Why pray the Rosary?

2a696046f5290a84e333005f5a628bc4“We well know the Rosary‘s powerful efficacy to obtain the maternal aid of the Virgin. By no means is there only one way to pray to obtain this aid. However, we consider the Holy Rosary the most convenient and most fruitful means, as is clearly suggested by the very origin of this practice, heavenly rather than human, and by its nature…

There emerges another very great advantage (of the Rosary), so that all, even the most simple and least educated, have in this a prompt and easy way to nourish and preserve their own faith.

And truly, from the frequent meditation on the Mysteries, the soul little by little and imperceptibly draws and absorbs the virtues they contain, and is wondrously enkindled with a longing for things immortal, and becomes strongly and easily impelled to follow the path which Christ Himself and His Mother have followed. The recitation of identical formulas repeated so many times, rather than rendering the prayer sterile and boring, has on the contrary the admirable quality of infusing confidence in him who prays and brings to bear a gentle compulsion on the motherly Heart of Mary.”

Pope Pius XII
Excerpt from the Encyclical Letter Ingruentium malorum, September 15, 1951


“The Rosary is not a practice relegated to the past, like prayers of previous eras we might think of with nostalgia. On the contrary, the Rosary is enjoying a new springtime.”

“The Rosary is undoubtedly one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generations nourish for Jesus and his mother Mary.”

“In today’s world, which is so fragmented, this prayer helps us to place Christ at the centre, as did the Virgin who meditated interiorly about everything that was said about her Son, and about what He said and did.”

“When reciting the Rosary, we relive the important and meaningful moments of salvation history; we visit anew the stages of Christ’s mission.”

“With Mary, we turn our heart to the mystery of Jesus. Jesus is placed at the centre of our life, of our time, of our cities, through the contemplation and meditation of his holy mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory.”

Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI speeches for the opening and closing of the month of Mary (May 2009)


“Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”

Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia


“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

Sister Lucia dos Santos


“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”

“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”

Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche


“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”

“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.”

Blessed Alan de la Roche


“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”

Pope Blessed Pius IX


“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”

Saint Francis de Sales


“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”

Saint Dominic


“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”

“If you say the Rosary faithfully unto death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, ‘you will receive a never-fading crown of glory’ (1 St. Peter 5:4).”

“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”

“Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if—and mark well what I say—if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”

Saint Louis de Montfort


“The Rosary is THE weapon.”

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina


“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”

Saint Bernardine of Siena


“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”

Pope Saint Pius X


“‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more.”

Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde




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10 Responses to Why pray the Rosary?

  1. St. Louis de Montfort is not the only saint who said that the Rosary is a “weapon” against evil. As Michael Voris often reminds us, St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) referred to the Rosary in the same way.

    As members of the Church Militant, we are all called upon to use this weapon.



  2. Feminine But Not Feminist says:

    Reblogged this on Be Feminine, Not Feminist.


  3. mmvc says:

    You’re absolutely right, Robert, and the wonderful Saint Pio is quoted in the above post too:

    “The Rosary is THE weapon.”

    Saint Pio of Pietrelcina


  4. mmvc says:

    Thank you for the link to Blessed JH Newman’s profound insights into the Rosary, Michael.

    Would that there were more focus on teachings as inspiring as these at the Synod for the family…:

    “…for with all our thoughts of Him are mingled thoughts of His Mother, and in the relations between Mother and Son we have set before us the Holy Family, the home in which God lived. Now the family is, even humanly considered, a sacred thing; how much more the family bound together by supernatural ties, and, above all, that in which God dwelt with His Blessed Mother.”


