Missionary Rosary

In February of 1951, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, inaugurated the World Mission Rosary. He saw the need for us to pray not just for ourselves, but for the whole world, and especially for those who are poor and vulnerable at home and around the world.

The Mission Rosary links two major concerns of our church: prayer and apostolate. The rosary is a traditional form of prayer which combines remembrance, praise and petition. It remembers the events of Salvation History and is, in fact, the memorial of Christ’s mission. The Hail Mary as essential part of the Rosary combines praise and intercession. It praises God for the wonderful things he has done for Mary and through her. But its second half also reminds us that we are in need of God’s help and protection, which we seek with Mary as intercessor.

The missionary rosary follows the normal pattern of Creed, Our Father, three Hail Marys, Glory and the five decades. For each of these decades the ten Hail Marys are preceded by the Our Father and conclude with the Glory.

What do the colours signify?

Each decade of that World Mission Rosary calls to mind an area where the Church continues her evangelizing mission: green for the forests and grasslands of Africa; blue for the ocean surrounding the islands of the Pacific; white symbolizing Europe, the seat of the Holy Father, shepherd of the world; red calling to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the Americas and yellow, the morning light of the East, for Asia.