Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii

Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii

The Conversion of Blessed Bartolo Longo by Fr. Daniels or the story of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii.


THE Rosary Confraternity is an Association of Catholics who are united together by a spiritual, and in most instances even by an invisible, bond of faith and love. Though unknown to each other they are to be found in thousands and hundreds of thousands in every country of the Catholic world. The object of the union, or pious association, is each member's own personal sanctification first, then the sanctification of their fellow-members, and then of their fellowmen. The bond which unites the members is prayer —the vocal and mental prayer which constitute the holy Rosary. The members undertake,. though not of course under pain of sin, even though venial, to say the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary each week, at any time, in any place, and for any intention, as each member may wish. There are no public meetings prescribed, no general communions of the members in a body, no public prayers, no obligations of any kind which bind them to any duty at any particular time. Consequently any one—every one—may join. Most of the Popes for hundreds of years have belonged to it; in its ranks there have been and are Cardinals, Bishops, and Priests unnumbered. The Rosary guide for priests and people by The Very Rev FATHER J. PROCTER, S.T.L.
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Blessing of the Rosary

Permission from Father Roberts to have a public 15 decade rosary according to the Dominican Method in English on the Second Saturday of the month after morning Mass has been granted. Intentions for the rosary can be sent to webmaster@saintmichaelarchangel.com or requested before the Rosary starts.

Observations on Indulgences

New List of Indulgences and Privileges for the Third Order of Saint Dominic

Prayer: for the intentions of the Holy Father,
viz., the welfare of the Holy See:
the Spread of the Catholic Faith:
the expirtation of heresy;
peace among nations.
It is not necessary these in detail. Five Our Fathers and Five Hail Marys will suffice for these prayers.

The following promises made by our Lady, as is piously believed, to St. Dominic and to the Blessed Alain, a famous preacher of the Rosary in France, In the fifteenth century, will be of consolation to the clients of our Blessed Mother:

To S. Dominic.
1. Devotion to the Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
2. Those who propagate my Rosary will be succored by me in all their troubles.
3. Whoever piously recites the Rosary and meditates on the mysteries will be converted, if he is a sinner.

To B. Alain.
4. Whosoever will piously recite the Rosary, persevering in this devotion, will assuredly receive an answer to such prayers.
5. Persevere in my Rosary, and I will relieve thee and all those who serve me by this practice of piety.
6. Those who recite the Rosary will find during their lives and at the hour of their death comfort and light.
7. None who recommend themselves to me In the Rosary will perish.
8. To those who recite my Rosary I promise my special protection.
9. Preach the Rosary. It is a very powerful weapon against hell, and an impenetrable shield against the darts of the enemy.
10. Whoever will piously recite the Rosary will Increase in grace, if he is just, and will become worthy of eternal life.
11. I promise choice graces to those who are devout to my Rosary.
12. It is my will that those who sing my praise in the Rosary will have light, liberty and plenitude of graces.
13. Those who are truly devout to the Rosary will not die without the Sacrament; they will not lose speech or consciousness before making their confession.
14. I am in a special manner the Mother of the Children of the Rosary who are in Purgatory; every day I release some.
15. The true Children of the Rosary will enjoy great glory in Heaven.

These promises are collected from the approved lives of S. Dominic and B. Alain; , they were communicated to these chosen servants of our Lady at different times during their apostolic careers.

Confraternity of the Rosary


"For many and many a time in grief
My weary fingers wandered 'round
Thy circled chain, and always found
In some Hail Mary sweet relief."
—Father Ryan.

THE objection is often advanced that in the Rosary greater praise is given to the Blessed Virgin than to Almighty God. It is argued that in the Rosary there are ten Hail Marys to every Our Father. This, it is asserted, is certainly honoring the Blessed Virgin in a greater degree than Almighty God. All Catholics, especially Rosarians, should be able to refute this objection in a satisfactory manner, hence we offer three ways for solving the difficulty.

The first and principal answer is drawn from the very nature of the Rosary. The Rosary contains more Hail Marys than Our Fathers simply because the Rosary was instituted in honor of the Blessed Virgin. And if the Rosary were not made up chiefly of Hail Marys, then it could not be called a prayer in honor of the Blessed Virgin. We have in the Litany of the Holy Name many invocations to the Name of Jesus. The reason for this is obvious. So, too,'the Rosary consists principally of Hail Marys precisely because it is the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin; the Psalter of Mary; the Crown of the Queen of Heaven.

