Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1980. First edition. Octavo, original green boards, original dust jacket. Gentle toning and very modest wear to edges of the dust jacket. Nearly-fine. Item #549
"THE ROSARY HAS SOMETHING UNIQUE, SWEET, AND DEAR ABOUT IT FOR EACH ONE OF US" First edition of this anthology collecting nearly two hundred years of papal teachings on the Holy Rosary. From its medieval origins, long attributed to St. Dominic, the Marian devotions of the Rosary have always been a favorite extra-liturgical devotion of the popes. "This prayer—the Holy Rosary—is the simplest and easiest one of all for the Christian people, and Our venerable predecessors have enriched it with much praise and many blessings." (Pope John XXIII, 1960). A brief Introduction instructs the reader: 1). How the documents are presented, 2). How to use this volume, 3). The numbering of the text. The papal statements range from Pope Clement XIII (1795) to Pope John Paul II (1978). John Paul II later added the five Luminous Mysteries in his apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (2002). Three appendices include: Appendix I. St. Pius and Lepanto, Appendix II. Prayer to the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Appendix III. Meditations on the Mystery of the Rosary. A series of indexes are appended at the back to aid navigation of the text. With a Foreword by Gabriel Marie Garrone, Pro-Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries and Universities. Translated by an American Franciscan, Fr. Paul Olginy, with his Acknowledgements. Approbations.