Fr Peyton’s Rosary Prayer Book


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Rev. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., was born January 9, 1909, in Attymass, County Mayo, Ireland, and for 51 years he dedicated his life and ministry as a Holy Cross priest to Mary, the Mother of God. He is known as the “Rosary Priest” who tirelessly promoted the powerful prayer of the Rosary. Across the globe, many of his Rosary rallies attracted hundreds of thousands, including several in the Philippines and South America that drew over a million people.

At the time of his death, Peyton had preached to more people in person – an estimated 28 million – than any other Catholic. It was he who first proclaimed the phrases “The family that prays together stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at pea

Peyton’s faith was first nourished in the family. Both he and his brother Tom, who also became a Holy Cross priest, were dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by their father and entrusted to the care of Our Lady by their mother when they departed Ireland for America in 1928. Only after joining the Congregation as a seminarian did Peyton discover that all Holy Cross priests are consecrated to the Sacred Heart.


The most complete prayer book of meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary today. He gives 230 meditations on the twenty mysteries of the Rosary, with each set of five meditations having its own theme. Includes the new Luminous Mysteries, the Rosary prayers, and many full-color illustrations.


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