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The Confraternity of the Rosary

The Confraternity of the Rosary is one of the most efficacious means of spreading devotion to the Rosary in parishes.

Its Origin:

Established in the early days of the Rosary devotion, it was spread in the fifteenth century by Blessed Alain de la Roche who assures us that he received its statutes from the Blessed Virgin Herself.

Its Great Advantages:

The Confraternity of the Rosary offers its members the following immense advantages:-

1. An altogether special protection of the Queen of Heaven. (See the Encyclical of Leo XIII of September 8th, 1893)

2. A special participation during life, at the hour of death, and after death, in all the prayers, penances, and good works of the numerous members of this Confraternity, spread throughout the entire world. What a treasure of graces for the living and the dead!

3. An immense treasure of indulgences granted to this Confraternity and applicable to the souls in Purgatory. The Rosary is "the Queen of indulged devotions", and the Confraternity of the Rosary is the richest Confraternity in indulgences. This is what led St. Alphonsus to say: "After Holy Mass the best means of relieving the souls in Purgatory is to join the Confraternity of the Rosary".

Its Importance is capital in the eyes of the Saints and of the Sovereign Pontiffs.

Saint Charles Borromeo esteemed the Confraternity of the Rosary so highly, that he ordered it to be erected in all the parishes of his large Archdiocese of Milan!

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori wrote on the utility of the Confraternity: "In the many missions I have preached, I have come to the conclusion that there are more sins in one single man who does not belong to the Confraternity of Mary than in twenty who do!"

The Holy Curé d'Ars said: "If anyone has the happiness of being in the Confraternity of the Rosary, he has, in all corners of the globe, brothers who pray for him". And he added "For a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary to succeed in losing his soul, he would have to do himself as much violence as the other faithful do to save their souls, so abundant are the graces of this Confraternity"

Leo XIII has insisted very much on the Confraternity of the Rosary especially in the encyclicals "Laetitiae Sanctae" of 1893 and "Augustissimae Virginis" of 1897. "Among the different associations," he wrote. "We do not hesitate to give the place of honour to the Confraternity of the Rosary." And, after explaining how the Confraternity multiplies the benefits of the Rosary, the great Pope makes earnest appeals to priests and Bishops:

To Priests: "You ought", he said, "to apply yourselves with the greatest zeal to founding, developing and directing these Confraternities of the Rosary. This appeal is addressed not only to the sons of St. Dominic, for whom this is an important duty of their state, but to all priests who have the care of souls. It is also our earnest desire that missionaries, those who take the Gospel to pagan lands as well as those who preach in Christian countries, give themselves with equal zeal to this activity". (Laetitiae Sanctae).

Its Facility:

To join the Confraternity of the Rosary and to share in its immense advantages, it is sufficient:

(a) to have one's name inscribed on the Register of the Confraternity.

(b) To promise to recite, at least once a week, the whole Rosary, i.e., three Rosaries, while meditating on the Fifteen Mysteries. This promise is not a vow and does not bind under pain of sin, except that those who are not habitually faithful to it are deprived of the immense spiritual goods and indulgences of the Confraternity. The three Rosaries and even the individual decades may be separated.

"One Day through the Rosary and the Scapular I will save the World."

Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic.



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A practical manner of doing it is to recite two decades on week days and three on Sundays, meditating successively on the Fifteen Mysteries. In this way the three Rosaries are said in the week, which is the minimum required to gain the spiritual favours of the Confraternity of the Rosary. Happy are those who can do more!

And you who already recite your Rosary daily, have your name inscribed in the Confraternity of the Rosary without delay, for without any additional obligation, you will share in all the spiritual treasures of this rich Confraternity. What a pity to deprive yourself of them.

No subscription is required either for inscription or afterwards. Therefore there is no pecuniary expense either for the poor or for the parish.

Furthermore, the Confraternity of the Rosary does not involve any external interference in the parish, for it is a parochial work, entirely under the control of the Pastor who is always the Director. In parishes where there are several districts to be served, it forms a centre of prayer in each. It renders invaluable service in grouping the faithful and maintaining the parochial spirit, especially on a Sunday, if on this day Mass cannot be celebrated there.

What an advantage it is for a parish to have this Confraternity to keep it living and active, and to spread among the faithful the love of the holy Rosary, so earnestly demanded by the Blessed Virgin as a remedy of divine efficacy for present-day evils, and which according to Pius XI "will save the world!"

Approved and recommended to all parishes in the Diocese Right Rev. Crispian Hollis, Bishop of Portsmouth, ENGLAND.


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