Calling on the Angels in Latin

The next rose in the Latin series focuses on Learning the two most common prayers addressed to angels in Latin – the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, and the prayer to one’s guardian angel.

Faith FormationLearning Basic Prayers to Angels in Latin
ObjectiveLearn the prayers in question well enough to say each one 5 times consecutively without mistakes, three days in a row
Seedtime10-15 minutes reading blog/watching videos
Feedtime+/- 1 hour learning, practising and testing memorisation of the prayers
DirectiveLearn the prayers! Text, videos and further directions are given below…
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The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

  1. The text

Sáncte Míchael Archángele,
defénde nos in proélio,
cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli
ésto præsídium.
Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur:
tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis,
(1) Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos,
(2) qui ad perditiónem animárum
(3) pervagántur in múndo,
(4) divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our protection
against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host,
(4) by the power of God, thrust into hell
(1) satan and all the evil spirits
(3) who prowl about the world
(2) seeking the ruin of souls.

2. Some videos:

3. The aim, notes and some tips:

  • The aim is to be confident that you know the prayer by memory. As a guideline to test this, you may count the rose as complete when you can recite the prayer three times in a row from memory, without mistakes or hesitations, for three consecutive days (that is three recitations on each day). As you can’t very well read to check as you recite, it may be a good idea to ask someone else to listen and call you up on mistakes, or to record yourself and check back over it after.
  • Whilst the translation above is pretty literal, the order of words and phrases differs somewhat in between the Latin and English translations. The first example is that the third and fourth lines as the prayers are written above (be our protection – against the wickedness and snares of the devil) need to be reversed to match. In the second half of the prayer the differences are a little more complicated, so the lines are numbered to show how to match up the words with their meaning.
  • The videos have different pronuntiation! Take your pick, there are no penalties for which version you learn. And no harm to be familiar with both. Of the two chanted videos the first is more Germanic and the second more Italian. You can hear the difference in certain ‘c’ and ‘g’ usages. In most English speaking countries I think people tend to side with the Italian version, as does the spoken video above.

The Prayer to One’s Guardian Angel

  1. The text

Ángele Dei,
qui custos es mei,
me, tibi commíssum
pietáte supérna,
illúmina, custódi,
rege et gubérna. Amen.

O Angel of God,
who art my guardian,
to whose care I have been entrusted
by heavenly piety*
shed light upon me, watch over me,
rule/direct and govern me. Amen.

2. Some videos:

I don’t know if Gabriel’s Oboe is actually going to help you learn the prayer to be honest… but you gotta love it!

3. The aim, notes and tips:

  • The aim, as above, is to learn the prayer – the litmus test being the ability to recite it, without reading and without mistakes or hesitations, three times in a row for three consecutive days.
  • You may notice that the English prayer given above is not quite the one you are used to reciting – ‘O Angel of God, my Guardian dear…’. In this case, the common translation is a little less literal as far taking the text the word for word (as opposed to communicating the sense in general) goes. This may confuse the meaning of the Latin words somewhat. For this reason, we have opted to give a more literal translation for the purposes of the rose.
  • In the videos on the left, you may note different pronunciations of the ‘g’ in ‘Angele’ and ‘rege’. The story is much the same as the varying pronunciation in the St. Michael versions. The version in the lower video (g sounding much like it does in the name Angela) is the Italian one, more common in English speaking countries, but for the purpose of the rose you are free to take your pick.
  • This bullet point got a bit rambly, so I’m preceding it with a note to say it it speculative on my part and NONE of this information is necessary for the rose, take or leave it 😉
    A note on ‘me, tibi commissum pietate superna’ – so in the common version of the prayer we say ‘To whom God’s Love commits me here’. Pietate implies a few things and translating it directly into piety (as above), whilst it may be a bit more ‘word for word’ than the typical translation, perhaps isn’t the most helpful for understanding. Pietas in a Roman context is a quality that denotes a kind of ordered and dutiful love that incorporates relationships in the spheres of worship, patriotism and family… We do get the English word piety from it, but in Latin the scope and importance of the word tends to carry a greater significance than our general understanding of piety, especially according to 21st Century usage. Linguistically it may be a little ambiguous as to whether the quality here pertains to the Heavenly commission of the Angel or the illumination of the one praying – but since the standard approved devotional translation evidently sides with the former interpretation it seems to makes sense to stick with that. Thus the sentence would indicate that the angel has been assigned from above the task to be guardian of the person, and this by the inherently ordered, loving and wise decree of Heaven. According to my best understanding.

