October is the Ideal Month to Pray the Rosary

Mary with RosaryOctober 7th was the Feast of the Lady of the Rosary and so October is generally known as the month of the Rosary.

What better way to celebrate than to take some time to pray the holy rosary?

You’ll find instructions for how to pray the rosary on this site, as well as beautiful rosaries to buy if you need a new one (sorry, I couldn’t resist). But in this day and age, there are new technologies to help too. I’ve already highlighted a couple of mobile apps for praying the rosary.

I recently ran across an interactive rosary online that is very easy to use . You don’t even need to have a rosary in hand. You simply follow the instructions on the screen, click the rosary elements, and the respective prayer appears on the right side of the screen. It even knows the day of the week and presents you with the appropriate Glorious Mystery.

It’s perfect for a quiet lunch break at your desk or some peaceful “me” time away from the kids. So no excuses like, “I forgot my rosary,” or “my phone is low on battery.” Click on over to the interactive rosary and celebrate the holy rosary.

Interactive Rosary

Pray the Rosary – There’s an App for That

iPhone with RosaryIf you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you no doubt have downloaded applications to your phone. The Apple’s app store offers more than 200,000 apps and the newer Android Market’s apps number close to 50,000. There are apps for communications, health, finance, news, travel, sports, social media and many more. There’s an app to do just about anything you want. You may not have noticed yet that there are several Catholic apps available to pray the rosary.

The two best Catholic apps I have seen are Catholic Mass Daily Readings by Aycka Software and Rosary by Artur Polit. Both of these apps are free and both will help you pray the rosary, step-by-step. They include the prayers for all the Mysteries — Glorious, Joyful, Luminous, and Sorrowful — along with the appropriate days for praying each. No forgetting where you are and no referring to a booklet for the prayers.  Perhaps the best part of these apps is that it’s always with you, in your pocket or purse, available anytime to pray the rosary.

MassReadings RosaryYou don’t need a rosary to use these apps, but call me old fashioned, I recommend you hold a rosary as you follow along. There is something contemplative with holding a beautiful rosary as you advance along in your prayer.

So visit the app store on your phone to try one of the free rosary apps and visit The Rosary Boutique to buy a beautiful new rosary to complement it.

Just be sure to silence your phone as you pray the rosary.

The Rosary Prayer

O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 toward us;
and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.

Amen.

“Beginning with Mary’s unique cooperation with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God, centering it on the Person of Christ manifested in His mysteries. In countless hymns and antiphons expressing this prayer, two movements usually alternate with one another: the first “magnifies” the Lord for the “great things” He did for His lowly servant and through her for all human beings. The second entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of Jesus, because she now knows the humanity which, in her, the Son of God espoused.”

– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 2675

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. Amen.


“The Lord’s Prayer” is truly the summary of the whole gospel. “Since the Lord…after handling over the practice of prayer, said elsewhere, ‘Ask and you will receive,’ and since everyone has petitions which are peculiar to his circumstances, the regular and appropriate prayer (the Lord’s Prayer) is said first, as the foundation of further desires.”

– Tertullian, De orat.
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 276.

The Apostles’ 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 into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and 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.
Amen.

“The Apostles’ Creed is so called because it is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ faith. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome. Its great authority arises from this fact: it is ‘the Creed of the Roman Church, the See of Peter, the first of the apostles, to which he brought the common faith.”

– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 194

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

The purpose of the rosary in the Roman Catholic Church is to commemorate certain events in the life of Jesus Christ, and to thank and praise God. There are a total of twenty Mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into four groups of Mysteries: Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious.

The Catholic rosary contains five decades, each one a reflection of one of the Mysteries within the Mystery group. Mystery groups are prayed on a certain day of the week or during a particular time of the year.

Following are the Glorious Mysteries, which are prayed on Wednesdays, on Sundays, and during the Easter season.

1st Glorious Mystery – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. And the angel answered and said unto the women: “Fear not ye! For I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here. For he is risen, as he said”. (Mat 28,1-6)

The risen Jesus has proved that man, together with Him, can have power over sin and therefore death. Jesus, help raise us, deliver us from sin, from evil, give us Your light, give us Your joy. Rekindle inside us the love, the faith, the hopefulness, and the gift of prayer. Let us ask Mary for the gift of an unshakeable faith.

2nd Glorious Mystery – The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven

And as they are speaking these things, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith to them, “Peace to you”; being amazed, and becoming affrighted, they were thinking themselves to see a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are ye troubled? and wherefore do reasonings come up in your hearts? see my hands and my feet, that I am he; handle me and see, because a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me having.” And having said this, he shewed to them the hands and the feet. … “And, lo, I do send the promise of my Father upon you, but ye — abide ye in the city of Jerusalem till ye be clothed with power from on high.” And he led them forth without — unto Bethany, and having lifted up his hands he did bless them, and it came to pass, in his blessing them, he was parted from them, and was borne up to the heaven. (Luk 24,36-51)

Jesus, You have not deserted Your apostles in anguish, but have given them the joy of knowing Jesus “glorified” over 40 days . After Your Ascension, You granted to all those who seek You the gift of recieving You in the Eucharist. Through Mary we trust in you. Mary, give us the gift of hope.

3rd Glorious Mystery – The Descent of the Holy Ghost

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Act 2,1-4)

Jesus, inffuse us with the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, enlighten us with the light of Your Spirit, with His strength enter in the deepest parts of our hearts and heal us. Deliver us, fill up our hearts with Your love. Make us apostles of Yours, dear Lord. Let us ask Mary the gift of true love, the gift of prayer from the heart.

“Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved Spouse.”

4th Glorious Mystery – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

Blessed art thou of the most high God above all the women upon the earth; and blessed be the Lord God, which hath created the heavens and the earth, which hath directed thee to the cutting off of the head of the chief of our enemies. … Thou hast done all these things by thine hand: thou hast done much good to Israel, and God is pleased therewith: blessed be thou of the Almighty Lord for evermore. And all the people said, So be it. (Jdt 13,18-20; 15,10)

Now that Mary is raised into heaven, She prays for Her sons and daughters, those sons and daughters Jesus left Her when He was on the cross. Mary, pray for us, You know our fears, take us into Your Heart, the Heart of a Mother. Help us now and in the time of our death to be with You in Heaven. We ask of you a devotion to Your Immaculate Heart, where we may take refuge in times of trouble.

5th Glorious Mystery – The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth

There appeared a great sign in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rev 12,1)

Let us trust in Mary, Let us call to Her, let us love Her, let us confide in Her, because She gives Her all to us. We have a Mother in Heaven who is also a Queen; thus we need to turn to Her with full faith and hopefulness. If we ask for something while praying the Holy Rosary, it will be granted to us. Ask Her for the gift of prayer, a prayer of the heart, said only for love, a love for Her and Jesus. Let us also ask for a consistency of prayer, to always be joined to Her Heart, and therefore to the Heart of Jesus.

The Other Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries
The Luminous Mysteries
The Sorrowful Mysteries