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The Holy Rosary. The Story of the Holy Rosary The devotion of the Holy Rosary has been treasured in the Church for many centuries. It is a summary of

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  • The Holy Rosary

  • The Story of the Holy RosaryThe devotion of the Holy Rosary has been treasured in the Church for many centuries. It is a summary of Christian faith in language and prayers inspired by the Bible. The Rosary is one of the best prayers that families are invited to recite.

  • Three appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the RosarySaint DominicOur Lady of LourdesOur Lady of Fatima

  • Saint DominicThe origin of this devotion is traditionally connected with St. Dominic who was in Spain in the thirteenth century. He founded the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans. He went to France as a missionary to convert some people.One day the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Dominic, holding a Rosary in her hand. She told him that the devotion of the Rosary would convert sinners and obtain great graces from God. She said, This is the precious gift which I leave to you.Saint Dominic taught the people how to say the Rosary. Soon, more than one hundred thousand people were converted.

  • Our Lady of LourdesIn 1858 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared eighteen times to Saint Bernadette, a humble peasant girl, at Lourdes in France. She appeared in a rocky cave in a glow of brightest light. She wore a white robe and a blue sash, and on each of her feet there was a golden rose. A white Rosary with a cross of gold hung from her right arm.The beautiful Lady said the Rosary with Bernadette. She asked her little friend to tell the people to do penance for their sins and to pray. One day Bernadette asked, My lady, would you be so kind as to tell me who your are?The Lady joined her hands and looking up to heaven, said, I am the Immaculate Conception.

  • St. Bernadette

  • Our Lady of FatimaOn May 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin appeared to three little shepherd children at Fatima, in Portugal. Their names were Lucy, Jacinta, and Francisco. The beautiful Lady was dressed in white, and she stood on a bright cloud over a small oak tree. From her right hand hung a white Rosary. She said to the children: Have no fear. I come from heaven. I want you children to come here on the thirteenth day of each month, until October. Then I will tell you who I am.On October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary again appeared to the children of Fatima. She said: I am the Lady of the Rosary. I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. People must not continue to offend our Lord, already so deeply offended. They must say the Rosary.

  • The Prayers of the RosaryThe Sign of the CrossThe Apostles CreedThe Our FatherThe Hail MaryThe Glory Be to the FatherThe Hail, Holy Queen

  • The Mysteries of the RosaryAs we recite the prayers of the rosary, we think about certain stories in the lives of Jesus and Mary. There are four sets of five mysteries, or stories, for us to think about while we pray the rosary. The stories tell of certain events in the lives of Jesus and Mary.

  • The Joyful MysteriesThe Joyful Mysteries help us to think of Marys joy when Jesus came into the world. They are:The AnnunciationThe VisitationThe Birth of the Child JesusThe Presentation of Jesus in the TempleFinding of Jesus in the TempleUsually said on Mondays and Saturdays [except during Lent] and the Sundays from Advent to Lent.

  • The Luminous MysteriesThe Luminous Mysteries or the Mysteries of Light help us to think of Marys joy, as the first among believers, when Jesus began to proclaim the Good News of salvation for all who followed Him. They are:The Baptism of JesusChrists Self-Manifestation at CanaChrists Proclamation of the Kingdom of GodThe Transfiguration of Our LordChrists Institution of the Eucharist

    Usually said on Thursdays, except during Lent.

  • The Sorrowful MysteriesThe Sorrowful Mysteries help us to think of Marys great sorrow when Jesus suffered for our salvation. They are:The Agony of Jesus in the GardenThe Scourging of Jesus at the PillarThe Crowning of Jesus with ThornsJesus Carries His Heavy CrossThe Crucifixion and Death of JesusUsually said on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year and every day from Ash Wednesday until Easter.

  • The Glorious MysteriousThe Glorious Mysteries help us to think of the glorious Resurrection of Jesus and the Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven. They are:The Resurrection of JesusThe Ascension of Jesus into HeavenThe Descent of the Holy SpiritAssumption of the Blessed Virgin MaryCrowning of the Blessed Virgin MaryUsually said on Wednesdays (except during Lent) and the Sundays from Easter to Advent.

  • After the RosaryHail, Holy QueenLet us prayO God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we ask You, that, meditating upon these Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.