Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

FEAST DAY: October 7
- also known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
- the first prayer and the principal devotion of the faithful since the Rosary is composed of, principally and in substance, of the prayer of Christ and the Angelic Salutation, that is, the Our Father and the Hail Mary
- has been in use all through the centuries, from the time of the apostles and disciples down to the present - it was only in the year 1214 that the Church received the Rosary in its present form and according to the method we use today. It was given to the Church by St. Dominic, who had received it from the Blessed Virgin as a means of converting the Albigensians and other sinners.
- The word Rosary means "Crown of Roses". Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the most important one. The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the awesome story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we meditate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It's a simple prayer, humble so much like Mary. 

QUOTES: sources: http://www.theholyrosary.org/  and http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/Saint.aspx?id=1161
- "Say the Rosary every day...
Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners...
I'm Our Lady of the Rosary.
Only I will be able to help you.
...In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph."  - Our Lady at Fatima
- “The rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christ-centered prayer. It has all the depth of the gospel messge in its entirety. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb.... It can be said that the rosary is, in some sense, a prayer-commentary on the final chapter of the Vatican II Constitution Lumen Gentium, a chapter that discusses the wondrous presence of the Mother of God in the mystery of Christ and the Church" - Pope John Paul II, apostolic letter The Rosary of the Virgin Mary

NOVENA PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY source: https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/ol_rosary.htm
My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favor which I earnestly request in my Rosary Novena:  (Mention your request).
I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek God?s holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.

I offer you this spiritual ?Bouquet of Roses? because I love you. I put all my confidence in you, since your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus, your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

MYSTERIES OF THE HOLY ROSARY source:  https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/how_to.htm

The Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturdays)
  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays)

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion
The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays)

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays)

  1. The Baptism in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding at Cana
  3. Proclamation of the Kingdom
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. Institution of the Eucharist

----------------------------------- SALVE REGINA (Hail Holy Queen)source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salve_Regina

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salve_Regina

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
Poor banished children of Eve;
To thee do we send forth our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy toward us;
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
LINKS/ SOURCES:  - "Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Novena Prayer" (source: EWTN):
- "How to Pray the Rosary" (source: EWTN):
- "The Holy Rosary" (source:The Holy Rosary):
- "History of the Rosary" (source: The Holy Rosary):
- "Our Lady of the Rosary" (source: Wikipedia):
- "Our Lady of the Rosary" (source: American Catholic):

- "Litany of Loreto" (source: Catholic Encyclopedia):
- "Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary" (source: Wikipedia):
- "Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary" (source: EWTN):