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The world is always in turmoil but today the most horrible, unthinkable things are happening all around it. For those of us who aren't in a war zone or worried about not having enough food to eat, our ordinary everyday lives can still be a challenge. What can we do to help? Prayer can be a source of help to some of us. To say the Rosary you need not be Catholic to join in. You don't have to own a set of Rosary beads. All you need is to prayer with us. ~Jan at Rosary Radio

This is how to say the Holy Rosary

Click and pray along. Prays and mysteries are below.

The rosary is a form of combined prayer and meditation that has been around for over 1200 years.  The origin of the rosary dates back to the ninth century where Irish monks would recite and chant the 150 Psalms of the Bible as a major part of their worship.

Using your right hand to make the sign of the cross. If you have a set of Rosary beads, take the crucifix, and say "In the Name of the Father,' touching your forehead at the mention of the Father, 'and of the Son,' the lower middle of your chest at the mention of the Son, and touch the left shoulder on the word "Holy"  and the right shoulder on the word "Spirit."

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

On the first single bead just above the cross, pray the THE OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.   Amen.
The next cluster has 3 beads. The "Hail Mary" prayer is said on these three beads.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

On the chain or cord after the three beads, say the Glory be to the Father.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen. 

AND now the O my Jesus:

O my Jesus, Forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially, those most in need of thy mercy. Amen.

First Decade:  On the next bead, which is a single bead, you announce the first Mystery, we'll say today is Tuesday and so we do the Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary on Tuesdays;

(Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary~ said on Tuesday & Friday
The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
Jesus Carried the Cross
The Crucifixion of our Lord)

The Agony of Jesus in the Garden, when his trusted friends, the Apostles fell asleep, leaving him all alone (Mark 14:32-42).

Now say the "Our Father" 

Now this will bring you to the first decade, or set of 10 beads of the Rosary.  You will then pray 10 "Hail Marys".

After the ten Hail Marys' say the Glory be to the Father... then (on the same bead) pray the O My Jesus.

Second decade: On the next bead starting the second decade of the we say the Second Sorrowful Mystery:

The Second Sorrowful Mystery is the Scourging at the Pillar at the order of Pontius Pilate (John 19:1-6).
Now the: Our Father
And the 10 Hail Marys. 
Glory be to the Father... then (on the same bead) pray the O My Jesus.

Third decade:  On the next bead starting the third decade of the we say the Third Sorrowful Mystery:

The Third Sorrowful Mystery is the Crowning of Thorns (John 19:1-6).

Say:  Our Father

And 10 Hail Marys.

AND Glory be to the Father... then (on the same bead) pray the O My Jesus.

Fourth decade:  The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery recalls Jesus' Carrying of the Cross (Luke 23:26-27).

Our Father

And 10 Hail Marys.

AND Glory be to the Father... then (on the same bead) pray the O My Jesus.

Fifth decade:  The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery is the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (Matthew 27:33-54).

 Our Father

And 10 Hail Marys.

AND Glory be to the Father... then (on the same bead) pray the O My Jesus.

And now we are at the end of the Rosary where you finish with the Hail Holy Queen and the sign of the Cross.

  Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope.  To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
R> Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 God Bless.


The Jews venerated Gabriel as the angel of judgment, and in both Jewish and Christian tradition he is one of the seven archangels. Gabriel is also known to the Mohammedans, who believe him to be the angel who served as the mouthpiece of God in dictating the Koran to their prophet. Mention of St. Gabriel occurs four times in the Scriptures. He first appears to Daniel in the guise of a man and proceeds to interpret a vision Daniel has had of a ram with two horns, which is overcome by a he-goat. Gabriel explains that the ram is the empire of the Medes and the Persians which will be destroyed by the he-goat, the king of the Greeks (Alexander the Great). This vision came to Daniel in the year 554 B.C., while the Israelites were in captivity in Babylonia. The prophecy was to be fulfilled nearly two hundred years later. The angel Gabriel again appears to Daniel (Daniel ix, 21-27) to fore tell the coming of the Messiah and the destruction of Jerusalem and its sanctuary. The next appearance of Gabriel is recorded in Luke i, 11-20, where he predicts to the priest Zachary as he is burning incense at the altar in the temple that his wife is to bear a son whose name shall be John. The final mention of Gabriel is found a little later in the same chapter of Luke, where he goes to the Blessed Virgin Mary with the tidings that she is to be the Mother of the Messiah. Thus we see that Gabriel comes as the bearer of good tidings and as the comforter and helper of men. In Milton's <Paradise Lost>, book iv, Gabriel is placed at the eastern gate of Paradise as chief of the angelic guards. Christian tradition holds that Gabriel was the unnamed angel who appeared to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. A fresco of this angel figures prominently in a chapel on the Appian Way, indicating that he was honored very early in the history of the Church. The Hebrew word from which Gabriel is derived means "hero of God."
Saint Gabriel, Archangel. Scriptural Saint. Celebration of Feast Day is March 24. Taken from "Lives of Saints", Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.

