WHAT IS THE CONFRATERNITY OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY?
The CONFRATERNITY OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY
A World-Wide Movement of Prayer Entrusted to the DOMINICAN ORDER
by the HOLY SEE More than 500 Years Ago.
The Rosary Confraternity is a spiritual association (of the Catholic Church), the members of which strive to pray the entire Rosary during the course of each week. They form a union of countless hundreds of thousands of the faithful throughout the world who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members, while they in turn pray for them.
Each member includes deceased fellow members as well; and thus he knows that in turn he will be included in the prayers of hundreds of thousands both now and hereafter. This led the Cure of Ars to say: "If anyone has the happiness of being in the Confraternity of the Rosary, he has in all corners of the world brothers and sisters who pray for him." The deceased cannot be enrolled in the Confraternity.
THE ROSARY CONFRATERNITY'S OBLIGATIONS, BENEFITS, INDULGENCES and PROMISES
Each member strives to pray fifteen mysteries of the Rosary each week (this does not bind under sin), and must have his/her name inscribed in the register of the Confraternity. There are no meetings, no dues.
Since the Holy Father has recently added the five luminous mysteries, it would seem that members of the Confraternity should strive to include that extra weekly Rosary. However, we have as yet received no official statement regarding this matter. Those who recite only the fifteen traditional mysteries will continue to share in the benefits of the Confraternity until some official source declares the contrary.
THE ROSARY CONFRATERNITY'S BENEFITS
- The special protection of the Mother of God.
- A share in the prayer of countless thousands of members the world over, and this even after death.
- A share in the prayers, Masses and apostolic works of the entire Dominican Order.
- The intercession of the entire heavenly court.
- Various plenary and partial indulgences.
INDULGENCES IN GENERAL
- An indulgence is the cancellation of temporal punishment due for sin, when the sin's guilt has already been pardoned.
- An indulgence is partial if it frees the Christian partially from the temporal punishment due for his sins, plenary if it frees him wholly.
- Both partial and plenary indulgences can always be applied to the dead, but only by way of suffrage.
- Since the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI on Indulgences, a partial indulgence is no longer expressed in reference to time, i.e. days or years.
- A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day, except by those on the threshold of death.
- To gain a plenary indulgence the person must perform the indulgenced act, and satisfy these conditions: Sacramental Confession, Holy Communion, prayer for the Pope's intention, and freedom from all attachment to sin, even venial sin. If this detachment is not present, or if any of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence is partial.
- For members of the Rosary Confraternity, a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, is granted:
- on the day of enrollment. (When application is made, a certificate of membership is sent, indicating the day of the enrollment.)
- on the following feast days: Christmas, Easter, Annunciation, Purification, Assumption, Our Lady of the Rosary, and Immaculate Conception.
- For those who pray the Rosary, a plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions, when the Rosary is prayed in Church, or in a Public Oratory, in a family (family Rosary), Religious Community, or Pious Association. Otherwise a partial indulgence is granted.
A RELIGIOUS AWAKENING – THE POWER OF THE ROSARY:
In 1867 Father Luc Desilets, the pastor at Cap-de-la-Madeleine from 1864 until his death in 1888, had an astonishing experience. Upon investigating a noise he had heard in the church, he found a small pig chewing on a rosary. This was for him a shocking experience. He was saddened by the fact that people were no longer praying the rosary. He remembered the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary that had been established in the parish in 1694. He then consecrated himself to the Blessed Mother and vowed to spread enrolment in the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary wherever his voice could be heard. Soon more and more parishioners started coming to church; eventually the church was too small and a larger church was required. By 1954 the Old Shrine, now considered the most important Marian Shrine in North America by the CCCB, welcomed One Million pilgrims to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It all began with "One Vow" by one man. A vow that echoes to this day and calls us to help build the "Bridge of Rosaries" in our time ...
As Pope Leo XIII said in his apostolic constitution on the Confraternity, "whenever a person fulfills his obligation of reciting the Rosary according to the rule of the Confraternity, he includes in his intentions all its members, and they in turn render him the same service many times over." (Ubi Primum (1898), n1)
St. Louis de Montfort was ordained a priest in June 1700. He had a great desire to go on foreign missions. In fact he showed great interest in the new French colony of Canada! His spiritual director advised against it. In November 1700 he joined the Third Order of the Dominicans and asked permission not only to preach the rosary, but also to form rosary confraternities.
St. John Vianney once said, “If anyone has the happiness of being in the Confraternity of the Rosary, he has in all corners of the world brothers and sisters who pray for him.”