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(5)Apostolic letter of the
supreme pontiff John
Paul II on the Most Holy
Rosary
  Rosarium Virginis Mariae Oct. 16. 2002
“The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer,
entrusting to the Rosary the most difficult problems. At times when
Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to
the power of this prayer, and Our Lady was acclaimed as the one
whose intercession brought salvation.” In Her many Apparitions on
earth, like in Lourdes and Fatima, the Virgin Mary always recommended
the recitation of the Rosary to obtain peace, and to stop heresies. St.
Dominic received the revelation of the Rosary at a time when the Church
was in a critical battle against the heresy of Albegensians. It was at
Prouille in France in 1208 that Dominic suddenly experienced an
Apparition of the Blessed Mother, who said, “Wonder not that you have
obtained so little fruit by your labors. You have spent them on barren
soil, not yet watered with the dew of Divine grace. When God willed to
renew the face of the earth, He began by sending down on it fertilizing
rain of the Angelic Salutation. Therefore preach my psalter composed
of 150 Angelic Salutations and fifteen Our Fathers, and you will
obtain an abundant harvest.”
1. With the Rosary, the Christian people
sits at the school of Mary, and is led to
contemplate the beauty on the face of
Jesus and to experience the depths of
his love.
2. The Rosary is an effective weapon
against the evil afflicting society.
      -------Pope Leo XIII
3. How many graces have I received
these years from the Blessed Virgin
through the Rosary.
My motto: Totus Tuus!(Totally yours)
       -----Pope John Paul II
4. The Rosary goes to the very heart of
Christian life; it offers spiritual and
educational opportunity for personal
contemplation, the formation of People
of God, and the new evangelization.
   5. The Rosary is a genuine “training in holiness”.      What is
    needed is a Christian life distinguished above all in the art of
    prayer. It is more urgent than ever that our Christian
    communities should become “genuine schools of prayer.”
   6. Learning Christ from Mary: No one knows Christ better than
    Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of his
    mystery better than his Mother. The School of Mary is all the
    more effective if we consider that she teaches by obtaining for us
    in abundance the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
   7. To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with
    Mary, the face of Christ. In a unique way, the face of the Son to
    belongs to Mary. Mary constantly sets before the faithful, the”
    Mysteries” of her Son, with the desire that the contemplation of
    those mysteries will release all their saving powers.
   8. The Rosary mystically transports us to Mary’s side. This enables
    her to train us and to mould us with the same care, until Christ is
    “fully formed” in us.
    “Think of Mary, Call on Mary” ------St. Bernard’s homily &
    Motto of Oblates of the Virgin Mary
   9. The Rosary is both meditation and supplication.
    Insistent prayer to the Mother of God is based on
    confidence that her maternal intercession can obtain all
    things from the heart of her Son. The wedding of Cana
    clearly shows the power of Mary’s intercession as she
    makes known to Jesus the needs of others: “They have
    no wine left.”
   10 .The simple prayer of the Rosary marks the “ rhythm
    of human life”. It becomes natural to bring to this
    encounter with the sacred humanity of the Redeemer all
    the problems, anxieties, labours and endeavours which
    go to make up our lives. “Cast your burden on the Lord
    and he will sustain you”. To pray the Rosary is to hand
    over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and his
    Mother.
   11. Christians, while they are called to prayer in common,
    must also go to their own rooms to pray to their Father
    in secret. Indeed, according to the teaching of the
    Apostle, they must pray without ceasing.
12.The Rosary has been proposed as a prayer for peace.
    To rediscover the Rosary means to contemplate the
  mystery of Christ who is “our peace”, since he made
  “the two of us one, and broke down the dividing wall of
  hostility.” The Rosary has a peaceful effect on those
  who pray it, disposing them to receive and experience in
  their innermost depths, and to spread around them the
  true peace.
  The rosary leads to an encounter with Christ in his mysteries and so cannot fail
  to draw attention to the face of Christ in others, especially the most afflicted.
  How could one possibly contemplate the mystery of the Child of Bethlehem
  without experiencing the desire to welcome defend and promote life, and to
  shoulder the burdens of suffering children all over the world ? How could one
  possibly follow in the footsteps of Christ without resolving to bear witness to his
  “Beatitudes” in daily life? How could one contemplate Christ carrying the
  Cross and Christ Crucified, without feeling the need to act as a “Simon of
  Cyrene” for our brothers and sisters weighed down by grief or crushed by
  despair? How could one possibly gaze upon the glory of the Risen Christ or of
  Mary Queen of Heaven, without yearning to make this world more beautiful,
  more just, more closely conformed to God’s plan ?
