What is a rosary?
The Rosary is a traditional prayer of Catholics who seek to honor the Blessed Virgin. Originally it was made up of fifteen "mysteries" that evoked the joyful, painful, and glorious moments of the lives of Jesus and Mary. In 2002 St. John Paul II added the luminous mysteries which allow us to meditate on the public life of Jesus.
The rosary is also a religious object in the form of a necklace composed of threaded beads, to each of these beads corresponds a prayer to the Virgin Mary.
"All generations will call me Blessed." In fact, from the earliest times, the Blessed Virgin has been honored under the title of 'Mother of God'; the faithful take refuge under her protection, imploring her in all their dangers and needs. This cult finds its expression in the liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of and in Marian prayer, such as the Holy Rosary, "the compendium of the whole Gospel" as Paul VI liked to say.
In fact, the Rosary is the prayer that concentrates the special worship of which the Blessed Virgin is the object in the Church.
Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 971.
"The Rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who loves his Mother so much. "Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort.
"The rosary is a means given from heaven to appease the wrath of God. "Gregory XIII.
"The rosary is the treasure of graces. "Paul V
"The rosary is a sovereign remedy for errors and vices. "Benedict XIII
"The Rosary is the most effective prayer for increasing devotion to Mary in the hearts of the faithful. "Pius IX
"It is the most beautiful of all prayers, the richest in graces, the one that most pleases the Blessed Virgin. "Saint Pius X
"The rosary condenses in him all the worship we owe to Mary. There is no better prayer to honour Mary and deserve her favours than the Holy Rosary. "Leo XIII - Octobrimense
"There are undoubtedly many ways to obtain Mary's assistance. However, we believe that the institution of the Rosary is the best and most fruitful. "Leo XIII - Adjuticem populi (1895)
"It is a very powerful weapon to drive out demons; to preserve the integrity of life, to acquire virtue more easily, in a word to obtain true peace for men. "Pius XI
"A well-said Hail Mary makes all hell tremble. "Saint John Mary Vianney
"The rosary is the whip of demons. "Adrian VI
"Great is the strength of an army that holds in its hand not the sword but the rosary. "Pius IX