Rosary Blessing of Rosaries

Blessing of Rosaries According to the Rite of the Order of Preachers

“The Dominican Order, which from its very beginning has been most devoted in honoring the Blessed Virgin, and by which the institution and propagation of the Confraternity of the Rosary was accomplished, holds as its inheritance all that belongs to this devotion.” – Pope Leo XIII, Ubi Primum, n. 1. Until the promulgation of Inter Oecumenici in 1964, the blessing of Rosaries was a reserved blessing, and only priests of the Dominican Order could bless them. That is why the traditional Roman Rituals do not contain a blessing for Rosaries. It would be appropriate to seek the Dominican Priest (Order of Preachers) to[…]

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Gemstone Meanings by Month: Their Meaning and Significance

Gemstone Meanings : Reflections on the Gemstones of the Months and Their Significance

Discover the gemstone meanings of 12 precious stones here. According to ancient tradition assigning certain gemstones to certain months. Gemstones, especially their colors, have stood for certain virtues and values from ancient times. Never should we look upon the wearing a gemstone necklace, or rosary as a “charm,” but always as a sacred symbol of the supernatural protection offered directly by our Triune God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Gemstone rosaries and religious jewelry provide a constant physical reminder of the love and fidelity we share with Almighty God and the communion of saints. The following guide[…]

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Fourteen Holy Helpers

Devotion to the Fourteen Holy Helpers

AMONG THE SAINTS – MARTYRS who in Catholic devotion are invoked with special confidence, because they have proved themselves efficacious helpers in adversity and difficulties, there is a group venerated under the collective name of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, although many of them have a devoted following as individual Saints.  They are invoked against throat ailments, lightning, diabolical possession, fire, family troubles, etc. These Saints are invoked as a group, apart from individual patronage, because of the epidemic called the “Black Plague,” which devastated Europe between 1346-1349. Among its symptoms were a turning black of the tongue, parching of the throat,[…]

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Farmer’s Sacramentals: The Tradition of Rogation Days

If our Holy Mother the Church seems to multiply her blessings over the farm home, and have few left for the city apartment, it is not because she is partial to her children in the country and forgetful of city children, but because she is a realist – like every woman. She knows that from the farm homes comes the world’s food supply. That is why she has composed so many sacramental blessings for the farmer. That is why she has instituted the rogation days, the three days before the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But these rogation[…]

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Gregorian Requiem Chants of the Requiem Mass

Libera me, Domine, de morte æterna

Líbera me (“Deliver me”) is a Roman Catholic responsory that is sung in the Office of the Dead and at the absolution of the dead, a service of prayers for the dead said beside the coffin immediately after the Requiem Mass and before burial. The text of Libera me asks God to have mercy upon the deceased person at the Last Judgment. Libera me is begun by a cantor, who sings the versicles alone, and the responses are sung by the choir. The text is written in the first person singular, “Deliver me, O Lord, from eternal death on that[…]

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Blessed rosary, rosaries and chaplets, crosses and crucifixes

Blessed Crosses, Crucifixes, Rosaries and Medals

Blessed rosary, rosaries and chaplets, crosses and crucifixes are a powerful channel of Grace, and have many indulgences attached to them. The following text comes from “Raccolta: Collection of Prayers and Good Works for Which the Popes Have Granted Holy Indulgences” –  “Raccolta delle orazioni e pie opere per le quali sono sono concedute dai Sommi Pontefici le SS. Indulgenze”. Ancient may have been the custom of the Sovereign Pontiff to bless and distribute to the faithful sacred articles of gold, silver, or other metal (whence originated the Pontifical blessing and distribution of crosses, crucifixes, rosaries, medals, &c.), yet is[…]

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Christ the King

Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!

The Feast of Christ the King – Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Regis – was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in the encyclical Quas Primas, as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man’s thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ’s royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations. “If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a[…]

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