Invitations from Our Lady – Recruitment for Golden Rose

One of the ways you can contribute a rose for Wild Rose week is to commit a significant effort, generally amounting to an hour or more of your time, to active recruitment. But how does that work? Well in many ways the world is your oyster. You can hire an aeroplane with a banner or stand on a soapbox with a megaphone for an hour telling people to sign up… However the suggestions heretofore aren’t quite your style we’re going to explore a few alternative options in this blog post!

Giving out Business Cards / Flyers

This can often be one of the least intimidating ways to invite people to join. Basically it involves handing out business cards or flyers with information about Golden Rose (or at least the website url). Since it’s difficult to quantify such activity by time, the guideline for roses is that every 30 cards and/or flyers given to people can be counted as a rose. This can be done as a concentrated recruitment effort, or simply by handing cards as occasions arise in day to day life.

Having Conversations

Experience would indicate that it is difficult to beat this method of recruitment for effectivity. To quantify for the purposes of offering it as a rose is a little more difficult though. As a general rule of thumb, we’ll say the initiation of five conversations that go beyond a few minutes and include at least 4/5 of the following can be counted:

  • Giving a general outline of what Golden Rose is
  • Talking a bit about your personal experience with Golden Rose
  • Asking the person about their own experience with similar such movements or Marian Consecration, asking what they think and checking if they have any questions etc. as appropriate to the conversation
  • An invitation with encouragement – either to the meeting or to contributing to the monthly online bouquet
  • Showing the person the website or giving something with the url so the person can do further research

Conversations you initiated but couldn’t get to go this far may be counted as a ‘half’ conversation – so, e.g. 10 of them would be a rose, or 2 of them and 4 ‘full’ conversations would be a rose etc. Conversations which are fruitful and highly engaged and which take over 20 minutes (where the full focus remains on Golden Rose) can be counted as two conversations for the purposes of completing the rose. This is left for the individual to measure.

Internet Promotion

This can seem like a handy option, but it shouldn’t really make up any more than 20% of the time you give to recruitment because it effectivity tends to be limited. Accordingly, if you spend 10-15 minute doing something to promote Golden Rose on social media etc., you can use it to replace 20% of another effort – e.g. one conversation or the distribution or 6 flyers/business cards. However internet promotion cannot be used instead of these activities to offer as a complete recruitment rose. If you are in a position where your Wild Rose contribution needs to be online rather than in person, consider writing for the website instead…

Final note…

In time, perhaps we will to be able to add more options here that presently aren’t appropriate to how developed the apostolate is. Things like approaching parishes and organising stands at events etc… but all of that is in God’s hands. For now we leave these three options and a ‘watch this space’, nevertheless if you have further suggestions do let us know!

Darling Buds of May!

As Our Lady’s month draws closer, we thought it would be appropriate to set a few seasonal Rose Challenges you might want to think about undertaking in order to honour Her in May devotions!

Here are our three suggestions:

  1. Build a May Altar!
  2. Undertake May Devotions
  3. Encourage others to increase their devotion to Mary during this month

Let’s take a look at each one in a little more detail…

Build a May Altar

So you can offer the making of a May Altar as a rose, but here are your parameters for it to count:

  • Something special for the month. OK so you might have to use the same statue you pray before all year round, but you need to do something to make her surroundings particularly beautiful for the time that’s in it…
  • Something extra to aid devotion. Depending on what’s already there, you could try adding blessed Candles
  • Fresh Flowers. Ok this takes a little more effort and creativity than just setting it up with something you don’t have to change during the course of the month, but it’s also more beautiful and more personal, especially if you find and pick them yourself! It doesn’t have to be dramatic or expensive, but do make the effort to keep the Altar topped up with fresh flowers for the month – or at the very least provide a few for some point at the beginning, middle and end. You could aim at the feasts of St. Joseph the Worker, Our Lady of Fatima and the Visitation (i.e. 31st, according to Novus calendar).

