"Out of the mouths of infants comes forth perfect praise of God."
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is back up and running and Mrs. Willson is recovering, thank you for your prayers. Also we are sharing a bit from a book that will hopefully be back in print very soon. Another wonderful title from Fr. Muller on the Most Holy Rosary. A wonderful in-depth book on the Rosary explained in only the way that Fr. Muller can explain things. Here is a lovely excerpt on children and the Holy Rosary.Devotion to the Holy RosaryBy: Father Michael Muller C. Ss. R.Copyright 1879 Benzinger Brothers
We read in Holy Scripture that Agar was wandering in the sandy deserts of the Arabia with her little boy Ismael. She had with her a bottle of water for the boy, for she could find no water in the deserts. When the water in the bottle was finished, she placed the little boy under one of the trees and went a great way off from him, saying, I will not see the boy die of thirst. then she sat down and lifted up her voice, and began to cry for the poor dying boy. Whereupon an angel of God called to Agar from heaven, and said: "What art thou doing, Agar? Fear not, for God hath heard the voice of the boy.
Arise, take up the boy! . . . And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water, and went and filled the bottle, and gave the boy to drink" (Gen. xxi. 17,18,19). So God heard the voice, not of the mother, but of the child,
and he gave them water to drink. Thus does God hear the prayers of children.
there is a feeling, common to all people, that the prayer of children is all-powerful with Gold. We know this from the revelation of God himself: "Out of the mouths of infants thou has perfected praise" )Ps. viii.)
In a town called Bethulia the church was one day full of children. What was the cause? Soldiers were on their road to this down to kill the people. The people knew that God hears the prayers of children, for they had read the Holy Scriptures "that out of the mouths of infants comes forth perfect praise of God." So they made all the children go into the church, and bow their heads down to the ground and pray for the people. God heard the prayers of the children. He made the cruel soldiers go away, and the people were saved by the children's prayers.
Dear little child, if you have parents who do not lead a good life, God looks to you for their conversion. But what can you do? The good example of a child speaks to the heart of a parent. Then there is prayer - will God turn a deaf ear to the prayer of a child praying for the conversion of its father or mother? No; the Hail Mary which you say every day for their conversion, the prayer you say for them each time you hear Mass, the Holy Communions you offer for them, the sighs of your heart, all rise up before god, and are not forgotten by him; and the day will come when God will send down from heaven the grace of conversion into the hearts of your parents.
During one of our missions, a certain child knelt down every night to say three Our Fathers and three Hail arts for the conversion of his father. One night, towards the end of the mission, when the child was again kneeling down and praying, the father said: "Child, what are you doing there?" "Father," replied the child, "I am praying for your conversion." At that moment the father felt touched by the grace of God. Next day he went to church, made a good confession, and was reconciled with God, Thus it was by the prayer of this good child that God was moved to bestow the grace of conversion upon his father.
God often makes use of children to convert others. Louis Veuillot, editor of l'univers
, in Paris, gave the following acount of his conversion: "I had been brought up," he said,"in ignorance of the truth, with no respect for religion, and hating the Catholic Church. I had a little child, which was wild, passionate, and stupid. I was cross and severe to this child. Sometimes my wife used to say to me: 'Wait a little; the child will be better when it makes its First Communion.' I did not believe it. However, the child began to go to catechism. From that time it because obedient, respectful, and affectionate. I thought I would go myself to hear the instructions on the catechism, which had made such a wonderful change in my child. I went, and I heard truths which I had never heard before. My feelings towards the child were changed. It was not so much love as respect I began o feel for the child. I was inferior to it. It was better and wiser than I was. The week for the First Communion was come. There were but five or six days remaining. One morning the child returned from Mass, and came into a room where I was alone. 'Father,' said the child, ' the day of my First Communion is coming. I cannot go to the altar without asking your blessing and forgiveness for all the faults I have committed and the pain I have often given you. Think well of my faults, and scold me for them all, that I may commit them no more.' The child looked at me with tears in his eyes, and threw its arms round my neck. 'Father,' said the child again, 'I have something else to ask you.' I knew well - my conscience told me - what the child was going to ask; I was afraid, and said: "Go away now; you can ask me tomorrow.' The poor child did not know what to say, so it left me, and I went sorrowfully into its own little room, where it had an altar with an image of the Blessed Virgin upon it. I felt sorry for what I had said; so I got up and walked softly on the tips of my feet to the room-door of my child. The door was a little open; I looked at the child; it was on its knees before the Blessed Virgin, praying with all its heart for its father.
