October is the month of the Rosary. There are two major theories on the origin of the Rosary. The traditional theory attributes the origin to St. Dominic in the 13th century who earnestly asked the help of Our Lady and was instructed by her to preach the Rosary among the people as an antidote to heresy and sin. The second theory is
that, beginning in the 12 century, the Rosary developed in imitation of the 150 biblical Psalms that priests and religious were required to pray over a certain period of time. The 150 Psalms made up the “Psalter,” part of the Breviary, the Church’s official daily prayers. According to this theory, the Rosary developed as a substitute for the Breviary for those faithful who didn’t have the money to learn to read, but nevertheless desired a regular means by which they could express their devotion to Jesus and Mary through memorized prayers. The Rosary is a meditation on the passion, death, resurrection and glory of Jesus Christ. The Rosary also honours and contemplates Mary. “Because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who has followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with
more merit than she”142 (Mediator Dei). Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries makes the Rosary not only “a breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life, but also a compendium of the Liturgical Year.
The Rosary is a beautiful devotion where one can close their mind to everything around them and simply contemplate Jesus and Mary. It is for everyone (individuals, families, groups) to use at time they can choose.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace.
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou amongst women, and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.