Today, October 7, we honor Our Lady of the Rosary. When Our Lady appeared at Fatima, she identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary and we have already discussed in a previous post how much she loves the Rosary. And so today, let’s consider how we can best use our Rosaries to honor her still more.
St. Louis Marie de Montfort, in his classic, The Secret of the Rosary, related that, “Our Lady once said to Blessed Alan de la Roche in a vision: ‘When people say one-hundred and fifty Angelic Salutations, this prayer is very helpful to them and is a very pleasing tribute to me. But they will do better still and will please me even more if they say these salutations while meditating on the life, death, and passion of Jesus Christ — for this meditation is the soul of this prayer.’ For, in reality, the Rosary said without meditating on the sacred mysteries of our salvation would be almost like a body without a soul: excellent matter but without the form which is meditation — this latter being that which sets it apart from all other devotions.”
Our Lady of Fatima calls everyone to pray the Rosary yet few heed her prayers. “I’m so busy!” Yes, but if you try it, you will find your life taking on a smoothness that you hadn’t imagined possible. Once you see the results, you will be glad, for you have been blessed by the Queen of Heaven, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary.
The following Novena prayer is for a Novena of Rosaries, that is, nine days of praying the 15 decade, complete Rosary. For those unable to complete the entire Rosary each day, it can also be prayed as a 27 day novena, by saying one five-decade rosary daily, which makes a complete 15 decade rosary each 3 days. For that longer rosary it is good to mark each day on the calendar as it’s completed.
This Rosary Novena is very powerful, so please be sure to continue it, even though your prayers may be answered before the completion.
Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary Novena Prayer
Dearest Lady, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, from Calvary’s cross, thy dear Son entrusted us to thy care. Behold thy weak and sinful child in supplication at thy feet. I beg thee, accept this Holy Rosary, offered for the glory of God, in reparation for the offenses to thy Immaculate Heart and to the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, for the salvation of sinners and for the special intention: ____________.
Please place these poor prayers of mine in the chalice of thy Immaculate Heart and offer them to Jesus. Conscious of my own unworthiness, I trust in your Immaculate Heart, the fountain of infinite mercy. Amen.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, I place my trust in thee.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
One simple and effective way to minimize distractions when saying the Rosary is to prepare carefully for your first Rosary of the day. After your morning offering/renewal of consecration, make a spiritual communion. It doesn’t take very long and is worth the time because it enables you to stay focused. After spiritual communion and thanksgiving, pray the Angel of Fatima’s prayer, that is:
“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”
After that, call to mind the particular Mystery, such as Joyful, Sorrowful or Glorious. It helps greatly if you have previously spent some time reading and thinking about these mysteries. I will include a post for this soon. Briefly however, in the Joyful Mysteries, we consider Mary’s humility and obedience. The Sorrowful Mysteries are about obedience and humility in action, that is on the way of the Cross. Jesus has commanded us to Take up our crosses and follow Him. The Glorious Mysteries encourage us with the fruits of virtue and help instill in us an ever greater faith, hope and love for Our Lord and His Blessed Mother.
Another helpful thing is to consider the words of the Angelic Salutation (Hail Mary) itself.
“Hail Mary, full of Grace” is a statement of the Immaculate Conception. Mary was conceived immaculate from sin, in order to contribute the Body and Blood of Christ. I’ve never understood why that concept is so difficult for protestants. Why would they want Jesus Christ to spend the first nine months of His existence in a sinful body? When God the Father is so appalled at sin that He required His only begotten Son to die a cruel death to expiate sin? At any rate, it is enough for us to note that each Hail Mary begins with the affirmation of the Blessed Virgin’s Immaculate Conception.
“The Lord is with thee” reminds us that Mary is always with the Most Holy Trinity. She is the most favored Daughter of God the Father, the most beloved Mother of God the Son and the most glorious Spouse of God the Holy Ghost. So always remember that when you are praying your Hail Mary, the Holy Trinity is right there, too.
“Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” These are the words of Mary’s kinswoman, Elizabeth. (Luke 1, 42) By these Biblical praises, we console Our Blessed Mother and Our Lord for the blasphemies against them. Jesus told Sister Lucia that the Immaculate Heart of His mother is pierced with numerous thorns caused by ungrateful sinners. He called for us to make reparation. We must not be indifferent to His request.
“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” When praying this intercession, refer back mentally to the Fatima prayer above, which by Divine inspiration applies the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary to the salvation of sinners. Mary is truly the Mother of Mercy. The first revelation of Fatima was of the huge number of sinners falling constantly into Hell. We are commanded to pray and offer penance for them. This part of the Hail Mary supplies this need if it is coupled with a clear intention.
At the Doxology, as you pray, “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit“, keep in mind that Mary is always praying that prayer, so dear to her Heart, with you, as are all the choirs of Heaven. For she is Queen of Heaven, and beloved of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Then follows the Fatima prayer, “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.” Once again, we ask Jesus to apply that infinite merit to all poor sinners.
In numerous apparitions from Our Lady of Good Success and the Sacred Heart of Jesus to Lourdes and Fatima, both Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother have asked for prayer and penance. One certain way to fulfill both requests (prayer and penance) is to make time in your busy day for the full rosary of fifteen decades. As St. Louis de Monfort tells us, “…nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because (Mary) obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God’s forgiveness and mercy.”
If you are concerned about the well-being of your loved ones, or for our Church in these days of apostasy and confusion, there is no better way to help than by praying the Holy Rosary. At Fatima, in response to Lucia’s question, “Who are you?” Our Lady replied, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” Sister Lucia said:
“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Holy Rosary. She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
Most Glorious Queen of Heaven, bind us to thee and lead us to Jesus by thy rosary!
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