Saint Dominic Receives The Rosary
from the Blessed Virgin Mary
It was only in the year 1214
It was given to the Church by St. Dominic,
Saint Dominic, seeing that the gravity of people's sins
During this time he did nothing but weep and do harsh penances
At this point our Lady appeared to him,
"Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?"
"Oh, my Lady," answered Saint Dominic, "you know far better than I do, because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation."
Then our Lady replied,
"I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter, which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament. Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter."
So he arose, comforted, and burning with zeal
At once unseen angels rang the bells to gather the people together,
At the very beginning of his sermon, an appalling storm broke out,
Even greater was their fear when, looking at a picture of our Lady
God wished, by means of these supernatural phenomena,
At last, at the prayer of Saint Dominic,
In a very short time a great improvement was seen in the town;
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, instructed by the Blessed Virgin
He preached it by his example as well as by his sermons,
The Rosary has been a major influence in Roman Catholic thought for over 500 years while paving the way for a greater understanding of the mystery of Christ celebrated within family prayer.
The Rosary is the tradition-distilled essence of Christian devotion
The Rosary thus joins the human race to God through Mary
- Compiled from an article in Catholic Encyclopedia