Epic Stories of the Rosary

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Since the early days of the Church, there is evidence of the practice of repeated prayer and “prayer beads”. According to EWTN, people in the Middle Ages would use strings of beads to count the Our Fathers and Hail Marys. Over the years, the rosary evolved into the 50 Hail Marys with an Our Father said in between each and eventually became to be known as the rosarium or “rose garden”. It is St. Dominic (d. 1221). who is credited with the modern rosary as we know it. The Feast day of the Holy Rosary is celebrated on October 7.

The Church encourages all of the Faithful to pray the rosary often. Along with spiritual growth from pondering the important events during the life of Jesus (Joyful, Glorious, Sorrowful, and Luminous mysteries), there also are so many epic stories of how people have been saved by the rosary, miracles, and amazing history of finding family heirlooms. These are truly epic stories of personal experiences with encounters with Our Mother and her bouquet of Roses (names have been removed). Here is an easy guide on how to pray the rosary.

These are real life stories, in their own words, of those who had an epic rosary experience:

1. God is Real

The rosary was one of the ways I first realized that God was real. I was eleven, and my fifteen-year-old sister was deep in the throes of an eating disorder. There were regular screaming matches between her and my parents, my mom had fallen into utter despondence, and I was increasingly left in charge of my whole house, which was exhausting for someone my age. I didn’t understand how a good God could exist, much less how He could let this happen to my family. Then, my dad told us that, up in Phoenix, they were having this big festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In my part of the world, she’s huge, and speakers like Eduardo Verastegui and Immaculee Ilibagiza were going to be there to talk about how Mary had helped them through awful things. So I went, along with tens of thousands of other Southwestern Catholics. At the end of the evening, there was a procession with a piece of the tilma of Juan Diego, while a rosary was said in 30 different languages. And suddenly, I felt, for the very first time in my life, the presence of God just descending on these gathered thousands, with our different stories and languages, all of us praying together. I remember just sobbing, because that feeling of God’s presence was so beautiful and so comforting, and I didn’t stop crying for hours afterwards.

2. Perfect Timing

Before my wife even had an inkling that she might ever become Catholic, an older lady who hardly spoke any English gave her a rosary. It was from Lourdes, and it contained a couple drops of water from the fountains there. She has held onto that rosary for more than eight years now. She had it with her at the births of our first two children. Then, shortly after becoming pregnant with #3, the rosary disappeared. We searched for it repeatedly but could not find it. We thoroughly cleaned, but it did not reappear. We prayed for months that it would surface, so that we could have it at the birth of baby #3.

About a month before my wife was due, I finished writing a chapter on Mary in a book I’m writing. Moments later, while walking past the fridge, I glanced across the top of it, and there was my wife’s rosary. The top of the fridge had been cleaned multiple times since the rosary’s disappearance, but there it was.

3. Papal Blessing

White Crystal blessed by St. Pope John Paul II
Pink Rosary

My Grandparents made a trip to Italy in 1980. While there, they were able to see the Vatican and they purchased 5 rosaries to give to each of their grandchildren. After you purchase the rosaries, you could have Pope John Paul II bless them, and then they would mail them back to the families. So, this is what my grandparents did and when they returned home, they anxiously waited for the rosaries to appear in the mail.

When they arrived, the 5 white crystal rosaries were in the box, along with a pink crystal rosary! They didn’t understand why they received this extra rosary and they put it aside. It was a few months later that my mother found out that she was pregnant, and in September of 1982, she had a little girl. Saint Pope John Paul II knew my grandparents wanted to give ALL of their grandchildren a rosary from their trip!

4. Treasured Heirloom

My family used to be Catholic generations back. Waaay back, back when French was their first language. When my grandfather died, they found storage boxes full of old olllld rosaries and prayer books dating back to the turn of the 20th Century, with old holy cards as place markers. My mom grabbed a rosary for me when they were divvying it all up, and just recently I got to touch it to a first class relic of St. Francis. God knows how long it sat in my grandpa’s attic, and his dad’s attic. It’s really cool to me to give an old rosary like that life again.

5. Pocket Chain

 

A friend and I always carry Rosaries on us. My story is that I got a 1-decade ring while on a Confirmation retreat with my brother (I was his sponsor), and I always carry it with me. I’m not sure what my friend’s story is, but for whatever reason, he also carries one with him. However, that’s not the fun part. The fun part happened last year when he got a Franciscan Rosary, which has 7 decades, instead of the usual 5. (It’s about the 7 joys of Mary- the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, Epiphany, the Finding in the Temple, the Resurrection, and the Assumption and/or her Coronation- if anyone was wondering) But to lampshade the fact that it has two more decades than we’re used to, for a while he carried it looking a bit like a wallet chain, with the “extra” two decades sticking out of his pocket.

6. Miraculous Gold

There have been many, many stories of rosaries changing to gold when people visit Medjugorje, Bosnia. The visionaries began seeing Mary on June 24, 1981 and still continue to be visited by Mary. Thousands visit the location of the visions, and many miracles and healings have come from just visiting the blessed location.

A friend and I decided to go along with our Church group to visit Medjugorje. Before the trip, I came down appendicitis and had to have surgery. I thought I was on the mend, but ended up very sick again and decided I was unable to go on the trip. My friend called me before she left for the trip and said that her rosary turned gold! After we got off the phone, I went to my treadmill, where I say the rosary while using it, and pulled it out of the cup holder and it also had turned gold! I couldn’t believe it! I also understood my health was in God’s hands and I did fully recover from my illness and surgeries. My friend was also blessed during the trip. God is Great.

7. Thump in my Pocket

I received a Padre Pio rosary from my grandmother a few years ago. She watched a show about him on EWTN and she fell in love with him, and she wanted me to order a rosary for herself and for me as a gift for being her caregiver. So I did so, and when I received it I thought I’d start to carry it in my pocket just so I could have a rosary with me at all times. I did carry one in my purse, but it just didn’t feel close enough. I began to notice something about having it in my pocket. I noticed that whenever I was upset and yelling at the kids or fighting with my husband, I would, quite often, bump that hip with the rosary in my pocket on anything – a counter, table, wall, chair. I believe Padre Pio was telling me to quiet my spirit and stop the yelling! Thank you, Padre Pio, for bringing some quiet and order into my home.


Please comment below and share your own rosary miracles and stories. Share these stories with other people too. It just may help someone else to believe in the power of prayer and how we are blessed when we are in constant communication with our Lord.

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