BLESSINGS OF THE ROSARY:
1. Sinners are forgiven.
2. Souls that thirst are refreshed.
3. Those who are fettered have their bonds broken.
4. Those who weep find happiness.
5. Those who are tempted find peace.
6. The poor find help.
7. Religious are reformed.
8. Those who are ignorant are instructed.
9. The living learn to overcome pride.
10. The dead (the Holy Souls) have their pains eased by suffrages.
BENEFITS OF THE ROSARY:
1. It gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ.
2. It purifies our souls, washing away sin.
3. It gives us victory over all our enemies.
4. It makes it easy for us to practice virtue.
5. It sets us on fire with love of Our Lord.
6. It enriches us with graces and merits.
7. It supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow men; and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces for us from Almighty God.
The origin of the rosary is not definitely known, but the use of prayer beads and repeated prayer to aid meditation stem from the earliest days of the church. The structure of the rosary gradually evolved between the 12th and 15th centuries and eventually fifty Hail Marys were recited and linked with verses of scripture or phrases evoking the lives of Jesus and Mary. Tradition holds that St. Dominic devised the rosary as we know it today, when he was moved by a vision of the Blessed Mother. However, some scholars are not certain of his role in forming the rosary but are certain he preached the rosary in his mission work and was influential in the spread of the practice of the rosary.
Meditation is the key to the Rosary. If we merely recite the prayers, we’re missing the essence of the Rosary. It isn’t just recitation of prayers but meditation on the life of Christ and His Blessed Mother in the mysteries that give the rosary its staying power. Each mystery devoted to the life of Christ or the faithful witness of His mother is explicitly scriptural, with the exception of the Assumption & Coronation. In reflecting on the mysteries of the rosary our hearts and minds are gradually changed into the likeness of the mind and heart of Jesus and Mary.
Meditation engages thoughts, imagination, emotion and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2708)
"To Say the holy rosary, considering the mysteries, repeating the Our Father and Hail Mary, with the praises to the Blessed Trinity, and the constant invocation of the Mother of God, is a continuous act of faith, hope, and love, of adoration and reparation." - St. Josemaria Escriva