Pope St John Paul II said in 2002: ‘The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to “set out into the deep” (duc in altum!) in order once more to proclaim, and even cry out, before the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, “the way, and the truth and the life”, “the goal of human history and the point on which the desires of history and civilization turn”’.

These words are as fresh and inspiring today as they were when they were first written nineteen years ago. May they provide new impetus for our own use of the Rosary, and may we be blessed in using this form of prayer. May God be very close to you this day.