Join us in the Church every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. to pray the Holy Rosary.
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Why the Rosary? Why Mary?
Not sure why the Rosary is so important? Or why devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is an essential aspect of our life as Catholic Christians?
In its introduction to the Rosary, CatholicCulture.org says this:
The Rosary is one of the most widespread devotional practices in the Catholic world, and has been more often encouraged and recommended by popes through the ages than any other devotion save the Mass itself. Strongly associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and relying on the power of her intercession with her Divine Son, the Rosary makes use of a simple string of beads to engage the body, mind and heart in a series of Scriptural prayers while meditating on the mysteries of our salvation.
To find out more about the Rosary, check out these links:
- So, what is the Rosary, and how is it is prayed?
- What is the history of the Rosary?
- Read John Paul II’s apostolic letter on the Rosary, from 2002: On the Most Holy Rosary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae).
To find out more about the Blessed Virgin Mary, visit these links:
- The Catechism: Born of the Virgin Mary
- Bishop Sheen: All Mothers Are Alike—Save One
- John Paul II: Mother of the Redeemer (Redemptoris Mater)
And if you’ve got more time…(excerpted from CatholicCulture.org):
- The Fathers of Vatican II thought Mary so important to their deliberations on the nature of the Church that they included a chapter on Mary in Lumen Gentium (The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church): The Blessed Virgin Mary: Mother of God in the Mystery of Christ and the Church.
- Innumerable fathers, doctors, saints and scholars have undertaken serious studies of Mary over the centuries. One example is Fr. Lawrence P. Everett’s scholarly exposition of the grounds for the dogma of the Assumption, proclaimed by Pius XII in 1950: Mary’s Death and Bodily Assumption.
- There have been many considerations of Mary’s importance to other religions, including Protestantism (Martin Luther’s Devotion to Mary) and Islam (Mary, Ever Virgin . . . In Islam).
- Countless apologists have tried to show both the propriety and the benefits of Marian devotion, such as the famous 19th century Catholic controversialist, Orestes Brownson, who wrote on The Moral and Social Influence of Devotion to Mary.
- Pope Paul VI clearly became concerned that devotion to Mary was waning in the years following Vatican II. Accordingly, he issued two apostolic letters in an effort to implement the true vision of the Council: Mary, the Great Sign (Signum Magnum) and On Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Marialis Cultus).