Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. He spoke at his General Audience on 28 April 2021 about why it is so important to meditate on the Sacred Mysteries of the life of Christ:
Through contemplative meditation of the mysteries of Christ, whether we are focused on the Mysteries of the Rosary, Sacred Scripture, or simply spending time with Jesus in our hearts and minds, we draw nearer to Jesus, and allow him to heal us and work in us. As the “world’s spiritual director,” Francis is always reminding us of the importance of prayer—not as a duty or obligation, but for our benefit and for the benefit of others. He continued,
Pope Francis began the month of prayer on 1 May by leading the recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 pm Rome time. It was broadcast live on all Vatican Media platforms. Then every day for the rest of the month, at the same time, from the broadcast across the Vatican’s media platforms:
Download Rosary Guides
For our convenience, the website Where Peter Is has put together some Rosary guides to help your remember the mysteries and the prayers of the Holy Rosary. These are the three current Rosary guides:
- One page, A4 size. 11-point type. This one includes the Mysteries, the basic prayers (Apostle’s Creed, Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be), plus the Fatima Prayer, the Hail Holy Queen, St. Michael Prayer, plus Pope Francis’s Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus Pandemic and a Prayer to St. Joseph by Pope Francis
- Two pages, A4 size. 12-point type. This one includes the Mysteries, the basic prayers (Apostle’s Creed, Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be), plus the Fatima Prayer, the Hail Holy Queen, St. Michael Prayer, plus two Prayers to Our Lady, written by Pope Francis for May 2020.
- Wallet size. This short primer includes the names and days of the Mysteries, the Hail Holy Queen, and the St. Michael Prayer.