  5. Robert says:

    Leo XIII’s Encyclicals on Rosary:
    1) Supremi apostolatus. Sept. 1, 1883. The rosary and Litany of Loreto recited in churches “for the month of October of this year.”
    2) Superiore anno. August 30, 1884. The reception of the previous year’s October devotions warranted their continuation.
    3) Quod auctoritate. Dec. 22, 1885. Exhortation to a greater spirit of penance and devotion to the rosary during the upcoming extraordinary jubilee year (the pope’s fiftieth anniversary of ordination).
    4) Vi E Ben Noto. Sept. 20, 1887. on the Rosary and Public Life.
    5) Octobri mense. Sept. 22, 1891. The power of prayer and the efficacy of the rosary.
    6) Magnae Dei Matris. Sept. 8, 1892. The relation of the rosary to faith and morality.
    7) Laetitiae sanctae. Sept. 8, 1893. The social benefits of the rosary.
    8) Iucunda semper. Sept. 8, 1984. The rosary as witness to Mary’s
    intercession. 9) Adiutricem populi. Sept. 5, 1895. Mary’s universal motherhood; the rosary as the way to unity.
    10) Fidentem piumque. Sept. 20, 1896. The rosary’s influence on Christian faith and life.
    11) Augustissimae Virginis. Sept. 12, 1897. Mary’s association with Christ; the rosary confraternities, and “living rosary.”
    12) Diuturni temporis. Sept. 5, 1898. A summary of the pope’s teaching on the rosary; notice of the constitution on the rosary sodalities.

    I would also draw especial reference to Our Lady’s Dowry (England) and for the hastening of her so long awaited Conversion!

    Whilst we are looking at Leo XIII consider Marriage!

    ARCANUM Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII promulgated on February 10, 1880.
    To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and Bishops of the Catholic World in Grace and Communion with the Apostolic See.

    “..24. Marriage, moreover, is a sacrament, because it is a holy sign which gives grace, showing forth an image of the mystical nuptials of Christ with the Church. But the form and image of these nuptials is shown precisely by the very bond of that most close union in which man and woman are bound together in one; which bond is nothing else but the marriage itself. Hence it is clear that among Christians every true marriage is, in itself and by itself, a sacrament; and that nothing can be further from the truth than to say that the sacrament is a certain added ornament, or outward endowment, which can be separated and torn away from the contract at the caprice of man. Neither, therefore, by reasoning can it be shown, nor by any testimony of history be proved, that power over the marriages of Christians has ever lawfully been handed over to the rulers of the State. If, in this matter, the right of anyone else has ever been violated, no one can truly say that it has been violated by the Church. Would that the teaching of the naturalists, besides being full of falsehood and injustice, were not also the fertile source of much detriment and calamity! But it is easy to see at a glance the greatness of the evil which unhallowed marriages have brought, and ever will bring, on the whole of human society.

    25. From the beginning of the world, indeed, it was divinely ordained that things instituted by God and by nature should be proved by us to be the more profitable and salutary the more they remain unchanged in their full integrity. For God, the Maker of all things, well knowing what was good for the institution and preservation of each of His creatures, so ordered them by His will and mind that each might adequately attain the end for which it was made. If the rashness or the wickedness of human agency venture to change or disturb that order of things which has been constituted with fullest foresight, then the designs of infinite wisdom and usefulness begin either to be hurtful or cease to be profitable, partly because through the change undergone they have lost their power of benefiting, and partly because God chooses to inflict punishment on the pride and audacity of man. Now, those who deny that marriage is holy, and who relegate it, stripped of all holiness, among the class of common secular things, uproot thereby the foundations of nature, not only resisting the designs of Providence, but, so far as they can, destroying the order that God has ordained. No one, therefore, should wonder if from such insane and impious attempts there spring up a crop of evils pernicious in the highest degree both to the salvation of souls and to the safety of the commonwealth.

    26. If, then, we consider the end of the divine institution of marriage, we shall see very clearly that God intended it to be a most fruitful source of individual benefit and of public welfare. Not only, in strict truth, was marriage instituted for the propagation of the human race, but also that the lives of husbands and wives might be made better and happier. This comes about in many ways: by their lightening each other’s burdens through mutual help; by constant and faithful love; by having all their possessions in common; and by the heavenly grace which flows from the sacrament. Marriage also can do much for the good of families, for, so long as it is conformable to nature and in accordance with the counsels of God, it has power to strengthen union of heart in the parents; to secure the holy education of children; to temper the authority of the father by the example of the divine authority; to render children obedient to their parents and servants obedient to their masters. From such marriages as these the State may rightly expect a race of citizens animated by a good spirit and filled with reverence and love for God, recognizing it their duty to obey those who rule justly and lawfully, to love all, and to injure no one.

