Crown of Twelve Stars (12 privileges) of the Immaculate Conception

The Corona (Crown of Twelve Stars in honor of the Immaculate Conception) which St. Louis-Marie in his book “A Treastise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” lists as one of the exterior practices which one should recite daily: http://books.google.com/books?id=fOcCAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=methods+rosary&lr=&as_brr=0#PPA326,M1

Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=fOcCAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA327&dq=Praised+be+the+divine+Son,+for+having+been+pleased+in&ei=N_cHSOniK4LAigHrtY3CDg

CROWN OF THE TWELVE STARS, OR ROSARY OF
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. [In honor of the twelve privileges of MARY]
Let us praise and bless the most holy Trinity, for
having shown to us the Virgin Mary clothed with the
sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and with a mysterious
crown of twelve stars upon her head.
R. For ever and ever. Amen.

Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata, da mihi virtutem contra hastes tuos.

(“V. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against thine enemies.”)

[Recite the Credo]

Let us praise and bless the divine Father, for having
chosen her as his daughter.
R. Amen. Our Father.


Praised be the divine Father, for having predestined
her to he the Mother of his divine Son.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.


Praised be the divine Father, for having preserved her
from all sin in her Conception.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.


Praised be the divine Father, for having adorned her
with the highest gifts in her nativity.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.


Praised be the divine Father, for having given her
St. Joseph as a most pure spouse and companion.
R. Amen. Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.

Let us praise and bless the divine Son, for having
chosen her for his Mother.
R. Amen. Our Father.


Praised be the divine Son, for having become incarnate
in her womb, and for having remained there nine
months.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.


Praised be the divine Son, for having been born of
her, and for having given her her milk wherewith to
nourish him.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.


Praised be the divine Son, for having been pleased in
his childhood to be educated by her.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.


Praised be the divine Son, for having revealed to her
the mysteries of the redemption of the world.
R. Amen. Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.

Let us praise and bless the Holy Ghost, for having
taken her for his spouse.
R. Amen. Our Father.

Praised be the Holy Ghost, for having revealed to her

for the first time his name of Holy Ghost.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.
Praised be the Holy Ghost, through whose operation
she was at once Virgin and Mother.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.
Praised be the Holy Ghost, through whose power she
became the living temple of the most holy Trinity.
R. Amen. Hail Mary.
Praised be the Holy Ghost, by whom she was exalted
in heaven above all creatures.
R. Amen. Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus,
Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias
in necessitatibus nostris,
sed a periculis cunctis
libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.

We fly to your patronage,
O Holy Theotokos (the one who gives birth to God) ;
despise not our petitions
in our necessities,
but from all dangers
deliver us always,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

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15 promises of the Rosary

To S. Dominic.
1. Devotion to the Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
2. Those who propagate my Rosary will be succored by me in all their troubles.
3. Whoever piously recites the Rosary and meditates on the mysteries will be converted, if he is a sinner.

To B. Alain.
4. Whosoever will piously recite the Rosary, persevering in this devotion, will
assuredly receive an answer to such prayers.
5. Persevere In my Rosary, and I will relieve thee and all those who serve me
by this practice of piety.
6. Those who recite the Rosary will find during their lives and at the hour of their
death comfort and light.
7. None who recommend themselves to me in the Rosary will perish.
8. To those who recite my Rosary I promise my special protection.
9. Preach the Rosary. It is a very powerful weapon against hell, and an impenetrable shield against the darts of the enemy.
10. Whoever will piously recite the Rosary will increase in grace, if he is just, and will become worthy of eternal life.
11. I promise choice graces to those , who are devout to my Rosary.
12. It is my will that those who sing my praise In the Rosary will have light, liberty and plenitude of graces.
13. Those who are truly devout to the Rosary will not die without the Sacrament; they will not lose speech or consciousness before making their confession.
14. I am in a special manner the Mother of the Children of the Rosary who are in Purgatory; every day I release some.
15. The true Children of the Rosary will enjoy great glory in Heaven.
These promises are collected from the approved lives of S. Dominic and B. Alain; they were communicated to these chosen servants of our Lady at different times during their apostolic careers.

