Tag: Meditative Form of Rosary

Rosaries in the Rear View Mirror

Rosaries in the Rear View Mirror

Q. I’ve seen people hang rosaries over the rear view mirrors in their cars and a few of them wear them around their necks. Is it OK to do that?

A. First of all, let me give a simple answer and say that I think these practices are fine. I’ve seen many rosaries hanging from rear view mirrors of people who are quite devout and love our Lord and His Blessed Mother. For them I believe it is a way of letting their love for Mary show forth for all to see. I think the same would be said for those who have worn them around the neck. So I think that if someone chooses to do either of these practices they are most likely doing it out of a devotion to and love for our Blessed Mother. Personally I do not hang the rosary from my mirror or wear it around my neck but I always have it in my pocket. And at night I sleep with it wrapped around my wrist. I suppose that keeping the rosary close to us is similar to wearing a cross or scapular or like hanging a sacred picture in our room. Rosaries are blessed objects so, for that reason, are good to have around.

With that said I think it must also be said that the Rosary is, first and foremost, an instrument of prayer. And I suggest to you that it is one of the best prayers we can pray. Rather than explain the Rosary in my words, allow me to offer you some of my favorite quotes from the great saints regarding the rosary.

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.” St. Louis de Montfort

“Of all prayers the rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces…love the Rosary andrecite it every day with devotion.” St. Pope Pius X

“How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening.” St. Pope John Paul II
“The Rosary is my favorite prayer. A marvelous prayer! Marvelous in its simplicity and its depth.” St. Pope John Paul II

“The Rosary is a priceless treasure inspired by God.” St. Louis de Montfort

“There is no surer means of calling down God’s blessings upon the family… than the daily recitation of the Rosary.” Pope Pius XII

“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.” Pope Leo XIII

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” Pope Blessed Pius IX

If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” Pope Pius XI

“Our Lady has never refused me a grace through the recitation of the rosary.” St. (Padre) Pio of Pietrelcina

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” St. Francis de Sales

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.” St. Dominic

What is the Purpose of the Rosary

What is the Purpose of the Rosary


The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation. Pius XII called it a compendium of the gospel. The main focus is on Jesus – his birth, life, death and resurrection. The ‘Our Fathers’ remind us that Jesus’ Father is the initiator of salvation. The ‘Hail Marys’ remind us to join with Mary in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary was and is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of his earthly and heavenly existence. The ‘Glory’s’ remind us that the purpose of all life is the glory of the Trinity.

How it Started

Pope St Pius V established the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7) in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Muslim Turks at Lepanto – a victory attributed to praying the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716.
The development of the rosary has a long history.

First, a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Soon a mystery of Jesus’ life was attached to each Hail Mary. Though Mary’s giving the rosary to St Dominic is sometimes regarded as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as “the apostle of the rosary”.

He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century the rosary was developed to its present form – with the 15 mysteries (joyful, sorrowful and glorious). In 2002, Pope John Paul II added the Mysteries of Light to this devotion.

The rosary appeals to many. It is simple. The constant repetition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.