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October - The Month of the Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.

The Rosary and the Liturgical Year

The Rosary had its origins in the Middle Ages and was called “Mary’s Psalter.”  At a time when the common folk were, for the most part, illiterate, the rosary and its 150 “Aves” took the place of the 150 psalms of the breviary. 

The Rosary is a meditation on the life of Christ – his advent, mission, passion, death, resurrection and ascension.  The Rosary also contemplates the life of Mary whose life is so intricately intertwined with that of Christ.  Because it covers all the mysteries of their two lives, it is also a summary of the liturgical year. 

Many of the saints have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary.  It was a particularly favorite form of prayer for St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis de Sales, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. John Bosco, St. Bernadette and many others.

Until the 16th century, the mysteries of the rosary were many and varied.  The joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries were an attempt to standardize the practice of praying the rosary in public.  Pope St. John Paul II added the luminous mysteries to the original fifteen.  As of now, the mysteries are:

THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Nativity
The Presentation of the Child Jesus
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus is crowned with thorns.
Jesus carries his cross.
The crucifixion.

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

The Resurrection
The Ascension
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Assumption of the Blessed Mother into Heaven
Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.

THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

The Baptism in the Jordan
The Wedding at Cana
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Transfiguration
The Institution of the Eucharist


Litany of Loretto

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

 

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

 

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Virgin of Virgins, pray for us.

Mother of Christ, pray for us.

Mother of the Church, pray for us.

Mother of Mercy, pray for us.

Mother of Divine Grace, pray for us.

Mother of Hope, pray for us.

Mother most Pure, pray for us.

Mother most Chaste, pray for us.

Mother Inviolate, pray for us.

Mother Undefiled, pray for us.

Mother most Amiable, pray for us.

Mother most Admirable, pray for us.

Mother of good Counsel, pray for us.

Mother of our Creator, pray for us.

Mother of our Savior, pray for us.

Virgin most Prudent, pray for us.

Virgin most Venerable, pray for us.

Virgin most Renowned, pray for us.

Virgin most Powerful, pray for us.

Virgin most Merciful, pray for us.

Virgin most Faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of Justice, pray for us.

Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Cause of our Joy, pray for us.

Spiritual Vessel, pray for us.

Vessel of Honor, pray for us.

Singular Vessel of Devotion, pray for us.

Mystical Rose, pray for us.

Tower of David, pray for us.

Tower of Ivory, pray for us.

House of Gold, pray for us.

Ark of the Covenant, pray for us.

Gate of Heaven, pray for us.

Morning Star, pray for us.

Health of the Sick, pray for us.

Refuge of Sinners, pray for us.

Solace of Migrants, pray for us.

Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.

Help of Christians, pray for us.

Queen of Angels, pray for us.

Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.

Queen of Prophets, pray for us.

Queen of Apostles, pray for us.

Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

Queen of Confessors, pray for us.

Queen of Virgins, pray for us.

Queen of all Saints, pray for us.

Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.

Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.

Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

Queen of the Family, pray for us.

Queen of Peace, pray for us.

 

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!.

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. .

 

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us pray.

 

Grant, we beg Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.


Prayer Intention of the Holy Father for October, 2020

The Laity's Mission in the Church


We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

October

The eighth month of the old Roman year.  By the Slavs this is called “Yellow month” from the fading of the leaf; to the Anglo-Saxons, it was known as Winter Fylleth, because at this moon (fylleth) winter was supposed to begin.

October 18: St. Luke
October 28: St. Simon and St. Jude

Mottos:

By the 1st of March the crows begin to search,
By the 1st of April they are sitting still,
By the 1st of May they are flown away,
Creeping greedy back again
With October wind and rain.

A good October and a good blast,
To blow the hog, acorn and mast.

In October dung your field
And your land its wealth shall yield.

Queen of the Rosary, Pray for Us