As we offer flowers to the person we love, in the same way each Ave Maria ("Hail Mary") is like a rose offered to the Virgin Mary; the whole Aves constitute like a crown of roses - a rosary - that we present to her.
The rosary is a prayer that exists in the Church since eight centuries. Many reasons can justify the success of this form of prayer. It’s a prayer that has a particular efficacy to unite us to the Virgin Mary and make us experiment her love.
It is also a form of prayer that adapts itself to the mentalities of all times. The frantic rhythm of life brings us to be always more in a hurry and to be dispersive. The rosary is still actual because it’s the prayer that is mostly within reach for us who have difficulty to concentrate.
Each day we spend a good part of our time traveling to go and come back from work or school and for other commitments. For us who don’t have time to pray, we can use the time of our traveling to pray. To pray in the morning, is to start our day in a positive way: at night, is to end it in a serene way. The rosary is the most indicated prayer to pray while we travel; it’s a dynamic prayer that makes us participate to the prayer of Mary. The Gospel shows to us that during her traveling Mary would pray (cf. Luke 1, 39-55) because she would be “reflecting… in her heart” (Luke 2, 19). To make the recitation of the rosary easier for you, our site put’s at your disposal some mp3 files of this prayer.
The rosary, which makes us travel through the mysteries of the life of our Lord, is a meditative prayer focused on Jesus-Christ. We do the meditation accompanied by Mary, her who knows Him better; it is for this reason that we pray her saying the Ave Maria. Our contemplation is supported by the repetition of the Ave Marias and this repetition becomes like a musical background that maintains us in the presence of Jesus and of his Mother.
In the first part of the Ave Maria, the name of Jesus is the culminant point; on Him we focus our attention while he teaches us a truth or a virtue in the evangelical scene evoked by the mystery of the rosary on which we meditate. Reciting the Ave Maria, our interior glance rejoins that of Mary and through he glance we deepen our knowledge of Jesus.
In the second part of the Ave Maria, the accent is on the invocation “pray for us”. We ask the Virgin Mary to help us to put into practice the truth or the virtue that we are meditating.
The rosary, thanks to this dynamic meditation of the life of Jesus Christ, makes us progress in our Christian life and transforms bit by bit.
By embracing the glance full of love and attentive of Mary, us also, during the recitation of the rosary, we look at “the problems of the world… with a responsible and generous glance” and with “the certainty of the help of God” (John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Marie, n. 40).
The rosary is also a prayer that unites us within Christian youth. Ecclesial prayer, it brings us to communion of heart and of spirit and makes of us a Church which, guided by Mary, works in a concrete way in the society and is walking towards sanctity.
Recited with Mary Mother of Charity, the rosary becomes the spring from which all and each one of us, especially the youth, draw a spirit of creativity, the courage and the strength to become the constructors of the civilization of Christian love in the family and in the society turning to the means that Jesus Christ offers us in the Gospel and by his Church.
According to the current use, in the reciting of the rosary Monday and Saturday are dedicated to the joyful mysteries; Tuesday and Friday, to the sorrowful mysteries; Wednesday and Sunday, to the glorious mysteries; Thursday, to the luminous mysteries.
How to say the rosary
Prayers for the Holy Rosary
Sign Of The Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(a) I BELIEVE IN GOD, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Sprit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
(b) OUR FATHER , Who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
(c) HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
(d) GLORY BE TO THE FATHER , and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.