The encyclical Magnae dei matris (The Great Mother of God) was issued on 8 September 1892.[1] It is subtitled "The Rosary and Christian Life" and discusses the relation of the rosary to faith and morality.[2]

Magnae dei matris
Latin for 'The Great Mother of God'
Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII
Coat of arms of Pope Leo XIII
Signature date 8 September 1892
SubjectThe Rosary and Christian Life
Number44 of 88 of the pontificate
← Quarto abeunte saeculo

With this encyclical Leo continues the series of rosary encyclicals and emphasizes the following characteristics: the Rosary as an aid and voice of prayer; in the Rosary, Mary's life is portrayed as an example; the continuous prayer of the Rosary serves piety and is a holy source of divine consolation.

Leo describes the Rosary as presenting the chief mysteries of the faith for contemplation, and presents Mary "a most suitable example of every virtue."[3]

For it is mainly by faith that a man sets out on the straight and sure path to God and learns to revere in mind and heart His supreme majesty, His sovereignty over the whole of creation, His unsounded power, wisdom, and providence. For he who comes to God must believe that God exists and is a rewarder to those who seek Him.[4]

The pontiff recalls how often he has turned to Mary for help as a "gracious Mother" always there to provide assistance.[5]

In Magnae Dei Matris, Leo derided the license of his times, particularly as demonstrated in the sciences and arts and the writings of the press and the "consequent laxity" in the practice of the Faith.[6]

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  1. ^ Pope Leo XIII. Magnae Dei matris, 8 September 1892, Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  2. ^ "Rosary Encyclicals by Pope Leo XIII : University of Dayton, Ohio". Retrieved 2023-05-02.
  3. ^ Magnae Dei matris, §26
  4. ^ Magnae Dei matris, §14
  5. ^ Murray, Scott. "11 Benefits of the Rosary from the 11 Marian Encyclicals of Pope Leo XIII", Catholic Insight, October 11, 2022
  6. ^ "Magnae Dei Matris, para. 6".