The Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary is an international association of the Catholic faithful established “to praise and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Rosary for the mutual spiritual benefit of all the members throughout the world.” Accordingly, members of the Confraternity promise to pray for each other when saying the Rosary and receive certain spiritual benefits from their membership. Both the obligations and benefits are detailed below:
Obligations of Membership
As a requirement of membership, each member of the Confraternity promises to pray fifteen decades of the Rosary each week and to include the other members of the Confraternity in their intentions. This is sole obligation of membership in Rosary Confraternity. It does not bind under pain of sin.
Details of the Obligation
- The fifteen decades of the Rosary do not need to be said all at once; they may be said throughout the course of the week, typically in three groups of five decades.
- Meditation on the Mysteries of the Christ is necessary as part of praying the Rosary.
- The intentions of the other members are to be included in one’s prayers. This can be done by making a “general intention” to always include their intentions and this does not need to be explicitly repeated every time one prays the Rosary.
- The obligation to pray the Rosary does not bind under pain of sin.
Spiritual Benefits of Membership
- A share in the prayers and the good works of countless thousands of Rosary Confraternty members throughout the world and in heaven.
- A share in the good works and prayers of the Order of Preachers (Dominican Order).
- Various plenary and partial indulgences
- For members of the Confraternity, a plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions on the day of enrollment (the day indicated on the register/certificate) as well as the feast days of Christmas, Easter, the Annunciation, the Assumption of Our Lady, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Immaculate Conception, and Our Lord’s Presentation in the Temple.
- A plenary indulgence is also granted, under the usual conditions, to all who pray the rosary in a Church or oratory, in a family (family rosary), religious community, or in a pious association of the faithful. Otherwise, the indulgence is partial.
- And most importantly, the intercession and special protection of Our Lady, the Mother of God.
How to Enroll
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