****    October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. There will be Devotions to Our Blessed Lady on the Tuesday Evening throughout October starting at 6.30 p.m. and concluding with Mass at 7.30 p.m.    ****

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What is the Rosary?

There are several forms of praying with beads. Many Religions use them, e.g. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. The most popular one for Catholics of the Roman Rite is based on the 150 Psalms.

From the 2nd century people were unable to join in the Church's Official Prayer, psalms and reading. So instead they turned to say the first part of the 'Hail Mary'. Later, people changed and said 150 'Our Fathers', but this changed to the full 'Hail Mary' in the middle ages.

In the year 1214, Our Blessed Lady seems to have appeared to St. Dominic to ask him to use her beads whilst meditating on the mysteries of our Faith. In this way, people who had been led astray through ignorance of the Faith could come back to the truth by PRAYING about their Faith.

The 'Rosary' was a way of praying the Creed.

In the 15th century, the 15 Mysteries that we use came into use and was fixed in about 1514.

The Rosary is the story of our salvation in Jesus Christ, demonstrated bu his life.

This is done in three sets of five Mysteries.

In October 2002, Blessed Pope John II, announced the creation of a new set of Mysteries. These were the 'Mysteries of Light' or 'Luminous Mysteries'. These mysteries centre around decisive events in the life of Christ

It is suggested that one set of five mysteries should be prayed each day, although you can pray all twenty.

Below is a very useful link to a website which has an online version which will help you learn how to recite 'The Holy Rosary', as well as show you what days to pray each set of mysteries and also show you the prayers of the Rosary which you can follow step by step.

October Devotion

Throughtout the month of October, which is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, we gather together for Devotions to Our Blessed Lady through recitation of the Holy Rosary. The devotion includes hymns, prayers, benediction, exposition, petitions and on occasions a small talk. It concludes with the Mass.

Also, during the October month, there is a Rosary Prayer Chain, where you can submit your name to a time slot where you promise to recite the Holy Rosary where ever you are.

Pray the Online Rosary - A useful link to help you learn The Holy Rosary.


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