The Rosary

Mary and the Rosary at Real RosariesWhat is the Rosary? Most importantly, how do I pray the Rosary and why would I pray the Rosary? What are the Mysteries of the Rosary? A rosary is not a piece of jewelry, but a gift from God to the Church (which is all of the human race). It is a prayer. Real Rosaries makes rosaries from any combination of dried flower petals (provided by you), and/or pearls, and/or Swarovski Crystals. Real Rosaries gives life back to your special occasion flowers. 

The Rosary

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Mary and the RosaryWhat is the Rosary?

  • Rosary means crown of roses
  • It is the greatest prayer in the Church after the Mass and Liturgy of the Hours 
  • The Rosary has been called the preparation for contemplation and the prayer of saints
  • While the hands and lips are focused on the prayers, the mind mediates on the mysteries, joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious

Why pray the Rosary?

  • "Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world" (Our Lady of Fatima)
  • "There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family...than the daily recitation of the Rosary (Pope Pius XII)
  • "My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God" (Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima)
  • "How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening" (Pope John Paul II)

The Mysteries of the Rosary

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The Joyful Mysteries

  • The Annunciation: Humility
  • The Visitation: Love of neighbor
  • The Birth of Jesus: Poverty of spirit
  • The Presentation of Jesus: Purity of mind and spirit
  • The Finding of Jesus in the Temple: Obedience

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  • The Agony in the Garden: God's will be done
  • The Scourging at the Pillar: Mortification of our senses
  • The Crowing with Thorns: Reign of Christ in our hearts
  • The Carrying of the Cross: Patience under crosses
  • The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus: That we may die to ourselves

The Glorious Mysteries

  • The Resurrection: Faith
  • The Ascension: Christian hope
  • The Coming of the Holy Spirit: The gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • The Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven: Devotion to Mary
  • The Coronation of our Blessed Mother: Eternal happiness

The Luminous Mysteries

  • The Baptism in the Jordan: Gratitude for the gift of faith
  • The Wedding at Cana: Fidelity
  • The Proclamation of the Kingdom: Desire for holiness
  • The Transfiguration: Spiritual courage
  • The Institution of the Eucharist: Love of our Eucharist Lord 

The Miraculous Medal

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miraculous medal front sideThe Front Side

  • Mary stands on a globe (earth) with a crushed snake (Satan) under her feet 
  • This image represents Mary as "Queen of Heaven and Earth"
  • The rays coming from her hands symbolize the graces Mary gives to those who ask

miraculous medal back side

The Reverse Side

  • A cross (Christ's sacrifice for our salvation) with a bar (earth) underneath
  • The Letter "M" (Mary) stands for her devotion to Jesus and her children on Earth
  • Two hearts: the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful Heart of Mary
  • Twelve stars: the twelve apostles and Revelation 12:1

"Graces will abound for persons who wear [The Miraculous Medal] with confidence." Our Lady's words to St. Catherine Laboure