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Our Lady of the Rosary

The Rosary, powerful protection in perils

A young religious of the Order of St. Dominic offered Mary the mystical crown of the Rosary every day. On a journey, he came across a forest infested by brigands. Seeing his companion trembling, he reassured him, reviving his confidence in Mary. Then, having sat down, they recited the rosary together. When a thief, hidden nearby, had observed them, he saw a rich Lady weaving a crown with roses that she had collected from the mouths of these religious; and when the crown was finished, she put it on her head and disappeared.

Amazed at this strange sight, the bandit approached the two travelers and asked them who this Lady was who was with them. “No one was with us,” replied one of the religious; “we prayed the rosary together. – I saw a lady with you,” said the murderer, “you were giving her flowers and she was weaving a crown. – My prior told me one day,” added the religious, “that in reciting the rosary one offers to Mary the most beautiful flowers. The Lady you saw is the Queen of Heaven, who wanted to show you the truth of this saying.”

The robber, touched by this prodigy, was converted and became a fervent servant of Mary.

Oh, with what love the Mother of Mercy welcomes the homage we pay her by reciting the Most Holy Rosary! (Annals of Wadding)

Should this example not arouse in us a tender devotion for the Rosary, a prayer so pleasing to the Queen of Heaven, that she has not ceased to manifest it from century to century?

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