Hello Rosary Lovers! This post is a very appropriate one, we ask: What is the Holy Rosary?
Rosary Lovers exists to promote the glory of Mary and her most holy Rosary. So this question is crucial to this website.
Let’s dive right in and see what we can say about it!
The Holy Rosary is Rosary Beads
First off, we need to acknowledge that the Rosary cannot be separated from the rosary beads that you’ve probably seen hanging from the car mirrors of Catholics.
Catholics also carry rosaries in their pockets, or give them as gifts to people when they are baptised or confirmed.
In Church, you can often see Catholics with their rosaries, praying to God.
Clearly, the Rosary and the beads belong together.
When a Catholic offers a rosary to a priest for him to bless, that rosary becomes a truly blessed object, that must be treated with respect.
A blessed set of rosary beads automatically brings divine blessing to an individual every time they wear it or carries it in their pocket, or use it to pray, or simply hold it.
Although it is possible to pray the Rosary without rosary beads, this is not recommended by the Church.
If you wish to really get serious about the Rosary, you will need a set of durable rosary beads.
I strongly recommend paracord rosaries, and some really good ones can be found in this post.
The Holy Rosary is a Very Powerful Prayer
The crucial thing to realise about the Rosary is that it is, when all is said and done, a PRAYER. Above all, this is what it is.
The most holy Rosary is so special because it is a collection of prayers to God, through the blessed Virgin Mary.
It involves meditations on the entire incarnate life of Christ – from his birth to his glorious ascension – whilst praying many Our Fathers and many more Hail Marys.
If you want specific details about how to pray the Rosary, just check out many of my posts on this website. You can scroll to the ‘Topic’ section, and look for ‘Rosary’, and lots of articles will come up.
Additionally, I must remind you that the Rosary is an extremely powerful prayer. It’s not just any prayer.
One title the Rosary has is ‘the holy Rosary’. Another title is ‘the most holy Rosary’.
One of Mary’s official titles in the Church is: ‘Queen of the MOST HOLY ROSARY’. So this isn’t just some title for the Rosary that only a few people use. It is ‘the most holy Rosary’.
One of the reasons for this is because it is one of the most powerful prayers in the Catholic Church and therefore in the whole world. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Rosary is one of the rare things that God loves more than anything else.
The Rosary has turned countless Catholics into Saints. It does this because it is ‘most holy’. It is unique.
To take up the discipline of reciting the most holy Rosary daily is to take up a very powerful and life-changing discipline.
This is especially the case if you give yourself to reciting the ENTIRE Rosary everyday: that is, all 15 (or 20) mysteries.
Many Catholic saints used to recite all 15 decades of the most holy Rosary every, single day. Pope Francis recites all 15 decades everyday. St Padre Pio used to recite 30-50 rosaries a day!
If you really devote yourself to the Rosary, you WILL become a saint. You WILL get to heaven.
For this reason, you should think carefully about whether or not to take up this spiritual discipline.
No, it’s not easy, though it’s a lot easier the more you do it, and it’s a lot easier than you would think it is. Mary helps us pray her most holy Rosary. Just ask her.
The Holy Rosary is a Gift from Mary
The holy Rosary has been gifted to the Church from Mary. It belongs to her and is rightfully her Rosary.
Frequently in Apparitions to various saints, Mary has referred to the Rosary as ‘my Rosary’. This tells us that it is HERS.
Mary gives this wonderful Gift to the Church to make us holy and lovers of Christ, and therefore lovers of God the Father.
Mary wants us to Hail her repeatedly. Nothing so thrills Mary’s heart as the sound of a weak Catholic saying: ‘Hail Mary, full of grace.’
Mary also wants us to meditate deeply on the incarnate life of her holy Son Jesus. This is why we do all the meditations when we do the Rosary.
Mary also wants us to pray the Our Father many times a day, because this is the prayer Jesus taught us, and it’s the highest prayer in the Church, next to the Mass.
In fact, the Our Father is always said when the sacred Host is consecrated at Mass. This is to show that the truest and best context for the Our Father prayer is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. When Christ is on the Altar, the most appropriate prayer to pray is: ‘Our Father, who art in heaven…’.
According to pius Catholic tradition, Mary allegedly gave the Rosary to St Dominic in a special way to preach to the world. Mary told St Dominic that the world would one day be saved by devotion to her Brown Scapular and her Rosary.
Mary also told St Dominic that nothing made her happier than when he preached on her Rosary, and that when he preaches about the Rosary, many souls will be saved.
St Dominic found it very hard to convert people before he preached on the Rosary, but when he began to preach about it, many were converted.
The Holy Rosary is a Garland of Roses
The word ‘rosary’ comes from the idea that the Rosary is supposed to be a Gift we give to Mary. Specifically: a Garland of Roses.
Each and every Hail Mary we utter when we pray the Rosary, whilst meditating on the incarnate life of her beloved Son, is a sacred Rose that we string together with the other Hail Marys.
The more Hail Marys we say, the larger the Garland we offer to Mary.
Of course, this makes her so happy, and it will bring tremendous graces into our lives through her.
Mary never fails to bless profoundly those who bless her constantly.
There are many more things to say about the Holy Rosary, but in a nutshell, I think this article sums it up fairly well.
If you wish to read an electrifying book about the Rosary, try ‘The Secret of the Rosary’ by St Louis de Montfort.
If you want to add anything to this post, or ask a question, please leave a comment below and I will try my best to get back to you ASAP.
God bless you richly, in Christ, through the Queen of the most holy Rosary!