St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo

Feastday: March 23
Patron of Native rights; Latin American bishops; Peru
Birth: 1538
Death: 1606
Bishop and defender of the rights of the native Indians in Peru, Born in Mayorga, Spain, he studied law and became a lawyer and then professor at Salamanca, receiving appointment-despite being a layman-as chief judge of the court of Inquisition at Granada under King Philip II of Spain. The king subsequently appointed him in 1580 to the post of archbishop of Lima, Peru. After receiving ordination and then consecration, he arrived in Peru in 1581 and soon demonstrated a deep zeal to reform the archdiocese and a determination to do all in his power to aid the poor and defend the rights of the Indians who were then suffering severely under Spanish occupation. He founded schools, churches, hospitals, and the first seminary in the New World. To assist his pastoral work among the Indians, he also mastered several Indian dialects. He was canonized in 1726.

Saint Lea, March 22nd

These are all the Saint for this day, March 22nd. St. Lea, St. Nicholas Owen, St. Basil of Ancyra, St. Benvenutus Scotivoli, St. Trien, St. Saturninus, St. Callinica & Basilissa, St. Darerca of Ireland, St. Deogratius, St. Epaphroditus, St. Humilitas, St. Octavian, and St. Paul of Narbonne.

Today I chose Saint Lea.

Century: 4th Century


Feast Day: March 22nd

Saint Lea of RomeSt. Lea of Rome is known only through the testimony of her beloved friend, the learned St. Jerome.  We know that she lived contemporaneously with St. Jerome during the 4th Century.  She was a noblewoman of Rome, born into wealth and privilege and married up the social ladder.  However, soon after her marriage she was widowed and left in a very financially sound position.  Instead of retiring as a wealthy widow, however, she joined a convent of consecrated virgins in the city—shedding all the money and social standing she possessed.  In later years she was named the prioress of the convent. 
During her tenure in religious life, it seems she become well-acquainted with St. Jerome, whose account of her stands as one of the primary sources of evidence for her existence and age-old veneration as a saint.  It appears that she died in 384 while she was reciting Psalm 73 (alongside St. Jerome).  In a letter relaying her death to others within the city of Rome, St. Jerome writes to St. Marcella that St. Lea, a woman of austerity, obedience and remarkable penances had died.  He described her as “blessed,” emphasizing the woman’s virtues as being worthy of heaven. 
Practical Take-Away: “Living like a fool on earth…”
St. Jerome described St. Lea’s moving from the highest echelons of Roman society to the virgin’s convent as her “living like a fool on earth.”  Indeed, this seems to be the Christian life.  St. Paul says that “the language of the cross” is “illogical” and culminates in “the foolishness…that we preach” (I Cor. 1:18, 21).  It does seem silly sometimes trying to live our Faith.  We don’t look “normal.”  But, then, again, “normal” is a relative term.  Certainly in today’s society anything looking remotely Christian (let alone authentically Catholic) is radically abnormal.  Yet, this is precisely what we are called to do—to be in the world, but not of the world.  To live on the earth, but to look foolish as we wonder toward sights unseen, toward mystical and spell-bounding mirages revealed to us clearly by our Faith.  St. Francis, quite clearly a lunatic by worldly standards was called “God’s Fool.”  Recalling Christ’s own admonition that if He was persecuted, so, too, would His disciples be persecuted.  Let the world call us fools—it assures us that we are Christians.  Embrace it.  Love it.  Live like a fool!  Live Faithfully!  As Flannery O’Connor, one of my favorite authors, once wrote about what being Faithful looks like: “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you odd.”  Indeed!  St. Lea of Rome, pray for us!  From:

