Month of the Holy Rosary

Pray the Holy Rosary in October

The month of October traditionally is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. In October 2002, Pope John Paul II wrote the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (the Rosary of the Virgin Mary). This letter introduced five new mysteries, called the Luminous or Mysteries of Light, which are (1) Jesus' Baptism in theJordan, (2) Jesus' self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana, (3) Proclamation of the Kingdom ofGod, with the call to conversion, (4) the Transfiguration, and (5) the Institution of the Eucharist. Read John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter and rediscover the perfect prayer. 

Click here for instruction on how to pray the Holy Rosary.

Pope Francis tells us that we are to contemplate the mysteries of the Holy Rosary “simply and lovingly,” gazing at Jesus as Mary did “at all the moments of his life.”

“Mary’s gaze! How important this is! How many things can we say with a look! . . . . Often a look says more than words; it says what words do not or dare not say    . . . .  She looks at us as a Mother, with tenderness, mercy and love. That was how she gazed at her Son Jesus at all the moments of his life – joyful, luminous, sorrowful, glorious – as we contemplate in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, simply and lovingly.”(Pope Francis, October 12, 2013)

Need an aid? Consider the USCCB’s recently released booklet of meditations on the 20 mysteries of the Rosary, “Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis.”