Our Lady of the Rosary
In 1573, Pope Saint Pius V established this feast for to thank God for the Christians' victory over the Turks at Lepanto in Greece. The victory was attributed to the praying the Rosary. Pope Clement XI expanded the feast to the entire Church in 1716. The development of the Rosary has a lengthy history. It was first practiced by praying one hundred and fifty 'Our Fathers.' This practice was followed by a parallel course of praying one hundred and fifty 'Hail Marys.' Eventually, a mystery of Jesus' life was attached to each.
The purpose of the Holy Rosary is to aid us in meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation. Pope Pius XII called it a "compendium of the Gospel." The Rosary focuses on the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. The 'Our Fathers' remind us that Jesus' Father is the initiator of our salvation. Each 'Hail Mary' prompts us to join with the Holy Mother in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of His earthly and heavenly existence. Each 'Glory Be' remind us that the purpose of all life is the Glory of the Blessed Trinity.
The Holy Rosary has appeal through its simplicity. The constant repetition of words create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of our lives. We grow in the hope that God will bring us to share in the Glory of Jesus and Mary now and forever.
Question of the Day: Will you dedicate part of your day to gather your family together and pray the Holy Rosary?
Prayer: 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.