This prayer, referred to as the Rosary Prayer, is said after the Hail Holy Queen at the end of the rosary. Some prefer to say it at the beginning as a means of petition.
Its origin is from the Collect of the Mass of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary(Oct. 7th, Originally the Feast of Our Lady of Victory) and from the Divine Offices of Lauds and 1st and 2nd Vespers.
The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to commemorate the victory over Islam in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. The victory of course, was attributed to the devout recitation of the rosary.
Since it is not part of the 'required' prayers of the rosary, it is one that is considered optional. N.B. Only the five (5) decades of the day are required, although traditionally opening and closing prayers are added.
O God whose only begotten Son, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, Grant we beseech Thee that while meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Do you know and understand what this pray is petitioning? I never did until an old priest told my mother that we are asking to be able to suffer martyrdom in imitations of Our Lord! It then clicked...I had never really thought too much about the prayer itself until I heard that. It then helped me meditate more easily on what the prayer actually means.
Let us pray to be so worthy!
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