N.B. The above assumes an indoor altar, something appropriate in the garden is also highly countable for those who can undertake such a project!

Doing May Devotions!

Unfortunately these just aren’t commonplace these days. If there are public May devotions you can join, do that and count them! But if not, here are guidelines for coming up with your own that can be offered as a Rose:

  • To count this you should have some appropriate place to offer the devotions set up. The obvious place here is the May altar if you’ve made it as above, but if not you need to do some sort of preparation of a corner of the house or garden for prayer.
  • Determine what your devotions will look like. Here we’re giving three basic requirements for them to be counted. When these requirements are met, every three days of completed devotions can be counted as a Rose. You can of course add whatever you like to these and count these extra prayers additionally, according to regular perennial rose guidelines. However these are the necessary stipulations to count the devotions themselves towards a rose:
    1) Include a Marian Litany – Loreto being the obvious, approved and indulgenced one but you can go with Our Lady of Sorrows or the Immaculate Heart etc. as you prefer…
    2) Pray the Hail Mary at least three times. As I’ve said above, you can include a full Rosary or whatever else you like but to count the devotions in and of themselves towards a rose three Aves are required. What I suggest is including them in another devotion, e.g. by praying the Angelus or this consecration or this prayer to Our Lady of the Trinity with an Ave added after each invocation… However to meet requirements all that is necessary is that you pray the Hail Mary at least three times.
    3) Open and close with a hymn. I don’t care if you’re embarrassed – daily daily sing to Mary! …and nope, it doesn’t have to be that hymn. Actually I suggest closing with the appropriate Antiphon as your hymn if you know it. That will be Regina Coeli till Pentecost and (for years when Pentecost falls in May) the Salve Regina thereafter. But if you don’t know it, or devotion leads elsewhere, any hymn is fine!

Marian Evangelisation

We’re going to make this one really simple for you. For the month of May roses which pertain to this category come on a ‘buy one get one free’!

What do I mean by that? Well above we’ve said if you make a May altar that’s a rose for you to offer. If you convince your neighbour to make a May altar that’s a rose for them to offer. AND for you to offer as an evangelisation rose, for having persuaded them. This is an especially beautiful offering if, say in the case of a child or elderly person, you give some necessary assistance in getting the altar together. This can also go for multiple altars within a household – e.g. if you want to make one in a living space and encourage a child to make one in his or her room that may be offered as multiple roses. In order for you to be sure you can offer this rose, you need to see the altar, so either go and visit them or ask them to send you a picture when it’s done! Apart from the practical assurance that it is made to specifications, just showing an interest like that is likely to build up the other person and encourage them in their devotional efforts.

As regards inviting people to join devotions, for every invite that is accepted for the first time, you may offer a rose. This counts as an evangelisation Rose whether the person is in your household or visiting, and it counts as a single rose whether they simply join you for that solitary evening or trek back to your May altar every evening for 31 days! However if they themselves are offering rses those are counted separately from yours and they can offer them in accordance with however many times they join.

Golden Rose Marian Consecration Preparation 2022!

It’s that time of year again! If you’re interested in joining us in preparing for a total consecration (or renewal of the same) to Our Lady, we begin on (Palm) Sunday 10th April, to finish on 13th May… and everything you need for the consecration preparation (except for a Bible – and anything else you may require for devotion!) is contained in the PDF below.

If you’re not yet Novena-ed out…

I’m writing this on 25th March 2022.
A Novena beginning today will end on 2nd April 2022.

