The Month of the Rosary

     Month of October – Traditionally the Month of the Rosary.


Church Documents

Marian Magisterial Documents Index
This resource lists several documents from the Church on the Rosary. Scroll down to find them or links to them.

Marian Devotion: Various Forms of Marian Piety
Quotes from post-Vatican II Church documents on the Rosary devotion.



Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7


Several of the Rosary articles depict images of Our Lady with the Rosary.


The Rosary in Image and Text
Meditations based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

October: Month of the Holy Rosary
The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. More information on historical origin.

The Rosary Since Vatican II
Reports about the rosary's demise are premature.  Article from The Marian Library Newsletter

Our Lady at Fatima
In Fatima Our Lady appeared six times to three young Portuguese children in a field called the Cova de Iria, near the small village of Fatima, about seventy miles north of Lisbon. The children were asked to pray the rosary for peace.

Our Lady of Pompei
Story of the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompei, Italy.
See also:
What do you know about the image of Our Lady of Pompei? (YQ 126)



How do you pray the Rosary? (FAQ #7)
This page has information on the most important prayers which constitute the Rosary and on how to pray them (Sign of the Cross, Apostle's Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, Prayer after the Rosary).

What are the origins of the title "Our Lady of the Rosary"? (YQ 132)
Regarding the title, Our Lady of the Rosary, it is opportune to remember not only that Marian titles evolve over time, but also that ...

Are the "Rosary Novenas to Our Lady" available on the Internet? (YQ 179)
The novena is written by Charles V. Lacey with a preface by Rev. Raymond P. Lawrence. It is a fifty-four day Novena of daily recitation of five decades of the Rosary with a meditation ...

Is there a chaplet, rosary or some other devotion to the seven joys of Mary?

(YQ 205)
The most typical Rosary expression of Mary's joys are the joyous mysteries. The original number of joys were five, and not seven! At one time it became fifteen joys. However, ...

I have a six-year-old daughter in kindergarten who received a rosary today. Is there an easy way to start teaching how to pray the rosary?

(YQ 217)
What a marvelous task to initiate the youngest to the mysteries of the rosary ...

In both churches I attend (Ukrainian rite and Roman) May is dedicated to Mary. In the Roman Church I attend on weekdays we say the Rosary before Mass just as we do in October (in my Ukrainian rite we say the rosary before Mass throughout the year). Is this universal in the Church? When, where and how (or why) did this originate?

(YQ 220)
The reciting of the rosary before (or sometimes after) Mass, a fairly widespread custom in Catholic countries, is the consequence of several developments. ...

Will God ignore my rosary if I am at my worst at concentration? What's the best way I can do in order to feel God's presence?

(YQ 231)
Use various approaches, depending on disposition and degree of concentration. Overall principle: Don't let yourself float ...

Saturday Devotions in Honor of Our Lady
Historical Background of the Saturdays in Honor of Mary, The Golden Saturdays, The Heart of Mary Saturdays and the Saturday Rosary, First Saturday Communion of Reparation, The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary, and others.

See also:
Explain why Saturday is devoted to Our Lady and tell what the requirements of the devotion of the five First Saturdays are?

What about Our Lady of Victory?

(YQ 103)
Mary, Refuge of Sinners, 1836 Basilica of Our Lady of Victories. To commemorate the victory of the Christian Armada on October 7, 1571, Pope Pius V introduced in 1572 the "festem BMV de victoria" – rosary plays important role.

What is the Fiat Rosary? (YQ 116)
The Fiat Rosary is named after Cardinal Leon Suenen's Fiat Movement, which encourages total openness to God in imitation of Mary...

What is the Missionary Rosary?
The Mission Rosary links two major concerns of our church: prayer and apostolate. The rosary is a traditional form of prayer which combines remembrance, praise and petition. It remembers the events of Salvation History ...

Is there going to be a fourth series of Rosary mysteries?
The German Liturgical Institute was recently asked its opinion about instituting a fourth series of Rosary mysteries, The Public Life of Jesus. A Marian group in Leutesdorf, Germany recently ...

Where can I find a Marian image, statue, rosary, book? (YQ 86)
To find a Marian image, statue, rosary, book, or other such items, first look at your local religious supply store. Of course, the Web may be a resource, but always be cautious. We have compiled...


What is the Origin of the Rosary? (YQ 18)
The complex history of the rosary deals normally with the following stages of development: 1) Repetition of the Hail Mary, in the twelfth c, related to the joys of Mary, first five (Annunciation, Nativity, Resurrection, ...

Is there a biblical basis for the Rosary?

(YQ 83)
As you know the bible does "not" tell us to pray the rosary because this form of prayer originated only during the middle ages. However, important elements of the Rosary are biblical ... 


October Poems
There are several good reasons to present a selection of October poems in honor of Our Lady. First, October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Second, there are two feast days of the Blessed Virgin Mary in October. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. The Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar (Saragossa, Spain) is a feast day celebrated on October 12. ...

Includes: Our Lady's Rosary, The Holy Rosary, Our Lady of the Rosary, etc 


The Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation, etc

The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony in the Garden, etc

The Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection, etc

Various Chaplets
There exists a renewed interest in various forms of the Rosary which in fact have little to do with the classical rosary prayer itself. ...

See also our links on the Rosary: sidebar / resources / links


If you are looking for videos about the rosary or various devotions see our video resources which can be borrowed from the Marian Library.

Some titles include: A Dedicated Man (Fr. Peyton's story), 1992; The Rosary,1992; Block Rosary Special Event (May 1, 1999 Wash DC), 1999; The Rosary and Contemporary Marian Apparitions, 1991; The Untold Story: The Miracle of Edsa, 1998, etc

See sidebar under resources.


A Western Way of Meditation: The Rosary Revisited

David Burton Bryan / Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1991
This is a review of the book.

See also sidebar: resources / bibliography.

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