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Convinced that the conversion of the Albigensians would be due to the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary, Saint Dominic never ceased to spread it everywhere. One day, while preaching in the presence of the Duke of Brittany, the whole court and a huge crowd of people, he assured them, according to a personal revelation, that no homage, except the Divine Office and the adorable Sacrifice, was so pleasing to Jesus and His Mother as the fervent recitation of the Rosary of Mary. This assertion seemed exaggerated to his numerous audience; but God defended it, and this is how.
After the sermon, Dominic celebrated Holy Mass in the presence of the multitude. And what happened? The Saint was rapt in ecstasy; he was seen to rise above the ground, and to remain suspended in the air for a whole hour, his face ablaze with divine fire. At the consecration, when he raised the holy Host, all the people clearly saw the Virgin Mother with Her divine Child whom She held in Her arms. When he raised the chalice, the Redeemer was seen covered with wounds, pierced, and suffering all the torments of His Passion, just as He had been on Calvary. Towards the end of the mass, a dazzling light surrounded the altar; and in the midst of this splendor, the Lord showed Himself full of the glory of His resurrection, and as if ascending into Heaven.
This vision moved the crowd, and when the sacrifice was over, Dominic went back to the pulpit. He explained to his amazed listeners the meaning of these three apparitions; the Virgin holding the Child Jesus was the figure of the Joyful Mysteries; Jesus suffering signified the Sorrowful Mysteries; and His resurrection, the Glorious Mysteries. He made the whole assembly understand how pleasing to the Lord the devotion of meditating on these mysteries while reciting the one hundred and fifty Hail Marys of the Rosary must be, since He confirmed it by such prodigies. All, princes and peoples, remained convinced and ardently embraced such an excellent practice.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.