John Paul II
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What are the chapters and subheadings of JP IIs Rosarium Virginis Mariae?



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  • The Popes and the Rosary
  • October 2002 - October 2003: The Year of the Rosary
  • Objections to the Rosary
  • A path of contemplation
  • Prayer for peace and for the family
  • "Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19:27)
  • Following the witnesses

Chapter I: Contemplating Christ with Mary

  • A face radiant as the sun
  • Mary, model of contemplation
  • Mary's memories
  • The Rosary, a contemplative prayer
  • Remembering Christ with Mary
  • Learning Christ from Mary
  • Being conformed to Christ with Mary
  • Praying to Christ with Mary
  • Proclaiming Christ with Mary

Chapter II: Mysteries of Christ - Mysteries of His Mother

  • The Rosary, a "compendium of the Gospel"
  • A proposed addition to the traditional pattern
  • The Joyful Mysteries
  • The Mysteries of Light
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries
  • The Glorious Mysteries
  • From "mysteries" to the "Mystery": Mary's way
  • Mystery of Christ, mystery of man

Chapter III: "For me, to live is Christ"

  • The Rosary, a way of assimilating the mystery
  • A valid method...
  • ... which can nevertheless be improved
  • Announcing each mystery
  • Listening to the word of God
  • Silence
  • The "Our Father"
  • The ten "Hail Marys"
  • The "Gloria"
  • The concluding short prayer
  • The Rosary beads
  • The opening and closing
  • Distribution over time


  • "Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain linking us to God"
  • Peace
  • The family: parents...
  • ... and children
  • The Rosary, a treasure to be rediscovered