Two Popes on the Holy Rosary (for the month of October)

“I want to recommend to you in a special way the Rosary, a source of profound Christian life. Try to pray it
every day, alone or with your family, repeating with great faith those basic prayers of the Christian: the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory be to the Father. Meditate on those scenes of the life of Jesus and Mary of which the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries remind us. Thus you will learn in the joyful mysteries to think of Jesus who became poor and lowly, a child, for our sake, to serve us; you will feel encouraged to serve your neighbours in their needs. In the sorrowful mysteries you will realise that accepting the sufferings of this life with docility and love, like Christ in his Passion, leads to the happiness and joy which is expressed in the glorious mysteries of Christ and Mary in the hope of eternal life.” (St John Paul II, Address, 1987)

We therefore come closer and closer to Our Lady, which inevitably means a meeting with Christ her Son. This is one of the characteristics of the Rosary, the most beautiful and important characteristic of all. This Marian devotion brings us to Christ. Christ is the goal of this long and repeated invocation to Mary. We speak to Mary as to reach Christ himself.” (Blessed Paul VI, Address, 1964)

NB: The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary (sometimes called the Mysteries of Light) were not introduced by St John Paul II until as recently as 2002, hence there is no mention of them in his Address above

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