Month of the Rosary
October is the month of the Rosary. The monks used different prayers and Scripture readings at different times throughout the day to make the whole day holy. The Rosary has it’s roots in the lay people trying to sanctify their entire day like the monks. The following reflection is taken from “Desert Silence: A way of Prayer For An Unquiet Age” by Alan Placa and Brendan Riordan. “Using the simple prayers they knew by heart, ordinary Christian people imitated the sanctification of the hours which characterized the monks’ prayer life.
- The hundred and fifty Psalms were mirrored in the hundred and fifty “Hail Mary’s” of the Rosary.
- The fifteen “our Fathers” are short Scripture readings interspersed through the prayer.
- The Apostles’ Creed is a symbol of union in faith with the whole Church.
- The “Hail Holy Queen” is a song of liturgical praise of God for His goodness to Mary.
- Finally, the repeated “Glory be to the Father,” or Small Doxology, carries the primary theme of praise through the entire devotion.”
The Rosary is definitely a gift from God.