WHY PRAY THE HOLY ROSARY?
Though some people today think of the rosary as an outdated, monotonous prayer, many Saints and of course the Blessed Mother emphasize its great value. Our Lady revealed to St.Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche,15 "Promises" (see below) to those who faithfully pray the rosary. She has championed the rosary over the centuries in many Church approved apparitions such as Fatima where she revealed her title as, "The Lady of the Rosary." In her messages, Our Lady always reiterates the importance of praying the rosary "from the heart" and she tells us that "fasting and prayer can stop wars."
Fr. Don Callowy
A recent example of the power of the Rosary was in Nigeria in 2013. The faithful were living through some of the worst persecutions at the hands of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. This terrorist group had turned the Diocese of Maiduguri into a wasteland of destroyed churches, homes, schools and hospitals. Thousands had been tortured and murdered because of their Christian faith. During this terrible persecution Bishop Oliver Doeme was praying in his chapel when he had a vision of Jesus. In the vision Jesus appeared before him, handing Bishop Doeme a sword. As he went to receive the sword it mystically turned into a Rosary. Jesus then told him three times, "Boko Haram is gone." Because of this encounter with Jesus, Bishop Doeme established the Rosary Crusades and since that time has witnessed the near absence of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. Another relatively recent saint and mystic, St. Pio, referred to the Rosary as, "the Weapon." There is no other prayer more powerful and effective than a Rosary prayed with devotion. What good we can do if we return to this great and powerful prayer. (See, "How to Pray the Rosary" below.)
15 Promises Made by Our Lady to Those Who Faithfully Pray the Rosary
1. Whosoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces. (A signal grace may be a simple prayer that is answered or an interior knowing or "sign post" through prayer and discernment that points us towards God’s will.)
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.(In other words, anyone who faithfully prays the Rosary and asks for Mary’s intercession will be saved from hell.)
6. Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of Eternal Life. (An unprovided death means dying while not in a state of grace (dying with unconfessed mortal sin in the soul). The Blessed Mother promises that anyone who regularly prays the Rosary, and earnestly tries to live according to God's will, will be spiritually prepared when their time of death comes.)
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church. (Our Lady ensures that the soul will receive sanctifying grace through the Sacraments prior to its departure from the body.)
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the Light of God and the plenitude of His Graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the Merits of the Saints in Paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of Glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my Sons, and brothers of my Only Son Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Quotes from Popes and
Saints on the Merits of the Rosary
“The Rosary is the 'weapon' for these times.”
– St. Padre Pio
How To Pray the Rosary
Begin by picking up the; rosary and making the sign of the cross and say: I believe in the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Refer to the graphic below for how to say Rosary using the prayers below.
The Rosary prayers:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.Amen.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee, Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruti of thy womb Jesus., Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Ament
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end, Amen
O my Jesus, orgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen
Let Us Pray:
O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life. Grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pour forth we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Saint John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous.
The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.
The Five Joyful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Mondays, Saturdays, and, during the season of Advent, on Sundays:
The Presentation in the Temple
The Finding in the Temple
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and, during the season of Lent, on Sundays:
The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
The Crowning with Thorns
The Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion and Death
The Five Glorious Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Wednesdays and, outside the seasons of Advent and Lent, on Sundays:
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Coronation of Mary
The Five Luminous Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Thursdays:
The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan
The Wedding Feast at Cana
Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God
The Institution of the Eucharist