Irish Catholics invited to pray rosary once more

Irish bishops have invited their faithful to pray the traditional prayer on Rosary Sunday
Dominican friar praying the rosary

Irish Catholics have been invited to pray the rosary, a form of prayer traditionally central to Dominican preaching, and to do so for the intentions of families.

The coadjutor archbishop of Armagh, the primatial see, recently invited the faithful to pray the rosary on the traditional "Rosary Sunday" (the first Sunday of the month of October), the same day the Synod on the Family begins in Rome.

Speaking during the solemn novena at the Marian Shrine in Knock, Archbishop Martin encouraged the revival of the Irish tradition of praying the rosary in the family home.

The initiative also coincides with the 350th anniversary of the apparition at Knock.

According to a fifteenth-century tradition from Dominican Fr Alan de Roch OP, Our Lady appeared to St Dominic and gave him the rosary as a means of preaching the true faith to those in error.

The Dominican Order has continued to foster the prayer which gathers accounts from the life of the Lord Jesus under three major elements of the faith: God become man in Jesus Christ - the joyful mysteries, the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus on our behalf - the sorrowful mysteries, the glorification of the Lord Jesus and his mother and our future participation in it - the glorious mysteries.

For information on the Irish bishops' initiative:

Resources are available to all parishes in Ireland including a two-page leaflet How to Pray the Rosary.  Rosary Sunday resources are available on

The leaflet  How to Pray the Rosary as a pdf file

Follow the bishops' initiative on Twitter using the hashtags #praytherosary and #rosarysunday

Also see: 

The Irish Dominican Rosary Apostolate facebook page:


(27 August 2014)