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The Secret Of The Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort
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Oct 26, 2016

really liked it

This is the first English translation (Mary Barbour) of the 18th-century French text with some brief modern annotations from the translator or publisher. For a book written in the early 1700s, the English translation is highly readable and easily accessible to any layman. The whole effort of the book is to plead the case of the Rosary and encourage as many as possible to pray this important prayer and also to join the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary, which is still running now approx. 500 years later in the 21st century. There is a before and after part but the meat of the book is divided into 50 (one for each Hail Mary of a rosary) readings that start with the history of the rosary and end with how to say it. The book is highly inspirational with whys and meaning of both prayers, the Lord's Prayer and the Angelic Salutation. From an historical point of view, it is refreshing to read Saint Louis quoting Saints which were popularly referenced in his day. There is a lot of mysticism in the book with the author quoting Blessed Alan de Roche (who we do not take as historical anymore) and Saint Dominic (who we do). Saint Dominic was given the Rosary from the Virgin Mary and the author Saint Louis added the Glory Be to recitation. I had to take the text with a small grain of salt due to the excessive references to Blessed Alan's visions and visitations. While they are doubtfully historical one still finds them to contain many truths about the faith. A highly inspirational book which will encourage you to say the rosary and a comfortable start for those wanting read works by the Saints.

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