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According to tradition, the Rosary owes its origin to St Dominic, to whom Our Lady appeared in about 1206, giving him the Rosary.

St John Paul II would later write: ‘The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning, as Pope Paul VI clearly pointed out: “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ: ‘In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think they will be heard for their many words’. By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed”’.

Today, let us pray the Rosary, using this quiet rhythm and lingering pace, seeing things through the eyes of Mary, who was the one closest to her Son. May God bless you.