“The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection.” --Pope John XXIII
Last week I shared in a post and podcast about some of the things I love about October. Another thing I love about October comes from the Roman Catholic Church tradition... October is dedicated as the Month of The Holy Rosary!! It is for the encouragement of praying the Rosary daily. There is also a Feast Day of the Holy Rosary too, Our Lady of the Rosary, which is today, 7th October. Praying the Rosary is one of my favorite forms of prayer.
The Rosary is a special prayer devotion designed for contemplating the great mysteries of the lives of Jesus and Mary. Praying the Rosary is a wonderful way to honor Mary, the Blessed Mother, to be in companionship with her. And wherever Mary is, there is Jesus too! Through prayer of the Rosary, we take our hearts to our Our Lady, Our Holy Mother, and receive loving grace. She desires that we take our special intentions, requests and prayers to her. There is no problem Our Mother turns away from... It is powerful prayer!
The Holy Rosary.org is a beautiful site offering the history and benefits of Rosary prayer, as well as the individual prayers for praying the Rosary. And here is a good Beginner's Guide to the Rosary. Another great site for Rosary Prayer is found here at the Rosary Center. You do not have to be Catholic to pray the Rosary or enjoy the riches that come from this prayer!
Praying the Rosary takes only about 20 minutes... Time spent with Jesus and Our Lady, I want to try for more of that!
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!