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Origin and History of the Holy Rosary 

According to tradition, the Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Dominic in the twelfth century. The times when Saint Dominic, was seeing the gravity of people's sins that hinders the conversion of the Albigensians. He withdrew into a forest near Toulouse, where he prayed continuously for three days and three nights. During this time he did nothing but weep and do harsh penances in order to appease the anger of God. He used his discipline so much that his body was lacerated, and finally he fell into a coma.                                  

At this point our the Blessed Mother appeared to him, accompanied by three angels, and she said, "Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?" "Oh, my Lady," answered Saint Dominic, "you know far better than I do, because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation."Then our Lady replied, "I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter, which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament. Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter."  According to tradition says she gave him the rosary and promised Dominic that if he spread devotion to the rosary, his religious order would flourish.  If she did give the rosary to St Dominic, it might not look like the one we have today.

So he arose, comforted, and burning with zeal for the conversion of the people in that district, he made straight for the cathedral. At once unseen angels rang the bells to gather the people together, and Saint Dominic began to preach. At the very beginning of his preaching, a storm broke out, the ground start shaking, the sun was darkened, and there were lightning and thunders, people present were frightened. Even greater was their fear when, they saw the hands in the image raising Her hand to heaven three times to call down God's vengeance upon them if they failed to be converted, to amend their lives, and seek the protection of the holy Mother of God. God wished, by means of these supernatural phenomena, to spread the new devotion of the holy Rosary and to make it more widely known It is quite true that Dominic was quite devoted to the Blessed Mother.

Originally the rosary had 150 beads, the same number of psalms in the Bible. In the twelfth century, religious orders recited together the 150 Psalms as a way to mark the hours of the day and the days of the week. Those people who didn’t know how to read wanted to share in this practice, so praying on a string of 150 beads or knots began as a parallel to praying the psalms. It was a way that the illiterate could remember the Lord and his mother throughout the day. The “Divine Office”; the official prayer of the church; is the recitation of the psalms over a four week period, and is still prayed today.

The Hail Mary owes its origin to the rosary. When people said the rosary in the twelfth century, Gabrielle’s greeting “Hail Mary, full or grace, the Lord is with thee” was often said along with the Our Father. Later, Elizabeth’s greeting ”blessed are you among women” was added. It was not until the sixteenth century that the words “Holy Mary., Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death” were added.

In the fifteenth century, a Carthusian monk divided the rosary into fifteen brackets (or decades) and a Dominican assigned mysteries to each of the decades. These mysteries were events in the life of  Jesus as written in the gospels. By meditating on these events even the illiterate could  know the stories in the Bible. These decades were the same as ours except for the last two Glorious mysteries. In those two, the Coronation and the Assumption together made up the fourteenth decade and the fifteenth decade was the Last Judgment.

Another change was made in the rosary when Pope John Paul II added the 5 mysteries that depicts events in the public life of Jesus. These mysteries were called the “Luminous Mysteries” or “Mysteries of Light”. It was on October 16, 2002, when he declared that the following year would be the “Year of the Rosary”.

Today we have 20 mysteries and twenty decades of Hail Marys- that means 203 Hail Marys including the first set of three before the first mystery, separated by an Our Father and a Glory Be and the Fatima prayer. It is also advisable the beautiful additional prayers, The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and other short prayers that soothes the soul of the devotee. The four sets are Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous. Each set is prayed on designated days of the week.

With its evolution, essence of the rosary has always been the same, pondering the life of Our Lord Jesus and Our Blessed Mother. To imitate and live what it contains and obtain it’s blessings, benefits and Promises. This is just a brief narration of the history of the Holy Rosary according to Church Tradition, there are more and more beautiful and inspiring stories about the Holy Rosary. Go and seek as it was said by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, “The person who thirsts for God eagerly studies and meditates on the inspired Word, knowing that there, he is certain to find the One for whom he thirsts.” 

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We are group of persons who depends on help and guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary was specially chosen by the Almighty God to be the Mother of our Lord Jesus. We firmly believe she is the Immaculate Spouse of the Holy Spirit. For unquestionable obedience and humiliy, we seek inspirations from her. For Her special relationship with the Holy Spirit and being the Arc of the New Covenant we hold on her for intercession. She is the Queen of Heaven that whispers our requests to the Most Holy Ear of her Son. Mary is our Beloved Mother who, in her Merciful Hands are offering our intentions at the foot of the Throne of our Loving Father.

After nine days of prayers the association was consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. The consecration was officiated by Father Jonathan with the blessings of Fr. Tony Laureta the Parish Priest of La Inmaculada Concepción y San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish. It took place at La Inmaculada Concepcion Chapel in San Agustin Church on the 30th of April 2017. Present were the members and friends of the association.