It is believed that on the eve of the great feast of her Assumption, August 14, 1984, Our Lady said through Ivan Dragicevic; “I would like the world to pray with me these days. As much as possible, to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays, and to pray at least the Rosary every day; joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries…”
So, to recite the Rosary does not mean to hide oneself somewhere in a corner and to live far from the world. It means to prepare oneself for one’s own crosses, the way Jesus and Mary carried them. It is my belief that to be with them means to have troubles and problems, and yet never to become embittered. To go with them means to go the way of a person who believes in God who makes everything new.
Every prayer can be finished in a hasty manner so that we “say” all our prayers to the end without having met Jesus and Mary. If we do this, there is danger that prayer will become a waste of time for us and we will never come to like prayer. It is just like meeting a friend. If we never have time for our friend or, if the time we devote to him is too short or if we speak with bad grace, then the friendship is bound to die.
Therefore, it is important to have time for the prayer of the Rosary and for every prayer.
Story behind the powerful beads:
Since novenas to the Blessed Virgin Mary are popular during this month, you will probably see more people praying the Rosary in the church.
But have you ever wondered the story behind the powerful prayer beads?
Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, media director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said: “We don’t know the historical aspect, but tradition has it that it was St. Dominic (de Guzman). It was he who formalized the Rosary. Maybe that’s also the reason why the Dominicans, a Catholic religious order he founded, have a Rosary suspended on top of their robe. I think that symbolizes it.”
The Wikipedia accounts that the Rosary was given to Saint Dominic in an apparition by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the year 1214 in the Church of Prouille. The Marian apparition received the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.
But the formal acceptance of the Church, Quitorio said, came much later.
“I think it was during the time of Pope Leo XIII. He is also called the “Rosary Pope”…but even before that. The early Christians already pray the Rosary beads, but the formalization of the three mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious) was attributed to St. Dominic,” he said. It was only in 2002 when Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries.
But Quitorio lamented that not every Filipino Catholic owns a Rosary, but it’s important for the faithful to know not only the story behind the Rosary, but also the importance of praying it.
“Although it’s a Marian prayer, it’s not only about Mary, but it’s also about Christ…it’s really about the work of Christ in saving men.”
“When you pray the Rosary you meditate on the mysteries, you meditate on the whole mystery of salvation,” added Quitorio.
From the Latin meaning “garland of roses,” the rosary is a Catholic Marian devotion.
Look out for the “rosary of the unborn”