Saint Enda of Aran, March 21st

Saint Enda of Aran
Abbot of Aran
Born Meath, Ireland
Died c.530
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast21 March
Saint Enda of Aran (Éanna, Éinne or Endeus, died c. 530) is an Irish saint in the Roman Catholic Church. His feast day is 21 March.
Enda was a warrior-king of Oriel in Ulster, converted by his sister, Saint Fanchea, an abbess. About 484 he established the first Irish monastery at Killeaney on Aran Mor. St. Enda is described as the "patriarch of Irish monasticism". Most of the great Irish saints had some connection with Aran.
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More of Jan's Favorite Saints

Image of St. Patrick
Feastday: March 17
Patron of Ireland
Birth: 387
Death: 461
St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular 
Apostle of Ireland, born at  Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, 
in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick,
 Ireland, 17 March, 461.
Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular
 world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day
 when everyone's Irish.
There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, 
but this is his story.Patrick was born around 385 in 
Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were 
Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living
 in Britian in charge of the colonies.
As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during
 a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to 
herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land 
of Druids and pagans. He learned the language 
and practices of the people who held him.
During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. 
He wrote."The love of God and his fear grew in me more
 and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so 
that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred 
prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the
 woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no 
hurt from the snow or ice or rain."
Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he 
escaped aftehaving a dream from God in which he was 
told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found 
some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he 
reunited with his family.
He had another dream in which the people of 
Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy 
youth, to come and walk among us once more."
He began his studies for the priesthood. He was 
ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, 
whom he had studied under for years.
Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent
 to take the 
Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, 
at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of 
one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick 
converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable
 to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.
Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout 
Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples 
preached and converted thousands and began building
churches all over the country. Kings, their families, 
and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when
 hearing Patrick's message.
Patrick by now had many disciples, among them 
Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later 
canonized as well). Patrick preached and converted 
all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles
 and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years 
of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering
 he died March 17, 461.He died at Saul, where he had 
built the first church.
Why a shamrock?
Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has
been associated with him and the Irish since that time.
In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love 
and total devotion 
to and trust in God should be a shining example to each 
of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete 
was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.


