The Rosary

At Fatima

Sister Maria Lucia, states

“Since we all need to pray, God asks of us a kind of daily installment, a prayer which is within our reach: the Rosary, which can be recited either in common or private, either in church in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament or at home, either with the rest of the family or alone, either when traveling or while walking quietly in the fields. A mother of a family can say the Rosary while she rocks her baby’s cradle or does the housework. Our day has 24 hours in it. It is not asking a great deal to set aside a quarter of an hour for the spiritual life, for our intimate and familiar converse with God.”

A simple yet powerful prayer we can pray anytime or place. The more we pray the rosary the better and more creative we become in our prayer life. Contemplation is a major part of the Rosary and reflection on the life of Christ and Mary can go much deeper in our meditation. For example, when meditating on the Sorrowful Mystery of Carrying the Cross, imagine the crowds as Christ struggled through the streets, what do you see? Think of what the people are saying. Is it hot and dusty? And then imagine as you stand on the side of the street as Christ goes by carrying the Cross, what do you see and how do you feel?

“If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory. For even if you are now on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil…. sooner or later you will be converted  and will amend your life and save your soul. If you say the Rosary devoutly every day of your life.  – St Louis De Montfort

We are to pray without ceasing and what a better way then the Rosary.

How to Pray the Rosary and Mysteries

A typical Rosary can be prayed in about twenty minutes depending on how it is prayed, but there are multiple ways a Rosary can be prayed. Keep in mind the Hail Mary’s are there to meditate on as well as a timekeeper. It keeps us in a time frame depending on how deep in prayer you go. For instance, the Scriptural Rosary will be longer than a typical Rosary because of the meditation on the bible readings.

Examples of different ways to pray the Rosary:

  • One decade – ten Hail Mary’s with focus on one mystery
  • Scriptural Rosary – meditation on the scripture readings on the life of Christ and Mary
  • All-day long Rosary – decade in the morning –  decade during your mid-morning – decade in the mid-afternoon – decade before dinner – the last one as you get ready for bed
  • While walking or running
  • A Rosary on an App or CD
  • A Rosary with an intention on each decade
  • St Louis De Montfort Rosary –
  • And the list could go on…..

What are some ways you pray the Rosary?

“The Most Holy Virgin in these last of time in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” –  Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima


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