Rosary in Action

When the family comes together to pray the Rosary, they are complying with a request made by Our Lady of Fatima in each of Her apparitions. Blessed Jacinta of Fatima, the youngest member of her family, was the one who convinced her family to pray the family Rosary together. We also should try to establish this most efficacious custom in our families.

Prayer Groups

In his book The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort lists the following benefits to the practice of public group prayer, especially the Rosary:

  1.  Normally, our minds are far more alert during public prayer than when we pray alone.

  2.  When we pray in common, the prayer of each one belongs to all. We make one great prayer together, so that if one person is not praying well, someone else in the same gathering who prays better may make up for his deficiency. In this way, those who are strong uphold the weak. Those who are fervent inspire the lukewarm.

  3.  One who prays his Rosary alone only gains the merit of that one Rosary. But if he prays it together with others, he gains the merit of each Rosary. This is the law of public prayer.

  4.  Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer, to appease the anger of God, and to call down His mercy. Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.

  5.  If the faithful pray five decades of the Rosary in company with others, whether in public or private, they may gain an indulgence of ten years, once a day. A plenary indulgence can be gained on the last Sunday of the month — with the addition of detachment from venial sin, Confession, Communion, a visit to a church and prayers for the intentions of the Pope — if they perform such recitation at least three times in any of the preceding weeks.

The Block Rosary

The Block Rosary consists of groups of people living within close proximity of each other praying the Rosary for the Church, their families, their communities and their country, once a week. It is suggested that they especially pray for the Pope and bishops, so that they do their part to bring peace to the world by consecrating Russia in the form requested by Our Lady at Fatima.

The group meets at a different participant’s home each week at the same day and time. They should not serve refreshments or have discussions or long conversations on these occasions, as it is not a social event. The group should not let the Block Rosary in its area lose its spiritual purpose little by little by letting it turn into a social event.

Therefore prayer groups, and especially the Block Rosary, are ways in which we can truly come together to draw down grace and mercy from God through the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When we pray in groups, we — as members of the Church Militant — strike a powerful blow against God’s enemies. Let us therefore gather together to pray, and commit to reciting the Rosary together once a week, and thus doing our part to convert sinners and bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Universal Living Rosary

The Living Rosary is a special way to join your prayers with those of others, through the powerful prayer of Our Lady’s Rosary. The Living Rosary Association was founded in 1826 by Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot.

Being a member of the Living Rosary consists in enrolling with the Association, and upon being assigned one decade of the Rosary, reciting it faithfully every day for the rest of one’s life. One is not bound to fulfill this condition under pain of sin, but one must intend to remain faithful. One’s decade may be prayed any time during the day. The indulgences granted to this devotion include all those of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary.

Fourteen other members’ decades will constitute the remainder of the fifteen-decade Rosary. Thus the individual unites his prayers with those of fourteen others, who together pray an entire fifteen-decade Rosary every day. Pauline Jaricot’s idea was to form a prayer group consisting of “the good, the mediocre and those individuals who had only good will — 15 coals: one being well lighted, three or four partially so and the others not at all. Bring them together and you have a furnace!”

For Further Reading:

What You Can Do with Friends and Neighbors

The Living Rosary

Special Rosary Crusader

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