Truly, at that moment I knew what one must feel at the sight of an angel. I went back to my room, and leaned my head on my hands; I was ready to cry. I heard a slight sound, and raised my eyes - my child was standing before me; on its face there was fear, with firmness and love. 'Father,; said the child, 'I cannot put off till tomorrow what I have to ask you - I ask you, on the day of my First Communion, to come to the Holy Communion along with mamma and me.' I burst into tears, and threw my arms around the child's neck, and said: Yes, my child, yes, this very day you shall take me by the hand and lead me to your confessor, and say, 'Here is father.'" So this child also obtained, by its prayer, the grace of conversion of its father.
You may ask why is it that the prayer of little children is so powerful with God? It is because they are innocent, and God willingly hears the prayer of an innocent heart. When our dear Saviour lived on earth, he embraced the little children; he laid his hands upon them, and he blessed them. He rebuked those who tried to prevent them from being presented to him, that he might bless them. He said, "Suffer the little ones to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God" (Mark x. 13-6). Now, children go to Jesus, if they pray to Jesus; and Jesus never lets them go away without having blessed them - that is to say, without having heard their prayers.
There is one prayer which is particularly pleasing to god if it is said by children; it is the prayer of the Rosary. God sent the Blessed Virgin eighteen times to a child who liked to say the beads.
Bernadette Soubirous, of Lourdes, was in 1858 a little girl of fourteen, humble amongst the humbler of this world. This child hid a treasure which God guarded; and the treasure was the innocence of her soul. Simple, childish, extremely docile, very affectionate, all was candor in her looks, speech, and face. She had a horror of sin, and faults committed in her presence pained her. She often scolded her sister for not carrying to pray, for her abruptness and her rough ways. During prayer her posture was always very respectful; she never leaned against anything;was inclined to recollection. Notwithstanding her ignorance, the simple child prayed much. She loved prayer, although as yet she only knew the Rosary. With her poor beads, she often spoke during the day to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Virgin, Mother of God, loved Bernadette, let her grow humble and pious, and waited for her. One day the parish priest met her; the child's air of innocence and candor made a deep impression on him. He saluted her with a sort of respect; and going back to look at her again, he said to himself: "The children to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared on the mountain of La Salette must have been like this little one."
On the 11th of February, 1858, Bernadette accompanied her little sister and a neighbor, who were going to look for dead wood. Whilst sitting down before a grotto, she beheld a wonderful apparition at the end of the grotto. In the midst of a dazzling light, but sweet and peaceful like everything heavenly, a Lady admirably beautiful appeared to the eyes of the child. She was clad in a long white robe, which was fastened at the waste by a flaming azure girdle. A large, plain white veil, like the dress, covered her head and shoulders and whole body, reaching to the ground. Her hands were clasped on her breast as if in silent prayer; she held a long Rosary, as white as snow, whose beads seemed joined by a chain of glittering gold; a beautiful golden cross hung from the Rosary.
The countenance of the Apparition was of ineffable beauty. It breathed at once majesty, innocence, goodness, peace, and tenderness. From the midst of the light the beautiful Lady smiled most sweetly on Bernadette. She seemed to salute her with her hands, and kindly bent her head.
