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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.


“Miracle of the Rosary” A Song By Pentecostal Elvis Presley And His Friend

“Miracle of the Rosary” A Song By Pentecostal Elvis Presley And His Friend

This song about the Rosary was penned and recorded by Protestants.

Elvis Presley had one of the most monumental careers in pop music; the so-called “King of Rock and Roll” was a groundbreaking musical artist whose body of work is still celebrated today. He made such an impact that even now, 40 years after his death, there are still people dressing up like him and performing his most famous songs.

His song “Miracle of the Rosary” is not one of his most famous songs, but it is an interesting and mysterious one. Elvis, who was baptized within an Evangelical Christian community, was no stranger to Christian music. He released several albums of Gospel music, with tunes like: “He Touched Me,” “Amazing Grace,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Still, it seems strange that a Protestant would record a song about the Rosary.

Domincana Journal tells the story of how “Miracle of the Rosary” came to be.

It was written by Presley’s long time friend, Lee Denson. Lee was the son of Rev. James Denson, who ran the Poplar Street Mission, a Pentecostal church, which the Presley family attended after moving to Memphis in 1948. Lee is the one who taught Elvis to play the guitar when he was 13.

In 1960, Denson wrote an English version of “Ave Maria,” which his publisher had no interest in. Remembering his friend Elvis’ love of Gospel music he dropped in and played it for “The King.” Elvis enjoyed the tune, but nothing ever came of it. Then, over a decade later, Presley surprised Denson with a recording of “Miracle of the Rosary” for his 1972 album, Elvis Now.

“Miracle of the Rosary” is truly miraculous in its own way, in the fact that it was published at all. Doubly so that it was recorded by Elvis – the only song about the Rosary to ever be recorded by a major artist and released on a major label. It is also a bit of a miracle Elvis remembered it for over a decade, after hearing it only once. And it is miraculous and mysterious that two Pentecostal boys felt called to record a song about one of the most sacred Catholic devotions and sacramentals.

Source: aleteia.org