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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.

May Devotions.

The month of May is dedicated to the Our Bleesed Mother, The Virgin Mary so we gather together for Devotions to her 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.

Rosary Procesion
On the last Sunday of May, we will have our annual Rosary Procession with Our Lady's Statue being carried around the area as we recite together the Holy Rosary, sing hymns, and say the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All are welcome.









October Devotions.

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.

















Rosary Prayer Chain.
Also during the month of October, we hold 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.

Rosary Vigils.
Our Parish has a Rosary Vigil on the Last Friday of each month. This may include,

     •   Confessions (usually just before the main Rosary Vigil).
     •   The Holy Rosary with Meditations.
     •   Prayers for various intentions.
     •   Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
     •   Burning of Petitions.
     •   Benediction.
     •   Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
     •   Procession of Lighted Candles.
     •   The Holy Mass.

The Rosary Vigil usually takes place from 10.30 p.m. on the Friday evening and concludes about 4.30 a.m. on the Saturday morning.

Everyone is welcome come along, and encouraged to participate.

Come along and you will receive a warm welcome.

Reciting the Holy Rosary.
Below are links to each of the sets of mysteries of the Holy Rosary which show you how to recite the Holy Rosary and includes the prayers, meditations, and the days on which it is recommended for you to recite them (although you can recite all four sets of mysteries each day).

The Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturdays).

The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays).

The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays).

The Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays).

All Four Sets of Mysteries.

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