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The Power of the Holy Rosary


MARY, QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY, PRAY FOR US!

St. Louis Marie de Montfort, the Apostle and Father of the Holy Rosary says on the “Admirable Secret of the Holy Rosary” that the Holy Rosary has the power to convert and save. It has the transforming and saving power in a person’s life.

 

 

 

 

“The Holy Rosary is the compendium of the entire Gospel,” Pope Pius

 

Blessed John of Massias released from Purgatory more than a million souls, chiefly by reciting the Rosary and offering its innumerable indulgences.

PRAY THE HOLY ROSARY WELL

     To pray the rosary as it ought to be prayed means living out the mystery of Christ under the sign of the Blessed Mother.  As Mother of the Church, she challenges each of us to become “Perpetual Angelus.” The importance of prayer, silence, and discipline are elements essential to cultivate the recollection required by our deepening relationship with the Lord permeates these reflections of “Perpetual Angelus.”

“The Dominican Order, which from its very beginning has been most devoted in honoring the Blessed Virgin, and by which the institution and propagation of the Confraternity of the Rosary was accomplished, holds as its inheritance all that belongs to this devotion.”   – Pope Leo XIII

The history of both the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary and the Rosary itself are bound up with the early history of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). According to a longstanding and well-known tradition.

St. Dominic first received the Holy Rosary from Our Lady in the 13th century. Since then the Dominican friars have zealously promoted this devotion to Christ and His Blessed Mother.

The first Rosary Confraternity was established in the 1470s through the zealous preaching of the Dominican friar Alan de la Roche, O.P. A few years later, another local Rosary Confraternity was established in Cologne by Joseph Sprenger, O.P. After this, Rosary Confraternities began to be established throughout Europe. It was partly due to the spread of the Rosary Confraternity that devotion to Our Lady’s Rosary flourished so widely and a uniform way of reciting the Rosary developed. From the beginning, Rosary Confraternities were erected under the direction of the Dominican friars and the formal chartering of Rosary Confraternities eventually became an apostolic privilege reserved to the Dominican Order.

The Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary is an international association of the Catholic faithful established “to praise and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Rosary for the mutual spiritual benefit of all the members throughout the world.” Accordingly, members of the Confraternity promise to pray for each other when saying the Rosary and receive certain spiritual benefits from their membership. Both the obligations and benefits are detailed below:

Obligations of Membership

       As a requirement of membership, each member of the Confraternity promises to pray fifteen decades of the Rosary each week and to include the other members of the Confraternity in their intentions. This is sole obligation of membership in Rosary Confraternity. It does not bind under pain of sin.

Details of the Obligation

  • The fifteen decades of the Rosary do not need to be said all at once; they may be said throughout the course of the week, typically in three groups of five decades.
  • Meditation on the Mysteries of the Christ is necessary as part of praying the Rosary.
  • The intentions of the other members are to be included in one’s prayers. This can be done by making a “general intention” to always include their intentions and this does not need to be explicitly repeated every time one prays the Rosary.
  • The obligation to pray the Rosary does not bind under pain of sin.

Spiritual Benefits of Membership

  • A share in the prayers and the good works of countless thousands of Rosary Confraternity members throughout the world and in heaven.
  • A share in the good works and prayers of the Order of Preachers (Dominican Order).
  • Various plenary and partial indulgences:
    • For members of the Confraternity, a plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions on the day of enrollment (the day indicated on the register/certificate) as well as the feast days of Christmas, Easter, the Annunciation, the Assumption of Our Lady, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Immaculate Conception, and Our Lord’s Presentation in the Temple.
    • A plenary indulgence is also granted, under the usual conditions, to all who pray the rosary in a Church or oratory, in a family (family rosary), religious community, or in a pious association of the faithful. Otherwise, the indulgence is partial.
  • And most importantly, the intercession and special protection of Our Lady, the Mother of God.

     St. Louis de Montfort warns us against both the ignorant and scholars who regard the Rosary as something of little importance..."the Rosary is a priceless treasure inspired by God." (Pope Pius IX): "Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the Devotion of the Most Holy Rosary."

       Legend says, St. Dominic was born of wealthy Spanish nobility, the son of Blessed Joan of Aza and Felix Guzman.  When she was pregnant with him, his mother had a vision that her unborn child was a dog who would set the world on fire with the Word of God, symbolized by a torch it carried in its mouth.  A dog with a torch in its mouth became a symbol for the order which he founded, the Dominicans. At Dominic's baptism, Blessed Joan saw a star shining from his chest, which became another of his symbols in art, and led to his patronage of astronomy.

15 Promises of the Holy Rosary

The 15 Promises of Our Lady made to St. Dominic and Bl. Alan de la Roche:

1) To all those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces.

2) Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary shall receive some signal grace.

3) The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin, and dispel heresy.

4) The Rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and will obtain for souls the most abundant divine mercies; it will substitute in hearts love of God for love of the world, and will lift them to the desire of heavenly and eternal things. How many souls shall sanctify themselves by this means!

5) Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary, shall not perish.

6) Those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, meditating on its mysteries, shall not be overwhelmed by misfortune. The sinner shall be converted; the just shall grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life.

7) Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8) Those who recite my Rosary shall find during their life and at their death the light of God, the fullness of His graces, and shall share in the merits of the blessed.

9) I shall deliver very promptly from purgatory the souls devoted to my Rosary.

10) The true children of my Rosary shall enjoy great glory in heaven.

11) What you ask through my Rosary, you shall obtain.

12) Those who propagate my Rosary shall be aided by me in all their necessities.

13) I have obtained from my Son that all the members of the Rosary Confraternity shall have for their brethren the saints of heaven during their life and at the hour of death.

14) Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are all my beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.

15) Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

The heartbeat of the Holy Rosary is “Hail Mary-The Incarnation-Redemption.”

Blessings of Roses

 

RECOMMENDED CONFRATERNITY MEMBERSHIP ITEMS

                        
Confraternity Handbook                                             Perpetual Angelus

                                                         
Confraternity Pamphlet                                 Confraternity Membership Pin

                                   

The above confraternity items are available at: he above items are available at:                                             http://rosaryconfraternity.org/

 

 

 

To join The Confraternity of the Holy Rosary, please write to:

Promoter of the Rosary
Order of Preachers-Province of St. Joseph
Rev. Andre-Joseph LaCasse, O. P.
280 N. Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH  43215
614-240-5914

For More Information, please contact the Eucharistice Knights of Jesus:

Emmie Turner 843-851-0098 or 843-490-0015
Mchael Beich 843-324-2410

 

 

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