about the rosary and it isn’t always an easy prayer to pray. It can seem monotonous at times but the purpose of the rosary is to mediate on the life, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus. When prayed properly, and in the right spirit, the rosary can lift our hearts and souls to God. In fact, the rosary is so important, there are 15 promises attached to the rosary (as Our Lady revealed to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche).

By the way, are you familiar with the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary? It is also known as the Altar Rosary Society and is world-wide. Most churches have an Altar Rosary Society and if there is one in your area, you should consider checking them out. I recently found out about them and joined the group in my parish. They do a lot of wonderful things for the church, both physically and spiritually.

So, on this beautiful feast day, don’t forget to take time to pray this most efficacious prayer! For more information on this feast go here and here.

God bless!

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