Today is the feast day of the Rosary and we as Catholics celebrate it not only today, but throughout the month of October.
Our Lady has approved and confirmed this name of the Rosary. She has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses.
Each complete Rosary is a large crown of roses and each chaplet of five decades is a little wreath of flowers or a little crown of heavenly roses which we place on the heads of Jesus and Mary. The rose is the queen of flowers and so the Rosary is the rose of devotions and the most important one.
In The Secret of the Rosary (p.65), St. Louis De Montfort states: “The Rosary recited with meditation on the mysteries brings about the following marvelous results:
It gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ.
It purifies our souls, washing away sin.
It gives us victory over all our enemies.
It makes it easy for us to practice virtue.
It sets us on fire with love of Our Blessed Lord.
It enriches us with graces and merits.
It supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow men and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces for us from Almighty God.”
“If you say the Rosary faithfully unto death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, ‘you will receive a never-fading crown of glory’ (1 St. Peter 5:4).”“Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if—and mark well what I say—if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”
“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”
“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
Saint Louis de Montfort
“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”
“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche
“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
Pope Blessed Pius IX
“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”
Saint Francis de Sales
“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
Pope Saint Pius X
“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
Sister Lucia dos Santos, Fatima seer
“‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more.”
Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde
Click here Praying the Holy Rosary for a link to EWTN and directions on praying the rosary.
Our Lady once said to Blessed Alan de la Roche in a vision: “When people say one-hundred and fifty Angelic Salutations, this prayer is very helpful to them and is a very pleasing tribute to Me. But they will do better still and will please Me even more if they say these salutations while meditating on the life, death, and passion of Jesus Christ — for this meditation is the soul of this prayer.”
For, in reality, the Rosary said without meditating on the sacred mysteries of our salvation would be almost like a body without a soul: excellent matter but without the form which is meditation — this latter being that which sets it apart from all other devotions.
Our Lady also revealed to Blessed Alan that no sooner had Saint Dominic begun preaching the Rosary than hardened sinners were touched and wept bitterly over their grievous sins. Young children performed incredible penances, and everywhere that he preached the Holy Rosary, such fervor arose that sinners changed their lives and edified everyone by their penances and change of heart.
Blessed Albert the Great learned in a revelation that by simply thinking of, or meditating on, the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a Christian gains more merit than if he had fasted on bread and water every Friday for a whole year, or had beaten himself with his discipline once a week until the blood flowed, or had recited the whole Book of Psalms every day. If this is so, then how great must be the merit that we can gain by the Holy Rosary which commemorates the whole life and passion of Our Savior!
One day, Our Lady revealed to Blessed Alan that, after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the most important as well as the living memorial of Our Blessed Lord’s passion, there could not possibly be a finer devotion nor one of greater merit than that of the Holy Rosary, which is like a second memorial and representation of the life and passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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When Saint Dominic was preaching the Rosary near Carcassone, an Albigensian was brought to him who was possessed by the devil. Saint Dominic exorcised him in the presence of a great crowd of people; it appears that over twelve thousand had come to hear him preach.
During the exorcism, the demon was forced to speak the following about devotion to the Mother of God: “Then listen, you Christians. This Mother of Jesus is most powerful in saving her servants from falling into hell. She is like the sun which destroys the darkness of our wiles and subtlety. It is She who uncovers our hidden plots, breaks our snares, and makes our temptations useless and ineffective.”
“We have to say, however reluctantly, that no soul who has really persevered in Her service has ever been damned with us; one single sigh that She offers to the Blessed Trinity is worth far more than all the prayers, desires, and aspirations of all the saints. We fear Her more than all the other saints in Heaven together, and we have no success with Her faithful servants.”
“Many Christians who call upon Her when they are in the hour of death and who really ought to be damned according to our ordinary standards, are saved by Her intercession. And if that Marietta (it is thus in their fury that they called Her) did not counter our plans and our efforts, we should have overcome the Church and destroyed it long before this and cause the Orders in the Church to fall into error and infidelity.”
“Now that we are forced to speak, we must also tell you that nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because She obtains for Her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins by means by which they obtain pardon and mercy.”
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Information used on this post was taken from:
“The Secret of The Holy Rosary” by St. Louis De Montfort