That is the First Saturday of April, and it also happens to be the 17th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II, who undertook the consecration that Sr. Lucia said was accepted by Heaven.

There’s been a lot of enthusiasm with Novenas before the consecration, which is great, but I was reading … this (google translate if you’re not Polish) … and I think it makes a really great point in encouraging prayer after the consecration too. Over the years much focus has been on the consecration, and much dissension has been over whether or not the entrustment without the naming of Russia was sufficient and the consecration is complete. Today, I think that division has to end in most reasonable minds, whatever one’s views were before. And if that division ends, we don’t have anything to worry about that we’re not in control of. What is left for us is to take responsibility for what is actually our remit according to what Our Lady asked for. So after today, we need not to drop the ball, spiritually. A novena culminating in a first Saturday is a pretty good way to mark that resolve from the outset!

So here’s a seasonal Rose for anyone who wants to undertake it. Beginning any time after 5pm today, and ending on 2nd April, the following Novena prayed for the intention of the clear Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and peace and conversion and all that that entails – for ourselves and for all. You can make your intentions more specific as you desire, and add any other perennial roses you desire – but the Novena on its own counts as a rose.

Novena Prayers

Litany of Loreto

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us. Christ graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven, 
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
God the Holy Spirit, 
Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary, 
pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins, 
Mother of Christ, 
Mother of the Church, 
Mother of Mercy,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother of Hope, 
Mother most pure, 
Mother most chaste, 
Mother inviolate, 
Mother undefiled, 
Mother most amiable, 
Mother admirable, 
Mother of good counsel, 
Mother of our Creator, 
Mother of our Saviour, 
Virgin most prudent, 

Virgin most venerable, 
Virgin most renowned, 
Virgin most powerful, 
Virgin most merciful, 
Virgin most faithful, 
Mirror of justice, 
Seat of wisdom, 
Cause of our joy, 
Spiritual vessel, 
Vessel of honour, 
Singular vessel of devotion, 
Mystical rose, 
Tower of David, 
Tower of ivory, 
House of gold, 
Ark of the covenant, 
Gate of heaven, 
Morning star, 
Health of the sick, 

Refuge of sinners, 
Solace of Migrants,
Comfort of the afflicted, 
Help of Christians, 
Queen of Angels, 
Queen of Patriarchs, 
Queen of Prophets, 
Queen of Apostles, 
Queen of Martyrs, 
Queen of Confessors, 
Queen of Virgins, 
Queen of all Saints, 
Queen conceived without original sin, 
Queen assumed into heaven, 
Queen of the most holy Rosary, 
Queen of families, 
Queen of peace.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. 
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. 
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, 
that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; 
and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, 
may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. 
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer to Mary by Pope John Paul II

Immaculate Heart of Mary
help us to conquer the menace of evil
which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today,
and whose immeasurable effects
already weigh down upon our modern world
and seem to block the paths toward the future.

From famine and war, deliver us
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war,
From sins against human life from its very beginning,
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God,
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international,
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God,
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God,
From the loss of awareness of good and evil,
From sins against the Holy Spirit,

Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings,
laden with the sufferings of whole societies. Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the “sin of the world”, sin in all of its manifestations.
Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the redemption: the power of merciful love.
May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. Amen

Sub Tuum Praesidum

We fly to Thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our necessities, but ever deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. O Our Lady, our Advocate, our Mediatrix, our Comforter, reconcile us with Your Son, recommend us to Your Son, give us to Your Son.

Novena in Preparation for the Consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Dates: 17th-25th March 2022 (others have started novenas on 16th, but it seems the bishops of Ukraine are doing theirs on these dates so it seems to be most fitting to go with that)

Details: My suggestion is that, in accordance with one’s capacity, we try for the nine days to fulfil what was asked by Our Lady of Fatima for the First Saturday Devotions – but please let the reader pick and choose as to what suits their spiritual life and schedule! In addition to the First Friday suggestion, I’ve included a number of novenas one may want to pray at the end. Pick and choose with the Holy Spirit leading! This being a Golden Rose post, I will be including Rose counts for what I suggest as we go along. Please feel free either to ignore these or to check here for more details as to what that’s about.

