The Holy Rosary of the Blessed Mary
Catholic rosary is a devotion dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of God. (CCC 971).
The rosary consists of fifteen decades. Each decade focuses upon a particular mystery in the life of Christ and his Blessed Mother.
It is customary to say five decades at a time, while meditating upon one set of mysteries.
|Joyful Mysteries - Prayed on Mondays & Saturdays|
I. The Annunciation
II. The Visitation
III. The Birth of our Lord
IV. The Presentation of our Lord
V. The Finding of our Lord in the Temple
|The Luminous Mysteries - Prayed on Thursdays|
I. The Baptism of Our Lord
II. The Wedding at Cana
III. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
IV. The Transfiguration of Our Lord
V. The Last Supper
|Sorrowful Mysteries - Prayed on Tuesdays & Fridays|
I. The Agony in the Garden
II. The Scourging at the Pillar
III. The Crowning with Thorns
IV. The Carrying of the Cross
V. The Crucifixion and Death of our Lord
|Glorious Mysteries - Prayed on Wednesdays & Sundays|
I. The Resurrection
II. The Ascension
III. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
IV. The Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven
V. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY
|1||While holding the crucifix make the Sign of the Cross and then recite the Apostles Creed||
|2||Recite the Our Father on the first large bead.|
|3||Recite a Hail Mary for an increase of faith, hope and charity on each of the three small beads.|
|4||Recite the Glory Be to the Father on the next large bead.|
|5||Recite the Fatima Prayer "O my Jesus" on the large bead.|
|6||Recall the first Rosary Mystery and recite the Our Father on the large bead.|
|7||On each of the adjacent ten small beads (also referred to as a decade) recite a Hail Mary while reflecting on the mystery.|
|8||On the next large bead, recite the Glory Be to the Father, the Fatima prayer.|
|9||Each succeeding decade is prayed in a similar manner by recalling the appropriate mystery, reciting the Our Father, ten Hail Mary's while reflecting on the mystery, the Glory Be to the Father, and the Fatima prayer.|
|10||When the fifth mystery is completed, the Rosary is usually concluded with the Hail Holy Queen and the Sign of the Cross.|
Fifteen Promises of the Rosary
Roman Catholic tradition states that in the thirteenth century, through Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan de Rupe, the Blessed Virgin Mary made fifteen specific promises to Christians who pray the rosary. The fifteen stated promises range from protection from misfortune to meriting a high degree of glory in heaven.
The 15 stated promises:
- Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
- I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
- The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
- The Rosary will cause virtue and 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.
- The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
- Whoever 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.
- Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
- 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.
- I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
- The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
- You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
- All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
- 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.
- All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ.
- Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Her name was Mary, a form of the name Miriam, the famous sister of Moses. The name was common among Jewish women in those days.
A well-known tradition says she was born in Jerusalem, the daughter of Joachim and Ann. Other early sources say Mary was born in Nazareth. There is even an ancient record that points to Sepphoris, a town a few miles from Nazareth, as her birthplace. Read More...