13.The Rosary is also a prayer of and for the family. We
    need to return to the practice of family prayer and
    prayer for families. The family that prays together stays
    together. Individual family members, in turning their
    eyes towards Jesus. Also regain the ability to look one
    another in the eye, to communicate, to show solidarity,
    to forgive one another and to see their covenant of love
    renewed in the Spirit of God. How beautiful is the
    family that recites the Rosary every evening.
14.The family that recites the Rosary together reproduces
    something of the atmosphere of the household of
    Nazareth: its members place Jesus at the centre; they
    draw from him the hope and strength to go on.
15. We need to pray the Rosary for children and even
    more, with children.
16. The Rosary is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this
   contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning, as Pope Paul
   VI clearly pointed out: “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a
   body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a
   mechanical repetition of formulas in violation of the admonition
   of Christ: ‘In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the
   gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their many
   words’.
17. Announcing each mystery, and perhaps even using a suitable icon
   to portray it, is as it were to open up a scenario on which to focus
   our attention, and direct the imagination and the mind towards a
   particular episode or moment in the life of Christ. In the
   Church’s traditional spirituality, the veneration of icons and the
   many devotions appealing to the senses, as well as the method of
   prayer proposed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual
   exercises, make use of visual and imaginative elements, judged to
   be of great help in concentrating the mind on the particular
   mystery. This methodology moreover, corresponds to the inner
   logic of the Incarnation: in Jesus, God wanted to take on human
   features. It is through his bodily reality that we are led into
   contact with the mystery of his divinity.
 --------APOSTOLIC LETTER OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
        JOHN PAUL II. 16th October. 2002.
   She also taught it to Blessed Alan de la Roche
    and said to him in a vision, "When people say
    150 Hail Marys, that prayer is very helpful to
    them and a most pleasing tribute to me. But
    they will do better still and will please me 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 the Rosary said without the meditation on
    the sacred mysteries of our salvation would
    almost be a body without a soul, excellent
    matter, but without the form, which is the
    meditation, and which distinguishes it from
   We learn to imitate the mysteries and the
    virtues of the life, death, passion and glory
    of Jesus and Mary.
   . For the Rosary teaches people about the
    virtues of Jesus and Mary, and leads them
    to mental prayer, to the imitation of Jesus
    Christ, to the frequentation of the
    sacraments, the practice of genuine virtue
    and of all kinds of good works. It also helps
    us to gain many wonderful indulgences,
    which people are unaware of.
        St. Louis de Montfort

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8. Apostolic Letter on Rosary

  • 1. (5)Apostolic letter of the supreme pontiff John Paul II on the Most Holy Rosary Rosarium Virginis Mariae Oct. 16. 2002
  • 2. “The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer, entrusting to the Rosary the most difficult problems. At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation.” In Her many Apparitions on earth, like in Lourdes and Fatima, the Virgin Mary always recommended the recitation of the Rosary to obtain peace, and to stop heresies. St. Dominic received the revelation of the Rosary at a time when the Church was in a critical battle against the heresy of Albegensians. It was at Prouille in France in 1208 that Dominic suddenly experienced an Apparition of the Blessed Mother, who said, “Wonder not that you have obtained so little fruit by your labors. You have spent them on barren soil, not yet watered with the dew of Divine grace. When God willed to renew the face of the earth, He began by sending down on it fertilizing rain of the Angelic Salutation. Therefore preach my psalter composed of 150 Angelic Salutations and fifteen Our Fathers, and you will obtain an abundant harvest.”
  • 3. 1. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary, and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Jesus and to experience the depths of his love. 2. The Rosary is an effective weapon against the evil afflicting society. -------Pope Leo XIII 3. How many graces have I received these years from the Blessed Virgin through the Rosary. My motto: Totus Tuus!(Totally yours) -----Pope John Paul II 4. The Rosary goes to the very heart of Christian life; it offers spiritual and educational opportunity for personal contemplation, the formation of People of God, and the new evangelization.
