Today, in the Latin rite of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Holy Rosary is important and should be prayed by all the faithful as it has been told to do so by Our Lady in apparitions. There are two important components to the Holy Rosary – one is meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary, and two, vocal prayer. The most important aspect of the Holy Rosary is that it focuses on the life of Jesus Christ. Through the intercessory prayer of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we meditate and pray the life of Jesus Christ.
So how important is the Holy Rosary? Well, I have written on it 13 times. Below is the collection of blog posts, mostly from my series “Mondays with Mary”, I have written on the Holy Rosary beginning in 2012. Please feel free to share this post or any of these others with family and friends.
1. “Mondays with Mary” – The Holy Rosary (May 7, 2012)
2. “Mondays with Mary” – The Holy Rosary, Part Deux and St. Therese of the Child Jesus (September 30, 2012)
3. Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7, 2012)
4. “Mondays with Mary” – The Holy Rosary Through the Words of Blessed John Paul II (October 8, 2012)
5. “Mondays with Mary” – 37th Annual Arizona Rosary Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona (October 22, 2012)
6. “Mondays with Mary” – The Saints and Popes on the Holy Rosary (October 29, 2012)
7. “Mondays with Mary” – 7 Benefits of Praying the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 19, 2013)
8. “Mondays with Mary” – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7, 2013)
9. “Mondays with Mary” – Pope St. John Paul II on Our Lady of the Rosary (October 6, 2014)
10. “Mondays with Mary” – The Method of Praying the Rosary of the Mater Dolorosa (June 29, 2015) – This rosary is different than the Loretto Rosary, but still an important prayer to be prayed.
11. “Mondays with Mary” – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen on Mary and the Rosary (October 7, 2015)
12. “Mondays with Mary” – 40th Annual Arizona Rosary Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona (October 26, 2015)
Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray for Us.
With today’s blog post, that would be now 13 times.
I have always loved the rosary. I have rosaries under my pillow, in my car, in my pocket and never go without one. The stories of our lady’s interventions, especially against the Moslems at the attempted invasion of Italy and at the attempted invasion of Vienna, never fail to inspire me. I try to say at least one decade every day.
My wife and I try to pray five decades each day; most of the time, we succeed. On the five decades for Thursday, we ask “Why did JPII add these particular scenes from the adult life of Jesus to the fifteen existing mysteries?”
I have answers – concepts, actions or decisions that seem to justify contemplation – except for the Third luminous mystery (The preaching of the Kingdom of God, the need for conversion and repentance).