The Rosary

The Rosary is a Medieval Latin word meaning rosarium, which means rose garden and rosarius; garland of roses, from rosa, meaning rose. It is a Roman Catholic devotion consisting of meditation on five sacred mysteries during recitation of five decades of Hail Mary's of which each begins with an Our Father and ends with a Gloria Patri.

The rosary has been one of the most popular aids in Catholic prayer and contemplation. It is the original self-gratifying guide through the lives of Jesus and Mary reflecting on the specific passages of Scripture and its teachings. It represents a precious gift for everyone who lives in Christ. The Rosary is a certain form of prayer wherein fifteen decades are recited or ten Hail Mary's with an Our Father between each ten, while at each of these fifteen decades you recall successively in pious meditation one of the mysteries of our redemption. In almost all countries, prayer-counters or rosary beads were used to form a type of garland or rosary. This method of prayer was introduced to the Catholic Church in 1214. The Rosary is a combination of vocal prayer (the Our Fathers and Hail Marys) and of mental prayer, namely, reflection on important events in the life of Christ and His Mother. When one refers to the Rosary, it is usually understood to mean five decades, or one fourth of the entire Rosary. While many Catholics pray five decades of the Rosary each day, there is a considerable number who pray the twenty decades daily.

The St. Casimir Rosary Society is a group of individuals who main focus is the Rosary. The Rosary Society was founded in 1905, the same year as the Church and Parish. It was the principal spiritual and social organization of the parish. Many of the Society were already members of the Rosary Society in Poland and Europe before coming to the United States. Both the society and church have celebrated their one-hundredth year! Today the organization provides annual Masses for the living and the deceased members, and every October, which is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a meeting is held where they make a donation for the needs of the church. Among their spiritual obligations is the recitation of the Rosary at home. Members also recite the rosary in attendance at the funeral of all deceased members. The goal of the Rosary Society is to have every member of the St. Casimir Parish join. The obligation is to recite at least one decade and meditate upon a mystery of the Rosary each day.

The many advantages of saying the Rosary is to receive special protection of our Blessed Mother, Mary, to receive various blessings, indulgences, and benefits. Pope John Paul II declared the Rosary as his favorite prayer, a "prayer for peace and for the family." The Rosary is known as Our Lady's favorite prayer and during apparitions in various parts of the world of which she appears, she has asked for the recitation of the Rosary. It is her favorite prayer and is essentially a meditation on the life of her divine Son.

How to say the Rosary
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostle's Creed.
2. Say the Our Father
3. Say 3 Hail Marys
4. Say the Glory Be to the Father.
5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the Our Father
6. Say 10 Hail Marys.
Say the Glory Be to the Father
8. Say the O My Jesus
9. Announce the Second Mystery; then say the Our Father 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be., and O My Jesus
10. Announce the Third Mystery; then say the Our Father 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be., and O My Jesus
11. Announce the Fourth Mystery; then say the Our Father 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be., and O My Jesus
12. Announce the Fifth Mystery; then say the Our Father 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be., and O My Jesus
13. Conclude by saying the Hail, Holy Queen
The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ Hisonly Son Our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontious Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty from thence He shall come to judge he living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins and the life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father
Our Father Who Art in Heaven,Hallowed by Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as if is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed in the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

O My Jesus
O My Jesus forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

Hail Holy Queen
Hail Holy Queen Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

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