Sites to visit for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the RosaryToday is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and the entire month of October is dedicated to her honor. Many shrines and holy sites have areas dedicated to the Rosary including Rosary ways, Rosary ponds, and Rosary courts.

Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau, AK – Rosary trail, and walking labyrinth similar to the one in Chartres, France

Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Chicago, IL – 200 acre outdoor shrine is the largest in the country including a rosary court

 

Marian Shrine (National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians), Westhaverstraw, NY – Outdoor rosary way includes 15 life sized marble statues

National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, North Jackson, OH – Rosary stairs

Servants of Mary Center for Peace & Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Windsor, OH – 50 foot statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe overlooks a lake surrounded by a 15 decade illuminated rosary

House of Mary Shrine, Yankton, SD – Rosary pond and a Rosary way

Please comment below if you have any sites to share.

What is the Rosary?  The Rosary is the story of the New Testament.  Through the beads we follow the life of Mary and Jesus.  We follow Mary from the day the Archangel Gabriel came to ask her to become the Mother of Christ, to the day she was crowned Queen of Heaven.  We follow Jesus from the moment the Holy Spirit came down on Mary, through his childhood, his cruel death on the cross, the joy of Easter when he rose from the dead, to the day he ascended to heaven in glory. [From Crown of Thorns, England]

Resources for praying the Rosary:

  • There are several Rosary apps available for both Android and iPhone, many of which are free.  There are even some geared towards children.
  • Father Peyton’s Rosary Prayer Book is a helpful guide to meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary.

Through the Holy Rosary:

  • Sinners are forgiven
  • Souls that thirst are refreshed
  • Those who are fettered shall have their bonds broken
  • Those who weep will find happiness
  • Those who are tempted find peace
  • The pooor find help
  • The religious are reformed
  • Those who are ignorant are instructed
  • The living learn to overcome pride
  • The dead (the Holy Souls) have their pain eased by suffrages

Our Lady said to Blessed Alan de la Rocha, “I want people to have a devotion to my Rosary to have my son’s grace and blessing during their lifetime and at their death, and after their death I want them to be freed from all slavery so that they will be like kings wearing crowns and with scepters in their hands and enjoying eternal glory”
[From The Secret of the Rosary by St Louis de Montfort]

Our Lady’s 15 promises for praying the Rosary:

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies
  4. It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities; and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things.  Oh that souls would sanctify themselves by this means
  5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish
  6. Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune.  God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life
  7. Whoever shall hae a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacrements of the Church
  8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the Light of God and the plenitude of His Graces; as the moment of death they shall participate in the Merits of the Saints in Paradise
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of Glory in Heaven
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary
  12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities
  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for their intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of their death
  14. All that recite the rosary are my Sons, and brothers of my Only Son Jesus Christ
  15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination

 

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