Paris (Agenzia Fides) - "I want you to pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary": these are the words of the Virgin in Fatima, who appeared to three children to ask the whole world to pray the rosary. The incessant prayer of the Rosary for the mission of the Church was a cornerstone of the spirituality and action of Pauline Jaricot, the foundress of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, beatified in Lyon on May 22. In this spirit, in order to use the power of a universal channel such as the Internet to participate in the spread of the Rosary in the world, the social network and the Catholic prayer association "Hozana", based in France, has launched the "Rosario" application downloadable on smartphones and tablets, with the idea of putting into practice, by modern means, the concept of the "Living Rosary", imagined by Pauline Jaricot in the 19th century.
The organizers of Hozana explain: "Pauline Jaricot lived in a France marked by anticlericalism and the decline of religious fervor after the French Revolution. Confident in the effectiveness of the Rosary to revive faith, she imagines a very simple way to bring her contemporaries closer to this spirituality: the Living Rosary in prayer groups of 15 people".
Today, each user can form a prayer group of 15 people. Everyone agrees to meditate on one of the mysteries of the Rosary by reciting about ten a day, in communion with the rest of the group. Thus, each day, the group meditates together on the 15 mysteries, that is to say the complete Rosary. "Why is it such a powerful means?" one wonders. Here is the answer: because it only takes 5 minutes to pray a decade. It is accessible to all and is the ideal way to "gently" discover the spirituality of the Rosary. Furthermore, the method emphasizes "the power of the group": being a link in a chain of prayer, being aware of the communion of prayer provides support and motivation. The "Rosario" App makes it possible to create groups, even of 5 people: "In a small prayer group of 5 people who know each other, explains the presentation, each member receives a mystery of the Rosary on which to meditate each day, with a short text to guide the meditation. Each day, each one recite a decade while meditating on the mystery entrusted to him. At the end of the day, if the five members have prayed, the Living Rosary is complete". "With this App, and above all thanks to the love for the Virgin and the desire to transmit it - concludes Hozana - there are hundreds, thousands, of testimonies of people whose lives have been changed by the Rosary. Hozana ("Hosanna", acclamation of praise to God) is an association of believers and a social prayer network that allows you to create or join online prayer communities around spiritual proposals, on the website www.Hozana.org and Hozana app. The mission is to bring the world together in prayer, through the Internet, in the certainty that "prayer will save the world", the motto of the association. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 24/5/2022)