Prayers to accompany the Holy Rosary By Blessed Bartholomew Longo

Prayers to accompany the Holy Rosary
By Blessed Bartholomew Longo

First Joyful Mystery:   The Annunciation.
O Mary, immaculate lily, through the joy you felt when at the Angel’s message you became the Mother of God:  obtain for me the virtue of purity and of humility, that I may become your worthy son/daughter and the brother/sister of Jesus.

Second Joyful Mystery:  The Visitation.
O Mary, Mother of grace and of charity, through the joy you felt when, upon visiting Elizabeth, you brought joy to the home of Zechariah and the Baptist was sanctified at the sound of your voice:   visit my soul, let it hear your Motherly voice and fill it with love of God and love of neighbour.

Third Joyful Mystery:   The Birth of Jesus.
O Mary, mirror of humility and of poverty, through the joy you felt when, turned away by the inhabitants of Bethlehem and forced to take refuge in a stable from the cold and darkness, you gave birth to the Divine Redeemer:  grant that by accepting scorn and poverty I remain faithful to grace and gain the reward of eternal salvation by means of good works.

Fourth Joyful Mystery:  The Presentation.
O Mary, the perfect model of obedience and of sacrifice, you who offered Jesus to the Eternal Father on our behalf:  place your Child upon my bosom, that, together with you, I may offer Him the sacrifice of my passions and of my whole being.

Fifth Joyful Mystery:  The Finding in the Temple.
O Mary, a shining example of patience, through the joy you felt when, after three days of anxiously searching, you found Jesus in the Temple:  grant that I too, seeking Jesus with love in every moment of my life in imitation of you, may find Him at last in your arms at the hour of my death, never to lose Him again.

First Sorrowful Mystery:  The Agony in the Garden.
O Grieving Virgin, through the anguish of that saddest of nights in which Jesus in agony in the garden sweat blood at the sight of my sins and, betrayed, was tied as a criminal: obtain for me the perfect sorrow of my sins and perseverance in prayer, that I may never again betray His most loving Heart.

Second Sorrowful Mystery:  The Scourging at the Pillar.
O most grieving Mother, through the pain you felt in knowing that your innocent and holy Son had been publicly stripped and bloodily scourged with biting whips:  obtain for me the spirit of true repentance and the virtue of chastity and of the mortification of the senses.

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns.
O Mother of sorrows, through the atrocious torment which pierced your heart when you saw Jesus, the King of glory, then become the King of suffering, crowned with thorns and shame, with a reed in His hands, derided by the crowd:  ah!, encircle my intellect and my heart with these very thorns, that I may never offend Him again with evil thoughts and sentiments;  and obtain for me pureness in my thoughts and the right intentions in my actions.

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:  The Carrying of the Cross.
O grieving Mother, through the martyrdom of your heart, when you met your Son weighed down beneath the heavy cross, staining the road to Calvary with His blood: grant that I, clinging to Jesus’ cross, follow behind, daily carrying the cross of my troubles with meekness and with perfect conformity to the will of God.

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.
O Queen of the Martyrs, through the extreme spasm of your heart when you witnessed Jesus dying on the cross in the midst of a thousand torments, forsaken and without comfort:  grant that I die to myself, to the world and to sin, and live in the heart of Jesus alone, having abandoned myself in His most holy arms.

First Glorious Mystery:   The Resurrection.
O Most Holy Mother of God, through the joy you felt in seeing Jesus risen from the dead and surrounded in glory:  obtain for me that I too rise from the death of sin to a life of grace and of faith and may persevere in it till my very last breath.

Second Glorious Mystery:  The Ascension.
O Queen of the Heavens, through the joy you experienced in seeing Jesus rising to Heaven triumphant as King of the Universe and as our Advocate by His Father:   obtain His blessing for me also, so that I be changed by Him from a sinner into a saint; moreover, by separating me from all earthly affection, through the virtue of hope may He kindle in me the desire of paradise.

Third Glorious Mystery:   The Descent of the Holy Spirit.
O Queen of the Universe, through the joy you felt when the Holy Spirit descended on you and on the Apostles:  grant that He come into my soul and fill it with His holy gifts and the heavenly fruits of charity, of joy, of patience and of peace.

