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The Rosary is one of the most well known sacramentals of the Church and has been used and prayed by Catholics for centuries. Originating with St. Dominic, it is a prayer made in union with Our Blessed Mother, meditating on and re-living all the mysteries of Her Son’s life for the purpose of uniting those mysteries with our own lives. All of this purpose is summarized in the closing prayer: “Grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating on the Mysteries of the most Holy Rosary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.”

It was Our Blessed Mother herself who began this devotion and has spared no pains in encouraging us to use it. At Lourdes, she prayed the rosary with St. Bernadette. At Fatima, she commanded to the children: “Say the rosary every day to obtain peace in the world.” Later, to Sister Lucy, she said, “There is no problem so great that it cannot be solved by the Rosary.” It was to St. Dominic that she made the promise, “One day, I will save the world through the Rosary.”

More about the history of this great and important devotion can be found here. Learn also about the 15 promises made by Our Lady to those who pray the Rosary, and view a short audio clip on how to pray it well.