Our Lady of the Rosary~October 7th

 

Our Lady gives St. Dominic the Holy Rosary

Our Lady gives St. Dominic the Holy Rosary

Today, Octo­ber 7th, is the Memo­r­ial of Our Lady of the Rosary!

Our Lady her­self gave St. Dominic the Most Holy Rosary in 1214. St. Dominic was in anguish over his then unsuc­cess­ful efforts at con­vert­ing non-believers. Our Lady appeared to him  and asked St. Dominic :

Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trin­ity wants to use to reform the world?” Dominic’s response was that Blessed Mary knew bet­ter than he because she is a part of our sal­va­tion. The Vir­gin Mary con­tin­ued : “I want you to know that, in this kind of  war­fare, the bat­ter­ing ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foun­da­tion stone of the New Tes­ta­ment. There­fore if you want to reach these hard­ened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter (the Rosary).

The name “Angelic Psalter” refers to the fact that Hail Mary prayers are part of the Rosary. The first part of the Hail Mary prayer (“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee”~Luke 1:28) is from the angel Gabriel’s greet­ing to the Vir­gin Mary announc­ing that she would be the Mother of Jesus.

In our own mod­ern times, the Vir­gin Mary has appeared in many parts of the world. In 1917, in one of her most famous appari­tions, the Vir­gin Mary appeared to three shep­herd chil­dren Lucia, Fran­cisco, and Jac­inta near Fatima, Por­tu­gal. On Octo­ber 13, 1917, her 6th and last appari­tion to the shep­herd chil­dren, she told them:

“I am the Lady of the Rosary. … I have come to warn the faith­ful to amend their lives and to ask par­don for their sins. They must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too griev­ously offended by the sins of men. Peo­ple must say the Rosary. Let them con­tinue say­ing it every day.”

As Our Lady requested, let us pray the Holy Rosary every day as a means to amend our lives. We can obtain par­don for our sins in the great Sacra­ment of Confession.  Furthermore, we can pray the Holy Rosary for nations and for the whole world–especially for the con­ver­sion of sinners.

*The Vir­gin Mary’s inter­ces­sion with God is so pow­er­ful that through recita­tion of the Rosary, God has worked count­less mir­a­cles of heal­ing, con­ver­sion, and pro­tec­tion includ­ing entire nations being saved from war and other cat­a­stro­phes. Many such mir­a­cles are recorded in the book, “The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louis Grignon de Monfort.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Holy Rosary:

  • The Secret of the Rosary”~St. Louis Grignon de Mon­fort (Book)
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