Intentions: You can discern your own, but I suggest the following, or as many of them resonate with your own heart: Peace in Russia, Ukraine and the world; An end to the schism which is at the root of the east/west divide and for unity in the Church; Unity within the Catholic Church and that the consecration will be completed in such a manner as to end all controversy and dissension regarding the fulfilment of Our Lady of Fatima’s request; Participation of the bishops of the world in the consecration, in union with the Pope; for the appropriate dispositions for all involved (our little selves and our little efforts included!) that the above may be accomplished in a manner worthy of Heaven.

N.B. In listing the above intentions, it is not my objective to in any way comment on whether or not the consecration was ‘done’ already. It is irrelevant to me, I am not a bishop. I have listed intentions according to what seems to me would bear the greatest fruit. Decide for yourself what you think appropriate.

The Requirements for First Saturday devotions (suggested as daily devotions for the Novena) are as follows:

  • Holy Communion of Reparation
    If you go to Mass with it this is also a rose. Having prayertime before and after Mass is now suggested, not obligatory for the count.
  • Confession
    This is suggested at any time during the novena, you don’t need to do it every day. There isn’t a rose count for this, but obviously it’s a prerequisite to be in a state of grace to receive the Holy Communions of Reparation.
  • Praying 5 Decades of the Holy Rosary
    Pretty self explanatory. Every 20 decades is a rose, so if you follow this that’s a rose each on day 4 and day 8. On the final day of the Novena you could try praying all 20 decades and that would be a rose in and of itself!
  • 15 minutes of meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary, Keeping Mary Company
    Every hour spent in meditation on these mysteries will be a rose, so the rose count works out much like that for Rosaries – a rose each on days 4 and 8, with a suggestion that increasing the time to an hour on the feast could be another…

Then to conclude, there are a range of Novenas once could pray. Please take your pick. Any one of these will be a rose on day 9 if prayed faithfully each day, despite the fact that they are shorter than what is usually required for a Novena Rose. And if you pray more than one of them it will be so many roses, but don’t just multiply vocal prayer unless you feel the Holy Spirit desires it of you, it’s possibly better to choose one and say it well! As I’ve said, you will see on the linked sites many are beginning these on 16th March. Whilst our suggested starting date is 17th, the roses are good for either one! Here are some choices:

Further Resources

In preparation for the Consecration you may wish to renew your own Marian Consecration or study the prayers of Consecration offered by previous Popes. Here are some resources for both:

9 Day Marian Consecration Programmes

Audio Retreat with the Marian Friars Minor or Text Based Consecration with St. Maximilian Kolbe and Scripture or 9 Days with St. Thomas Aquinas – N.B. This last one costs money and I have no idea if it’s any good – just throwing it out as an option if you want to try something new!

Prayers of Consecration/Entrustment of Russia/the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

25th March 1984 Pope St. John Paul II

31st October 1942, Pope Pius XII

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine To the Immaculate Heart of Mary

So, the Pope is consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation! More here.

I suggest we make a Novena in preparation, starting tomorrow. Will post details then, watch this space!

St. Joseph Novena

For a seasonal rose challenge, why not take up a Novena to St. Joseph? The completed Novena can be offered to Our Lady as a rose in honour of Her Most Chaste Spouse!

“Some Saints are privileged to extend to us their patronage with particular efficacy in certain needs, but not in others; but our holy patron St. Joseph has the power to assist us in all cases, in every necessity, in every undertaking.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

This rose can be offered at any time, but here are some suggested dates:

  • The month of March in general – or more especially 10th-18th in preparation for his feast on 19th.
  • 22nd-30th April in preparation for the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on 1st May
  • 14th-22nd January in preparation for the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph’s espousals on 23rd.
  • Before the Feast of the Holy Family – this is a moveable one so you’ll need to count the dates yourself.
  • To finish on any Wednesday – even better any First Wednesday of the month.

