The Rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Introduced by the Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Mary’s and the Doxology ("Glory Be"), and concluded with the Salve Regina, the rosary involves the recitation of five decades consisting of the Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s and the Doxology. During this recitation, the individual meditates on the saving mysteries of our Lord's life and the faithful witness of our Blessed Mother.
The structure of the rosary gradually evolved between the 12th and 15th centuries. Eventually 50 Hail Mary’s were recited and linked with verses of psalms or other phrases evoking the lives of Jesus and Mary. During the 16th century, the structure of the five-decade rosary based on the three sets of mysteries prevailed. Tradition does hold that St. Dominic devised the rosary as we know it. Moved by a vision of our Blessed Mother, he preached the use of the rosary in his
missionary work among the Albigensians, who had denied the mystery of Christ.
In 2002 St. John Paul II declared a Year of the Rosary for the Church in which he hoped to increase the love for the Rosary. To do that he gave the Church another set of Mysteries to
meditate on the Luminous Mysteries. These Mysteries dealt with the public Ministry of Jesus.
The Rosary today continues to be beloved by many people and used as a powerful weapon to bring about change and peace in our world. Why not join us this week as we honor Our Lady of the Rosary and rediscover this beautiful devotion of our Church? And bring a friend with you too!
May God Bless you and Saint Joseph Pray for Us!