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by Mary Ann Zimmerman

Did you know that centuries ago the Rosary was known as Mary’s Psalter? It was the devotion of a young Franciscan novice that touched the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She told him if he would pray the Rosary devoutly, the words would become a beautiful rose for Mary to weave into a garland of roses. This is when the name changed to “Rosary.” Praying the Rosary has been linked to various miracles and battles won throughout the centuries. Praying the Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil and showers the Blessed Virgin Mary with roses. When I first learned of the roses, it brought tears to my eyes. Not only were we blessed with the power of the prayers but also an opportunity to weave a garland of roses for Mary.

Many years ago, I made a commitment to praying the rosary every day. My day ends with setting aside time and a quiet place for prayer.

Praying the Rosary, Mary leads us to meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and the Luminous Mystery which was instituted by Pope John Paul II during his papacy. Pope John Paul and many popes before him and saints, prayed the rosary every day.

I have two special rosaries that I cherish. At age 15, my paternal grandmother gave me her rosary. That is the only physical item of my grandmother’s I have from her besides the many memories. The second rosary is from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem blessed by the Pastor. This rosary has also touched the first-class relics of St. John Paul II and St Padré Pio of Pietrelcina, Italy. I am blessed abundantly to hold this rosary in my hands. From my own experiences of miracles in my life, I know God hears our prayers. May the Holy Spirit inspire you to pray the rosary every day.

Our St. James Gift Shop carries a variety of beautiful rosaries and 'How to Pray the Rosary' pamphlets. Click here to view some of our breathtaking rosaries and choose one for yourself, your loved ones, colleagues or friends.

Pray, Hope and Don't Worry - Padre Pio
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