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 the Three Patrons

Posted by Jacob

Today, August 27, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Monica (322-387), Model of Christian Motherhood, mother to Saint Augustine (whose feast we celebrate tomorrow), and patron saint of mothers. Her life is a perfect example of Christian patience, endurance, charity, prayer, and conversion, and her tireless prayers on behalf of her son are inspiration for all Christians.


As we celebrate the feast days of Saitns Monica and Augustine, we turn in prayer to their intercession—as well as that of Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Consolation, with the Litany of the Three Patrons:

Litany of the Three Patrons

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 Spirit,
Have mercy on us.


Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.


Mary, our Mother and the Mother of Jesus, Pray for us.
Mary, our Mother of Consolation, Pray for us.
Mary, the source of our hope, Pray for us.
Mary, the refuge of sinners, Pray for us.
Mary, the guiding star of our lives, Pray for us.
Mary, source of strength in our weakness, Pray for us.
Mary, source of light in our darkness, Pray for us.
Mary, source of consolation in our sorrows, Pray for us.
Mary, source of victory in our temptations, Pray for us.
Mary, who leads us to Jesus, Pray for us.
Mary, who keeps us with Jesus, Pray for us.
Mary, who redeems us through Jesus, Pray for us.
Mary, Mother of Consolation, our Patroness, Pray for us.


St. Augustine, triumph of divine grace, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, so faithful to grace, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, glowing with pure love of God, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, filled with zeal for God’s glory, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, bright star in the firmament of the Church, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, so great and so humble, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, dauntless defender of the Faith, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, vanquisher of heresy, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, prince of bishops and doctors, Pray for us.
St. Augustine, our father, Pray for us.


St. Monica, devout mother of St. Augustine, Pray for us.
St. Monica, whose prayers won Augustine from sin, Pray for us.
St. Monica, whose prayers gave Augustine to God, Pray for us.
St. Monica, pattern for wives, Pray for us.
St. Monica, model of mothers and mother of saints, Pray for us.
St. Monica, exemplar of widows, Pray for us.
St. Monica, devoted to prayer, Pray for us.
St. Monica, so patient in trials, Pray for us.
St. Monica, so resigned in sorrow, Pray for us.
St. Monica, so happy in death, Pray for us.
St. Monica, devoted child of Mary, Mother of Consolation, Pray for 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.


Pray for us, O holy Mother of Consolation,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Pray for us, O holy father, Saint Augustine,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Pray for us, O holy mother, Saint Monica,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies and God of all consolation, grant to Thy servants, that joyfully venerating Thy most pure Mother Mary as Our Lady of Consolation, we may be consoled by her in our sorrows, fortified in our trials through life, and in dying, may merit the ineffable consolations of Heaven for all eternity. Amen.

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