Paragraph n. 12 of the
Apostolic Letter of the Supreme Pontiff Pope John Paull II Rosarium Virginis
Mariae (The Rosary of the
Virgin Mary) in particular is entitled: The Rosary, a contemplative prayer.
However, the Rosary is already described in the Introduction as "a path of
contemplation", and "a most effective means of fostering among the
faithful that commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mystery which I
have proposed in the Novo Millennio ineunte, as a
genuine 'training in holiness'" (n. 5).
The Mysteries of the Rosary
NOTE: It is recommended that you accompany your prayer with bible reading and a short reflection in silence because our Lord speaks in our heart.
When you are reciting the Rosary or the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, start with reading followed by a short reflection if possible. You may found the link of today's reading in audio and text on the left.
The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary
The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth
The Birth of Our Lord Jesus
The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus in the Temple
The Finding of Our Lord Jesus in the Temple
The 15 Promises
The Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall
recite the rosary.
3. The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease
sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the
abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the heart of men from the love of the
world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh,
that souls would sanctify them- selves by this means.
5. The soul which recommend itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall
6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration
of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise
him in His justice, he shall not by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall
remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the
sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and
at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment
of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall
have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the
hour of death.
14. All who recite the rosary are my son, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
(Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan)
Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes DD Archbishop of New York
The Prayers used in the Rosary
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe
in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the
Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day
he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the
Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the
Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness
of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer (The Our Father)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy
will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among 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.
The Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in
the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The Fatima Prayer
O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all
souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.
The Hail Holy Queen
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our hope. To
thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we send up our sighs, mourning
and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate, Thine
eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us, the blessed
fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for
us O Holy Mother of God, That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
The Closing prayer
O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased
for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, 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.
Rosary an effective means of devotion to Mary and to her Son
It cannot be denied that praying with the Rosary is a very popular devotion of the Catholic Church.
You find Rosaries hanged on the wall, rear view mirror in the car, women usually
put it in the bag, men in their pocket, some wearing it as necklace
and with some religious orders they commonly attach the rosary to a belt for convenience.
It becomes like a symbol of Catholicism. From the 13th
century until now Catholics continued praying with the Rosary. Today with the
Internet becoming a part of the household utility, downloading MP3's and
watching Videos from the computer, the prayer becomes hi-tech and praying online
are now in common. Whether you are online or offline, the praying of the Rosary helps us to
penetrate the ineffable grandeurs of the Incarnation, Signs and Miracles,
Passion, and the glory of Jesus. In the recitation we shall be able to perceive
something of the sentiments of Mary's heart concering these great mysteries that
she witnessed, and in which she played such an important part. Praying the
Rosary requires meditation under Mary's guidance and it serve wonderfully to
nourish our souls. This is what Mary desires, rather many Rosaries recited with
the lips, while the mind wanders in a thousand directions, frequent
interruptions, in a great hurry, as though they were anxious to finish their
task of repeating them daily. Rosaries recited in this way bring little fruit to
the soul and little glory to Mary. But if we recite with a real spirit of
devotion, the Rosary becomes sweet and becomes an effective means of cultivating
devotion to Mary and bring us into intimacy with our Blessed Mother and to her divine Son our Lord Jesus. St. Teresea
of Jesus says that "before beginning to recite the Rosary, let the soul
think whom it is going to address, and who it is that is speaking, that it may
speak to Him with due respect" (cf. Way, 22). O most holy Virgin, may the Rosary be my spiritual armor and my school of virtue.