Rosary: A Powerful Weapon to Fight against the evil.

Introduction:
Whatever is very simple or ordinary to follow, many will be following. On the contrary, the difficult things will not be liked by all. This is true in all the fields. There are so many prayers composed by different kinds of people like saints, sages, theologians, religious, lay men and women, etc. But among them all Rosary stands out because of its very simple nature. Compiling the Lords prayers, Hail Mary and the doxology, this prayer has been recited by a large number of Christians. Many have benefited from this prayer. Our Blessed Virgin Mother has promised graces for those who devoutly pray the Rosary. One of the greatest prayers the Church possesses is the Rosary. Why do so many people go to the shrines of our Lady? Why do people irrespective of language, colour, religion, caste or race give respect and reverence to the Holy Rosary? Why is this prayer appreciated by all? What does actually the Rosary mean? Let me submit a brief reflection on the Rosary answering to these questions.

What is Rosary?
Etymological meaning of Rosary is “A Garden of Roses”. Why is it called ‘A Garden’? Because a garden consists of many plants which bear varieties of flowers. Naturally a garden full of flower attracts every kind of people. So Rosary as a flower garden that too as a garden of roses attracts all the people. For the learned and the unlearned, the children and the old aged, for men and women, the rich and the people, the high class and the underprivileged, the Rosary has become the common prayer.

From all aspects the prayer of the Rosary is a prayer par excellence. It begins with adoring the Holy Trinity. Rosary is a composition of various prayers, such as: the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary; the twenty mysteries beautifies the prayer of the Rosary. A short prayer is added even since our Lady’s apparition at Fatima in 1917 after every decade: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven especially those who are in most need of your mercy.”

Sr. Lucia once stated: “My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God. The prayer of the Rosary, after the Liturgy of the Eucharist, is what most unites us to God.” So Rosary is a simple prayer which can be prayed by any one, any where and at anytime.

How to Pray the Rosary
Before praying the Rosary, invoke the blessing of the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout the recitation of the Rosary. Then continue as follows:

  1. Make the sign of the Cross.
  2. Say the “Apostle’s Creed”
  3. Say the “Our Father”
  4. Say  3 Hail Mary
  5. Say the “Glory be to the Father”
  6. Announce the first mystery and meditate for a few minutes
  7. Say the “Our Father”
  8. Say 10 Hail Mary
  9. Say the “Glory be to the Father”.
  10. Say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven especially those who most need of your mercy.”
  11. Announce the second mystery and Repeat as in number 7, 8 and 9 and continue with Third Fourth and Fifth mysteries in the same manner.
  12. After the Five decades say the “Hail, Holy Queen.”
As a general rule, the joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday; the Sorrowful mysteries on Tuesday and Friday; the Glorious mysteries on Wednesday;  and the Luminous mysteries on Thursday. Depending on the season each of the mysteries is recommended for Sunday.

The Mysteries of the Rosary: The Joyful Mysteries
The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The angel Gabriel announces to Mary:
  2. Mary visits Elizabeth
  3. Jesus is born in a stable at Bethlehem.
  4. The presentation of Jesus in the temple
  5. Jesus is lost and found in the temple

The sorrowful mysteries

  1. The Agony of Jesus in the garden
  2. Jesus is scourged at the pillar
  3. Jesus is crowned with thorns
  4. Jesus carries the cross
  5. Jesus dies on the cross

The Glorious Mysteries

  1. Jesus rises from the dead
  2. Jesus ascends to heaven
  3. The Holy Spirit descends on Mary and the apostles
  4. Mary is assumed into heaven.
  5. Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and earth
The Luminous mysteries
  1. Our Lord’s baptism in the Jordan
  2. Our Lord’s self manifestation at the wedding of Cana
  3. Our Lord Proclaims the Kingdom of God  and Calls Us to Conversion
  4. Our Lord’s Transfiguration
  5. Our Lord’s Institution of the Eucharist as the Sacramental Expression of the Paschal Mystery

