Saint Dominic's Catholic Church, Torrance

The Rosary

In recent times the Mother of God has appeared in various parts of the world and asked for the recitation of the Rosary, the prayer she gave to the world centuries ago. It is her favorite prayer for it is essentially a meditation on the life of her Divine Son. The Rosary is a combination of vocal prayer (the Our Fathers & Hail Marys) and of mental prayer, namely, reflection on important events in the life of Christ and His Mother.
When one refers to the Rosary, it is usually understood to mean five decades, or one fourth of the entire Rosary. While many Catholics pray five decades of the Rosary each day, there is a considerable number who pray the twenty decades daily.
Each decade is recited in honor of a mystery in Our Lord's Life and that of his Blessed Mother.
It is customary to recite five decades at a time while meditating on one set of mysteries.
The decades may be separated, if the entire chaplet is completed on the same day.
Each Mystery may be meditate "bead by bead" for every Hail Mary of the decade.
The Rosary is a Marian prayer that depicts the Biblical life of Jesus.
Pope John Paul II calls the Rosary a "compendium of the Gospel message" in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, published October 16, 2002. The 5 Mysteries of Light or the Luminous Mysteries were added to the traditional Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries with the publication of this Apostolic Letter.

The Rosary was once thought to originate from the ancient prayer or worry beads of the Middle East and Asia, although those beads largely have 33 beads. Others point to prayer beads that were used to count the 150 Psalms. But it was St. Dominic in 1208 who began to spread devotion to the Rosary.

Domingo de Guzman was a Spanish preacher who went to southern France to preserve the faith against the Albigensian heresy. In 1208 while he was praying for three days in a chapel in Prouille, Dominic saw Mary, who gave him the Rosary and taught him how to pray the Rosary. St. Dominic founded the Dominican Friars, and established monasteries all over the world. The heresy ended during his lifetime. The most famous Dominican was St. Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274), one of greatest theologians of the Catholic Church, the author of Summa Theologica.

The Blessed Mother also gave 15 promises to St. Dominic for those who faithfully recite the rosary, which included her special protection; the promise that one would not be conquered by misfortune; and the promise that one would not die without the sacraments of the Church or without grace, and shall find during their life and at their death the light of God, the fullness of His grace, and shall share in the merits of the blessed in paradise.

In addition, the Blessed Virgin Mary, during an appearance on December 10, 1925 to Sister Lucy, one of the Fatima children, promised the graces necessary for salvation at the hour of death to all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, went to Confession, Mass, Communion, recited the Rosary, and kept her company for 15 minutes while meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to the Blessed Mother.

The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary
The Agony of Jesus in the garden
The visitation
of Mary to Saint Elizabeth
The scourging of Jesus at the pillar
The nativity
of Jesus in Bethlehem
The Crowning with Thorns
The presentation
of Jesus to the Temple
The Carrying of the Cross
The finding of Jesus in the Temple
The crucifixion
and death of Jesus
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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The Baptism of Jesus
The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
The wedding of Cana
The Descent of the Holy Ghost
The proclamation of the
Kingdom of God
The Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
The Transfiguration
The Coronation of the
Blessed Virgin Mary,
Queen of Heaven and Earth
The institution of the Eucharist
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The Prayers of the Rosary
The Sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
The Apostle's Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead, the third day he arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting,
The Our Father:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
TheHail Mary:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,
The Glory Be to the Father:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.
The Fatima Prayer:
O my Jesus, please forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy.
(Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)
The Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Oh clement, Oh loving, Oh sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, Oh Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel:
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all the other evil spirits, who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
The Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To you we come; before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in Your mercy, hear and answer us. Amen.