This is the Real Reason Why Catholics Pray the Rosary
Find out what Benedict XVI never fully believed about Mary, and found to be true only when he was the Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Queen of Peace, pray for us!
For hundreds of years, the Church has turned to the rosary in times of strife. St. Dominic called the rosary “a spiritual weapon” and the Popes have called Mary the “conqueror of heresies” invoking her help to battle everything from Albigensienism to Communism.
The devotion of the rosary developed slowly over the course of some 500 years.
The Rosary is a prayer constituted of reciting 150 (or 200) Hail Marys, preceding each decade with an Our Father and ending it with a Glory Be. During the Rosary one meditates on the mysteries of the life of Christ and His Mother.
Although popular tradition attributes the origin of the Rosary to St. Dominic (1170-1221), updated historical research shows that the rosary devotion developed slowly over time. John Paul II himself seemed to affirm this in his letter “Rosarium Virginis Mariae” (2002), which he opened by recalling that the Rosary “gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God.”