Prayers to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Feast Day: Oct 7

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Feast Day Novena Prayer

On the 7th of October we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Rosary. This feast was instituted in honour of the victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, which was won because of the many rosaries prayed to our Blessed Mother. Pope Leo XIII added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation 'Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us' and in 1961 the title of this feast became Our Lady of the Rosary.

We could make a Rosary Novena in preparation for this feast. Every rosary we pray is a rose in the basket of our Beloved Mother that she offers to Our Father in heaven, interceding for our spiritual and temporal welfare. I'm sorry for sending this out late, firstly due to server problems, and then a touch of the flu. We could make it a 7 day novena instead. Our Beloved Mother would surely understand.

Say this prayer along with the Rosary for nine days.

My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favor which I earnestly request in my Rosary Novena: (Mention your request).

I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek God's holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.

I offer you this spiritual "Bouquet of Roses" because I love you. I put all my confidence in you, since your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus, your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

Queen of the most holy Rosary, in these times of such brazen impiety, manifest thy power with the signs of thine ancient victories, and from thy throne, whence thou dost dispense pardon and graces, mercifully regard the Church of thy Son, His Vicar on earth, and every order of clergy and laity, who are sore oppressed in the mighty conflict. Do thou, who art the powerful vanquisher of all heresies, hasten the hour of mercy, even though the hour of God's justice is every day provoked by the countless sins of men. For me who am the least of men, kneeling before thee in supplication, do thou obtain the grace I need to live righteously upon earth and to reign among the just in heaven, the while in company with all faithful Christians throughout the world, I salute thee and acclaim thee as Queen of the most holy Rosary.

Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.

(Indulgence: 500 days, per Leo XIII, July 3, 1886)

Indulgences for Praying the Rosary

A plenary indulgence is granted for reciting 5 decades of the rosary in a Catholic Church or in a family group, religious community, or pious association. (A partial indulgence is granted to other circumstances.) The 5 decades must be recited continuously. The vocal recitation must be accompanied by pious meditation on the mysteries. In public recitation, the mysteries must be announed in the manner customary in the place; for private recitation, however, it suffices if the vocal recitation is accompanied by meditation on the mysteries.

Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary

To enroll in the Confraternity and recieve its many benefits under the special protection
of Our Lady, write to one of the following:

National Director, Rosary Confraternity
141 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10021


Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary
Rosary Center
P O Box 3617
Portland, OR 97208

or enroll online at:

Tips for Praying the Rosary More Devoutly

1) Choose both the time and the place that has least distractions for you. If you can't be in church, perhaps a small shrine in your home with a crucifix or a statue of Our Lady.

2) You can stand, kneel, or sit - or if you are sick, you will lie down. Perhaps you may want to alternate your position for each decade.

3) A group - even two or three - can join together to pray the rosary. The family rosary is especially recommended. One person can lead and the others answer; the leader can be alternated for each decade.

4) Offer every rosary - or every decade - for your special intentions: for my mother, for my child, for a good job, for peace, in thanksgiving, as reparation, for my deceased friend, etc. If you are praying in a small group, you may wish to share prayerfully some of these intentions as you begin the rosary or each decade.

5) Say the rosary at a convenient rate of speed - neither too quickly nor too slowly. Often you can pray the rosary aloud, even when you are alone.

6) Before beginning, ask Mary to help you pray devoutly. If you are distracted during the rosary, just continue - don't stop or backtrack or repeat. After the rosary, offer it to Mary with your distractions - as a child offering a bouquet to her mother. Even if it is not perfect, it is offered with love.

7) If you have time and are so inclined, you can pause between decades for a private prayer, hymn, or appropriate reading from the Bible or a spiritual book.

8) The rosary is a meditation. Picture the scene in your imagination and try to enter in as one of the people there. See, hear, and feel what is said and done. Thank, admire, congratulate, suffer with, cry with Jesus and Mary. Ask them questions. Think of the virtues and good examples they show. Compare the event with your own life.

9) If you are really busy, or if it is helpful, divide the rosary - one decade before breakfast, another at coffee break, and so on.

10) Use a blessed rosary. It is a sacramental of the Church, and the prayer carries an indulgence. Keep it clean and in a decent but convenient place. It is not ordinarily a necklace or a toy or a tool.

11) Appreciate the rosary. Its prayers and mysteries are almost all directly from the Bible - so it is God's Word. It summarizes the important teachings of Christ and His Church.

12) Teach the rosary, especially to your children, but also to others - even non-Catholics - who are interested.

13) Don't try to pray the rosary during an activity that requires full attention, like driving in traffic or cooking or using machinery.

14) Charity comes first. Do not force or embarrass guests or others into saying the rosary with you when they are unwilling.

15) Do not pray the rosary during Mass, not even during the sermon. It is much better to listen to the readings and prayers, watch the ceremonies, join in the singing, and become a part of the Mass. In former years when the rosary was encouraged during Mass, the ceremony was in Latin and active participation was not always possible.

~~ John Beak

Recommended Reading

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Tips for Praying the Rosary More Devoutly

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