Bernadette instinctively sought in her pocket, took out her Rosary, and attempted to make the sign of the cross; but her hand fell powerless, a certain uneasiness took possession of her. At that moment the Lady took, with her right hand, the cross of the Rosary, and made the sign of the cross, and by a smile of ineffable kindness seemed to say to the child: Do as I do. The Lady clasped her hands and passed the beads of her Rosary between her fingers. Bernadette said the beads.
The Sunday following, Bernadette and some other children went again to the grotto. "Let us kneel down," said Bernadette, "and say our beads." The holy prayer had no sooner begun than the radiant Lady was there before the child as on the first time, surrounded with splendor, with smiling face, and the beautiful white and gold Rosary passing silently through her fingers. "Look!" said Bernadette,"look! there she is! Oh! see, she smiles, and she salutes me." Bernadette knelt down, made the sign of the cross, and began to say the Rosary. The Blessed Virgin received the child's prayer and showed herself to her, continuing to pas through her sacred hands the beads of her Rosary. The heavenly Apparition disappeared almost always at the instant when the favored little one had finished her Rosary. So appeared to the Immaculate Virgin to Bernadette the eighteen times that she deigned to appear in the favored grotto of Lourdes.To be Continued.....
"Blessed Mother and unspotted Virgin, glorious Queen of the world, may all experience thine aid, who celebrate thy solemnity of the most holy rosary."
-Antiphon of the Magnificat, Mass for the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
The Faith that Never Dies or
The Priest of God in the Catholic Home
By: Monseigneur De Segure, Thomas A Kemis, Rev. Jospeh Deharbe S.J. and "A Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict"
+Imprimatur Michael Augustinus Copyright 1900
It was an ancient custom in the East to offer crowns of roses to distinguished persons, and the early Christians loved to honor in this way the images of the Blessed Virgin and the relics of the martyrs. An illustrious bishop, St. Gregory of Naziazum, full of devotion toward the Mother of God, was inspired to substituted for the material crown of roses a spiritual crown of prayers, persuaded that it would be more acceptable to the Blessed Queen of the Church. With this idea that he composed a long series or crown of prayers, which comprehended the most glorious titles, the sweetest praises, and the most excellent prerogatives of Mary. In the seventh century St. Bridget, one of the patron Saints of Ireland, brought this pious thought to a greater perfection. She made the devotion introduced by St. Gregory available to all by substituting for the beautiful prayers he had composed the most popular and still more beautiful prayers of the Creed, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary. And in order to know by some material indication how many prayers had been recited, she adopted the custom of the Anchorites of Thebaid, and threaded the beads of wood or stone in the form of a crown. Rosary signifies crown of roses; and the prayers we daily recite form a wreath of spiritual roses with which in love we crown our Mother and our Queen.
The word chaplet means little crown. The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin is composed of five decades, each of which consists of ten Hail Mary's, preceded by one Our Father. St. Dominic, one of the greatest Saints of Christianity, and one of the most devoted servants of the Blessed Virgin, was specially instructed in this devotion by the Mother of God herself.
In saying the Rosary we repeat the Hail Mary more often than the Our Father, not, as has been said, because we honor the Blessed Virgin more than God, but because, being a devotion instituted in her honor, it is quite natural that the prayers it contains should be specially addressed to her. Everything in its time we might answer. The Rosary is not, as some unusually enlightened minds conceive, a devotion for women. First, I do not see in what men so greatly surpass women, either as regards the intellect, or, still more, as regards the heart. In many cases women are superior to men. And so the saying, "Good for women!" is worth nothing. And what is there in the chaplet that is not good for every one? Is it the Our Father which is not good enough for men? Was not Our Lord speaking to His own Apostles when He taught them this beautiful prayer? Or is it the Hail Mary which is beneath the mind of men? or the Creed at the beginning? or is it the sign of the Cross?
The greatest men of modern times have recited the Rosary with as much devotion as the simple women whom some, with remarkably advanced understandings, appear to disdain. St. Charles Borromeo, St. Francis Xavier, St. Vincent de Paul, Bossuet, and Fenelon are among the great number of those who have offered the Blessed Virgin this daily tribute of praise. St. Francis de Sales made a vow to recite the Rosary every day. IT must be a strange kind of pride which can despise a prayer so honored by such men as these.
