Why pray the Rosary every day for a year?


Each time the Blessed Virgin has appeared-- whether it be to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes; to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima; or to Mariette Beco at Banneux-- she has asserted the importance, saving grace, and power of praying the Holy Rosary on a daily basis. Based upon her words, the Rosary is penance and conversion for sinners, a pathway to peace, an end to war, and a powerful act of faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Paul VI presented the Rosary as a powerful means to reach Christ "not merely with Mary but indeed, insofar as this is possible to us, in the same way as Mary, who is certainly the one who thought about Him more than anyone else has ever done."

To show us how this is done, perhaps no one has been more eloquent than the great Cardinal Newman, who wrote: "The great power of the Rosary consists in the fact that it translates the Creed into Prayer. Of course, the Creed is already in a certain sense a prayer and a great act of homage towards God, but the Rosary brings us to meditate again on the great truth of His life and death, and brings this truth close to our hearts. Even Christians, although they know God, usually fear rather than love Him. The strength of the Rosary lies in the particular manner in which it considers these mysteries, since all our thinking about Christ is intertwined with the thought of His Mother, in the relations between Mother and Son; the Holy Family is presented to us, the home in which God lived His infinite love."


As Mary said at Fatima, "Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."


Litany of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Posted by Jacob

Today, July 31, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit Order), and author of the “Spiritual Exercises.” His spirituality is expressed in the Jesuit motto, ad majorem Dei gloriam“for the greater glory of God.”

Today, on his feast day, we pray the Litany of Ignatius of Loyola.




Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.


Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.


Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.


Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.


God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.


Queen of the Society of Jesus, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Heavenly patron of the Society of Jesus, pray for us.

St. Ignatius, most devoted to the Blessed Trinity, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, devoted son to our eternal Father, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, oracle of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, lover of Our Lord, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, loyal knight of Our Lady, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, standard bearer of the King of kings, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, whose only ambition was to promote. the Kingdom of Christ and the greater glory of God, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, burning with zeal for the conversion of the heathen, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, eagerly longing to rescue the Holy Land from the infidel, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, intrepid foe of heresy and of the enemies of Christ's Church, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, valiant and faithful champion of the Vicar of Christ, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, "insignis" companion of Jesus, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, our most loving father, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, glorious example to thy sons, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, like Our Lord in thy humility, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, like Our Lord in thy modesty, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, like Our Lord in thy obscurity, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, like Our Lord in constant labors, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, like Our Lord in sympathy for the weak, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, like Our Lord in thy courage, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, consumed with a great desire for humiliation with Our Lord, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, constant in the practice of corporal penance, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, staunch defender of poverty as the firm wall of religion, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, lover of angelic purity and innocence, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, skilled master in the school of holy obedience, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, living always in God's presence, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, model of interior peace, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, inspired writer of the Spiritual Exercises, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, patron of all retreats and retreat houses, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, victorious over the powers of darkness, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, holy father of many Saints and Martyrs, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, model of fervor to all priests, pray for us.
St. Ignatius, burning with seraphic love at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, pray for us.


That we may become true sons and daughters of our Holy Father, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may increase in knowledge and love and imitation of Thee, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may excel in perfect obedience, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may become people of prayer, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may drink deeply from that fountain of truly divine wisdom, the Spiritual Exercises, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That in our mental prayer we may ever be faithful to the teaching of St. Ignatius, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That our hearts may be detached from every creature and fixed solely and immovably upon the blessed will of God, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That worldliness may have no part in our lives, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may have the grace to understand and defeat all the wiles and snares of Satan, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That like St. Ignatius we may order our life and our work with supernatural prudence, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may always be Thy energetic and enthusiastic companions, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That the purity of our lives ever be a living proof of our devotion to the Mother of God, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may be holy and unspotted in God's sight in charity, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may embrace the world in our apostolic zeal for the salvation of souls, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.
That we may have the gift of attracting all hearts to Thy love and service, we beseech Thee, Lord, to hear us.




Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord.


Pray for us, Saint Ignatius,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.




O God, Who in Thy most merciful Providence didst call Thy faithful servant, Ignatius of Loyola, to a life of the most exalted sanctity in the very close imitation of Thy Divine Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that through his powerful intercession, we may persevere in following in the footsteps of this Thy servant until we breathe forth our souls to Thee as faithful followers of Christ Our King. Amen.

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