Praying to Christ with Mary
Jesus invited us to turn to God with insistence and the confidence that we will be heard: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Mt7:7). The basis of this power of prayer is the goodness of the Father, but also the mediation of Christ himself (cf. 1 Jn 2:1) and the working of the Holy Spirit who intercedes for us according to the will of God (cf Rom 8:26-27)

In support of the prayer which Christ and Spirit cause to rise in our hearts, Mary intervenes with her maternal intercession. If Jesus, the One Mediator, is the Way of our prayer, then Mary, his purest and most transparent reflection, shows us the Way. At the wedding of Cana the Gospel clearly shows the power of Mary’s intercession as she makes known to Jesus the needs of others: “They have no wine.” (Jn 2:3)

The Rosary is both meditation and supplication. Instinct prayer to the Mother of God is based on confidence that the maternal intercession can obtain all things from the heart of her son. “She is all-powerful by grace” says Blessed Bartolo Longo. So we go to Jesus through Mary. She will obtain for us the graces we need for her Son Jesus Christ.

Rosary and the Rosarians
When we say “The Rosarians”, what does it mean? The Rosarian is a religious congregation founded by the servant of God Fr. B.A. Thomas OMI in Tholagatty, Sri Lanka on 2nd Feb 1928. The congregation of the Rosarians is a clerical, contemplative and penitential institute of clerics and brothers living together according to its proper way of life. Every one prays the Rosary; but the spatiality of the Rosarians is that they pray with arms outstretched before the Blessed Sacrament. Considering the time spent before the Eucharistic Lord to be a special privilege granted by the Sacred Heart, with fervour of Spirit, the Rosarians praying the Rosary mount guard before the Blessed Sacrament by turns, day and night, except during the community exercises in the night.

The Blessed Virgin Mary instructed her children to pray the Rosary for the conversion of sinners. Following the instructions the Rosarians pray the Rosary in a special way for the conversion of the whole world. because the special end of the Rosarians is to make reparation in union with our Lord Jesus Christ for the outrages committed by the world against the Divine Majesty and to work by means of prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners and for the extension of the Kingdom of God everywhere in particular in one’s own country. (Cf. Rule No:4).

Praying the Rosary, in 1573 the Christians brought victory over the Turks at Lepanto. Now the Rosarians use the Rosary as  a weapon to fight against the evils of the society.

Conclusion
The Rosary is an excellent prayer, but the faithful should feel serenely free in its regard. They should be drawn to its calm recitation by its intrinsic appeal. One of the promises of Our Lady to those who devoutly pray the Rosary suggests: the Rosary shall be powerful armour against hell; it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies. Rosary is a simple prayer but deep in its meaning. so let us recite the Rosary with fervent devotion to drive out the evil form the society, and use the Rosary as a powerful weapon to fight against  Satan and his domain. Rosary is an effective spiritual weapon against the evil afflicting society.

Rosary Quotation

  1. The Rosary is at heart a Christocentric prayer. (John Paul II)
  2. Rosary is the compendium of the Gospel . (Pope John XXII)
  3. Whoever spreads the Rosary is saved. (Blessed Bartolo Longo)
  4. Without contemplation, Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas. (Pope Paul VI)
  5. The simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life. (John Paul II)
  6. The Rosary is a prayer for peace. (John Paul II)
  7. The Sacrmental of the Rosary leads us to the ‘Sacrament of Sacraments’ the Eucharist. (John Paul II}
  8. If I did not have the obligation of the Divine Office, I would say no other Prayer than the Rosary. (St. Vincent de Paul)
  9. I depend on the Rosary almost entirely for the conversion and sanctification of my diocese. (St. Charles Borremeo)
  10. The Rosary is a weapon in our hands. (Padre Pio)
  11. The Rosary dispels the seeds of family disintegration and that it is a sure bond of communion and peace. (John Paul II}
  12. The Holy Rosary is the root and the store house of countless blessings. For through the Holy Rosary: Sinners are forgiven; souls that thirst are refreshed; those who weep find happiness; those who are tempted find peace; the poor find help; religious are reformed; those who are ignorant are instructed. (Alan De la Roche)