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About the ROSARY
WHY the Daily ROSARY?
Our Lady has 117 titles. She, personally, selected this title at Fatima, almost 100 years ago:
“I am the Lady of the Rosary”.
The SAINTS and the ROSARY
St. Francis de Sales said the greatest method of praying
IS – Pray the Rosary.
St. Thomas Aquinas preached 40 straight days in Rome,
Italy on just the Hail Mary.
St. John Vianney, patron of priests, was seldom seen without a rosary in his hand.
“The rosary is the scourge of the devil” – Pope Adrian VI.
“The rosary is a treasure of graces” – Pope Paul V.
Padre Pio the stigmatic priest said: “The rosary is THE WEAPON”
Pope Leo XIII wrote 9 encyclicals on the rosary.
Pope John XXIII spoke 38 times about our Lady and the Rosary. He prayed 15 decades daily.
St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort wrote:
“The rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the
Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who so loves His Mother.”
*St. Josemaria Escriva
“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”
*Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
(speaking about the great Saints of the end times)
“They will have the two-edged sword of the word of God in their mouths and the blood-stained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the crucifix in their right hand and the rosary in their left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart. The simplicity and self-sacrifice of Jesus will be reflected in their whole behavior.”
*Saint Padre Pio
“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.”
*Pope Saint Pius X
“The Rosary is the most beautiful and richest of all prayers to the Mediatrix of all grace; it is the prayer that touches most, the heart of the Mother of God. Say it each day.”
*Saint Pope Pius IX
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
*Pope Pius XI
“Among the various supplications with which we successfully appeal to the Virgin Mother of God, the Holy Rosary, without doubt, occupies a special and distinct place. This prayer, which some call the Psalter of the Virgin, or Breviary of the Gospel and of Christian life, was described and recommended by Our Predecessor of happy memory, Leo XIII”
*Blessed Alan de la Roche
“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessings.”
*Sister Lucia (One of the seers of Fatima)
“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
*St. Louis Marie de Montfort
‘If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins “you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.” Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and save your soul, if – and mark well what I say – if you say the Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.’
The Hail Mary, traditionally known as the Ave Maria, is a Biblical prayer. In the first half, the words are directly from the Gospel of St. Luke, while the second half reflects what this could mean to us, who are praying Christians in the Body of Christ, pondering these things in our hearts.
The account of the angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she is to be the mother of our Savior is familiar to all Christians. We find here the first elements of the Ave Maria. The angel’s words are “Hail, full of grace,” (Luke 1:28).
What does it mean to be greeted as one “full of grace”? At the very least, Mary is highly favored by having been chosen to bear the Son of the Most High. The Latin translation using “full” points to the overflowing abundance and perfection involved. God Himself will dwell in her womb, the Creator will come into the world. The Holy Spirit will overshadow and dwell in her. It is all of grace. By this grace, Mary is special and blessed.
Mary, and we too, have the next words of the angel to assure us of His help in this. “The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28). The Lord is with Mary, according to the angel, and we know He is with us. His assistance in the Old Testament has been brought to great fulfillment by His very presence with Mary in her womb. “The Lord is with you,” has been a pregnant phrase throughout salvation history. And now in the Church, His real presence is with us in His Eucharist.
“Blessed art thou among women,” says the prayer, in the words of Elizabeth (Luke 1:42). All the promises of blessing in the Old Testament are fulfilled with the coming of the Savior. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, continues, “and blessed is the fruit of your womb”. Mary is blessed because of her child, Son of the Most High. Elizabeth recognizes this, saying in astonishment, “And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43). Mary is blessed to have the God of the universe dwell in her womb. In the Church, we are graced to receive in the Eucharist His presence, His very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity - the fruit of Mary’s womb.
The scriptural first half of the prayer ends with the name of Jesus (Luke 1:31), the centerpiece of the AVE. Mary rejoices in God her Savior, and all generations shall call her blessed. Like Mary, we are to rejoice in God’s salvation through Jesus. Like Mary, we are blessed in the Son of the Most High. And like her, we are to be conformed to his image. Catholics believe that Mary’s sinlessness is due only and completely to the grace of her Savior, her Son. She did not earn this great privilege, but was prepared by His saving grace to shine as a promise of what we will be, when “we shall be like Him” (1 John 3:2).
The second half of the prayer is a prayer of the Body of Christ, His Church. “Holy Mary,” we pray. When we call anyone or anything holy, it is because of its relationship to God, who is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3, Rev. 4:8). Mary listened to the angel’s message, and she answered humbly, “Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). She carried Jesus in her womb and gave birth to Him, she nursed Him and lived side by side with Him. Her holiness comes from her relationship to God. She responded freely and with total faith, giving herself completely to God. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord” (Luke 1:38). Her obedience of faith (cf. Rom. 16:25) made her holy. Her nearness to her Son made her holy. ‘You shall be holy because I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:14-16). Mary IS Holy.