And here are the prayers for the 9 days:


Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who implored your help
and sought your intercession were left unassisted.
Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection.
Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication,
but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.


Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us .
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Illustrious son of David, pray for us.
Light of the patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster-father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Watchful defender of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph most just, pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most valiant, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of workmen, pray for us
Glory of domestic life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the afflicted, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. He made him the lord of His household,
R. And prince over all His possessions.

Let Us Pray.

O God, Who in Your ineffable providence were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most Holy Mother, grant that as we venerate him as our protector on earth, we may be worthy to have him as our intercessor in Heaven, You Who live and reign forever and ever. 

R. Amen.

Novena Prayer

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.

St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.

Pater, Ave, Gloria!

From the Golden Rose Latin Series, for other Latin Roses, check back here

Faith FormationPater, Ave, Gloria!
ObjectiveTo learn the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be in Latin
SeedtimeVariable, approx. 10 minutes-1 hour reading/watching video
FeedtimeApprox. 1 hour – average 20 minutes study and practice per prayer
DirectiveLearn and practice the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be in Latin until you know them off by heart. the
To check out how these boxes work, click here!

For this rose there are no fixed seeds. There are videos and resources given below as suggestions of things that may help you learn. To undertake this rose, your grasp of the above prayers in Latin needs to be such that you consider the effort of learning beneficial (you may or may not be starting from scratch). It is completed when you manage to say the Croatian Peace Chaplet in Latin without reading those three prayers. Details for the chaplet are given at the end of the post.

Suggested Resources:

The Text of the Prayers:

Pater noster qui es in coelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum,
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in coelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
et ne nos inducas in tentationem
sed libera nos a malo.

Áve María, grátia pléna,
Dóminus técum.
Benedícta tu in muliéribus,
et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus
Sáncta María, Máter Déi,
óra pro nóbis peccatóribus,
nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae.


Gloria Patri, et Filio,
et Spiritui Sancto,
Sicut erat in principio,

et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit. 
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.


I really like the diction in this video. I’m not sure if he’s right about the H thing (at the end) being that universal – maybe he is though! Different areas vary quite significantly in pronunciation of ecclesiastical Latin – so it’s not as universal as doing as the present day Romans do. Nevertheless, it’s a good clear and simple video for imitation. No ‘Glory be’ in it, unfortunately.

If singing helps to get them into your head:

Tutorials with Taylor Marshall, I find these a bit unnecessarily long for the purpose at hand but if you want more explanations they may help:

Croatian Peace Chaplet

This prayer will be familiar with those of you who are Medjugorje devotees. It’s chosen here simply because it makes good practical sense for the task at hand. It consists of the Apostle’s Creed (which for the exercise you can either read in Latin or pray in English as it doesn’t have to be learned), followed by saying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be seven times each. If I said pray a Rosary the task would be longer than necessary and you’d practice the Hail Mary ten times more than any other prayer so this seems just about right. The aim of the game here is to be able to pray through those seven sets of three prayers without getting fundamentally stuck or having to read them. When you can do that, the rose is complete!

30 Souls in 30 Days – A Rose Challenge for the Month of the Holy Souls!

As November draws near, we lay down a Rose Challenge aimed at helping 30 souls to make the transition from Purgatory to Heaven! Before we get into the details of the challenge, I’m going to suggest some reading from the Catechsim of the Catholic Church to set it in context. This comes in two parts: Paragraphs 1030-1032 on Purgatory, and paragraphs 1471-1479 on Indulgences.

