The Combat Rosary : A Spiritual and Historical Ally

The Combat Rosary : A Spiritual and Historical Ally

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The Combat Rosary, often considered a true spiritual ally, has a rich history and profound usefulness for believers. Originally distributed to American soldiers during the First World War, it has become a powerful symbol of protection and faith.

History and Origin

The combat rosary first appeared during the First World War, when the US Army provided its soldiers with sturdy metal rosaries. These rosaries were designed to withstand the harsh conditions at the front and offer spiritual support to soldiers. Since then, they have been used in many wars, including the Second World War, and have become a spiritual legacy for subsequent generations.

Composition and Meaning

  • The Miraculous Medal: Associated with special graces and protection.
  • The Medal of Saint Benedict : Used for protection against evil forces and temptations.
  • The Saint Michael the Archangel Medal : Represents the power of the forces of good against evil, and is particularly venerated for the protection of France.
  • The Cross of Forgiveness : Consecrated by Pope Saint Pius X in 1907, this cross confers indulgences when kissed, offering remission of temporal punishment for souls in Purgatory.

How to Use the Combat Rosary

Here is a guide to praying with the Combat Rosary:

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross.
  2. Recite the Apostles' Creed.
  3. Pray an Our Father over the first great pearl.
  4. Pray three Hail Marys on the next three small beads.
  5. Pray a Glory to the Father.
  6. Recite a prayer intention for each ten (for example, for peace, for deceased soldiers, etc.).
  7. Pray an Our Father over each large bead.
  8. Pray ten Hail Marys on each small bead.
  9. Conclude each ten with a Glory to the Father.
  10. Close with the Fatima prayer, ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, preserve us from the fire of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy Mercy.’

Benefits of the Combat Rosary

The Combat Rosary is much more than a simple prayer tool. It helps to:

  • Strengthen personal faith: By offering a concrete way to pray and meditate on the mysteries of the faith.
  • Offer spiritual protection : Through the power of the embedded sacred medals.
  • Create a link with history : By recalling the sacrifices of the soldiers and the spiritual struggles they faced.
  • To bring comfort : In times of stress, anxiety or danger, praying the rosary can bring great inner peace.

Testimonies of Faith

Many people have shared how the Combat Rosary has transformed their lives. For example, John testifies, ‘Since I started praying with my Combat Rosary, I have felt incredible strength and peace in my daily life.’

Where to buy the Combat Rosary

Our shop offers a special collection of Combat Rosaries, made from high-quality materials and faithful to the historical models. On this day of commemoration of the Normandy Landings, honour the heroes of the past and strengthen your faith with a Combat Rosary.

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