Praying the Rosary

Here you will find resource materials and links to resources for use in the dedicated month of the Rosary.

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The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1208 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy.

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How to pray the Rosary

You can download this useful PDF (with thanks to New Advent).

Beginners may choose to say one decade only each day, spending extra time to reflect on the theme of the decade (covered by the ten beads). The number of prayers said is not so important as the quality of prayer said, which refers to the sincere and heartfelt lifting of our hearts and minds to God in a moment of time. That time might be five minutes or could be twenty.

You may also find this video helpful:

Where can I get a set of rosary beads?

Your local church may well have a little stall or shop, sometimes called a repository, which is likely to sell rosary beads. There’s a network of Catholic outlets that sell rosary beads, including:

Catholic Truth Society

St Paul’s Multimedia

Aid to the Church in Need

If you’re not sure where to start, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Catholic parish to ask for help.

Mission Rosary

As followers of Christ we are all called to be missionaries – bringing Christ’s message to the whole world. One of the tools we can use to help us pray for worldwide mission is the Mission Rosary.  The Mission Rosary enables our prayer to reach beyond the boundaries of our local concerns and to be united with the entire Church.

Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns is a registered charity devoted to the promotion of the Holy Rosary as a means of achieving peace in a troubled world. It offers a range of attractively produced cards to help people to say the rosary, including some suitable for use with children.

Useful Links
Pope Saint John Paul II’s Rosarium Virginis Mariae is an Apostolic Letter on the Most Holy Rosary.
Rosary books and publications from the Catholic Truth Society.
A large print Rosary book published by the Catholic Truth Society.