The principal mysteries of our redemption, fifteen in number, are celebrated in this devotion; and the right way to which to recite the Rosary is to meditate during each decade on one of the mysteries in the life of Our Saviour, or His Holy Mother, and to ask God through the intercession of Mary for some virtue which we need, or which shines out more especially in the mystery we contemplate; or we may recite each decade for a special intention, to obtain some grace from God, the conversion of a friend, of a father, a mother, a child, for the cure of some disease, the success of some undertaking, or, in case of failure, for patience and resignation. A faithful daily recitation of the Rosary is sure to prove a great source of happiness.
A preacher of the last century was one day called in to hear the confession of a young man who had been seized by apoplexy. He found him quiet unconscious, and left in order to offer up for the dying man a votive mass of the Blessed Virgin. He had scarcely ended when a servant came to tell him that the master was able to speak. What was the surprise of the priest when, on reaching his new penitent, he found him penetrated with feelings of the deepest repentance, and offering his life to God in expiation for his sins! Profiting by these happy dispositions, he received his confession and administered the last sacraments. Not knowing to what his conversion was to be attributed, he quested him as to the cause. "Father," he answered, ""I can only attribute this grace to the fervor of your prayers and to those of my dear mother. When she was dying, she called me, and, speaking to me of the dangers by which my youth would be surrounded, she said, 'my only consolation, my son, is that I leave you under the protection of the Blessed Virgin; promise me to say the Rosary every day.' I promised, and I acknowledge that for ten years this has been the only religious act which I have practiced." On hearing this the confessor recognized the visible protection of the Blessed Virgin, which was clearly manifested in this most consoling death-bed, nor ceased until the sick man had breathed his last sigh.
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This entire month - especially the first Sunday - is devoted to honour the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
The universal popularity of this devotion, and the wonderful graces obtained by its practice, are the best guarantees of its excellence.
The prayers of which it is made up were the favourite prayers of the Church in all ages. The mysteries commemorated make a review of what our Divine Redeemer did and suffered for us. In them we find incitement to practice the virtues most necessary for procuring eternal happiness.
It is easy to see, then, what a powerful means we have to persevere in the love of God, hatred of sin, and control of our passions. Besides, the example of Jesus and Mary encourages us, in our trials, to imitate them.
How many times has the remembrance of the nightly family Rosary of earlier years served as an anchor to a storm-tossed soul, or a shield to defend the youth forced by circumstances to face the dances of bad example or wily seductions? Those in charge of others ought to establish the recitation of the Rosary in common every night before retiring to rest. No matter how humble the home may be or how scant its comforts, the incense of family prayer will make it dear to God, and attract the protection of the Queen of Heaven. Every home thus blessed becomes a cradle of faith, a school of virtue, and a citadel of the Church against the assaults of immorality and infidelity.
"How oft, when trouble filled my breast,
Or sin my conscience pained,
Through thee I sought for peace and rest,
Through thee I peace obtained!
Then hence, in all my pain and cares,
I'll seek for help in thee,
E'er trusting, through thy powerful prayers,
To gain eternity."
Example - Gluck
Gluck, the celebrated composer, was the delicate son of very poor parents in Vienna. He had a beautiful voice, but when singing in the choir of the cathedral he took care that his singing was praying, and not an attempt to attract the attention of the audience.
One day when he had sung an anthem to Mary, in better style than usual, a monk went up to him, and said with emotion, "Oh, my son, you made me shed the most delicious tears of my life to-day. I have nothing to give you in token of my admiration but these Rosary Beads. Keep it in memory of me. Say at least a part of it every day; and if you are faithful to this practice, you will be as dear to God as you will some day be great amongst men."
