The Rosary

Our Lady of Fatima specifically requested that we pray the Rosary every day, wear the Brown Scapular, and make the First Saturdays devotions as a means to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as to sanctify our souls and to make amends to God Who is so offended by our sins.

Discover for yourself how these devotions to Our Lady will help bring you closer to Her and Our Lord and help usher in the promised period of peace for your family, your home, your country, and the world.


What is the rosary?

 

What is the Rosary?

The Rosary has been treasured in the Church for many centuries. In a profound sense, it is a summary of the Catholic Faith in language and prayers inspired by the Bible. Pope Pius X wrote that, “among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been favored by so many miracles as the devotion to the Most Holy Rosary.”

The Rosary traditionally is said to have originated with St. Dominic, a Spanish friar of the Thirteenth Century, who was the founder of the Order of Preachers (more commonly known as the Dominicans) and a mighty missionary against heresy.

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One night, as he was deep in prayer, Our Lady appeared to him, holding the Rosary in Her hand and said:

“Be of good cheer, Dominic, the remedy for the evils which you lament will be meditation on the life, death and glory of My Son, uniting all with the recitation of the angelic salutation (Hail Mary) by which the mystery of redemption was announced to the world. This devotion, which you are to inculcate by your preaching, is a practice most dear to My Son and Me. The faithful will obtain by it innumerable advantages and shall always find Me ready to aid them in their wants. This is the precious gift which I leave to you and to your spiritual children.”

Over the centuries, inspired by the teachings of St. Dominic and his followers, especially Blessed Alain de la Roche and St. Louis de Montfort, the Holy Rosary has become the most beloved and popular of all Catholic devotions. It has long been associated with innumerable miracles of faith and healing.

Speaking of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima (where She identified Herself as “the Lady of the Rosary”), Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité has written in The Whole Truth About Fatima (Volume I: Science and the Facts) that “if She willed to appear at the Cova da Iria holding (the Rosary) in Her hand... it was to show us that it is the surest means, because it is the easiest and the humblest, of winning Her Heart and obtaining Her graces.”


For Further Reading:

15 Promises for Praying the Most Holy Rosary

Sister Lucy of Fatima Speaks on the Rosary

Rosary of Our Lady, Hope of the World

Arm of Peace

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The 54-Day Rosary Novena

 

On March 3, 1884, Our Lady of Pompeii appeared before the gravely ill daughter of an Italian military officer and through her, gave the world a new devotion of tremendous power.

For over a year, Fortuna Agrelli had been in great distress and even near death. Indeed, her case had been given up as hopeless by the most celebrated physicians. In desperation, on February 16, the afflicted girl and her family began a novena of Rosaries.

Read more: The 54-Day Rosary Novena

Rosary in Action

 

The Family Rosary

“Give me one million families praying the Rosary and the world is saved.”

– Blessed Pope Pius IX

We have all heard that the family that prays together stays together. It seems that in our difficult times, in which the family is continuously assaulted from almost every direction, the family needs the weapon of prayer more than ever. But how should the family pray? St. Francis de Sales said that the greatest method of praying is the Rosary.

Read more: Rosary in Action