The Rosary, the most powerful prayer next to the Mass is truly a special prayer, one given to us by Our Blessed Mother through St. Dominic in the 12th century. Tradition holds that the Rosary was given to St. Dominic when he was in deep depression over his inability to convert the Albigensian heretics in southern France. Armed with the Rosary, he preached to the Albigenisian heretics how to recite the Rosary and meditate upon the Incarnation, life, death and resurrection of the Word made flesh. The result, St. Dominic had great success in converting and reconciling the Albigensians.

Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter "ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE" stressed that the Rosary must be devotedly prayed, not merely routinely recited. To recite the Rosary properly, our Holy Father states, "is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ." The great invitation of the Rosary to meditate and reflect on the joyful, sorrowful, luminous and glorious mysteries is a remedy to help us through severe trials, temptations and the hardships of life. The Rosary is one of the great weapons given to us in our battle against every evil. To further encourage and assure us, our Blessed Mother has given "Fifteen Promises" to Christians who faithfully pray the Rosary.

The Rosary prayer is one especially well adapted to our modern and hectic life. Many modes of prayer require time, silence and a proper atmosphere. While these factors are certainly conducive to prayer, there are not essential to recite the Rosary. Reciting the Rosary silently and devoutly creates it's own environment. This is why one can pray the Rosary anywhere: while driving or walking, at home or in church. If one is pressed for time and the entire Rosary can not be recited all at once, there is the option of "prayer breaks" throughout the day. One could say one decade now, another a little while later, another much later on and so forth until the entire Rosary is recited.

As part of our community outreach here at St. Philip The Apostle, we dedicate part of our time and effort to promote the recitation of the Rosary. Visitations are made to elementary schools on a monthly basis where the Rosary is recited with some of the youngest members of our parish. If you would be interested in joining our Rosary Apostolate or promoting the Rosary in our community in some other way, please contact us by e-mail, by using the contact form or by phoning the parish office.



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