What do the 15 promises of the Rosary mean?
Considering the busy lives that people have today, it’s easy to forget the profound lessons that the Catholic faith teaches us. Even though you might be going to Mass on a regular basis and you are praying constantly, you should reflect more often to the core principles of living a spiritual life. Growing in holiness it’s not an easy task for sure. It requires dedication and investing thoughts and attention in what you are thinking and feeling.
If you feel like you’ve lost your motivation and you’re no longer in a healthy place at the moment, it would be best to sit back and remember why the Blessed Virgin Mary made the promises to Saint Dominic. The fifteen promises that She left behind still guide people through life when they feel lost. Reciting the Holy Rosary is helpful, but it becomes even stronger when trying to deeply understand the meaning of each promise. Get your trinity cross next to you whenever you want to dig deeper into what the promises mean and how they could impact your life.
This short guide is meant to teach you how to pray the rosary and to learn what every promise in the Holy Rosary means, as well as how can it help you regain your inner balance. Read these carefully and don’t forget to add a personal touch to the meaning of the promises so that they resonate better with yourself:
1- Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
The first and foremost promise refers to people who choose to recite the Rosary. This is a sign of faithfulness that will be later rewarded with signal graces. These graces are meant to give people a sense of sanctification in their lives. This may be the most important of all promises because it introduces people to the world of union with the Lord and the Lady. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary can be shown through the faithful recitation of the Rosary.
2- I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
As a continuation of the first promise, the second one reassures people that, while they recite the Rosary, they will receive special protection. This makes believers the direct beneficiaries of Virgin Mary’s role as an advocate for God’s grace. Those who take a piece of their time and dedicate it to reciting the Rosary will be blessed with more care from Virgin Mary, as She will focus Her divine power on those who pray. Again, true devotion is fully rewarded.
3- The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
The third promise goes even deeper compared to the first. For those who fear death and the place they will reach afterward; for those who fear they might be governed by vice, sin or struggling with heresies, this promise erases any terrifying thought by saying that those who pray the Rosary will be protected against all these evil aspects. This promise has a root connection with the next one, preaching fervent prayer in exchange for holy protection.
4-The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
This promise is meant to give people the power to carry on with their lives, by receiving the mercy of God. Even though men are flawed, and they might be attracted by vanities, once they open their eyes and truly see the meanings of the Rosary, they will develop an appetite for sanctification and eternal things, thus rising in virtue.
5-The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
Those who respect and pray the Rosary will never be left singlehanded. This is the conclusion that people can extract from the fifth promise, which says that whoever recites the Rosary, won’t be forced to beg for help to avoid perishing. All those who recite the promises will be assisted with Our Lady’s protection.
6- Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
This promise has a strong connection with the first ones. It says that the men who are devoted to reciting the Rosary will be granted with protection against misfortune. They will draw God’s mercy upon them, thus not being pressured by hard luck. The promise can also be analyzed in the Sacred Scripture, where the burden is described as lighter for those who shall recite the Rosary.
7- Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
In connection to the previous promise, this one states that those devoted to the Rosary will have a chance to repent, no matter what. Those who pray the Rosary cannot be deprived of salvation, through receiving the sacraments of the Church. Regardless of what happens, the ones who recite the Rosary will get their final repentance.
8- Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
By praying the Rosary, men will get the chance to enjoy the life of God even after death. By simply devoting yourself to the promises of the Rosary, you are granted access to a tremendous quantity of graces, including this one: enjoying the merits of the saints in paradise. The death of a person who recites the Rosary will be holy.
9- I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
Our Lady will fight for those who prayed the Rosary in their lives. When they wait in the Purgatory, Virgin Mary will direct all efforts towards getting them out of it and contributing to them leading an afterlife of holiness. This promise enables people to a purgatorial cleansing after death.
10- The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
Derived from the very first promises, the tenth promise says that those who pray the Rosary will be forever appreciated in Heaven, where they will receive the holiest place. By reciting the Rosary, people become closer to God and can sit closer to him while in Heaven. The glory mentioned in this promise is a spiritual one.
11- You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
This promise depicts Virgin Mary as the true Mediatrix of the Graces. Those who recite the Rosary will have their wishes granted, as long as they respect God’s will. The spiritual requests that are truly good for the soul and meet the goals of salvation will be granted by Our Lady when we pray the Rosary
12- All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
Those who promote and propagate reciting the Holy Rosary as a good practice will be aided by Our Lady in all necessities, including material ones. If the requests are made according to the will of God, Virgin Mary will respect them. Everyone who dedicates time to propagating the Holy Rosary is a true example of those who the Holy Mother protects.
13- I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
Our Lady promises people who pray the Holy Rosary protection during both life and death. Moreover, Virgin Mary promises Her assistance in having all saints in the Heaven to contribute to their wellbeing in the afterlife, as they are part of the celestial court.
14- All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ.
By praying the Holy Rosary, people are being part of the history of Jesus Christ’s salvation. Without reciting the promises, people stray further away from the Lord and Lady. Through praying, the Lady becomes our Holy Mother and Jesus Christ, our Holy Brother.
15- Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Reciting the Rosary means that you were predestined to encounter salvation somewhere in your path. You will receive God’s grace both during life and death, by dedicating your life to the Rosary. Devotion to the promises ensures living a life far away from sin, thus bringing people closer to God and sending their souls to the road to salvation.
All the promises focus on devoting your life faithfully to the promises. This way, you will gain direction in your life and you will obtain God’s graces, that shall help you in everything you do. Those who focus on these words of consecration are closer and closer to God and they live a holier life. Our Holy Mother will guide you through anything as long as you pray the Rosary, but you need to fully understand each of them before diving into it.
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