Feast of The Most Holy Rosary
"Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world."
- Pope Pius IX
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Part III Worship- Feast of the Holy Rosary
By: A Seminary Professor Imprimatur 1919 & 1920
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.