Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII
(1878- 1903)

…“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.” 1

“The formula of the Rosary, too, is "excellently adapted
to prayer in common” 2

“…it is Our desire that in the principal church of each diocese it should be recited every day, and in parish churches on every feast-day.” 3

“Our need of divine help is as great today as when the great Dominic introduced the use of the Rosary of Mary as a balm for the wounds of his contemporaries.” 4

… “And that old custom of our forefathers ought to be preserved or else restored, according to which Christian families assemble before a figure of Our Lady and alternately recite the Rosary”…. 5

“We earnestly exhort all Christians to give themselves to the recital of the pious devotion of the Rosary publicly, or privately in their own house and family, and that unceasingly.” 6

Supremi Apostolatus Officio, Encyclical on Devotion of the Rosary (09/01/1883)
Superiore Anno, Encyclical Letter on the Recitation of the Rosary (08/30/1884)
Quod Auctoritate, Encyclical proclaiming an Extraordinary Jubilee (12/22/1885)
Viè En Ben Noto, Encyclical on the Rosary and Public Life (09/20/1887)
Octobri Mense, Encyclical on the Rosary (09/22/1891)
Magnae Dei Matris, Encyclical Letter on the Rosary (09/08/1892)
Laetitiae Sanctae, Encyclical Letter Commending Devotion to the Rosary (09/08/1893)
Iucunda Semper Expectatione, Encyclical Letter on the Rosary (09/08/1894)
Aduitricem, Encyclical Letter on the Rosary (09/05/1895)
Fidentem Piumque Animum, Encyclical on the Rosary (09/20/1896)
Augustissimae Virginis Mariae, Encyclical on the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary (09/12/1897)
Diuturni Temporis, Encyclical Letter on the Rosary (09/05/1898)

1 Cf. Msgr. J. Cirrincione and T. Nelson, The Rosary and the Crisis in the Faith, Tan Books and Publishers, p.34
2 Fidentem Piumque Animum, Encyclical, 2
3 Idem
4 Supremi Apostolatus Officio, Encyclical, 7
5 Fidentem …, 2
6 Idem

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