Fourth Glorious Mystery:   The Assumption.
O Queen, Lady of the Angels, through the joy you experienced when you were taken into heaven body and soul: come with Jesus to assist me at the hour of my death and lead me with you to everlasting happiness.

Fifth Glorious Mystery:  The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
O Queen of all the Saints and the honour and delight of humankind, through the joy you felt when the Most Holy Trinity crowned you as Queen of Heaven and Earth: inflame me with your love and with the love of God, that I may love and serve you on earth and glorify you, O Queen of my heart, in heaven.

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Thought for the Day – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

Thought for the Day – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

Before entering the Shrine to recite the Holy Rosary with you, I paused briefly before the tomb of Bl Bartolo Longo and, praying, I asked myself:  “Where did this great apostle of Mary find the energy and perseverance he needed to bring such an impressive work, now known across the world, to completion? Was it not in the Rosary, which he accepted as a true gift from Our Lady’s Heart?”   Yes, that truly was how it happened!   The experience of the Saints bears witness to it:  this popular Marian prayer is a precious spiritual means to grow in intimacy with Jesus and to learn at the school of the Blessed Virgin always to fulfil the divine will.   It is contemplation of the mysteries of Christ in spiritual union with Mary as the Servant of God Paul VI stressed in his Apostolic Exhortation Marialis cultus (n. 46) and as my venerable Predecessor John Paul II abundantly illustrated in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae that today I once again present in spirit to the Community of Pompeii and to each one of you.   You who live and work here in Pompeii, especially you, dear priests, men and women religious and lay people involved in this unique portion of the Church, are all called to make Bl. Bartolo Longo’s charism your own and to become, to the extent and in the way that God grants to each one, authentic apostles of the Rosary.

To be apostles of the Rosary, however, it is necessary to experience personally the beauty and depth of this prayer which is simple and accessible to everyone.   It is first of all necessary to let the Blessed Virgin take one by the hand to contemplate the Face of Christ:  a joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious Face.   Those who, like Mary and with her, cherish and ponder the mysteries of Jesus assiduously, increasingly assimilate his sentiments and are conformed to him.   In this regard, I would like to quote a beautiful thought of Bl Bartolo Longo:  “Just as two friends, frequently in each other’s company, tend to develop similar habits”, he wrote, “so too, by holding familiar converse with Jesus and the Blessed Virgin, by meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary and by living the same life in Holy Communion, we can become, to the extent of our lowliness, similar to them and can learn from these supreme models a life of humility, poverty, hiddenness, patience and perfection” (I Quindici Sabati del Santissimo Rosario, 27th edition, Pompeii, 1916, p. 27: cited in Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 15).   POPE BENEDICT XVI – 19 October 2008

Queen of the Holy Rosary, Pray for us!queen of the holy rosary - pray for us - 5 oct 2017

Blessed Bartholomew Longo, Pray for us!bl bartholomew longo pray for us 2



Quote/s of the Day – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

Quote/s of the Day – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

“You, what have you done by taking Christ out of the schools?
You have produced enemies of social order, subversives.
On the contrary, what have we gained by putting Christ
into the schools of the children of criminals?
We have transformed these unfortunate ones into honest
and virtuous young people that you wanted to abandon
to their sad fate or toss into insane asylums! “YOU WHAT HAVE YOU DONE - bl bartholomew longo - 5 oct 2017

“The Rosary is the prayer dearest to Mary,
most loved by the Saints,
most frequently used by Christian peoples,
most honoured by God with astounding wonders,
most enriched with great promises,
by the Virgin.”