 

From: http://books.google.com/books?id=DLUOAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA153&dq=rosary+promises&as_brr=1

Some thoughts about Rosary

Rosary thoughts
Most people think that the Rosary should be prayed in this manner: meditate on the mysteries, not on the prayers.
I think it would be better if one recited the Rosary while thinking of both the mysteries and the prayers. (Which is hard because we tend to forget about what we are saying when we are meditating on the mysteries and vice versa) To facilitate this, I propose expounding the mysteries and prayers and fusing them. In other words, making new prayers which contains the details of both the prayers and the mysteries. This would result in each decade having creative, refreshing, fitting expounded prayers.
St. Alphonsus made introductory prayers that contains significant details for each dolor for the  Seven Dolor Rosary , so that one can meditate better while reciting dolour. Here’s an example (succinct summary of the second dolour):
SECOND DOLOUR.—I pity thee, my afflicted Mother,
for the second sword which pierced thee, when, soon after
His birth, thou didst behold thy innocent Son threatened
with death by those very men for whose salvation He had
come into the world
; so that in the darkness of night thou
wast obliged to fly secretly with Him into Egypt. By
the many hardships then, which thou, a delicate young
woman, in company with thine exiled child, didst endure
in
so long and fatiguing a journey through rough and
desert countries
, and during thy residence in Egypt, where,
being unknown and a stranger, thou didst live for so many
years,
in poverty and contempt, I beseech thee, my beloved
Lady, to obtain me grace to suffer with patience until
death, in thy company, the trials of this miserable life, that
I may thus in the next, escape the eternal punishments of
hell which I have deserved.
Expounding of the Ave by Our Lady Herself, to St. Mechtilde:
“My daughter, I want you to know that no one can please me more than by saying the salutation which the Most Adorable Trinity sent to me and by which He raised me to the dignity of Mother of God.

“By the word Ave (which is the name Eve, Eva [Ave being Eva’s name reversing shows the opposite role; Eva caused damnation of the human race by her disobedience, Mary repaired that damnation by her obedience]), I learned that in His infinite power God had preserved me from all sin and its attendant misery which the first woman had been subject to. “The name Mary which means ‘lady of light’ shows that God has filled me with wisdom and light, like a shining star, to light up Heaven and earth.

“The words full of grace remind me that the Holy Spirit has showered so many graces upon me that I am able to give these graces in abundance to those who ask for them through me as Mediatrix.

“When people say The Lord is with thee they renew the indescribable joy that was mine when the Eternal Word became incarnate in my womb.

“When you say to me blessed art thou among women I praise Almighty God’s Divine mercy which lifted me to this exalted plane of happiness.

“And at the words blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, the whole of Heaven rejoices with me to see my Son Jesus Christ adored and glorified for having saved mankind.”  [The second part of the Ave Maria, “Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae,”  was not part of the Ave Maria during St. Mechtilde’s time, which is why Our Lady did not expound it. (The prayer was incorporated into the Ave around the time of Council of Trent)]

There are deep significances in the Ave Maria that people usually don’t think about, but which they probably should.
Likewise there are deep significances in the mysteries of the Rosary. St. Louis-Marie said about the 15 mysteries:
‘…their perfume and beauty can only be appreciated by those who study them carefully–and who open them and drink in their scent by diligent and serious meditation. Saint Dominic has divided up the lives of Our Lord and Our Lady into fifteen mysteries which stand for their virtues and their most important actions. These are the fifteen tableaux ; or pictures whose every detail must rule and inspire our lives. [emphasis added]’
I realized how futile it was to propagate Devotion to the 7 dolors without expounding the details of it. Reading St. Alphonsus’ discourse on the seven dolors and his prayers for each of the seven dolors in his Little Rosary of the Seven Dolours, one can see the details of the dolors and its significances, as well as the lessons to be drawn from it.
By my plan, the prayers would be not overly long as to last more than an hour per chaplet. (Three hours total)
Since praying the Rosary by way of Gregorian chanting the prayers take about an hour per chaplet, and Gregorian chant refreshes the soul, and chanting the Rosary is mentioned in the authoratative book, ‘The Secret of the Rosary,’ it would be well to just skim over the details of the mysteries and prayers while singing it.
The mental engagement in these important details is not as important as having the presence of JESUS and MARY in mind while praying the Rosary. Perhaps adding a few words after the sacred names, “in the presence of whom I firmly believe that I am giving a crown of Roses, the beauty of which depends on my carefulness in reciting the Rosary….” might be a good idea.UNLESS a Priest esteem the Holy Sacrifice
as it deserves
, he can never celebrate it
with suitable devotion. –St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Unless a person esteem the Rosary as it deserves, he can never recite it with suitable devotion.

