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The Power of the Hail Mary
Pope Pius XI On the Rosary
In the year 1214 While St. Dominic was trying to convert sinners without success, because of the Albegensian heresy that had devastated southern France, he went off in prayer in the forests of Toulouse where he prayed unceasingly for three days and three nights. During which he wept and did penance in order to appease the anger of Almighty God. He finally fellinto a coma. Here Our lady appeared to him saying " Dear Dominic do you know which weapon the blessed trinity wants to use to reform the world?" Oh, my Lady, You know far better than I do because next to yours son Jesus Christ you have always been the Chief instrument of our Salvation,". Our Lady replied saying " I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation of the New Testament" .
Rising and burning with Zeal for the conversion of the people in that district he went directly to the Cathedral. At once, unseen angels rang the bells to gather the people and Saint Dominic Began to preach. At the very beginning of his Sermon an appalling storm broke out, the earth shook, the Sun was darkened, and there was so much Thunder and lightning that all were very much afraid. Even greater was their fear when, looking ata picture of Our Lady exposed in a prominent Place, they Saw her raise her arms to heaven three times to call down God's Vengeance upon them if they failed to be converted, to amend their lives, and seek the protection of the Holy Mother of God. From hence forth many miraculous conversions resulted and the Heresy's were destroyed.
The Rosary in Scripture & its History
The prayer of the Rosary is actually taken from parts of Scripture wesee this as we join together the words of the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation (Lk 1:28) together with Elizabeth's greeting to Mary at the Visitation (Luke 1:42). However the Church added the name of Mary to the beginning and that of Jesus to the end of the Angelic Salutation "Hail Mary". At the council of Ephesus, in 431, Holy Mother Church defined that the Blessed Virgin is truly the Mother of God (Jesus is God) and thus gave us the conclusion of the Hail Mary, . Further the joining of these two passages can be found as early as the fifth, and perhaps even the fourth, century in the eastern liturgies of St. James of Antioch and St. Mark of Alexandria. It is also recorded in the ritual of St. Severus (538 AD). In the west it was in usein Rome by the 7th century for it is prescribed as an offertory antiphon for the feast of the Annunciation. The great popularity of the phrase by the 11th century is attested to in the writings of St. Peter Damian (1007-1072)and Hermann of Tournai d.c. 1147).
Even though the rosary is it's self evidently taken from scripture many Protestants often claim that to repeat a prayer is of no benefit, Yet Christ himself whom we should all imitate taught us to pray in such a manner as he himself prayed repeating the same words. We see this at Gethsemane, were he (Jesus) says (Matthew 26:36 - 44) " Father if possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not i would have it" we notice here that it tells that Christ went away praying for the THIRD TIME REPEATING THE SAME WORDS. However one must first understand that before we pray any prayer that God Does NOT listen to the words of Men but totheir hearts, For he even spoke to his people saying " These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me" (Matthew 15:8) , fromthis we know that God knows our hearts and he seeks to converse with ourhearts (our eternal souls) in prayer.
The Rosary is made up of both mental and Vocal prayer. In the Holy Rosary mental prayer is none other than meditation of the chief mysteries of the life, death and glory of Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother. While the Vocal prayer consists in saying fifteen decades of the Hail Mary, each decade headed by an Our Father, while at the same time meditating and contemplating the fifteen principal virtues which Jesus and Mary Practiced in the fifteen mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
The Rosary was being prayed since the early Church, however saints like St Dominic, Blessed Alan De La Roche, St Tomas Aquinas and other Saints and Popes of the Church throughout the ages by their example and Wisdom helped to increase Knowledge and love of this most powerful of prayer, the Rosary.
The Church Saints Speak on the Rosary
St Dominic"After the Divine Office and the Holy Mass, no homage is as agreeable to Jesus and His Divine Mother as the fervent prayer of the Holy Rosary, since the work of salvation began with the Angelic Salutation (Hail Mary) the Salvation of each one of us in particular is attached to this prayer."
" The Holy Rosary is not just a conglomeration of our Fathers
and Hail Mary's, But on the contrary it is a Divine Summary of the Mysteries
of the Life, Passion, Death, and Glory of Jesus and Mary."
St Louis De Montfort
" We are confident this prayer, so conducive to giving honor to the
Blessed Virgin in all places and at all times, will not only continue to
spread more and more everywhere because of its simplicity, but also because
made more powerful by so close a union among those who pray, it will be most
favorably accepted by God. "
Gregory XVI 1831
"Among the devotion aproved by the Church none have been so Favored byso many miracles as the Holy Rosary."
Pope Puis IX 1849
"The Hail Mary puts the devil to flight and causes Hell to Tremble
" There is nothing more excellent, it seems to us, than that
numerous voices are uninterruptingly and from many parts of the world
simultaneously lifting supplications to the Blessed Virgin Mary as they meditate on
the Christian mysteries, so that the blessings of her maternal goodness may
not cease to descend upon the Church."
Pope St. Pius X 1903
"there is no surer means of calling down God's blessing upon the family. . . than the daily recitation of the Rosary".
Pope Puis XII
"The best method of prayer is the Holy Rosary if you Say it well."
St Francis De la Salles ( Doctor of Church)
" A powerful means of rendering our courage will undoubtedly be found inthe Holy Rosary".
Pope Leo XIII
"I would Gladly suffer . . . Just to have the chance to pray even one HailMary in order to gain more merits before our lord."
St Teresa of Avila ( Doctor of the Church)
"People who pray the Rosary are appealing to the Mother of Mercy and somerciful is She, that She's inclined to aid spontaneously, those who suffer.She is absolutely incapable of refusing help to those who invoke Her. TheRosary prayed daily is the most fitting formula for praying and meditating."
"The Holy Rosary is to me the most beautiful of all devotions, as it containsall in itself."
St John Neuman 1860
"The Holy Rosary was given to the Faithful in order that they might havespiritual peace and consolation more easily."
Pope St Puis V
Bishop Hugh boyle
"No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary- either he will give up sin or he will give up the Rosary."
Pope Paul XXIII
". . . Therefore we are sure that Our Children and all their bretherenthroughout the world will turn (the Rosary) into a school for learningtrue perfection, as, with a deep spirit of recollection, they contemplatethe teachings that shine forth from the life of Christ and of Mary MostHoly."
Pope John Paul II
"It is my favorite prayer."
SomeProtestants Speak on the Holy Rosary?
J. Neville Ward, a methodist minister, praises the Rosary as an excellentaid to prayer and mediateion . He states that protestants lost much innot adopting this traditional Catholic method of devotion.
Dr. James A Beebe, a Methodist theologian , says that Protestant prayersuffered because it lacked a system of controlled meditation. He said thatthe Catholic Rosary, with its definite symbols, held the mind, and he urgedother churches to utilize this method of Prayer.
Many other Protestants have discovered the priceless treasures of theRosary .For example, a former minister, after having read The Secrets ofthe Rosary and the Sign of her heart, was so edified that he accepted theBrown Scapular and Taught himself how to pray the Rosary, made Rosariesand Scapulars and inspired other Protestants to accept these Sacramentals.He later became a Catholic Priest.
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