Blessed Bartholomew Longothe rosary is the prayer - bl bartolo longo - 5 oct 2017


One Minute Reflection – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

One Minute Reflection – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord……Luke 1: 45.luke 1-45 - 5 oct 2017

REFLECTION – “Rosary in hand, Blessed Bartolo Longo says to each of us: “Awaken your confidence in the Most Blessed Virgin of the Rosary.   enerable Holy Mother, in You I rest all my troubles, all my trust and all my hope!” – St Pope John Paul II in his homily during the beatification ceremony for Blessed Bartholomewrosary in hand - st john paul - 5 oct 2017

PRAYER – And we exult you, O Mary Assumed into Heaven, as we contemplate you who have been glorified and, in the risen Christ, have become the co-worker of the Holy Spirit in communicating divine life to mankind. In you we see the goal of holiness to which God calls all the Church’s members.   In your life we recognise the clear sign of the path to spiritual maturity and Christian holiness.   With you, with Blessed Bartholomew Longo and with all the saints, we glorify God the Trinity, who sustains our earthly pilgrimage and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen (by St Pope John Paul Nov 2000)bl bartolo longo pray for us - 5 oct 2017


Our Morning Offering – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

Our Morning Offering – 5 October – The Memorial of Blessed Bartholomew Longo – Apostle of the Holy Rosary

In this prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary, we ask the Virgin Mary to help us to cultivate a habit of interior prayer through the daily recitation of the rosary. We pray this prayer, particularly during the month of October, as we daily cultivate the habit of praying the Holy Rosary. This is the object of all of our prayers: to arrive at the point where we can “pray without ceasing,” as Saint Paul tells us to do.


O Virgin Mary,
grant that the recitation of your Rosary
may be for me each day,
in the midst of my manifold duties,
a bond of unity in my actions,
a tribute of filial piety,
a sweet refreshment,
an encouragement to walk joyfully
along the path of duty.
Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary,
that the study of the mysteries may form in my soul,
little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening
and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding,
my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being.
So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work,
by interior acts of admiration and of supplication,
or by aspirations of love.
I ask this of you, O Queen of the Holy Rosary,
through Saint Dominic and Blessed Bartholomew Longo,
your sons of predilection,
the renowned preachers of your mysteries
and the faithful imitator of your virtues. Amen

Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us

Bl Bartholomew Longo, pray for our lady of the rosary - 5 oct memorial of bl bartholomew longo - 2017



Saint of the Day – 5 October – Blessed Bartholomew Longo (1841-1926)

Saint of the Day – 5 October – Blessed Bartholomew Longo (Italian – Bartolo Longo) (1841-1926) Lawyer, Dominican Tertiary, Confessor, Apostle of the Rosary, Apostle of Marian Devotion, Papal Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.BL BARTOLO LONGO.2

Bartolo Longo was born into a wealthy family on February 10, 1841 in the small town of Latiano, near Brindisi, in southern Italy.   His parents were devout Roman Catholics.   In 1851, Longo’s father died and his mother remarried a lawyer.   Despite Longo’s stepfather wanting him to become a teacher, Longo was set on becoming a lawyer.   In 1861, Longo succeeded in convincing his stepfather and was sent to the University of Naples to study law.


In the 1860s, the Catholic Church in Italy found itself at odds with a strong nationalistic movement.   General Giuseppe Garibaldi, who played a key role in Italian unification, saw the Pope as an antagonist to Italian nationalism and actively campaigned for the elimination of the papal office altogether.   The Catholic Church in Europe was also competing with a growing popularity in Spiritualism and Occultism.   Because of this, many students at the University of Naples took part in demonstrations against the pope, dabbled in witchcraft and consulted Neapolitan mediums.   Longo became involved with a movement that he claimed led him into a Satanist cult.   After some study and several “spiritual” experiences Longo said that he was ordained as a satanic priest.

In the following years, Longo’s life became one of “depression, nervousness and confusion”.   Bothered by paranoia and anxiety, he turned to a hometown friend, Vincenzo Pepe, for guidance.   It was Pepe who convinced him, in Longo’s account, to abandon Satanism and introduced him to the Dominican Father Alberto Radente who led him to a devotion to the rosary.    On October 7, 1871, Longo became a Dominican tertiary and took the name “Rosario”.   Around this time, he reportedly visited a séance and held up a rosary, declaring, “I renounce spiritualism because it is nothing but a maze of error and falsehood.”   He also came to know some Franciscans with whom he helped the poor and incurably ill for two years.   Bartolo also kept up his law practice, which took him to the nearby village of Pompei.   He went to Pompei to take care of the affairs of Countess Marianna Farnararo De Fusco.

