In almost every rosary encyclical that he wrote, he affirmed that St. He expressly taught that Our Lady herself entrusted the rosary to St. Dominic’s Confraternity to an army of prayer and a spiritual battalion capable of winning souls for Christ.
A pontiff who sought to emphasize the importance of Catholic social teaching, he wrote the encyclical and also taught that the rosary was part of the solution to the social problems of his day.
Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 1879 (now known as the Pontifical University of St. He was passionate about hunting and viniculture, and was known to trap birds and tend a small vineyard within the confines of the Vatican Gardens.
We may well believe that the Queen of Heaven herself has granted an especial efficacy to this mode of supplication [the rosary], for it was by her command and counsel that the devotion was begun and spread abroad by the holy Patriarch Dominic as a most potent weapon against the enemies of the faith at an epoch not, indeed, unlike our own, of great danger to our holy religion.
Let all the children of Saint Dominic rise up for the fight and let them, like mighty warriors, be prepared to use in the battle the weapons with which their blessed Father, with so much foresight, armed them.
This is what they have to do: Let them plant everywhere the rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary; let them propagate and cultivate it with fervor; through their assiduous care may the nations be enrolled in these holy militias where the ensigns of the rosary shine; may the faithful learn to avail themselves of this weapon, to use it frequently; may they be instructed in the benefits, graces, and privileges of this devotion. Donald Calloway, MIC, has been a priest for 14 years and currently serves as Vicar Provincial and Vocation Director for the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.
He is the author of ten books, a popular speaker at conferences, and frequently leads pilgrimages to Marian shrines around the world.
Even a shortened version of his famous Prayer to St.
Michael the Archangel is now commonly prayed at the end of the rosary.
Pope Leo XIII is the greatest champion of the rosary to ever hold the office of the Vicar of Christ.
During his pontificate, he wrote 11 encyclicals on the rosary, promulgated numerous apostolic letters on the rosary, and gave countless messages on the rosary to various dioceses and religious institutes.
He was so enamored with that he granted an indulgence to anyone who consecrated themselves to Mary using St. Another source of Marian inspiration for Pope Leo XIII was the work of Blessed Bartolo Longo in Pompeii. He promoted the Brown Scapular, instituted the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, wrote an apostolic letter promoting pilgrimages to Marian shrines, especially Lourdes, and received the visionary of La Salette, Mélanie Calvat, in two separate private audiences.