The objection may also be answered in another way. This solution is nothing more than the doctrine of the Church regarding the veneration of saints. To God alone we give worship and adoration; to the Blessed Virgin and the saints, honor and veneration. Adoration is due to God because He is the Supreme Being, the Lord of all; veneration is due to the saints because they are the friends of God. Of God alone we beg mercy and grace; of the saints we ask the assistance of their prayers. So in the Rosary each of the ten times we say the Hail Mary we pray to God through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. And we do so frequently because of the superior dignity, sanctity, and power which she enjoys as Mother of God. If the "continual prayer of a just man availeth much," how much more the prayer of her who is "full of grace" and "blessed amongst women."

There is yet another explanation for the predominance of the Hail Mary over the Our Father in the Rosary. This explanation is taken from the nature of these two prayers. If we stop to analyze the Our Father, we find that the principal truth which it conveys is the Fatherhood of God. The Lord's Prayer teaches belief in God, the Father of all men; it petitions for the spread of His kingdom, and for the daily needs of man. Now this is a truth which all who believe in God readily admit. Every sect, every religion, every nation, looks upon God as a Father both kind and loving, to Whom we must appeal, in Whom we live and are and have our being.

But this cannot be said of the truths expressed in the Hail Mary. The Hail Mary contains three great truths of our holy religion: the Incarnation; the Virgin Birth; and the Divinity of Christ. Now, what place do these sacred truths hold in the world to-day? We know too well that modern scepticism scoffs at the Virgin Birth; that the Divinity of Christ is denied bv thousands who call themselves Christians; that millions of poor souls know nothing of the Incarnation, and of the Redemption consequent upon this mystery.

Yet these saving truths are embodied in the Hail Mary. Is there no need of vindicating these sublime mysteries before an unbelieving world? Can we consider too frequently the mystery of the Incarnation? Can we bring to mind too often the Divinity of Christ? Can we honor sufficiently the Mother of Christ, by calling Him God and thus proclaiming her the Mother of God? No, it is impossible to do this too often. Therefore we say the inspired words of the Hail Mary, and repeat them again and again to emphasize these mysteries which the modern world forgets or intentionally ignores.

The Agony in the Garden, a Meditation—It was at the close of an eventful day—after the angry denunciation in the temple, the first celebration of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood—that Our Lord with His little following wended His way through the darkness of Cedron into the garden of Gethsemane. The still moonbeams wrapped in silvery glamour the marble city of Sion. That night was the eve of Jerusalem's downfall. With the death of her God, the nation was to lose the favor of Heaven; her mission on earth was to cease. Faithlessness and sin, luxury and pride, had stirred the Divine wrath. Jesus, as He walked and prayed for unity and peace, looked with sorrow and compassion upon those who had refused salvation at His hands.

No wonder, then, that as He knelt in prayer the burden of it all crushed Him to the ground. He felt in anticipation all the mental and physical sufferings that were to come. He saw the rude cross, the cruel nails, the sharp thorns; He heard the insults, the mocking laugh, the blasphemies. Yet this was but little in comparison with the mental anguish that filled His soul with bitterness. His was the sorrow of unrequited suffering, of fruitless labor, of loving and not being loved. In that most awful hour all the sins of the world pressed down upon Him. So great was the weight of that mass of corruption that only a God could bear it. "And being in an agony He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood trickling down unto the earth.”

Our prayer—O Jesus, teach us to watch with Thee. Teach us to bear all our sufferings. "Not my will but Thine be done."Our prayer—O Jesus, teach us to watch with Thee. Teach us to bear all our sufferings. "Not my will but Thine be done."

O Jesus, we are weary of struggle and of strife. Do Thou support us. "Let Thy voice sound in my ear for Thy voice is sweet."

Our prayer—O Jesus, teach us to watch with Thee. Teach us to bear all our sufferings. "Not my will but Thine be done."

O Jesus, we are weary of struggle and of strife. Do Thou support us. "Let Thy voice sound in my ear for Thy voice is sweet."

O Jesus, look not with anger upon our seeming indifference. "Blessed be God Who hath not turned away my prayer nor His mercy from me." Lord, forgive the innumerable sins which caused Thy agony. "If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it!"

Lord, we are traitors, refuse not us the kiss of reconciliation. "Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed: save me and I shall be saved."

Lord, our chalice is bitter, help us to drink it in union with Thee. "For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow His steps."

Lord, let us not be Thine and yet refuse to receive Thee. "And His own received Him not."

Lord, we cling to Thee and adore Thee in Thy awful agony. Thou art our God and our Saviour. "Remember, Lord, that we are the cause of Thy sorrowful way." Save us who cannot save ourselves.


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Little Office of our Holy Father, Saint Dominic

Method 1 of Praying the Rosary from the Rosary Guide by Very Rev. Father Procter, S.T.L.
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