The best and surest way to Jesus is the same
way he came to us,
that is, through Mary.
How To Say It
The Value and
Importance of the Rosary
Pope John Paul II
speaks about the value of the
Dearest Brothers and Sisters,
1… I have invited individuals and communities to pray the
rosary for peace. I also renew this appeal today, underlining
at the same time that the rosary is the contemplation of Christ
in his mysteries, in close union with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Contemporary spirituality feels the intense need, so to speak,
to focus on the essential. Because of this, there is at present a
promising rediscovery of the true nature of the rosary, as a
prayer that helps us to stay in Christ's company, to know him
better, assimilate his teaching, and live his Mysteries. And
who, better than Mary, can accompany us in this journey of the
mind and heart? This is why we repeat the Hail Mary ...
May a constant prayer for peace rise in the Church with the
praying of the rosary, both by individuals or by communities,
keeping our gaze fixed on Jesus Christ, our peace ...
- Sunday, 14 October 2001
Pope Paul VI explained how the Rosary is Christ centered:
42. We wish now, venerable Brothers, to dwell for a moment
on the renewal of the pious practice which has been called "the compendium
of the entire Gospel": the Rosary. To this our predecessors have devoted
close attention and care. On many occasions they have recommended its frequent
recitation, encouraged its diffusion . . .
46. As a Gospel prayer, centered on the mystery of the redemptive
Incarnation, the Rosary is therefore a prayer with a clearly Christological
orientation. Its most characteristic element, in fact, the litany-like
succession of Hail Mary's, becomes in itself an unceasing praise of Christ,
who is the ultimate object both of the angel's announcement and of the
greeting of the mother of John the Baptist: "Blessed is the fruit of your
womb" (Lk. 1:42). . . . The Jesus that each Hail Mary recalls is the same
Jesus whom the succession of the mysteries proposes to us -- now as the
Son of God, now as the Son of the Virgin -- at His birth in a stable at
Bethlehem, at His presentation by His Mother in the Temple, as a youth
full of zeal for His Father's affairs, as the Redeemer in agony in the
garden, scourged and crowned with thorns, carrying the cross and dying
on Calvary; risen from the dead and ascended to the glory of the Father
to send forth the gift of the Spirit.
[The Right Ordering and Developing Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
Mary, February 2, 1974 Apostolic Exhortation]
Dominic And The Rosary
How the Rosary got started and Saint Dominic's
role in transforming a culture of death into life.
How To Pray the
interactive Rosary Chart
Biblicalness of the Rosary
See new PowerPoint presentation or read a detailed article on
the Biblical-ness of all three parts of the Hail Mary
Bible and the Rosary
This site explains the Biblicalness of saying the Hail Mary.
It also answers objections against the Rosary.
An excellent article by Lynn Nordhagen. It is written especially
with non-Catholics in mind.
The Secret of the
Rosary (part 1), by St. Louis De Montfort,
Also see :
JESUS THROUGH MARY
Also see my page on the
Pope St. John Paul IIís
Letter on the Rosary