So we pray, “Holy Mary, Mother of God.” Mary’s title, Mother of God, does not mean she existed before God and brought Him into existence; it does not mean He is dependent upon her. The title grew out of the Church’s struggle against the Arian heresy in the fourth century. The Arians denied that Jesus was God. The Council of Ephesus in A.D. 431 declared that Mary was the “God-bearer” (Theotokos) as a way of teaching that Jesus was truly God. They intended to teach about Jesus, but they also taught about Mary. Jesus is truly God. If Mary is the mother of Jesus, and if Jesus is God, then she is the mother of God. He is one person, and she is His mother, and so she is the mother of God. In this way, Jesus is recognized as both Son of God and Son of Man.
“Pray for us sinners.” Catholics know Mary is not God. She stands with us, in the Church, having received grace upon grace. She also stands as our example of how powerful the grace of Christ is. Conceived without sin, Mary is full of grace. Mary is our intercessor with God.
Mary’s words (Flame of Love): “When you pray he Hail Mary, include the following petition……” It is at this point in the Hail Mary that Our Lady desires us to insert her special petition, “Spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all humanity.” When the Bishop of Budapest asked why this should be done, Jesus answered him, through Elizabeth, “Because of the Holy Virgin’s efficacious pleas, the Most Blessed Trinity granted the outpouring of the Flame of Love. For her sake, you must place this prayer in the Hail Mary.”
“Now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” This is God’s eternal now, in which our deaths, too, are present to Him. In Catholic faith, the communion of saints includes all the members of the Body, past, present, and future. Our prayers for one another are an aspect of each part working properly. The prayers of Mary and the saints are certainly to be counted among those of the righteous, which we always need (cf. James 5:16). The first half of the Hail Mary, then, is directly from Scripture. The second half is simply putting into practice what Scripture teaches about our life in the Body of Christ, which is His Church. As we pray this beautiful prayer, may we behold the glory of the Lord in his presence with us and, like Mary, be “changed into his likeness, from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18).
*** About ADDING Mary’s
SPECIAL PETITION into
the HAIL MARY
Remember these words (from the top of Pg.4 ?? …….
The Hail Mary, traditionally known as the Ave Maria, is a Biblical prayer. In the first half, the words are directly from the Gospel of St. Luke, while
the second half reflects what this could mean to us, who are ‘praying Christians’ in the Body of Christ, pondering these things in our hearts.
Mary has requested that we include her special ‘Flame of Love’ petition into the second half of the Hail Mary – which reflects what the prayer could mean to us. The HAIL MARY is the prayer that MOST honors MARY… it is HER PRAYER. Is there someone (other than God , who, in fact, affirms His Mother’s request) who has more of a right to add a petition into Mary’s prayer?
Bear in mind, also, that the Flame of Love (in the words of both Jesus and Mary) is the Greatest Grace that has been granted by God, to mankind, since the Word became Flesh !
The more the prayer is said, the brighter the Flame of Love becomes, to blind satan and save souls. That’s why we (everyone) should ALWAYS say the ejaculatory prayer, “Spread the Effect of the Grace of Thy Flame of Love over All Humanity.”
Yes, you and I are requested, by Our Heavenly Mother, personally, to spread the most powerful grace in the past two thousand years - by saying the prayer that will turn the Flame into an INFERNO so that the most souls can be saved. Dare we say, ‘NO’ to Mary? Dare we even think, “No?’
BUT, when we are praying the Hail Mary - especially in the Rosary – where we are meditating on the mysteries of Jesus’ Life, Death and Glory – we cannot, simultaneously, say an ejaculatory prayer. SOOO, Mary asks us to insert this special petition into every Ave Maria, so that we will never stop saying it. Who can argue with the logic of Our Heavenly Mother?
The Power Of The Rosary!
From Father Gabriel Amorth,
(Chief Exorcist Of The Vatican)
One day a colleague of mine heard the devil say during an exorcism: “Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary was, it would be my end.”
The Eternal Father described to a group of us, through a visionary friend of mine, what happens when we pray the Rosary, saying,
“When you pray ‘Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death,’ the Blessed Mother comes instantly to your side to pray with you.
And she does not come alone. She brings angels with her. And not just one or two for she is the Queen of Angels, so choirs of angels come with her.
And she and Jesus are joined at the heart and cannot be separated, so she brings Jesus with her.
Jesus cannot be separated from the Trinity so He brings the Father and the Holy Spirit with Him.
And where the Holy Trinity is, all of creation is, and you are surrounded by such beauty and light as you cannot imagine in this life.
Your Mother comes as Our Lady of Grace with her hands outstretched. Rays of light emit from her hands piercing your body, healing you and filling you with graces. This is your inheritance which was poured out from the heart of Jesus on the Cross, when the centurion pierces His Heart with a spear, into the only pure vessel to receive such graces at that time - Your Mother.”
Now as you pray the Rosary, or even just recite one Hail Mary, you receive your portion of these graces.”
He also said at this time,
“Anyone who goes to Mary and prays the Rosary cannot be touched by Satan.”
The secret that makes this prayer so effective is that the Rosary is both prayer and meditation. It is addressed to the Father, to the Blessed Virgin, and to the Holy Trinity, and is a meditation centered on Christ.
Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic, “One Day, through the Rosary
and Scapular, I will save the World”
The devils revealed to Francis of Yepes, the brother of St. John of the Cross, that three things especially tormented them. The first is the Name of Jesus; the second, the Name of Mary, and the third, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. “Take off that habit,” they cried to him, “which snatches so many souls from us. All those clothed in it die piously and escape us.”
Your SCAPULAR, then should take on deep meaning for you. It is a rich present brought down from Heaven by OUR LADY HERSELF.
“Wear it devoutly and perseveringly,” she says to each soul, “it is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.”
Prayer of St. Simon Stock (Recipient of the Brown Scapular)
Known as the FLOS CARMELI, the following prayer has for seven centuries been called a prayer to the Blessed Mother which has never been known to fail in obtaining her powerful help.
O beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, Splendor of Heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a Pure Virgin, assist me in this necessity. O Star of the Sea, help and protect me! Show me that Thou art my Mother.
O Mary, Conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee!
Mother and Ornament of Carmel, Pray for us!
Virgin. Flower of Carmel, Pray for us!
Patroness of all who wear the Scapular, Pray for us!
Hope of all who die wearing the Scapular, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Friend of the Sacred Heart, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of Mary, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Our Patron, Pray for us!
O sweet Heart of Mary, Be our Salvation!
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 signal graces.
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 hearts 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 themselves by this means.
5 The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.
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 perish 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 plentitude 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 heaven.
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 sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.
15 Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
The ROSARY - NIGERIA
Rome, Italy, Apr 21, 2015 / 02:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.
Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the Rosary until the extremist group disappears.
“Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the Rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared,” Bishop Dashe told CNA April 18.
In the vision, the prelate said, Jesus didn’t say anything at first, but extended a sword toward him, and he in turn reached out for it.
“As soon as I received the sword, it turned into a Rosary,” the bishop said, adding that Jesus then told him three times: “Boko Haram is gone.”
“I didn’t need any prophet to give me the explanation,” he said. “It was clear that with the Rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram.”
The bishop said he didn’t want to tell anyone, but “felt that the Holy Spirit was pushing him to do so.”
Indulgences Associated with the Holy Rosary
To acquire a plenary indulgence it is necessary to perform the work to which the indulgence is attached and to fulfill three conditions:
1. Sacramental confession within 8 days, before or after…(If we go to Confession every TWO WEEKS, we’re never more than 8 days away from ‘the event.)
2. Eucharistic Communion – IN THE STATE OF GRACE, and
3. Prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, all to be performed within days of each other if not at the same time. [It is further required that all attachment to sin, even to venial sin, be absent.]
A plenary indulgence is granted if the Rosary is recited in a church, a public oratory, a family group, a religious Community, or pious Association; a partial indulgence is granted in other circumstances.
To receive the plenary indulgence attached to the Rosary, the following norms must be observed:
A. The recitation of five decades only of the Rosary suffices; but the five decades must be recited continuously.
B. The vocal recitation must be accompanied by pious meditation on the mysteries.
C. In public recitation, the mysteries must be announced in the manner customary in the place; for private recitation, however, it suffices if the vocal recitation is accompanied by meditation on the mysteries.
D. For those belonging to the Oriental rites, amongst whom this devotion is not practiced, the Patriarchs can determine some other prayers in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary (for those of the Byzantine rite, for example, the Hymn “Akathistos” or the Office “Paraclisis”); to the prayers thus determined are accorded the same indulgences as for the Rosary.
Important: Every new Rosary must be blessed by a Catholic priest in order for it to be a SACRAMENTAL, which means that it carries the blessing of the “prayer of the Church”.
What is an indulgence?
“An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”
ROSARY - FLAME of LOVE
Mary: "On Thursday and Friday, I ask you, my daughter, to offer a very special reparation to my Divine Son. This will be an hour for the family to make reparation. Begin this hour with a spiritual reading, followed by the Rosary or other prayers in an atmosphere of recollection and fervor.
Mary: "My little Carmelite, pray a complete Rosary and attend a Holy Mass for the priest. In this way, you can regain what you owe because of your weakness. The soul of the priest will come into the presence of God."
Mary: "Whoever usually keeps the fast, it suffices to keep it until 6:00 p.m. In this case, they should recite this very day five decades of the Rosary for the souls."
October 1962 -
Mary: "When you say the prayer that honors me, the Hail Mary, include this petition in the following manner:
'Hail Mary, full of grace… Pray for us sinners, spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.'"
Note: The competent bishop asked Elizabeth: "Why the very old Hail Mary should be recited differently?" –the Lord answered:
· Jesus: "It is exclusively thanks to the efficacious pleas of the Most Holy Virgin that the Most Holy Trinity granted the effusion of the Flame of Love. By it, ask in the prayer with which you greet My Most Holy Mother:
'Spread the effect of grace of thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.'
……..so that, by its effect, humanity is converted."
The Most Holy Virgin added:
Mary: "I do not want to change the prayer by which you honor me; by this petition, I want rather to shake humanity. This is not a new prayer formula; it must be a constant supplication."
Jesus: "If you ask for souls, can I refuse your petitions? No. Otherwise, I would be acting against My work of Salvation. I always hear your persevering prayer."