Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary

Today is the twenty-seventh Sunday of ordinary time. We also celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It’s also Respect Life Sunday. Wow!

I love the Rosary. When I was young, I didn’t know how to appreciate the power of the Rosary. I thought it was so boring when Sister made us pray it in class. One thing she told us somehow stuck in my mind, even after all these years. “Mary never said no to God, so now He won’t say no to her.” She explained, “When you ask her to intercede, God will listen.” So, throughout the years, even when I didn’t think about living the virtuous life, I still remember to turn to her when I’m desperate, truly nowhere to go. She always listens and takes my pleas to her Son. And she always remembers to whisper in my heart to listen to Jesus.

History of the Rosary

The Holy Rosary has a long history. First, there was a practice of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of 150 Psalms. Then, there was a practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Meditations on the life of Jesus, or the Joyful, Sorrowful & Glorious mysteries, begin to attach to the Hail Marys. In 2002, Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries (Mysteries of the Light) to make it a total of 200 Hail Marys.

St. Pius V established the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary to thank God for the victory of Christians at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche were well known preachers of the Rosary. Numerous popes, including Pope John Paul II, advocated the praying of the Holy Rosary, as well as wrote about it. Most recent, “Rosarium Virginis Mariae” (Rosary of the Virgin Mary, 2002 Apostolic Letter, by Pope John Paul II).

You can read more about the history here, or here.

How to pray the Rosary


pray the rosary

As the image depicts:

  • Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed” – the crucifix
  • Say the “Our Father” for the intention of the Holy Father – the first bead
  • Pray three “Hail Marys” for Faith, Hope, and Charity – the next three beads
  • Say the “Glory Be” – the cord before the next bead
  • Announce the First Mystery and then say the “Our Father”
  • Say ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the Mystery
  • Say the “Glory Be” & the “Fatima Prayer
  • Announce the Second Mystery; then say the “Our Father” and repeat these steps as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
  • Say the “Hail Holy Queen” and verse
  • Make the “Sign of the Cross”

Joyful Mysteries (Monday, Saturday, Sundays in Advent): The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Birth of Christ, The Presentation, The Finding of the Child Jesus

Luminous Mysteries (Thursday): The Baptism of the Lord, The Wedding at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom, The Transfiguration, The Institution of the Eucharist

Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday, Friday, Sundays in Lent): The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, The Crucifixion

Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday, all other Sundays): The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption, The Coronation

I will write about meditations in a future post.

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