Pope Francis has asked us to pray the rosary daily during October asking Mary and St. Michael to intercede for the protection of the Church. We have so many prayers in our arsenal it’s no wonder the Holy See chose the most powerful and strongest weapon we have to protect us. The rosary is our assault weapon with a 50 round clip!
Pope Adrian VI said “The rosary is the scourge of the devil”.
St. Padre Pio said “The rosary is THE WEAPON”.
Our Blessed Mother gave herself the title “Lady of the Rosary” at Fatima.
Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction titled an article “The Rosary is Our Spiritual Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Satan”.
My father refers to the rosary as holding the shield of Mary up and around him for protection. I personally feel protected, and safe when praying the rosary. It makes me so secure in the knowledge that I am watched over and protected that I tend to fall asleep right in the middle. Which- again credit to my Dad – I was told that my guardian angel will finish the Rosary for me if I fall asleep. I think my guardian angel is a little overworked in this area.
There are Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary:
- 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.
- It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God, it will withdraw the heart of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of 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 die 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 plentitude 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.
- 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 son, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.
- Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
(Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan) Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes DD Archbishop of New York)
Such power and might in one little string of beads! If you have not already made the rosary part of your daily routine, you are certainly encouraged to do so.
There are many, many sources showing how to say the rosary. Check out our parish app for the prayers of the rosary. The order is as follows:
- Begin with the sign of the cross. Say the Apostles Creed while holding the Cross.
- On the bead above the cross, say the “Our Father”.
- The next 3 beads are “Hail Mary’s” – say these while meditating on the three divine virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love/Charity.
- The space after the 3 beads recite the “Glory Be…”.
- The next single bead is the first mystery and an “Our Father”.
- Pray a “Hail Mary” on each of the next 10 beads.
- The next bead is a “Glory Be…” , “O My Jesus…” and then announce the second Mystery and say an “Our Father”.
- Repeat for the third, fourth and fifth sets of beads.
- When you reach the end – the joiner that links all the decades to the lower part of the rosary – it is up to you to continue around again with another set of mysteries or end the rosary. If you wish to end you say the “Glory Be…”, the “O My Jesus…”, the “Our Father” and end with the “Hail Holy Queen” and the Sign of the Cross.
If you are new to the rosary, stop by our parish office, we have a limited supply and would love to give you a new “weapon” for your prayer arsenal. You can even check out www.rosarymakersguide.org to learn how to make your own.
While discussing this blog topic, several people shared their stories and thoughts about praying the rosary. Here are just a few.
“When I was 10 Years old, I bought a silver colored rosary with pearl beads while on a trip to New York. Thirty years later, I gave that rosary to a friend to take to Medjugorje with her. When I got the rosary back, it was no longer silver, but had turned gold.”
“I think of Mary. She is our Mother, the mother of the Church, the Mother of us all. Who better to turn to for protection and consolation than our own mother who will put her arm around us and tell us ‘everything will be all right’”.
“Praying the rosary makes it harder for me to sin, and harder to not realize when I am sinning.”