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.

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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



THE custom of carrying the beads openly came natural to the faithful of the closing Middle Ages. The Rosary then, as now, was preeminently a Catholic prayer. It was natural, too, that the Creed was prefixed to the mysteries proper, and that the people professed their belief in the mysteries of the Redemption by publicly wearing its symbol. In 1477 Francisci tells us that many persons carried the beads on their arm, girdle, or about the neck. He complains that some gratified their vanity by procuring beads of precious stones and wearing them for ostentation. In 1500 the Venetian envoy in England testifies to this practice, especially among the women. A certain will of the fifteenth century provided that the beads be publicly worn in token of mourning.

II. It may confidently be said that the Rosary was one of the commonest prayers in the Middle Ages. The Franciscan, Coelde, tells us that in the Rhine provinces, Westphalia and the Netherlands there were numberless people who daily said the Rosary, and many said it three times each week. In Denmark the same practice obtained. After his apostasy Petersen complained that the people went to church too frequently and said the beads without ceasing. "In the future," he said, "it is enough to say one ‘Pater’ instead of the Rosary, for it has wrought no good among the people.”

III. It was the practice of St Dominic to interwine the Rosary in his sermons. He would explain a mystery and then recite with the people the corresponding decade. Later on owing to the scarcity of priests, the person who recited the beads would himself propose the mystery without the assistance of the priest.

IV. The Rosary, as we have it from St. Dominic, has inspired the faithful to arrange, with more or less approach to the original, similar lists of prayers. Thus in a German treatise on rosaries in general we find fifty-six species enumerated, similar in design and mechanical make-up to the Rosary strictly so-called. We find a rosary to St. Aloysius, several to Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin. The Church has tolerated and even indulgenced many of these because they respond to various desires of the Christian heart. Hut lately the promiscuous multiplication of beads has been discountenanced. The Dominican Rosary is by far the most richly indulgenced of any, and for that and various intrinsic reasons ought to be preferred.

The pictorial representation of beads goes back to the days of St. Dominic, In France a bead-string was found on the neck of a statue of one of the Montforts. In Denmark and England many beads have been found on statues of nobles. There exists in southern France a picture of the thirteenth century in which we find six religious, one of whom is holding in his hand a Rosary. These facts prove not only the high favor entertained for this prayer, but also its antiquity.

VI. Nearly all the saints who have lived since the time of St. Dominic have been devoted to the Rosary. Nor was this predilection for the beads confined to the spiritual family of St. Dominic. St. Ignatius Loyola daily said the Rosary and enjoined its daily recitation on the lay-brothers of his Order. St. Paul of the Cross was accustomed to lead his friends to a secluded chapel on a favorite mountain height and there sing the praises of Mary in her Rosary. St. Francis de Sales in the rule of life which he drew up for himself included the Rosary to be said kneeling. St: Camillus de Lellis was shocked to find a priest without a chaplet and cried out, "A priest without a Rosary?' The lately beatified Cure d'Ars always said his beads while going on sick calls, feeling certain that none of his sick would die before he reached them.

VII Not only saints, but men of the world in high places and low have been faithful to the Rosary when other forms of prayer and pious practices were forgotten. We read that Napoleon one evening at the theatre was discovered saying his beads. Not to appear inconsistent perhaps, as his historian says—but also, mayhap, from humility, for all men retain some piety and virtue—he told off his beads, hiding them under his cloak. Louis XIV, even on the days of his wildest orgies, could not forget nor neglect the advice of his mother, who had said that she would rather see him dead than omit saying his Rosary.


Here it is the superior who comes to the inferior; Mary to Elizabeth, Christ to John. The presence of Jesus and Mary is ever fraught with blessings. Elizabeth first heard the words, John first received the grace; she perceived through the operation of nature, he rejoiced by reason of a mystery; she knew the approach of Mary, he of the Saviour. Mary remained with Elizabeth three months and returned to her own home. Nor was it wholly through charity that she prolonged her' stay, but to accomplish the will of God. For if at Mary's first coming the infant leapt in Elizabeth's womb and the mother was filled with the Holy Ghost, to what a degree must this grace have increased in Mary's presence?


Why do Catholics recite the Rosary? Why do they repeat “Hail Mary” fifty times or more every day? Can this repetition constitute an intellectual form of prayer, and hs not Christ himself condemned “much speaking? (1)

(1) St Matt vi, 7

Our Lord certainly condemned vain prayers and every sort of hypocrisy. But much speaking or repetition is not always vain. We learn from the New Testament that the angels in Heaven are ever saying, "Holy, Holy, Holy."(2) This is, indeed, repetition, and so is the "Hail Mary" of the Rosary, but neither of them is empty nor vain. Each time the cherubim say "Holy"(3) they acknowledge some new phase in the exhaustless beauty of the Infinite. So with every Angelic Salutation the Rosarian considers some point in the life and sufferings of Jesus Christ.

Those who object that the Rosary is vain repetition do not know its fundamental principle. Any Catholic, and surely any Rosarian, would tell them that the first thing requisite in the recitation of the beads is meditation, and that vocal prayers are employed to help fix the attention on the point under consideration. By means of the Rosary every Catholic, however unlettered he may be, is enabled to do that which to most men seems impossible—to meditate.

Thus the Rosary is not only a legitimate and intellectual devotion, but it is admittedly the highest form of devotion. "Benefits are daily accruing to Christendom through the Rosary," wrote Urban IV.(4) "The Rosary of Mary is a tree of life quickening the dead, healing the sick and strengthening the living," said Sixtus IV.(5)

Leo X,(6) the greatest patron of arts in the Renaissance, says of the Rosary that it was "instituted to save the world from imminent peril." "The Rosary is the glory of the Roman Church," are the words of Julius 111.(7)

(2) Apoc, iv, 8.
(3) Isais, vi, 3.
(4) Pope from 1261-1264.
(5) Pope from 1471-1484.
(6) Pope from 1513-1521.
(7) Pope from I550-I5S5

Attention need hardly be called to Leo XIII, of glorious memory, whose love for the Rosary was so great as to win for him the title of "Pope of the Holy Rosary." His famous bull, "Ubi Primum," is entirely devoted to this great devotion.

But churchmen have not been alone in extolling the Rosary. Kings, princes and leaders of the people are no less outspoken in its praise. Maximilian I, Frederick II, Blanche of Castile, Edward III of England, Louis XIII and Louis XIV of France, Mary Queen of Scots, and John Sobieski of Poland, all loved the Rosary and praised it highly. Louis IX of France said: "God has given me, through the merits of His Mother's Rosary, this noble kingdom of France."

Examples might be- multiplied, but these suffice to show that good men and great have ever regarded the Rosary, the "Psalter of Mary," as a most praiseworthy devotion, and a never-failing source of grace to those who practice it worthily.


July 2—Visitation of the Blessed Virgin: Plenary indulgence for confession, communion, visit to Rosary chapel with prayers for the Pope's intentions. Those hindered on this day from complying with the conditions can gain the indulgence any day in the octave.

July 9—St. John of Gorcum, O. P.,
Martyr. Plenary indulgence on same conditions as July 2, except the extension during the octave.

Dominican Calendar for July

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.
Litany of the Blessed Virgin

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