Today, October 7, we Catholics celebrate the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary. Pope Saint Pius V established this feast in 1573. Pope Clement XI expanded it to the universal church in 1716. The rosary is a common or daily prayer for many. It appeals to many because it is simple repetition of Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Bes. The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the mysteries of our salvation. It is a contemplative prayer that requires tranquility of rhythm and mental lingering of meditation on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. The rosary is Marian in character because Mary was so closely associated with her Son’s incarnation, passion, and glorious resurrection. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of our life. Through praying the rosary, we grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.
By Marlene Meierhofer, OSB