Gluck was faithful to his Rosary. His family was too poor to allow him to continue his studies. It happened one evening that he was visited by a celebrated choir-master, who was commissioned to go to Italy to collect the works of Palestrina. As a result of the visit, he took the boy with him, promising to complete his instruction. Thence-forth, Gluck walked with giant strides on the path of fame, but was always faithful to his practices of piety.
At the Court of Vienna, in the midst of the evening's amusement, he - now the illustrious maestro - would disappear, and, like a priest for his Office, seek solitude to say his Rosary.
When death, after a glorious life, came to strike him down, it found him prepared. He held in his hand the Beads presented to him in his youthful days by the pious monk.
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INSTRUCTION ON THE FESTIVAL OF THE HOLY ROSARY.
[First Sunday in October.]
ST. DOMINIC preached for a long time with untiring zeal against the heresy of the Albigenses, but few returned to the Church; he, therefore, redoubled his prayers and penitential works, and with special devotion besought the Queen of Heaven to assist him in his labors for the salvation of souls. The Mother of Mercy then appeared to him and taught him the rosary. Strengthened by the high privilege shown him by the Mother of God, he everywhere announced and taught this devotion. In a short time over a hundred thousand heretics were brought back to the bosom of the holy Catholic Church, and the devotion spread rapidly over the whole Christian world. Fraternities were formed and the Supreme Pontiff permitted the Friar Preachers to celebrate the Festival of the Rosary; this was observed with great solemnity. On the 7th of October 1571, the Christians, under the special protection of Mary, the Queen of Heaven, gained a glorious victory over the Turks; the Festival of the Rosary being at that time celebrated at Rome and in the provinces by public processions, in order that by her intercession the Turks might be restrained in their oppressions.
This victory was justly considered as the effect of Mary's intercession, and the holy Pope Pius V. instituted on this day in gratitude a festival which was called "Mary of Victory". This was united by Pope Gregory XIII. with the Festival of the Rosary, and fixed for the first Sunday in October. Finally, on account of another victory gained by Mary's intercession over the Turks in 1715 at Belgrade, Pope Clement XL ordered it to be celebrated by the whole Church, "that the hearts of the faithful might be thereby incited to the greater veneration of the Blessed Virgin, and that the grateful remembrance of the help received from above might never pass away."TO READ MORE HOP ON OVER TO CRUSADERS FOR CHRISTS' BLOG!
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, free to download.Our Lady of the RosaryOur Lady’s Feasts Imprimatur 1945
Of all the devotions dear to the Mother of God, the Rosary has a wider distribution and has been approved by more agencies human and divine than any other. It was a devotion advocated by Our Lady herself in at least three separate apparitions, in different lands and in different centuries, some of quite recent occurrence. In 1858 she appeared to little Bernadette at Lourdes, exhorting her to say the rosary. Long centuries before this, tradition has it that she appeared to a young Spanish priest, Dominic de Guzman, and first described in detail how her Rosary should be said. Few records exist on the subject, but tradition appoints somewhere in the south of France, and the opening years of the thirteenth century, as the place and time of this first apparition. The young priest to whom she appeared was a missionary burdened with the task of fighting a heresy that was causing the ruin of thousands of souls and threatening to overwhelm the Church in France and ultimately in all Europe. Meeting with little success in his mission, Dominic threw himself at Our Lady's feet, begging for some special help in this emergency. Mary answered his plea by describing to him the method of preaching with the Rosary. Whatever the details of its origin, history bears out the fact that the Rosary has been one of the principal factors in the spread of Christianity since that time.
Dominic was not the first to use beads in counting prayers. Centuries before his time, fervent souls had kept account of prayers by using small pebbles or beads, in chaplets of varying prayers and lengths. But tradition ascribes to him the combination of vocal and mental prayers which we now know as the Rosary. A particular scene from Our Lord's life is appointed for meditation with each decade of ten Hail Mary’s, one Our Father, and one Gloria. The prayers themselves are a repetition of the vocal prayers most familiarly known to Catholics. Its very simplicity makes it a devotion quickly grasped by a child, by a new convert, by a person who cannot read. But the vocal limitations place no bounds on the meditation that accompanies the Mysteries. These, even the most learned will never exhaust. “O Queen of the holy Rosary, each mystery blends with thine The sacred life of Jesus in every step divine; Thy soul was His fair garden, thy virgin breast His throne,
Thy heart His faithful mirror reflecting Him alone.”
