The Rosary Prayers are powerful and efficacious in seeking Christ and as
weapons against evil. The very power of the words themselves can lead those who feel weak in
their prayer life toward a deeper relationship with Jesus, through his Blessed Mother (who
always and only points the way to Him), by creating a general mood, and an attitude and
posture of prayer, through which their open spirits can learn from the Holy Spirit.
The Rosary is a prayer taken directly from Holy Scripture, with the first
part of the Hail Mary taken from the words of the Archangel Gabriel, who called Mary
"Full of Grace," and the second part from the lips of Mary's cousin Elizabeth, who
exclaimed, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!" The
Holy Catholic Rosary is the life and ministry of Jesus, given to us by the Virgin Mary herself
for meditation and prayer in an orderly, reverential manner, whereby we learn who Jesus is.
The Rosary IS not a mantra, nor a good luck charm, nor a
magic spell, or to be worn as ornamentation. To pray the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin
Mary is a sweet chain linking us to God!
The complete Rosary consists of twenty decades divided into four sets of
Mysteries said on specific days, each containing 5 decades: The Joyful, the Luminous, the
Sorrowful, and the Glorious, which comprise the entire Rosary prayer. It is permissible to
pray one set of Mysteries per day, consisting of five decades, or once around the rosary.
Praying the 5 Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays, the 5 Sorrowful on Tuesdays and
Fridays, and the 5 Glorious on Wednesdays and Sundays is a traditional way to recite, with the
addition of the 5 Luminous Mysteries recited on Thursdays.
"The Rosary is my favorite prayer...The simple
prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life."
John Paul II
"Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for Her
Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today."
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
"There is no problem, either material or
moral, national or international, that cannot be solved effectively by the Rosary and by our
Sr. Lucia of Fatima