St. Francis of Assisi 

Feastday: October 4
Patron and Animals, Merchants & Ecology
Birth: 1181
Death: 1226
Honored by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of animals and ecology, and even Italy, St. Francis was the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more popularly known as the Franciscans. He is also considered the first Italian poet by literary critics. Apart from being regarded as valuable religious texts, his works have great literary value as well. For the ease of the commoners, Francis always wrote in a dialect of Umbria, instead of Latin. St. Francis called for simplicity of life, poverty and humility before God. He led his life serving the poor and needy.
Franciswas born at Assisi, in Umbria, in 1181. One amongst the seven children of Pietro di Bernardone and his wife Pica Bourlemont, his father was out on a business trip at the time of his birth. Pica had the child baptized as Giovanni di Bernardone, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. She wanted her son to become a great religious leader in the future.
When Pietroreturned from his trip, he wasfurious at the act of his wife and renamed his son as Francesco. He wanted his son to be a man of business, who would reflect his infatuation with France, rather than be a man of God. Francis displayed an affable and charming personality, right from childhood. He had the instincts of being a leader and was neither controlled nor taught by anyone.
Early Life
Francis displayed all the characteristics that Pietro wanted him to possess. Right from his love for French songs, to poetry and daydreams, Francis reflected France in everything. However, apart from being a good businessman, Francis aimed to be a noble and knight. His wish was soon granted, as Assisi declared war on their longtime enemy, the nearby town of Perugia, and Francis went to war, with other men. While most of the troops from Assisi were killed, the wealthy ones were taken into custody, so that they would be ransomed. Francis was one amongst the nobility.
Though Francis was chained and kept in a harsh, dark dungeon for about a year, coming out of it, Francis did not reflect even an iota of change. He resumed his usual carefree life. In 1204, he was struck by a serious illness that led him to follow a spiritual path. The following year, Francis left for Puglia, to enlist in the army of the Count of Brienne, but returned after he had a strange vision that deepened his ecclesiastical awakening. From then on, Francis started avoiding sports and feasts of his former companions. Instead, he would sit alone in lonely place and ask God for enlightenment. Soon, he took up the job of nursing those affected with leprosy.
After his pilgrim trip to Rome, Francis had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ in the Church of San Damiano, just outside of Assisi, wherein he was asked by Christ to save the ruined church. Francis started assisting the priest there, for the purpose. Though his father tried hard to alter Francis' mind, every attempt went in vain. In the last meeting with his father, in the presence of a bishop, he abandoned his father and his patrimony, and even the clothes that he had received. After about two years, Francis restored several ruined churches, out of which Porziuncola, the little chapel of St Mary of the Angels, was his favorite.
Founding of the Order of Friars Minor
Inspired by a sermon about Matthew 10:9 (in which Christ has encouraged people to renounce everything and go forth and proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven), Francis devoted himself completely to a life of poverty. Barely clad and barefooted, he started preaching the value of repentance. Within a year, Francis had 11 followers, but he did not wish to be ordained as a priest. His small community came to be known as 'lesser brothers'.
'Lesser brothers' were constantly on the move, exploring the mountainous districts of Umbria, with their cheerful faces, hymns and songs. It was in 1209 that Francis, along with his followers, reached Rome, to seek consent for a new religious order. The Pope admitted the group informally, with the clause that when the group increased both in number and grace, he would make them official. The group was tonsured and Francis was ordained as a deacon. This allowed him the authority to read the Gospel in the church.
Later Life
After being informally recognized as a group, the new religious order of Francis grew dramatically. In 1211, Francis established the Order of Poor Dames, upon receiving Clare at the Porziuncola, which was later called Poor Clares. Francis' venture to Jerusalem did not succeed, as his ship got wrecked and he was forced to return to Italy. In 1213, he received the mountain of La Verna, as a gift from the Count Orlando di Chiusi. The mountain, located in a remote area, was just ideal place for people who wished to do penance. His venture to Morocco was also disrupted, due to his ill health, forcing him to break his journey in Spain.
Francis traveled to Rome for the Fourth Lateran Council, in 1215, where he met Dominic de Guzman. In the following year, he received the authentication of the indulgence of the Porziuncola, from the new Pope Honorius III. In 1219, Francis, along with some of his followers, set on a non-violence journey to Egypt. He tried to convert the Sultan to Christianity, but failed. However, Francis had managed to cast a favorable impression in the minds of the people for Christianity. In 1220, Francis paid a visit to the holy places in Palestine.
In 1220 only, on Christmas, Francis had set up the first known three-dimensional presepio or crèche, in the town of Greccio, near Assisi. To make the worshipper contemplate the real scene during the time of Lord's birth, he used real animals. In the next two years, 1221 and 1222, Francis traveled to Sicily and Bologna. In 1223, Pope Honorius III finally approved the final rule of his order (in twelve chapters). It was during this time that Francis had a vision on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, as a result of which he received the stigmata.
Though Francis got treatment for Stigmata and an eye disease in several cities, it brought no relief. Coming back to Porziuncola, he was taken to transito, the hut for infirmed friars. Francis spent his end days in this hut, dictating his spiritual testament. It was on the evening of October 3, 1226, that he left for the heavenly abode, while singing Psalm 141.
It was only two years after his death i.e. in 1228 (on July 16) that Francis was given the title of a Saint, by the next pope Gregory IX, the former cardinal Ugolino di Conti. The following day, the foundation stone for the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi was laid.  In 1818, Pasquale Belli constructed a crypt for the remains of St. Francis, in neo-classical style, under the Lower Basilica. This was further modified between 1927 and 1930, by Ugo Tarchi. On May 5, 1940 that Pope Pius XII named St Francis a joint Patron Saint of Italy, along with Saint Catherine of Siena. In 1978, Pope Paul VI transferred the remains of St. Francis, in a glass urn, to the ancient stone tomb.
Feast Day
Every year, on October 4th, St. Francis' feast day is observed. Apart from this, a secondary feast is held on September 17, by the Traditional Roman Catholics and Franciscans all over the world, to honor the stigmata received by St Francis. This day is called 'The Impression of the Stigmata of St Francis, Confessor'.
Francis' Love for Nature & Environment
St. Francis was well-known for his love of nature and environment. At the same time, his love for brotherhood included all of God's creation, right from small flowers and birds to animals. For him, his love for birds was equivalent to his love for the Pope. In one of the famous fable related to St. Francis, it is said that he preached a flock of almost hundred sparrows, which only flew when he said that they could leave.
St. Francis of Assisi is also said to have calmed a terrifying and ferocious wolf, which was known to devour men and animals alike. He is also said to have written a poem that expressed his love of the natural world. St. Francis preached people that it was their duty to protect and enjoy nature. One of his fables recounts that the saint thanked his donkey for carrying him and helping him on his deathbed.

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