Why is October referred to as the Month of the Rosary? And where did the rosary come from? Great questions! I found interesting answers to both questions in this article at Northwest Catholic.
Some of my takeaways from the article:
- October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
- Pope Pius V asked the faithful to pray the rosary during the Battle of Lepanto (guess what happened)
- There is great power in prayer
- The rosary leads us to Jesus
- Every time we pray the rosary, we say the holy name of Jesus more than 50 times
- "The wealth of spiritual graces offered through the rosary comes...from the imitation of Christ..."
There are some good free apps on the rosary -- both in written and spoken form -- so you don't have to 'know it all' or say it "alone".
Since October is the "Month of the Rosary", perhaps we want to say the prayer daily, or more often. Maybe listen in the car while commuting or walking. Find a rosary that has special meaning and saying the prayer can become even more intimate. (The rosary in this photo belonged to my great-aunt, Sr.Barbara Jenniges, Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet; I feel her praying with me from Heaven every time I hold it.)
Let's see what happens when we pray this beautiful daily devotion -- God is listening.
PS. Check out the other Announcement on the Rosary Rally to take place October 10th.