Pope St. Pius V instituted this feast in thanksgiving for the great
naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day (on October
7, 1571); a favour granted to him due to the recitation of the Rosary. Pope St.
Pius V and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory. This victory saved
Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam. Therefore, this month of October offers us the opportunity to
intensify our devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. Let us endeavour to pray the
rosary daily throughout this month, and possibly beyond. I will share with you
the benefits of reciting the Holy Rosary:
Our Lady’s 15 Promises for Praying
the Rosary
Besides the Indulgences attached
to the Rosary, Our Lady revealed to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche (in
an apparition) additional benefits for those who devoutly pray the Rosary. Below
are the promises with corresponding explanations which I proffered in
1. Whosoever
shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal
(Signal graces are extraordinary
graces that move the soul by the intellect and will in such a way that the
reception of the grace — to a certain degree — can even be detected by
others — or less commonly, even in ourselves. So I guess they can be a “sign”
of God’s mercy, but we should know that all grace is God’s mercy whether or not
it is detectable. Most grace, after all, is not able to be detected.).
2. I
promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall
recite the Rosary.
(Since the angels are capable of
watching over humans, Our Lady, the Queen of angels is simply highlighting that
she will watch especially over those who pray the Rosary)
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will
destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
(Since the rosary is the summary
work of man’s redemption; that is, the means by which man was redeemed – the summary
of the lives and works of Jesus and Mary, hence, a frequent recitation of this
prayer is capable of shielding us from eternal damnation and place us on the
road of holiness).
4. It
will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the
abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the
world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things.
Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
(Since the rosary is about the
salvific work of Christ, and Christ has made us to understand that the true
treasure lies in heaven, the rosary is capable of placing our minds for the
desire of eternal things, where Christ is, and thus inculcate in us the
necessary virtues to obtain it.)
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the
Rosary shall not perish.
(The part which says “…Holy
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death amen”
indicates that we have a loving mother who prays and intercedes on our behalf,
and when we die, we shall not perish. Simply put, the rosary is capable of
obtaining salvation for us when we recite it fervently)
6. Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to
the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by
misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an
unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become
worthy of Eternal Life.
(The rosary makes one to draw
down God’s Mercy rather than His Justice and having a chance of repentance
before death (see promise #7).
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die
without the Sacraments of the Church.
(This promise highlights the
benefits of obtaining the most possible Graces at the hour of death via the
Sacraments of Confession, Eucharist, and Extreme Unction (Anointing of the
Sick). Being properly disposed while receiving these Sacraments near death
ensures one’s salvation).
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during
their life and at their death the Light of God and the plenitude of His Graces;
at the moment of death they shall participate in the Merits of the Saints in
(Simply put, with this promise
and #7 above, Our Lady is providing the means for the person to have a very
holy death).
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the
(If a devotee of Mary goes to
purgatory, Our Lady is promising a special favour called “Sabbatine Privilege”, to deliver from purgatory all those who
honour her with the recitation of the rosary).
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of
Glory in Heaven.
(The closer one is to God while
living on earth, the close that person is to Him also in Heaven. The Catechism
of the Catholic Church states “Spiritual progress tends toward ever more
union with Christ.” <Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by recitation of the Rosary.
(This promise emphasizes Our
Lady’s role as the Mediatrix of Graces)
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in
their necessities.
(If one promotes the praying of
the Rosary, Our Lady emphasizes Her Maternal care for us by obtaining many
Graces (i.e. spiritual necessities) and also material necessities, all subject
to the Will of God).
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the
Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life
and at the hour of death.
(This indicates that during our
lifetime and at the hour of death, our lady, together with the angels and
saints would intercede on our behalf. <Communion of Saints> See
paragraphs 954 through 959 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church).
14. All who recite the Rosary are my Sons, and brothers of my Only
Son Jesus Christ.
(Jesus calls us his brothers in
the “Lord’s Prayer” when he referred to God as “Our Father”; hence, because the
rosary contains the Lord’s Prayer, our recitation of it brings us closer to
Christ as His Brothers, and by extension, Children of Mary)
15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
(Daily recitation of the holy
rosary enables us to live a holy life by doing the will of God, thus,
guaranteeing us salvation. (See also paragraphs 381, 488, 600, 2782 in the
Catechism of the Catholic Church.)

the Rosary daily… Don’t be left out!!!

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