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October has traditionally been a time devoted to the praying of the Rosary. According to a fifteenth century account, Mary appeared to St Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penance because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised Dominic for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained is uses and efficacy and told him to preach it to others. From this point forward, the Rosary has been attributed to many miracles and has been a powerful force in the lives of many Catholics.
The Rosary is Christocentric (ie has a focus on the life of Christ) and focuses on the passion, death, resurrection and glory of Christ. It also contemplates and honours Mary “because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with more merit than she” (142 (Mediator Dei).
During this month of October, I would encourage you to pray the Rosary as a means of fostering faith, hope and charity and meditating upon the life of Christ and indeed acknowledging the special role that Mary is able to take in our own lives. I have included an instruction sheet for your reference and hope that during this month of the Rosary, you may have some time to pray this wonderful prayer.
Leader of Religious Education and Mission