Five decades slow is better than fifteen decades fast

The rosary should also be said with devotion; and here we may call
to mind what the Blessed Virgin said to Saint Eulalia,
that she was better pleased with five decades, said slowly
and devoutly, than with fifteen, said in a hurry, and with little devotion.
from:
http://books.google.com/books?id=7uwCAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA481&dq=five+decades+slowly+fifteen+hurry+little&as_brr=1

A devout young nun recited every day the complete Rosary of fifteen decades, but with little devotion, on account of its length. One day the Blessed Virgin appeared to her and told her to recite only the third part of it. “For,” said she, “a few prayers said fervently are more acceptable to my Son and to me, than many said negligently and without devotion.”
from:
http://12virtu.wordpress.com/2007/08/

From the Secret of the Rosary:

Forty-first Rose

116. It is not so much the length of a prayer as the fervour with which it is said which pleases God and touches his heart. A single Hail Mary said properly is worth more than a hundred and fifty said badly. Most Catholics say the Rosary, either the whole fifteen mysteries or five of them, or at least a few decades. Why is it then that so few of them give up their sins and make progress in virtue, if not because they are not saying them as they should.

The Living Rosary

‘The peculiar advantages of the living rosary consist, first, in the assigning of a small portion of the rosary to each person, and thereby inducing a greater number of individuals to unite in it ; secondly, in bringing together a number of pious Christians in the exercise of prayer, and thirdly, in causing the members of each company by this means to become partakers of each other’s prayers and devotions, and to acquire individually the merit of reciting the whole rosary, from the circumstance of its being recited by the band to which they belong. Christians, therefore, have the strongest inducements to join in the devotion of the living Rosary.’ From: http://books.google.com/books?id=azgPAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA99&dq=living+rosary

SEVENTH QUESTION.—Are Sodalists [of the Living Rosary] bound to recite their daily decade with their lips, or voice ?

R. Yes; it is the common teaching in the Church that all
prayers to which indulgences are attached, or which are prescribed
as a condition for the gaining of some other indulgences,
must be pronounced vocally.

EIGHTH QUESTION.—Is each Sodalist bound to meditate,
whilst reciting his decade, on the special mystery allotted to
him ?
R. Yes; each Sodalist is bound to do so under the penalty of
not gaining the indulgences, according to a decision of the
Sacred Congregation of Indulgences. (12 Aug., 1726.) However,
this condition is fully complied with by announcing the
mystery just before beginning to recite the decade, and by
keeping before the mind during its recital that announcement. (S. C.
Indulg., 28 Jan., 1842.)

From: http://books.google.com/books?id=AToPAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA251&dq=living+rosary

THE Living Rosary is substantially the same devotion as the ordinary Rosary, it consequentlv
possesses all its excellence and advantages, and
differs from it only in the: manner of reciting it. But
entirely distinct from these, it derives a special excellence
and special advantages from the peculiar manlter
in which it is recited.
In the first place, as the portion of the Rosary
which each person has to recite, according to the
rules of the Living Rosarv, is so very small, there is
thereby an inducement for a greater number to unite
in it. Many allege that the ordinary Rosary is too
long, and that their occupations and duties allow them
not time enough to say it. Hence it is that the Rosary
is practised only by a few ; in fact, it may be
said to be confined as a daily devotion to religious
communities.

But when it is divided according to
the plan of the Living Rosary, amongst a circle of
fifteen associates, each of whom has to recite only
one decade, this excuse is at once removed, and hundreds
are disposed to unite in the devotion. What,
then, is the practical result? The practical result is
that for every circle of fifteen, who unite in the Living
Rosary, so many full and entire Rosaries are said
every day, and said by those who would, perhaps,
never say a single Rosary by themselves.

A further advantage of the Living Rosary is, that
it unites a number of individuals in the holy exercise
of prayer. This advantage is specially noticed by
his late Holiness in the Brief approving the devotion. “
The devotion,” observes the Holy Father of the
faithful, ” acquiring in some sort increased efficacy
from such a union of suppliants, it must necessarily
be more agreeable to God, who, implored by common
entreaty, is moved to commiseration and favor.”