Our Lady's Rosary was the terrible secret weapon which turned back at least two great armies: the Turkish fleet was vanquished at Lepanto in 1571 by the power of the Rosary, and again in Hungary in 1716 the Mohammedan hordes were turned back by the same weapon. In gratitude for these victories, the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians was appointed to be kept on May 24th. The feast of the Most Holy Rosary is kept either on the first Sunday of October or on October 7th. Also commemorated is the feast of Our Lady of Victory.
It was more than six centuries after Dominic preached the Rosary that Our Lady again appeared, and again in France, in behalf of the Rosary. At Lourdes in the Pyrenees she manifested to a frightened little girl that she was “The Immaculate Conception” and that she wished her Rosary to be said. Since the eighteen successive apparitions there in 1858, an unending stream of pilgrims has poured into Lourdes from all parts of the world, and hundreds of miracles worked at the shrine defy the finest researches of medical science. Almost every Catholic has a Rosary and says it more or less faithfully. How many million miles Rosary beads have traveled through troubled fingers only God and His Mother know. How many miracles of grace it has worked in the lives of those who were faithful to this devotion, it must keep the angels busy to record. How many times it has pulled back from the gates of hell some wayward soul who perhaps has no other devotion, we shall have to wait for heaven to discover.
The vocal prayers of the Rosary are repeated over and over, perhaps because we are all children at heart and children love to ask the same thing over and over of a loving mother. Some have found in this a point to criticize; they have never sounded to its depths this prayer that is so dear to Mary. There are times in all our lives when, faced with pain or sorrow, our very thoughts seem to stop; in such paralyzing moments the only prayers that will come to our lips are those we have said since childhood: the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Gloria. It is a natural thing that a stricken child should call upon its mother for help; so it is that we grope for our Rosary in the darkness of tragedy of temptation. And Our Lady does not fail to help: she is a careful mother.
Paradoxically, though the Rosary is limited to so few prayers said vocally, its possibilities for mental prayer have almost no limits at all. The greatest of mystics and scholars have lost themselves in the depths of the Mysteries presented by these scenes of the Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection of the Redeemer. The wings for soaring are to be found in any of the Mysteries; in the measure in which we can detach ourselves from earth, poor mortals that we are, we are allowed to fly to God.
Throughout the troubled centuries since Dominic first preached the Rosary, it has been a lifeline to heaven for millions of souls. Through the terrors of persecution in country after country, Christians who dared not convene for prayers, who were denied the Mass because all their priests had been killed, whispered in secret the prayer of the Rosary. In this way the Faith has been preserved, sometimes for centuries. Even today, many a Catholic struck down by an accident or sudden illness owes the grace of receiving the Last Sacraments to the fact that he carries a Rosary in his pocket. For that is an unmistakable sign that he is one who has a claim upon the Mother of God; he will have an intercessor to stand beside him at the throne of God. After a lifetime of saying, over and over, “Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,” one could expect nothing else but that she would.
St. Dominic receives the Rosary from Our Lady.
Exposition of Christian Doctrine -Part III Worship
By:A Seminary Professor
Imprimatur 1919 & 1920
Feast of the Holy Rosary
38. What is the feast of the Holy Rosary?
It is the feast by which the Church honors the joyful, the sorrowful, and the glorious mysteries in the life both of Our Lord and of His Blessed Mother.
