Iucunda semper expectatione

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Iucunda semper expectatione (Always with joyful expectation) is an encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, published on September 8, 1894, and subtitled: “The Rosary as contemplation and as prayer”.

Month of the Rosary and Prayer of the Rosary

  • “It is always connected with joyful expectation,” …the Pope writes, looking with hope to the coming month of October as the month of the Rosary. He explains again the reasons that moved him to the Exhortatio on the praying of the Rosary.
  • He invokes the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God, and declares that the prayer of the Rosary is the appropriate means to change the disastrous state of the Church and society.
  • The contemplation and meditation should be constantly repeated and continuous. It is important not to slacken in intensity so that the influence of charity does not diminish.
  • Indulgence and forgiveness, as well as assistance in overcoming the “evils of this world,” he continues, are guaranteed by the constant repetition of the prayer of the Rosary.

The Rosary Encyclicals

Each of these “Encyclicals on the Rosary” is closely related to the preceding encyclicals, they build on each other and complement each other, until this time the Pope had dedicated the following encyclicals to the Rosary:

  • Supremi apostolatus officio 1883
  • Superiore anno 1884
  • Octobri mense 1891
  • Magnae Dei matris 1892
  • Laetitiae sanctae 1893

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