Once these things are understood, we’re ready to get into the details of the challenge! There are a few parameters here, but essentially the mission is to obtain a plenary indulgence, offered for the Holy Souls, each day in the month of November. A plenary indulgence is one which allows the soul which benefits from it to be released entirely from their suffering into Heaven. This kind of indulgence can be obtained only once per day. There are certain works by which the Church grants plenary indulgences, and certain conditions which must be met at the time of the performance of this work for them to be granted. Here is a summary of the conditions:

  • Be in a state of grace (one must be Catholic, not in schism, not excommunicated or in a state of mortal sin)
  • Sacramental Communion (one Communion per indulgence)
  • Sacramental Confession (one Confession can suffice for several indulgences – for the duration of this challenge we suggest weekly Confession, although if one is in a state of grace this frequency may not be required for the indulgences, so it is not requisite for the roses)
  • Pray for the intentions of the Pope (monthly intentions can be found here, or this may be of assistance – especially if you aren’t inspired by the given intention) – as a general rule an Our Father and Hail Mary is standard
  • Have the interior disposition of detachment from all sin – even venial
  • Finally, there must be the intention – at least general – to obtain the indulgence by performing the work.

So if those are the conditions, what are the works? Well, here’s the fun part: the works required to obtain an plenary indulgence are generally easier to complete than those we assign roses to. BUT for the duration of this challenge – that is for November ONLY – you can offer a Rose to Our Lady for every plenary indulgence you obtain for the Holy Souls in Purgatory! The ‘catch’, of course, is that you are going to need to make sure that you also meet the above conditions each day. In addition, we have a few rules regarding how roses are counted -these are given at the end.

Here are ideas of works for which the Church presently grants plenary indulgences:

There are two main rules for the challenge regarding rose counting:

  1. The works above, if they are used for your ‘Indulgence Rose’ cannot contribute towards another one also (e.g. if you spend half an hour in Adoration for the indulgence you can’t also count it as half a Holy Hour for a separate rose). However, the acts performed towards meeting conditions for the indulgence may be counted (e.g. if you go to Mass in order to receive Holy Communion for the rose of that day, the Mass and Holy Communion can be counted as a separate rose according to general perennial rules).
  2. To mix it up a bit and vary the challenge, we suggest the ground rule that you don’t just repeat the same work for the indulgence more than two times in a given week and count it as a rose. Thus sometimes the rose may be obtained by a short prayer, but sometimes it will involve a little more of your time. This rule is not hard and fast. IF you really feel some weeks that sticking with a particular work is more beneficial to your spiritual life than mixing it up you can still count them as separate roses – but try to be generous with God and as a general rule to choose things that will help you to grow in your relationship with Him, as opposed to just ‘ticking boxes’ with the easier options.

Finally (since I can’t find anything that says there is any daily limit on partial indulgences) if you would like to do even more for the Holy Souls I reckon we can say for the month of November that one can count as a Rose for Mary every 50,000 days’ (approx 137 years’) worth of partial indulgences*. Here’s the Raccolta, have fun!

*Following further research after the post was written, I have discovered that this counting of indulgences in days has been abolished decades ago… whoops! Since I have no way of quantifying unspecified partial indulgences for the sake of rose counting the way of reckoning partial indulgences as roses needs to change. For this reason, as an alternative method of counting partial indulgences to the above one can simply reckon the works of the new-and-valid Enchridon of Indulgences, as a rose according to the time spent on them – i.e. every hour spent performing works on this list which amount to a partial indulgence can be counted.

Since this doesn’t change the general perennial rules much or give a particular impetus for specific indulgence counting in the month, we will also leave the original directive as it stands for those who want to use it. However (obviously) Golden Rose has no authority to say what good it will actually do for the Holy Souls. Therefore completing the rose cannot be conditional upon obtaining these specific no-longer-existent indulgences. Rather for the rose one must have the intention of offering the spiritual exercises to Jesus through Mary and asking Her to obtain for them succour and remission of temporal punishment according to the measure of her Merciful Immaculate Heart and its power before God. Whilst we cannot give the guarantee of the Church’s having attached a particular remission to any given devotion, in entrusting all to Mary we do know that she is more merciful than any Pope who has ever lived, and that God will refuse nothing to the Mother who refused Him nothing. It is therefore our hope (filial deference to magisterial decisions notwithstanding), that in passing trustfully through Her hands (in the light of our having surrendered everything to Her), our little devotions will have no less efficacy than they may have done according to any previous decrees.