39. Whence does the feast get its name?
From a formula of prayer called the Rosary (Rosary, from the Latin rosarium, a bed of roses. every Hail Mary is a spiritual rose which we offer o Mary - A Chaplet is one type of the Rosary, and consists of five decades. The name is derived from the Old French chaplet, a little hat (see pg. 606, note a), and then by extension a garland of flowers encircling the head. The resemblance of a string of beads to such a garland explains the application of the term to the Rosary) This formula is composed of fifteen decades of Hail Marys, with an Our Father at the beginning, and a Glory Be to the Father at the end of each decade. While saying these prayers the faithful are to meditate piously on the principal mysteries of the life of Our Lord and of the Most Blessed Virgin.
40. Which are these mysteries?
They are three kinds: joyful, sorrowful, and glorious. 1st. The joyful mysteries are: the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Birth of Our Lord, the Purification of Mary, and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. 2d. The sorrowful mysteries are: the Agony of Our Lord, the Scourging, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, and the Crucifixion. 3d. The glorious mysteries are: the Resurrection of Our Lord, the Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles, the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin, and her Coronation in Heaven.
41. Who established the Rosary?
The pious custom of repeating the Angelical Salutation on pebbles, or beads, dates from the time of the anchorets; but St. Dominic fixed the number of Hail Mary's and added the meditation on the mysteries. It was an inspiration from heaven that prompted this saint to establish and propagate this devotion as a powerful weapon against heresy and vice, at a time when the Albigenses were impudently attacking the worship of the Most Blessed Virgin.
42. What is the origin of the feast of the Holy Rosary?
This feast was established to commemorate the victory of Lepanto gained by the Christian fleet over that of the Turks, October 7, 1571, the first Sunday of the month, at the very moment when the pious confraternities of Our Lady of the Rosary were engaged in the prayers and procession prescribed by their regulations. St. Pius V, who had begged the prayers of the faithful for the triumph of the Christian armies, learned of the victory by revelation. He ordered that it should be commemorated every year under the title of Holy Mary of Victory.
Two years later (1573), Pope Gregory XIII established a feast of double major rite under the name of the Rosary. He ordered it to be celebrated every year on the first Sunday of October in churches possessing a chapel or an altar under the invocation of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is now celebrated on October 7.
Subsequently, at the request of Maria Anna, queen of Spain, Clement X (1671) granted permission to all Spain to celebrate this feast. Its observance was extended to the universal Church by Clement XI (1716), after the victory gained over the Turks, by the Emperor Charles VI, in Hungary, at the very moment when the confraternities of the holy Rosary were marching in solemn procession and begging the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, to put an end to the violence of the Mussulmans.
Pope Leo XIII, in several apostolic letters, earnestly recommended the frequent saying of the Rosary to the faithful, especially in the month of October. In 1888 he raised the feast to the rank of double of the second class with proper Office and Mass; and he added to the Litany of the Most Blessed Virgin the invocation, "Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us."
43. How should we celebrate the feast of the Holy Rosary?
We should: 1st Greet Mary as the glorious destroyer of all heresy throughout the whole world; 2nd Thank her for the victories which Christian nations have gained over their earthly enemies through her intercession; 3d. Resolve to recite the Rosary frequently; for we may then hope that although many evils afflict the Church, yet, through Mary's help, the head of the infernal serpent will again be crushed, and the multitudes that have wandered far from God will return to the practice of faith and good works.
"The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the
remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings.
There is no more excellent way of praying."
-Pope Leo XIII
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The Saint who Taught the Rosary
From The Vine and the Branches
By: A School Sister of Notre Dame and Rev. R.G. Bandas
What Catholic is there, that does not love the Rosary of Our Lady? It was the great St. Dominic who first taught the rosary. By this beautiful prayer he brought many unbelievers into the Church.
The story is told that one day when St. Dominic was praying, he complained to our Blessed Lady, that his preaching did so little good. It was at the time of Pope Innocent III, a time when the Church was going through some of her darkest hours. Dominic begged our Lady to save the Church. She appeared to him and gave him the rosary. With beads in hand, he went out once more to preach; and everywhere he went, he taught the people to say the rosary. From that time on his preaching was successful.
