Did you know Catholics have a secret weapon against the devil? Well….I don’t think it’s a big secret any more but some people just don’t realize the POWER in it!
AND that’s the ROSARY!
There’s so much power in praying the rosary. I carry one at all times with me…I have one in my purse, briefcase, car and many different kinds on my home altar…(I’ll show you my home altar in an upcoming article soon!)
If you’re reading this and you’re not Catholic …read on for the back story on the rosary. Also, if you want to learn how to pray the rosary, or if you don’t want to pray the rosary alone….there’s a wonderful website called http://www.comepraytherosary.org/…..you can pray right along with a Priest leading the congregation in the rosary!
The origins of the rosary are “sketchy”, with many scholars disagreeing on it. The structure of the rosary gradually evolved between the 12th and 15th centuries. Tradition holds that St. Dominic (d. 1221) devised the rosary as we know it today. Moved by a vision of our Blessed Mother, he preached the use of the rosary in his missionary work.
The rosary gained greater popularity in the 1500s, when Muslim Turks were ravaging Eastern Europe. In 1453, Constantinople had fallen to the Muslims, leaving the Balkans and Hungary vulnerable. With Muslims raiding the coast of Italy, the control of the Mediterranean was now at stake.
In 1571, Pope Pius V organized a fleet under the command of Don Juan of Austria. While preparations were underway, the Holy Father asked all of the faithful to say the rosary and implore our Blessed Mother’s prayers, under the title Our Lady of Victory, that our Lord would grant victory to the Christians. The Muslim fleet outnumbered the Christians in both vessels and sailors when the forces went into battle.
On October 7, 1571, the Muslims were defeated. The following year, Pope St. Pius V established the Feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7, where the faithful would not only remember this victory, but also give thanks to the Lord for all of His benefits and remember the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother. Read the source here.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.”
Watch my video here, where I show some of the rosaries I use for praying and the meaning behind each one. Some have a very significant meaning to me!
I pray a rosary every day….well, I should say….most days! I miss every once in awhile. BUT I love the devotion!
When I’m stressed or feeling anxious, I find so much peace going to adoration and praying a rosary or kneeling at my home altar to pray the rosary. Not only that…the rosaries are beautiful!
If you decide to buy a rosary, let me recommend a website that allows you to design your own rosary…I’m not affiliated at all, but I’ve bought many rosaries over the years from the Doucette family who hand make the rosaries you design on their website. They’re gorgeous! Here’s a link to their website.
Start your own personal rosary devotion….THE Blessed Mother will bless you with a peace and consolation that’s simply heavenly!
AND there have been many miracles associated with praying the rosary! One of the more famous miracles is the one that happened in Fatima, Portugal when the Blessed Mother appeared to three young children. Ellen Francois talks about this in her article about the rosary on the Busted Halo. Read it by clicking here. PLUS Ellen lists other great resources to help you understand how to pray the rosary!
The rosary is a powerful prayer tool God gives us to help us get to heaven! Make it a part of your Eternal Life Plan!
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