Month of the Rosary

The month of October is like the month of May as it is dedicated to Mary, but in whereas in May we look to Mary the person October the focus shifts to the Rosary and the Queen of the Holy Rosary. Pope Leo XIII, the Rosary Pope wrote many encyclicals on the Rosary it all started with Supremi Apostolatus Offico which is about  praying the Rosary in 1883.

In this encyclical Leo says that while we constantly seek help from heaven there is an easier way to come about this and that is through finding “the favor of the great Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, the guardian of peace, and the minister to us of heavenly grace” It is through Mary that we can draw closer to God and we can get to Mary by praying the Rosary.  Throughout time the encyclical say when we are lost and in trouble we have always turned to Mary. Leo continues this the next year in Superiore Anno which is like a report about how successful the suggestion to pray the Rosary was and it acts as a renewal of the request from the previous year. Reading through the encyclicals it seems that there are so many about the Rosary as Pope Leo XIII is renewing his request to pray the Rosary since there are so many troubles in the world.

It seem that there are still troubles in the world and this month is a reminder to all of us that we can always turn to Mary who can help us. As the Rosary ends we pray the Salve Regina, in this prayer we ask for Mary to hear us and show us her son.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus: O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

I hope that we all can pick up our Rosaries and pray with them more often. The Rosary is one of the easiest prayers and so many of us forget about it.

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