Alanus de Rupe); (c. – 8 September ) was a Roman Catholic theologian noted for He established a Confraternity of the Psalter of the Glorious Virgin Mary, around which was instrumental in disseminating the rosary De dignitate et utilitate psalterii praecelsae ac intemeratae semper virginis Mariae. Hence, this psalm On the first day of the sabbath commemorates those things De istis ergo agit Psalmista: scilicet de potentia creantis, et gloria resurgentis; .. refertur ad bonos angelos, qui etiam sua dignitate prius non suo studio erant ab. In finem evellet te et emigrabit te de tabernaculo et radicem tuam de terra . tum etiam quia usus fuit dignitate sacerdotali, comedendo panes propositionis.

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The Rosary is considered to be the first prayer, after the Eucharist for Catholics, and the principal 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.

It incorporates the life of Christ within the four mysteries and twenty decades. However it was not until that the Church received the Rosary in its present form. Dominic received it from the Blessed Virgin as a means of converting the Albigensians and other sinners.

Dominic’s work in France was hindered by the sin of the people, who as ‘christians’ were the bad example blocking his apostolic work. He spent three days and nights in agonised prayer and harsh penance. Our Lady appeared to him and told him that the principal weapon was the prayer of the Angelic Psalter, the foundation-stone of the New Testament. Dominic went on to preach the beauty, power and efficacy of the Rosary for the remainder of his life, forming a Confraternity of the Rosary.


De dignitate psalter pdf

Like most things in life, changes came about and praying the Rosary went into decline. War, pestilance and schismatic division within the church overtook Europe and lasted for many years.

Dominic, received a vision from Our Lady, urging him to re-kindle the devotion to her Psalter – the Rosary. St Dominic appeared to Blessed Alan as well and told him of the great results of his ministry, preaching the Rosary unceasingly, and that his sermons had borne great fruit and many people had been converted during his missions. He encouraged him to preach and pray Our Lady’s Psalter. He gave Blessed Alan the history of his own revelations from Our Lady and this became the famous writings known as De Dignitate Psalterii.

Circle of Prayer – The History of the Rosary

From the time Saint Dominic established the devotion to the holy Rosary up to the time when Blessed Alan de la Roche reestablished it init has always been called the Psalter of Jesus and Mary.

For simple and uneducated people of the time they were unable to read or say the Psalms of David so the Psalter proved to be just as fruitful for them as David’s Psalter is for others. Mary, in Her wisdom, had brought this simple prayer to the people of the day. Blessed Alan preached this simple but powerful prayer as prayers going up to heaven as roses.


Thus the prayer became known as the Rosary or ‘crown of roses’.

Our Lady approved and confirmed the name of the Rosary and has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose, and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. Many saints and devout people have continued to preach the Rosary and in the early 18th century Saint Louis de Montfort gave us the means of understanding and praying the Rosary.

His miraculously inspiring book, The Secret of the Rosary, is as relevant today as it was when he wrote it in The most common manner of reciting the Rosary is the method that originated with Saint Louis’ preaching.

You can download this booklet as a zipped file – secret. The section on Prayer contains the following links: