May is the Month of Mary
This May, during the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis invites the faithful to renew their love for the most Holy Rosary, a prayer fully immersed in the Gospel.
We need to go back to the 15th Century to Pope Sixtus IV to find when the Rosary was officially approved by the Catholic Church. The practice probably originated with the Cistercians in the two previous centuries as an aid for illiterate people. The recitation of prayers and psalms in succession, gradually became a series of 150 Hail Marys. Greeting Mary so many times was compared to offering her a wreath of roses, the “Rosary”.
Praying the Rosary will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial.
Pope Francis 2020
The rosary is intended to bring us ever closer to Christ in humble devotion and sincere love. What makes this effective meditation on the mysteries so especially fruitful, however, is the fact that we combine it with a prayer to Mary. We go through the Lord's life on the hand of the Blessed Mother: this is the deepest significance of the rosary prayer.
A reflection on the Popes and the Rosary over history
The Rosary Centre and Confraternity by the Dominican Friars