    27. These many and glorious fruits were ever the product of marriage, so long as it retained those gifts of holiness, unity, and indissolubility from which proceeded all its fertile and saving power; nor can anyone doubt but that it would always have brought forth such fruits, at all times and in all places, had it been under the power and guardianship of the Church, the trustworthy preserver and protector of these gifts. But, now, there is a spreading wish to supplant natural and divine law by human law; and hence has begun a gradual extinction of that most excellent ideal of marriage which nature herself had impressed on the soul of man, and sealed, as it were, with her own seal; nay, more, even in Christian marriages this power, productive of so great good, has been weakened by the sinfulness of man. Of what advantage is it if a state can institute nuptials estranged from the Christian religion, which is the mother of all good, cherishing all sublime virtues, quickening and urging us to everything that is the glory of a lofty and generous soul? When the Christian religion is rejected and repudiated, marriage sinks of necessity into the slavery of man’s vicious nature and vile passions, and finds but little protection in the help of natural goodness. A very torrent of evil has flowed from this source, not only into private families, but also into States. For, the salutary fear of God being removed, and there being no longer that refreshment in toil which is nowhere more abounding than in the Christian religion, it very often happens, as indeed is natural, that the mutual services and duties of marriage seem almost unbearable; and thus very many yearn for the loosening of the tie which they believe to be woven by human law and of their own will, whenever incompatibility of temper, or quarrels, or the violation of the marriage vow, or mutual consent, or other reasons induce them to think that it would be well to be set free. Then, if they are hindered by law from carrying out this shameless desire, they contend that the laws are iniquitous, inhuman, and at variance with the rights of free citizens; adding that every effort should be made to repeal such enactments, and to introduce a more humane code sanctioning divorce.

    May All Be For the Greater Glory Of God And The Triumph Of The Immaculate!


  6. Plain old Toad says:

    Robert, please explain your last post more fully.


  7. Robert says:

    The title is Why Pray the Rosary? The answer is Papal Infallibility (Vatican 1 SESSION 4 : 18 July 1870 ).
    Leo XIII (Lumen De Caelo) Feb. 20, 1878 – July 20, 1903.
    He wrote 12 encyclicals on the Holy Rosary. (twelve Apostles?).
    The Vatican is the prison of left for the Papacy by Masonry after seizing the Papal Estates. This Church is the mystical Body Of Christ and its Head is the Pope. So we can say that Christ was imprisoned in the Vatican during 19th Century.
    Leo XIII Encyclicals set the foundation for 20 Century including social justice and wonderful Fatherly letters to the Nations. This Heavenly Light illuminating the 20 Century.
    Leo XIII was the Pope that St Therese (the Child Jesus and the Holy Face) asked if she could enter Carmel at the age of 15. He was also a mystic and that 100 years given to Satan to destroy the Church. That is the proper way to view 20 century, the attempt to pervert, destroy the Church.
    We see the imprisoned Pope (like St Peter now in chains) at the Vatican turning towards Our Lady, The Woman prophecised in Genesis to crush the serpents Head. Fatima in October 1917 and the promise of the Triumph Of The Immaculate Heart (Created without Original Sin).
    The Rosary is Heavens response to Masonry/modernism Attack on the Faith. Fatima could not be clearer over the imperative to Pray the Rosary.

    The Rosary and Marriage are inseparable!!!
    Our Lord first miracle was at Cana (marriage ceremony) at the instigation of Our Lady.
    “.. Marriage, moreover, is a sacrament, because it is a holy sign which gives grace, showing forth an image of the mystical nuptials of Christ with the Church..”

    We should look at 20 century and this explosion of modernism of rapid change (not evolution) with materialism, from the perspective of a imprisoned Church, and Satan. This perspective we will get from Leo XIII.


  8. Plain old Toad says:

    “Whatever happens
    we have got,
    the rosary
    and they have not.”

    – Hillaire Belloc (…more or less.)


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