(Though we should not forget it is also the month of the feast of St Francis! One of the two patron saints of year groups whose feast does not fall in school holiday – the other is St Benedict.)
In praying the Rosary we are invited to call to heart and mind aspects of the lives of Jesus and Mary. Sometimes we pray a set of five Mysteries, sometimes we pray just one. However we pray it, the prayer helps us to connect again with the love and mercy of God, and the faithfulness of Mary, and find encouragement and hope for ourselves.
Not least it gives us the assurance we are not praying alone, for Mary surely responds to our request: ‘…Pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our rest. Amen.’