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October, Month of

Month of October

October is traditionally the month of the Rosary.

– Compiled under the direction of Father Johann Roten, S.M.

This index of material included in the All About Mary website, brings together resources that pertain to this month. Additional resources may also be available by using the provided search tools.

Mary's Life

What is the origin of the Rosary? (The complex history of the rosary deals normally with the following stages of development: 1) Repetition of the Hail Mary, in the twelfth c, related to the joys of Mary, first five (Annunciation, Nativity, Resurrection, ... See: Rosary Origins

Is there a biblical basis for the Rosary? As you know, the bible does "not" tell us to pray the rosary because this form of prayer originated only during the Middle Ages. However, important elements of the Rosary are biblical ....
See: Rosary, Biblical Basis


Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7

Magisterial Documents

This resource lists several documents from the Church on the Rosary. Scroll down to find them or links to them. See: Magisterial Documents on Mary from 1854-2003

Marian Devotion: Various Forms of Marian Piety. Quotes from post-Vatican II Church documents on the Rosary devotion. See: Magisterial Documents: Marian Devotion


The Rosary in Image and Text: Meditations based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. See: Rosary: Mystery Reflections

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. More information on historical origin. See: October, Month of the Rosary

Reports about the rosary's demise are premature. See: Rosary since Vatican II

In Fatima Our Lady appeared six times to three young Portuguese children in a field called the Cova de Iria, near the small village of Fatima, about seventy miles north of Lisbon. The children were asked to pray the rosary for peace. See: Our Lady of Fatima

Story of the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii, Italy. See: Our Lady of Pompeii

What do you know about the image of Our Lady of Pompei? See: Our Lady of Pompeii, Image


Information on the most important prayers which constitute the Rosary and on how to pray them (Sign of the Cross, Apostles' Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, Prayer after the Rosary). See: Rosary, How to Pray It

What are the origins of the title "Our Lady of the Rosary"? (YQ 132) See: Our Lady of the Rosary, Origins

Are the "Rosary Novenas to Our Lady" available on the Internet? See: Lacey's Rosary Novena

Is there a chaplet, rosary or some other devotion to the seven joys of Mary? See: Seven Joys of Mary

Is there an easy way to start teaching a child how to pray the rosary? See: Children, Rosary Instructions for

The reciting of the rosary before (or sometimes after) Mass, a fairly widespread custom in Catholic countries.... See: Rosary Prayed Before Mass

Will God ignore my rosary if I am at my worst at concentration? What's the best thing I can do in order to feel God's presence? See: Rosary when Distracted

Saturday Devotions in Honor of Our Lady. See: Saturday Devotions

What about Our Lady of Victory? See: Our Lady of Victory

What is the Fiat Rosary? See: Fiat Rosary

What is the Missionary Rosary? See: Missionary Rosary


The Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries. See: Rosary: Mystery Reflections

Various Chaplets – There exists a renewed interest in various forms of the rosary which in fact have little to do with the classical rosary prayer itself... See Rosaries and Chaplets: Various Kinds


October Poems – There are several good reasons to present a selection of October poems in honor of Our Lady. First, October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Second, there are two feast days of the Blessed Virgin Mary in October. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7th. The Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar (Saragossa, Spain) is a feast day celebrated on October 12.... See: Poems for October


Several of the rosary articles depict images of Our Lady with the Rosary.


If you are looking for videos about the rosary or various devotions see our video resources which can be borrowed from the Marian Library. Some titles include: A Dedicated Man (Fr. Peyton’s story), 1992; The Rosary,1992; Block Rosary Special Event (May 1, 1999 Washington, DC), 1999; The Rosary and Contemporary Marian Apparitions, 1991; The Untold Story: The Miracle of Edsa, 1998, etc.


David Burton Bryan, A Western Way of Meditation: The Rosary Revisited, Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1991. See: Book Reviews by Author

Image shown: Virgin and Child with Rosary, Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo

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