Dominic was born in Spain in 1170. Already as a young student he showed his great kindness of heart. One time when a famine broke out and left thousands of people starving, Dominic sold his books, his furniture, and even his clothing, to help them. At another time he offered himself as ransom for a slave.
He became a priest and at the age of twenty-five went to France with his bishop. There they met an abbot from the same convent in which the great St. Bernard had lived more than fifty years before He was dressed in fine clothing and had many attendants. The abbot complained that in spite of all his preachings, he could not convert heretics.
"You forget," the two men told him, "that our Lord's disciples went out barefoot to preach to the people, and took nothing with them on their journey."
Dominic's heart was almost broken when he saw how the people of France had lost their faith. He spent the rest of his life in defending the faith and converting sinners. By and by other priests joined him in his work of winning back souls to Christ. When they were not preaching, they lived together like monks in the same house. that was the beginning of the Dominican Order, or the Order of Preachers, as it is sometimes called. The monks wear a white habit and scapular and a black mantle.
Besides the Order of men, St. Dominic also founded an Order for women who wished to live in a convent, and a Third Order for men and women living in the world. The nuns spend their time in teaching the young and the members of the Third Order help the others in defending the rights of the Church by their prayers and good works.
St. Dominic died in the year 1221 and his great Order soon spread all over the world.
Together with St. Francis of Assisi, St. Dominic and his monks helped to make the Church strong and firm at a time when their help was most needed. IT was a great work, and it was done by men who like the disciples of Christ, went out poor and barefoot, and took nothing along on the journey.
We are giving away the following Rosary books!
How to Meditate on the Rosary
There are fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary: five Joyful, which tell us about the early Life of Our Lord; five Sorrowful about His suffering; five Glorious, telling us what happened after He rose from the dead.It is not enough to say Our Fathers and Hail Marys. We must at the same time think of the story of each mystery.
In this book two sets of thoughts are given, one thought might be read before each prayer.
The more often we say our Rosary the nearer we shall get to Jesus and Mary. Our Lady herself has asked us to say the Rosary frequently.
4 copies to give a way!
The Holy Rosary Coloring Book
Contains excellent meditations on the 15 mysteries of the rosary; hence it will be appreciated even by adults.
Features 32 pages, size 8½"x11". Most pages have a line drawing, traditional artwork and an explanation on the opposite page. Always popular with children.4 copies to give away!
Some free Rosary items for ALL!
"By how much the more a man dies to himself, by so much more he lives to God."
~ St. Catherine of Siena ~
If you are joining our Notebooking with Butler's Lives of the Saints
the October Notebooking sheets
are ready! There are 30+ saints this month as a few days have more than one Saint. How did you enjoy the September Notebooking pages? We sure are having fun learning about all the different saints! Also now available for download are the October Liturgical Bulletin Board Pieces. Both the Saint's Pieces and the Title/Prayer Pieces are located below as well as on the Liturgical Bulletin Board Page. Don't forget to hop on over to Crusader's For Christ to get the October Issue of the St. Catherine Acadamy Gazette! Some wonderful reading on the Most Holy Rosary!
For those of you who already downloaded this wonderful gem, there has been an update you may want to look into.Hopefully before the week is up we will also have the October Children's Lesson Planner downloads available. Our computer died and so we are busy remaking some things that will lost because of that. As always have a most blessed day!
The Willson family has but out another lovely edition of their newsletter! They have really out done themselves this time, it is just beautiful and full of information for the month of the Holy Rosary. We will be sharing parts of it here on the blog throughout the month of October along with a special give-away of books on the Holy Rosary!In this edition you will not only find a most beautiful coloring picture of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary but also a maze,
Little Poor Man of Assisi, Personal Bodyguards, Children’s Sermon, Honor the King, Blessed Virgin’s Rose Garden
and much more. Visit the Willson's new website, Crusaders for Christ, to download this months edition!