The Power of the Rosary

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The Power of the Rosary
AuthorReverend Albert J. M. Shamon

The Power of the Rosary is a book on Catholic themes by Reverend Albert J. M. Shamon.

Contents

The book revolves around the topic of Catholic beliefs on the power of prayer via the rosary. It builds on the fifteen rosary promises and extends the discussion to the present day. It discusses that the rosary has been featured prominently in the context of several Marian apparitions such as those in Međugorje and Our Lady of Fatima. It also recounts many anecdotal incidents regarding the rosary, ranging from religious and political prisoners in China to every day Catholics.

Rosary Roman Catholic sacramental and Marian devotion to prayer

The Holy Rosary, also known as the Dominican Rosary, refers to a form of prayer used in the Catholic Church and to the string of knots or beads used to count the component prayers. When used for the prayer, the word is usually capitalized, as is customary for other names of prayers, such as "the Lord's Prayer", and "the Hail Mary"; when referring to the beads, it is written with a lower-case initial letter.

Marian apparition Supernatural appearance by the Virgin Mary

A Marian apparition is a reported supernatural appearance by the Blessed Virgin Mary. The figure is often named after the town where it is reported, or on the sobriquet given to Mary on the occasion of the apparition.

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Devotion to the Rosary is one of the most notable features of popular Catholic spirituality. According to Pope John Paul II, rosary devotions can foster some central objectives of Christian spirituality and they are "among the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation." From its origins in the twelfth century the rosary has been seen as a meditation on the life of Christ, and it is as such that many Popes have approved of and encouraged recitation of the rosary.

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