From: http://books.google.com/books?id=yYkPAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA644&dq=manual+of+devotion+living+rosary

Some objected that the repetition of the Rosary was childish and the other forms of prayer would have greater merit. To which Pauline replied, “Suppose you had been on earth when the Holy Family were living and you knew they were partial to a certain kind of flower. Wouldn’t you try to get it for Them, even though you yourself preferred another!” Let us learn to appreciate the value of the Rosary which the Blessed Virgin recommends to us so strongly.

“The Rosary is not a devotion to the Blessed Virgin, it is THE devotion to Mary!”–Pauline-Marie Jaricot “

“As a false coiner does not ordinarily counterfeit any thing but gold and silver, or very rarely the other metals, because they are not worth the trouble, so the evil spirit does not for the most part counterfeit the other devotions, but only those to Jesus and Mary, the devotion to Holy Communion, and to out Blessed Lady, because they are, among other devotions, what gold and silver are amongst metals.” St. Louis-Marie Montfort.
Let us take care to say the Rosary w/o falling into the traps of the devil, especially the trap of saying it fast which is the fruit of negligence, lukewarmness, and aversion towards the Ave Maria and Rosary.

How to pray the Rosary by S. Francis de Sales

The following passages are excerpted from: http://books.google.com/books?id=qzoPAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA416&dq=francis+sales+rosary+method#PPA417,M1

From his youth, Francis de Sales had
formed the habit of saying his chaplet
daily. Later, he made a vow to do so… To recite it, he employed
a…time  which seemed
to him brief,—
an hour said St. de Chan-
tal,—lingering in pious consideration on
the mysteries of the Rosary; it was a
familiar, childlike talk with his heavenly
Mother, and he readily forgot himself
near her.  

However
great was his fatigue, he never shortened
the prayer [a Chaplet each day] vowed to Mary.
On one occasion extraordinary occupations
had not permitted him to say
the chaplet at the hour appointed; the
night being already advanced, he prepared,
notwithstanding excessive fatigue,
to fulfil this pious duty. His secretary,
having perceived it, begged him
to consider the extreme need he had of
repose, and to defer his chaplet till the
morrow. “My friend,” answered the
Saint, “we must never put off till tomorrow
what can be done to-day.”

The holy Doctor loved to recommend and propagate the daily use of the chaplet, a practice so dear to him. “The chaplet,” said he in the “Introduction to a Devout Life,” “is a most useful manner of praying, provided that you know how to say it properly. For this purpose, procure one of those little books which teach the manner of saying it.” In tracing a rule of life for the Baroness de Chantal while in the world, he wrote: “I desire that the chaplet be said as devoutly as possible every day either at Mass or at some other time.”

St. Francis de Sales’ instruction on how to pray the Rosary:


 “Kiss the cross of your chaplet after having signed yourself therewith, and place yourself in the presence of God, saying the Creed.

“On the first large bead, beg God to accept the service you wish to render Him, and to assist you by His grace to accomplish it worthily. “

On the first three small beads, implore the intercession of the Sacred Virgin, saluting her on the first as the most cherished daughter of God the Father; on the second, as Mother of God the Son, and on the third, as beloved Spouse of God the Holy Ghost.

“At each decade think of one of the mysteries of the Rosary according to your leisure, remembering it principally when pronouncing the holy names of Jesus and Mary, with great reverence of heart and body. If any other sentiment should animate you (sorrow for past sin or a purpose of amendment) meditate thereon throughout the chaplet as well as you can, recalling this sentiment or any other that God may inspire in a special manner when murmuring the sacred names of Jesus and Mary.

 “On the large bead at the end of the last decade, thank God for having been permitted to recite your chaplet. Passing to the three following small beads, salute the most holy Virgin Mary, entreating her at the first to offer your understanding to the Eternal Father that you may continually consider His mercies; at the second, supplicate her to offer your memory to the Son that your thoughts may constantly turn to His Passion and Death; at the third, implore her to offer your will to the Holy Ghost that it may ever be inflamed with His holy love. On the large bead at the end, beg the divine Majesty to accept all for His glory and the good of His Church, asking Him to keep you
ever in its pale and to bring back those
who have wandered; pray for your
friends, and conclude as you commenced
by the profession of faith, the Creed and
Sign of the Cross.

“Wear your chaplet at your girdle
or in some other prominent place as a
protestation of your desire to be a servant
of God our Saviour, and of His
most Blessed Virgin Spouse and
Mother, and to live as a true child of
the holy, apostolic, Roman Catholic
Church.”