“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”
Saint Louis de Montfort
A short History of Western Esoteric Rosary Practice
The rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning "rose garden" or "garland of roses”, is a popular and traditional Catholic devotion; in addition the term denotes the prayer beads used to count the series of prayers that make up the rosary.
Saints of every spiritual path have emphasized the meditative and contemplative elements of the rosary and provided specific teachings for how the rosary should be prayed, for instance the need for "focus, respect, reverence and purity of intention" during rosary recitations and contemplations
Rosaries prove useful because by not having to keep track of the count mentally, the mind is more able to meditate on the mysteries of the Universe.
The Franciscan historian, Father Luke Wadding (1588-1657) dates the origin of the Rosary of the Seven Rays or by its other name the Franciscan Crown Rosary to the year 1422.
In 1442 an apparition of the Virgin Mary took place in Assisi, to a Franciscan novice named James. As a child, he had the custom of offering daily the Virgin Mary a crown of roses. When he entered the Friars Minor, he became distressed that he would no longer be able to offer this gift. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him to give him comfort and showed him another daily offering that he might do: to pray every day seven decades of Hail Marys, meditating between each decade on one of the seven joys that she had experienced in her life. Friar James began this devotion, but one day the Director of Novices saw him praying and an Angel with him who was weaving a crown of roses, placing a lily of gold between each of the ten roses. When the novice had finished praying, the angel placed the crown upon him.
For details of how to participate in this Joyous prayer please go to the page dedicated to the Rosary of the Seven Rays.
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