Mary and the Rosary
 
There are so many good articles about Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother. Here we will briefly take a look at Mary and then we will reflect on the Rosary. Hopefully this will give us a better understanding of the prayerful lady in blue as we are used to seeing her and the rosary.
 
Mary, the Blessed Virgin
Did you know that when you pray to Mary, you are asking her to pray for you?  If you needed special prayers, you might contact your friends, or a priest, and ask them to pray for you.  They, in turn, will pray to Jesus for whatever your needs are.  Actually, we are doing the same thing when we pray to Mary.  We are asking her to pray to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Mary is considered perfect.  She is full of love.  We also call her "our Mother".  She is our Heavenly Mother.  She is full of "grace" - a sanctifying, holy grace.  We could say that we actually have two mothers - our Mother who gave us birth and our Heavenly Mother.  How special we are to have someone who cares for us so much.

Mary also wants us to live a Christian life and through her, she will lead us to our Lord, Jesus Christ.  

She has been given many titles:  Blessed Mother; Madonna; Our Lady; Blessed Virgin Mary; Queen of Heaven; Mother of Mercy; Maria; Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Many of the hymns we sing and prayers we say, might find us mentioning one of these, such as . . . "Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope" . . . or "Hail Holy Queen entroned above, Oh, Maria" . . . .

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "All generations will call me blessed":  "The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship".  The Church rightly honors "the Blessed Virgin with special devotion... differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration."

In the meantime the Mother of Jesus, in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven, is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come.  Likewise she shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to the pilgrim People of God.(Catechism of the Catholic Church) 
 
 
The Rosary
The rosary is unique in how its origin came to be and what inspired those many, many years ago to form a Christian Prayer that tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ as the <i> lectio divina </i> or the rosary.
 
Statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Following are photos of the statues submitted by the local courts of the Minnesota Catholic Daughters.  Articles about the statues appeared on the home page of this website.