  • 4. 5. The Rosary is a genuine “training in holiness”. What is needed is a Christian life distinguished above all in the art of prayer. It is more urgent than ever that our Christian communities should become “genuine schools of prayer.”  6. Learning Christ from Mary: No one knows Christ better than Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of his mystery better than his Mother. The School of Mary is all the more effective if we consider that she teaches by obtaining for us in abundance the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  7. To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary, the face of Christ. In a unique way, the face of the Son to belongs to Mary. Mary constantly sets before the faithful, the” Mysteries” of her Son, with the desire that the contemplation of those mysteries will release all their saving powers.  8. The Rosary mystically transports us to Mary’s side. This enables her to train us and to mould us with the same care, until Christ is “fully formed” in us. “Think of Mary, Call on Mary” ------St. Bernard’s homily & Motto of Oblates of the Virgin Mary
  • 5. 9. The Rosary is both meditation and supplication. Insistent prayer to the Mother of God is based on confidence that her maternal intercession can obtain all things from the heart of her Son. The wedding of Cana clearly shows the power of Mary’s intercession as she makes known to Jesus the needs of others: “They have no wine left.”  10 .The simple prayer of the Rosary marks the “ rhythm of human life”. It becomes natural to bring to this encounter with the sacred humanity of the Redeemer all the problems, anxieties, labours and endeavours which go to make up our lives. “Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you”. To pray the Rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and his Mother.  11. Christians, while they are called to prayer in common, must also go to their own rooms to pray to their Father in secret. Indeed, according to the teaching of the Apostle, they must pray without ceasing.
  • 6. 12.The Rosary has been proposed as a prayer for peace. To rediscover the Rosary means to contemplate the mystery of Christ who is “our peace”, since he made “the two of us one, and broke down the dividing wall of hostility.” The Rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it, disposing them to receive and experience in their innermost depths, and to spread around them the true peace. The rosary leads to an encounter with Christ in his mysteries and so cannot fail to draw attention to the face of Christ in others, especially the most afflicted. How could one possibly contemplate the mystery of the Child of Bethlehem without experiencing the desire to welcome defend and promote life, and to shoulder the burdens of suffering children all over the world ? How could one possibly follow in the footsteps of Christ without resolving to bear witness to his “Beatitudes” in daily life? How could one contemplate Christ carrying the Cross and Christ Crucified, without feeling the need to act as a “Simon of Cyrene” for our brothers and sisters weighed down by grief or crushed by despair? How could one possibly gaze upon the glory of the Risen Christ or of Mary Queen of Heaven, without yearning to make this world more beautiful, more just, more closely conformed to God’s plan ?
  • 7. 13.The Rosary is also a prayer of and for the family. We need to return to the practice of family prayer and prayer for families. The family that prays together stays together. Individual family members, in turning their eyes towards Jesus. Also regain the ability to look one another in the eye, to communicate, to show solidarity, to forgive one another and to see their covenant of love renewed in the Spirit of God. How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening. 14.The family that recites the Rosary together reproduces something of the atmosphere of the household of Nazareth: its members place Jesus at the centre; they draw from him the hope and strength to go on. 15. We need to pray the Rosary for children and even more, with children.
  • 8. 16. The Rosary is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning, as Pope Paul VI clearly pointed out: “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas in violation of the admonition of Christ: ‘In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their many words’. 17. Announcing each mystery, and perhaps even using a suitable icon to portray it, is as it were to open up a scenario on which to focus our attention, and direct the imagination and the mind towards a particular episode or moment in the life of Christ. In the Church’s traditional spirituality, the veneration of icons and the many devotions appealing to the senses, as well as the method of prayer proposed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual exercises, make use of visual and imaginative elements, judged to be of great help in concentrating the mind on the particular mystery. This methodology moreover, corresponds to the inner logic of the Incarnation: in Jesus, God wanted to take on human features. It is through his bodily reality that we are led into contact with the mystery of his divinity. --------APOSTOLIC LETTER OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF JOHN PAUL II. 16th October. 2002.
  • 9. She also taught it to Blessed Alan de la Roche and said to him in a vision, "When people say 150 Hail Marys, that prayer is very helpful to them and a most pleasing tribute to me. But they will do better still and will please me 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 the Rosary said without the meditation on the sacred mysteries of our salvation would almost be a body without a soul, excellent matter, but without the form, which is the meditation, and which distinguishes it from
  • 10. We learn to imitate the mysteries and the virtues of the life, death, passion and glory of Jesus and Mary.  . For the Rosary teaches people about the virtues of Jesus and Mary, and leads them to mental prayer, to the imitation of Jesus Christ, to the frequentation of the sacraments, the practice of genuine virtue and of all kinds of good works. It also helps us to gain many wonderful indulgences, which people are unaware of. St. Louis de Montfort