The Secret of the Rosary - Second Rose

Second Rose - Origin

SINCE the Holy Rosary is composed, principally and in
substance, of the Prayer of Christ and the Angelic Salutation,
that is, the Our Father and the Hail Mary, it was without
doubt the first prayer and the first devotion of the faithful
and has been in use all through the centuries, from the time
of the Apostles and disciples down to the present.
But it was only in the year 1214, however, that Holy Mother
Church received the Rosary in its present form and
according to the method we use today. It was given to the
Church by Saint Dominic who had received it from the
Blessed Virgin as a powerful means of converting the
Albigensians and other
I will tell you the story of how he received it, which is found
in the very well-known book De Dignitate Psalterii by Blessed
Alan de la Roche.[1] Saint Dominic, seeing that the gravity of
people's sins was hindering the conversion of the
Albigensians, withdrew into a forest near Toulouse where he
prayed unceasingly for three days and three nights. During
this time he did nothing but weep and do harsh penances in
order to appease the anger of Almighty God. He used his
discipline so much that his body was lacerated, and finally
he fell into a coma.
At this point Our Lady appeared to him, accompanied by
three Angels, and she said:
"Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed
Trinity wants to use to reform the world?"
"Oh, my Lady," answered Saint Dominic, "you know far
better than I do because next to your Son Jesus Christ you
have always been the chief instrument of our salvation."
Then Our Lady replied: "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."
So he arose, comforted, and burning with zeal for the
conversion of the people in that district he made straight for
the Cathedral. At once unseen Angels rang the bells to
gather the people together and Saint Dominic began to
At the very beginning of his sermon an appalling storm
broke out, the earth shook, the sun was darkened, and there
was so much thunder and lightning that all were very much
afraid. Even greater was their fear when looking at a picture
of Our Lady exposed in a prominent place they saw her raise
her arms to Heaven three times to call down God's
vengeance upon them if they failed to be converted, to
amend their lives, and seek the protection of the Holy
Mother of God.
God wished, by means of these supernatural phenomena, to
spread the new devotion of the Holy Rosary and to make it
more widely known.
At last, at the prayer of Saint Dominic, the storm came to an
end, and he went on preaching. So fervently and
compellingly did he explain the importance and value of the
Holy Rosary that almost all the people of Toulouse
embraced it and renounced their false beliefs. In a very short
time a great improvement was seen in the town; people
began leading Christian lives and gave up their former bad

1. De Dignitate Psalterii. The importance and Beauty of the
Holy Rosary, by Blessed Alan de la Roche, O.P., French
Dominican Father and Apostle of the Holy Rosary.


The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.

There are exactly 54 readings. 
  • A white rose for priests;
  • A red rose for sinners;
  • A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
  • A rosebud for little children;
  • Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

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