In Pompei, Longo later recounted, he was shocked at the erosion of the people’s faith.   He wrote, “Their religion was a mixture of superstition and popular tradition. … For their every need, … they would go to a witch, a sorceress, in order to obtain charms and witchcraft.”   Through talking to the citizens, Bartolo came to recognise their severe lack of catechesis.   When he asked one man if there was only one God, the fellow answered, “When I was a child, I remember people telling me there were three. Now, after so many years, I don‘t know if one of them is dead or one has married.”

Longo wrote of his personal struggles with mental illness, paranoia, depression and anxiety.   At one point, he noted struggling with suicidal thoughts but rejected them by recalling the promise of Saint Dominic, “he who propagates my Rosary will be saved.” Longo wrote that this promise is what convinced him to encourage public devotion to the rosary.

With the help of Countess Mariana di Fusco, he inaugurated a confraternity of the Rosary and in October 1873 started restoring a dilapidated church.   He sponsored a festival in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary.   In 1875, Longo obtained as a gift a painting portraying Our Lady of the Rosary, with Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. Sister M Concetta de Litala of the Monastery of the Rosary at Porta Medina had been holding it for the Dominican priest Alberto Radente.   Radente had acquired it from a junk-shop dealer in Naples for a very small sum.   The painting was in bad condition and Longo wrote of his immediate distaste of the poor artistic quality when he first saw it. However, he accepted the gift to conserve funds and to not insult the Sister Concetta. Longo raised funds to restore the image and placed it in the church in an effort to encourage pilgrimages.  Miracles began to be reported and people began flocking in droves to the church.   Longo was encouraged by the Bishop of Nola to begin the construction of a larger church—the cornerstone being laid on May 8, 1876.   The church was consecrated in May 1891 by Cardinal La Valletta (representing Pope Leo XIII).   In 1939, the church was enlarged to a basilica, known today as the Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Pompei.1200px-Pompei_duomopompeii altarpompeii shrinepompeii

At the suggestion of Pope Leo XIII, Bartolo Longo and the Countess Mariana di Fusco were married on April 7, 1885.   The couple remained chaste and continued to do many charitable works and provided for orphaned children and the children of prisoners which for its time was revolutionary.

In 1906 they donated the entire property of the Pompeii shrine to the Holy See.   Longo continued promoting the Rosary until his death on October 5, 1926, at the age of 85.   The piazza on which his basilica stands has since been named in memory of Longo.   His body is encased in a glass tomb and he is wearing the mantle of a Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a papal order of knighthood.


On October 26, 1980 he was beatified by Pope John Paul II, who would call him the “Apostle of the Rosary” and mentioned him specifically in his apostolic letter “Rosarium Virginis Mariae” (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary).

On October 7, 2003 Pope John Paul II prayed for world peace at the Basilica.   More than 30,000 people were waiting to greet him as he flew in by helicopter.

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 October

Bl Francis Xavier Seelos (Optional Memorial)

Bl Alberto Marvelli
St Alexander of Trier
St Anna Schaeffer
St Apollinaris of Valence
St Attilanus of Zamora
St Aymard of Cluny
Bl Bartholomew Longo – (Part One) (part Two)
St Boniface of Trier
St Charitina of Amasa
St Eliano of Cagliari
St Faustina Kowalska
St Firmatus of Auxerre
St Flaviana of Auxerre
Bl Flora of Beaulieu
St Gallo of Aosta
St Jerome of Nevers
Bl John Hewett
St Magdalveus of Verdun
St Mamlacha
St St Marcellinus of Ravenna
Bl Marian Skrzypczak
St Meinulph
St Palmatius of Trier
Bl Raymond of Capua
Bl Robert Sutton
Bl Sante of Cori
St Thraseas of Eumenia
St Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles
Bl William Hartley

Martyrs of Messina – 30 saints: A group of about 30 Benedictine monks and nuns, some blood relatives, who were sent in the early days of the order to establish monasteries in the vicinity of Messina, Sicily, Italy, and who were martyred. We know the names, and a few details, about seven of them –
• Donatus
• Eutychius
• Faustus
• Firmatus
• Flavia
• Placidus
• Victorinus
6th century Messina, Sicily, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Eugenio Andrés Amo
• Blessed Sebastià Segarra Barberá
• Blessed Rafael Alcocer Martínez