Q: What is Block Rosary?
A: Source: Block Rosary International, Inc. June 2003 Volume 4, Number 1
Block Rosary's quiet voice
neighborhood is powerfully apostolic. It is a neighborhood astir for God. It is
the shadow passing in the winter's darkness of one who loves a Lady and her
Child. It is the stirring in the summer heat when no one wants to stir--done for
the thirsting Christ of Calvary. It is the gentler catacomb as if turned inside
out; the house above the ground, with the love of Mary and her Jesus, worn like
a badge for all men to see.
is a description of the devotion, Block Rosary. But it is even more than
this, for it seeks to bring into a neighborhood the basic building blocks of
society; a love of our fellow men, based on the life of Christ, as found in
the mysteries of the Rosary.
to achieve a unity of mind and soul in the oneness of Christ, which will eventually
bring to fulfillment the promise of Our Lady of Fatima, that in the end, her Immaculate Heart
Russia will be converted, and an era of peace will be given to the world.
Into the hands of all Catholics, God,
through His Holy Mother Mary, has given the means by which we can actively take
part in the spreading of the word of God, through the Block Rosary. This comes
through the accounts of numerous souls who either returned to a practice of their
Faith, or who entered the Church because their fellow neighbor took the time to
live and to practice his Faith.
"Where two or three
are gathered for My sake, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). If
we bring our neighbors together in the common interest of saying the Rosary, we
can be assured that Christ will be in our midst, and that He will make His
presence felt by all in the community, by "drawing all things to Himself."
Block Rosary members
pray that "all will be one," and for the return of straying sheep to one fold.
Not only do they pray for these intentions, but through their lives, they seek
to guide the wandering back to the harbor of light and truth, that is the
has proved to be a living apostolate for the return of the wanderer. Further, it has
enriched the lives of all those who take a sincere part in it, by bringing them
ever closer to Jesus through Mary. The evidence of this is repeated over and
over in parishes which undertake to link neighborhood to neighborhood through
the bond of the Holy Rosary, through the Block
In parishes where
there has been a sincere effort to establish Block Rosary, there has been
an increase at church devotions, at daily Mass, and a most fruitful increase of
devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, through the reception of Holy Communion. This
increase of devotion is not to be wondered at, but is to be expected. Many of
the great saints of the Church have taught that one of the sure methods to
increase in grace and to come closer to Jesus Christ, is to have a true devotion
to the Mother of God. If this is true for an individual soul, how much more benefit will a
parish receive which totally turns to Jesus through Mary?
addition to being an effective means of stimulating parish devotion, group
recitation has many benefits for individual souls, and is highly recommended by
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort. In his book, The Secret of the Rosary he lists
1. Normally, our minds are far more alert during public prayer, than when we pray
2. When we pray in common, the prayer of each one belongs to all. We make one great
prayer together, so that if one person is not praying well, someone else in the
same gathering who prays better may make up for his deficiency. In this way,
those who are strong uphold the weak. Those who are fervent inspire the
3. One who says his Rosary alone only gains the merit of that one Rosary. But if he says
it together with others, he gains the merit of each Rosary. This is the law of
4. Pope Urban VIII who was very pleased to see how devotion to the Holy Rosary had
spread in the city of Rome, and how it was being said in two groups or choirs,
attached 100 days extra indulgence whenever the Rosary was said in two groups.
This was set out in his brief Ad Perpetuam Rei Memoriam written in the year
5. Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer, to appease the anger of God, and
to call down His mercy. Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always
advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.
6. If the
faithful recite five decades of the Rosary in company with others, whether in
public or private, they may gain an indulgence of ten years, once a day. A
plenary indulgence on the last Sunday of the month, with the addition of
confession and Communion and a visit to the church, if they perform such
recitation at least three times in any of the preceding weeks.
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort states, "When people say the Rosary together, it
is far more formidable to the devil, than one said privately, because in this
public prayer, it is an army that is attacking. It is very easy to break a
single stick, but if you join it to others to make a bundle, it cannot be
broken. In union, there is strength."
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