Recurrens Mensis October
Apostolic Exhortation on the Recurrence of the Month of October
Pope Paul VI
October 7, 1969
In honor of the fourth centenary of the Apostolic Letter Consueverunt Romani pontifices from
St. Pius V, "who in that document explained and in a certain sense established the traditional
form of the Rosary." (MC 42b)
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Recurrens Mensis October was written to commemorate the fourth centenary of
Consueverunt Romani, an apostolic letter from St. Pius VI, who explained and fostered
the traditional form of the Rosary. The main objective of the document is to refresh and
encourage the rosary devotion. The three parts discuss the intercession of Mary as a way to turn
to God. The first section calls everyone to be peacemakers. The second part is devoted to the
obligation of every Christian to pray, and the third part lists the prayer intentions.
The document is pastoral and devotional in nature, and does not incorporate a broad
range of doctrinal concepts. It is mentioned in this study to indicate the continuum in Pope Paul
VI's thought regarding Marian intercession and devotion, particularly the rosary.
Through Christ all grace is given. (cf. Rom 8:32) At the same time,
"How can we do otherwise than to depend lovingly upon the incomparable intercession of Mary,
his Mother, of whom the Gospel tells us that she 'found favor with God'?" (cf. Lk 1:30)
(RMO 5) Mary's interecession is explained in view of the Cana episode in the Gospel. (Jn 2:15) As Lumen Gentium 62 taught, "Mary continues to intercede
with her Son in
favor of her children on earth." (RMO 8)
The Rosary is called "as Pope John XXIII desired, 'a great public and
universal prayer for the ordinary and extraordinary needs of the holy Church, of the nations, and
of the entire world,' for this Rosary is, as it were, 'the Gospel in miniature,' and 'henceforth, a
devotion of the Church.'" (RMO 15)
The Intercession of Mary|
No peace without God
Reasons for confidence
Obligation of Every Christian|
All must pray
All must be peacemakers
| Conclusion |
Rosary for Peace|
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AAS 61 (1969):649-654;|
The Pope Speaks 14:3 (1969):247-251
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