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Praying the Rosary


Rosary Day

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Toronto Catholic District School Board adopted a motion that all school communities Pray the rosary on October 7th or the First Friday in October of each year.

Contemplative Prayer

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The Word rosary is from the Latin rosarium, or “rose garden.” The Rosary is a prayerful reflection on the life of Jesus, which involves contemplating certain Gospel scenes, the “mysteries”, in the company of Mary. For Pope John Paul II, “The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer.” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 12).

The History of the Rosary  

The Rosary is the most popular of all the Marian devotions. It was revealed to St. Dominic by the Blessed Mother in the 13th century and in 1470, Blessed Alan of Rupe, a Dominican preacher, founded the first Rosary confraternity. At Lourdes and Fatima, Our Lady encouraged the children to pray the Rosary often. The fifteen mysteries of the Rosary focused on incidents in the lives of Jesus Christ and Mary.
On October 16th, 2002, Pope John Paul II marked the 24th anniversary of his election by signing the apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, “The Rosary of the Virgin Mary” in which he suggested five new “Mysteries of Light,” or Luminous Mysteries as follows:
  1. The Baptism of Jesus
  2. The Wedding at Cana
  3. The Proclamation of The Kingdom of God
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Holy Eucharist
The complete Rosary now consists of twenty decades divided into four distinct parts, the Joyful, the Luminous, the Sorrowful, and the Glorious Mysteries, each containing five decades and one mystery per decade.
Ball, Ann. (2005) The How-To Book of Sacramentals, Huntington, In.: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division,
Groeschel, Benedict J. C.F.R. (2003) The Rosary - Chain of Hope San Francisco: Ignatius Press
“The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary” (2011) Regina Press.



Related to Rosary:  Honouring Mary Resources

The Rosary Apostolate


Click on the video for Primary grades or the video for Grades 4 to 8 and high school.