Practical instruction on the Holy Rosary: How to pray it, what it means, what you can expect to obtain, more.


First, the history.  The Rosary was given by the Blessed Virgin herself to St. Dominic in ARSH 1214.  St. Dominic was having a terrible time combating heretics that were deeply embedded in the Church.  (D’oh!  Sound familiar??)  Long story short, she appeared to St. Dominic and told him what the Holy Trinity wanted done.  Her words were, “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation stone of the New Testament. Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.”

The Angelic Salutation are the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary from Luke 1:28:  ”Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

The rest of the prayer then quotes the words of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, upon Mary’s arrival at her home to be with her through her miraculous post-menopausal pregnancy in Luke 1:42:  ”Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”

The rest of the prayer asks Our Blessed Lord’s mother to pray for us to her Son now, and especially at the hour of our death.

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“Life Affirming” IRLC “Patient Self-Protection Document” is superior to most “Living Wills”

The Patient Self-Protection Document (PSPD) is a life-affirming version of the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPAHC).  The purpose of a DPAHC is to name someone you trust, usually a family member or close friend, to make health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so yourself.  It is extremely important to confirm that your selected agent agrees with your perspective on end of life issues.

With the passage of the Patient Self-Determination Act (Danforth/Moynihan) in the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, the legal landscape was changed.  As of December 1, 1991, every adult patient entering any health care facility receiving Federal funds will be questioned about whether they have signed an advance directive (either a living will or durable power of attorney for health care).  As a DPAHC, the Patient Self-Protection Document is clear and effective for addressing this requirement.

In the current medical and legal climate that actively promotes euthanasia and assisted suicide for the disabled and terminally ill, we endorse this specific form, realizing that there is no substitute for a competent physician, faithful to the Hippocratic ethic and tradition, as the prime protector of the rights of the terminally ill and the incompetent disabled.

The document has two critical pages that must be signed and dated in the presence of witnesses: one page of “Instructions for My Health Care” and one page for designating an agent(s) as durable power of attorney for health care.   You may add your specific personal instructions if you wish.  However, our endorsement is for the document as presented. Original copies of your document should be provided to your agent(s), and might also be given to your physician, or health care institution, at your discretion.

Review the document periodically.  You may revoke it in writing or orally in the presence of two witnesses who will attest to the revocation in writing, or by destroying it.  You must let all holders of the copies know of your revocation or any alterations.

If you need assistance, please contact:  Illinois Right to Life Committee, 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 422-9300.

Illinois Right to Life Committee is indebted to the following individuals who developed the original version of this Patient Self-Protection Document, which has only needed minimal revisions over these many years: Nancy Czerwiec, Marie Dietz, Julie Grimstad, Theresa Hanley, Mary Perona, Bonnie Quirke, Msgr. William Smith, S.T.D., Joseph Stanton, M.D., and Shirley Wood. 

Link to Document

Patient Self-Protection Document PDF