The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

Our holy mother, the Church, never ceases to look after the good and welfare of all her children. At the sight of any danger she goes to their aid and with the tender heart of a loving mother, offers them her counsel and assistance. The power of God is with her, the counsel, wisdom, understanding and fortitude of the Holy Spirit dwell , in her, and the promise of her Divine Founder, Jesus Christ, that He would be with her all days to the consummation of the world, is wonderfully verified.

The teachings and practices of the Church meet the needs of all men and times. She offers to incredulous scoffers of holy religion the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; those who deny original sin, she confronts with the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: upon those who seek but gain and are given to a voluptuous life, she presses the life of the poor, simple and indefatigable Saint Joseph, the chaste spouse of the ever glorious and Blessed Mother of the Saviour. To all she holds up Mary as their help, their support, their secure refuge, rich in every virtue, and blessed with the plentitude of the graces of Heaven.

Many, very many, devotions have Mary for their object. There is one among them that seems to embrace all other acts of piety in her honor, that of the devotion of the Holy Rosary. It was in France, in the province of Languedoc, that it originated in the beginning of the thirteenth century. At this time, great havoc was being wrought in the Church by the revival of an ancient heresy, that of the Albigenses.

Both Church and state united their forces against the common foe, but to no purpose. It was reserved in the plan of Divine Providence, for a holy, zealous religious, a true man of God, Saint Dominic, to suppress the disorders, and obtain a signal victory over heresy and irreligion.

He had labored strenuously to bring back to God, those deluded souls, yet little headway was made. He fortified himself in season and out of season by prayer. One day while the Saint was in fervent recollection, tears dimming his eyes, pleading with God to show mercy to the enemies of Christ and His Church, Mary, upon the part of God, disclosed to him the means whereby he would triumph over those poor wandering souls and obtain victory for the Church.

“Know,” said the Blessed Virgin to him, “Oh, my son, that the means which the Adorable Trinity employs for the salvation of this world is in the Angelic Salutation, which is the foundation of the New Testament. If, then, you wish to overcome hardened hearts, preach my rosary.”

Without delay, Saint Dominic obeyed the heavenly vision, and, with the rosary as his only weapon, he set out to win to God souls dear to Him and to Mary. This vision of the Blessed Virgin to Saint Dominic was not her first, nor has it been her last to favored souls. Often she has been, so to say, God’s angel bearing glad tidings to men of good will.

The happy results of the preaching of the rosary were marvelous, for history places the number of those misguided souls who returned to the service of holy religion, at above one hundred thousand families. A glorious victory for Mary and her rosary.

This, however, was but an earnest of what in after years the rosary was to win of victories for Christ and His Church in every land and clime. Today, every devout child of holy mother Church clings to His rosary as to His very life, knowing that this devotion is the power that will enable him to overcome the devil, the world and the flesh. Rather than part with his rosary he would sacrifice his life, for losing his life in such a cause would be to gain it for all eternity.

It is a devotion pleasing to God and to His most admirable Mother Mary. The “Our Father” was taught us by our Lord Himself, while the “Hail Mary” comes direct from God through the Angel Gabriel, Saint Elizabeth and the Church inspired by the Holy Ghost.

The rosary contains fifteen decades of “Hail Marys,” with one “Our Father,” before each decade. It is a brief yet beautiful history of Jesus and Mary, from the moment the angel saluted her, “hail full of grace,” until she was crowned by the hand of her Divine Son as the Queen of Heaven and the Queen of earth.

The rosary is divided into three parts, each containing five decades, and known as the chaplet which signifies a wreath of natural flowers worn on the head as an especial mark of distinction.

Rosary derives its name from Mary’s rose garden, or from rose, simply, the queen of flowers, while the “Hail Mary” is called the “queen of prayers.”

In telling the rosary we weave the “queen of prayers” into a beautiful crown of Mary’s roses, which we place upon her fair, queenly brow and salute her Queen of the Most Holy Rosary.