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

What Color is Your Rosary?

RainbowSo far at The Rosary Boutique, we’ve made one custom rosary design to launch our website. It’s my favorite color — blue. Add some sparkling silver strands around the Pater beads and it’s definitely a favorite of mine. But now I need to start making some more custom rosaries and am struggling with selecting the color and style for the next custom rosary.

There are so many beautiful beads available — from Swarvoski Crystals, Czech Fire-polished, and glass beads to gemstone, crystal, and even handmade lampwork beads. There’s every color of the rainbow and even some with multi-colors. It’s so hard to pick the next one to make.

So I thought I would ask for your help. What color is your rosary? And if you were going to buy another rosary, what color or style would you buy? Give me your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

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.

Mary’s 15 Promises to Christians Who Recite the Rosary

    The Virgin Mary with the Rosary

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.
  3. The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the heart of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things.  Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  5. The soul which recommend itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.
  6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
  8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
  12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the rosary are my son, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.