In Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Pope Saint John Paul II encourages the Christian community to rediscover the treasures of the prayer of the Rosary.
It is described as a prayer of great significance, ‘destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness’. The Pope concentrates on the Rosary as a Christocentric prayer, a compendium of the Gospel, where one learns to contemplate Christ with Mary.
The Value of the Rosary as a family prayer is underlined and a special appeal is made to young people to take up the prayer with enthusiasm typical of their age group.
The theology of the prayer is explained and even enlarged; The prayer is enriched by the addition of five new mysteries – The Luminous Mysteries – in which Christ ‘light of the world’ is contemplated in his public life, proclaiming the Kingdom of God.