October the month of the Rosary

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Hello everyone!  I’ve been away for some time now and for a very good reason.  February 9th I became a grandmother. My daughter had our first grandchild (a grandson) and I have been very busy watching him four days of the week and even some weekends. He has been my everything since then and I’ve been loving it!

I thought it would be special to come back to the blogging world with a post on the Rosary. I feel so blessed with a wonderful grandson and it would be fitting to honor our Lord with a post about the Holy Rosary.

We as Catholics celebrate the Rosary this month and it’s feast day, which is today, the 7th of October.

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The Rosary is composed of the prayer of Christ (the Our Father) and the Angelic Salutation (the Hail Mary) and is without doubt the first prayer and principle devotion of the faithful and has been in use all through the centuries, from the time of the apostles and disciples down to the present.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.”

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It was in the year 1214, that the Church received the Rosary in it’s present form.  It was given to the Church by St. Dominic, who had received it from the Blessed Virgin as a means of converting the Albigensians who were members of a Catharistic sect of southern France flourishing primarily in the 12th and 13th centuries.  They were members of one of various ascetic (a person who dedicates their life to practices of extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons.) and dualistic (the two principles are those of good and evil.) sects especially of the later Middle Ages teaching that matter is evil and professing faith in an angelic Christ who did not really undergo human birth or death.  Albigenses was a heresy  that developed in the town Albi in Southern France during that time period..october-the-month-of-the-rosary

Our Lady appeared to Saint Dominic accompanied by three angels while he was in a coma due to the harsh penance he was inflicting upon himself to appease the anger of God.  This anger was because Saint Dominic was seeing the gravity of the Albigensians sins and hindering their conversion.  Our Lady said, “Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?”

“Oh, my Lady,” answered Dominic, “you know far better than I do, because next to your son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation.”

Then our Lady replied, “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament.  Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.”

The Psalter is the traditional 15 decade Rosary of Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries, that we still pray today.october-the-month-of-the-rosary

Saint Dominic arose, comforted and burning with zeal for the conversion of the people and made straight for the cathedral.  At once unseen angels rang the bells to gather the people together and St. Dominic began to preach.

At the beginning of his sermon, an appalling storm broke out, the earth shook, the sun was darkened and there was so much thunder and lightening that all were much afraid.  Even greater was their fear when looking at a picture of our Lady exposed in a prominent place and saw her raise her arms to heaven three times to call down God’s vengeance upon them if they failed to be converted, to amend their lives and seek the protection of the holy Mother of God.

God wished, by means of these supernatural phenomena, to speak the new devotion of the holy Rosary and to make it more widely known.

At last, at the prayer of St. Dominic, the storm came to an end and he went on preaching. So fervently and compellingly did he explain the importance and value of the Rosary that almost all the people embraced it and renounced their false beliefs.

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There were other occasions when our Lord and our Lady appeared to Saint Dominic to urge him and inspire him to preach the Rosary more and more in order to wipe out sin and convert sinners and heretics.

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From the time St. Dominic established the devotion to the holy Rosary up to the time when Blessed Alan de la Roche (a Dominican Father from the monastery at Dinan, France) re-established it in 1460, it has always been called the Psalter of Jesus and Mary.  This is because it has the same number of Hail Marys as there are psalms in the Book of the Psalms of David.  Since simple and uneducated people were not able to say the Psalms of David, the Rosary was held to be just as fruitful for them as David’s Psalter is for others.

Ever since Blessed Alan de la Roche re-established this devotion, the voice of the people, which is the voice of God, gave it the name of the Rosary, which means “crown of roses”.  That is to say that every time people say the Rosary devoutly they place on the heads of Jesus and Mary 153 white roses and 16 red roses.  Being heavenly flowers, these roses will never fade or lose their beauty.

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.

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Quotes on the Rosary:

“Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”
Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
Pope Blessed Pius IX

“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”
Saint Francis de Sales

“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

“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
Saint Dominic

“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).”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Rosary is THE weapon.”
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
Saint Bernardine of Siena

“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“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

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“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.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“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

“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.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“‘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

 

Praying the Holy Rosary

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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

https://www.tfpstudentaction.org/get-involved/campus-rosary-crusade/quotes-on-the-rosary

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