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Praying the Rosary

Our Mother wants to help...

Our Mother wants to help…

Praying the Rosary is actually quite simple.  The prayers are prayers we already know and hopefully prayers we already pray on a regular basis.  Below is a simple image of the Rosary and it’s beads:

Basic Rosary

Basic Rosary

Beginning at the crucifix – The Apostle’s Creed is prayed.  A Crucifix is different from a simple cross in that the body of Jesus Christ crucified is affixed onto the Cross.

On the next bead, and on every other large bead, we pray the Our Father.  Listen to the words that you are praying.  If you can, begin applying them into your life: forgive me my sins as I forgive those who sin against me.

In my private prayer I will sometimes pray: forgive me of my sins and help me to forgive those who have sinned against me. I only do this IN PRIVATE, and only when I really need to forgive someone who has sinned against me.

The next three beads we pray the Hail Mary, and especially ask for the increase of Faith, Hope, and Charity (aka Love).  Wouldn’t you say our world could use this, especially right now and at this time?

Immediately after these three beads, and before we approach the next Our Father, we pray the Glory Be.

Okay, now you’re ready to begin five decades of the Rosary!  Each decade reflects in some way the life of Christ as recorded in Sacred Scripture.  Our Sacred Tradition confirms the events which makes the Rosary a BOTH/AND type of prayer.  It is also  BOTH a reflection AND a series of prayers as we walk through the life of Christ.  I guess one could say, the Rosary as a whole is: GOOD THEOLOGY!

Basic Rosary

Basic Rosary

Recap: the Large Beads at the beginning of each decade receive the Our Father prayer.  The ten smaller beads in between receive the Hail Mary.  Now comes the fun part!  To close out each decade, we pray the Glory Be, followed by: Fatima Prayer (Angel’s Prayer), Honoring Blessed Sacrament, Honoring the Holy Family, and Honoring the Immaculate Conception.  Now, in all fairness, the last three prayers are optional.  However, I find that powerful prayer becomes even more powerful and more affective in my own life when I include the whole family : especially when I’m asking for their prayers while at the same time praying for my family – the Body of Christ.

When the last decade is prayed, and the last combination of closing prayers are said, we bring the Rosary to a nice finish with two final prayers: Hail Holy Queen and Rosary Reflection.  None of the beads are required for these prayers.

Some like to then pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the Holy Father and his intentions and papacy.  Followed by another Hail Mary to end the scourge of Abortion and all anti-life activities.

Whatever you choose to do, I highly recommend your final prayer be to St. Michael the Archangel.  He is the one mentioned in Revelation 12: 7-9, the who defeats Satan and his dominions.  Powerful battler… powerful warrior.  You want to stay on his good side😉

This wraps up the logistics!  Now it’s on to the mysteries!  There are four in all, one recently added by St. Pope John Paul the Great entitled: Luminous Mysteries.  But we’ll take each mystery one at a time.

Next to each mystery is the suggested day for praying, but this is not a hard and fast rule.  It is, however, prayed by the majority of the Church in this order, so you will be joined by MANY if prayed on the suggested days.  When you click on the links below, ya’ll notice that, indeed, the Rosary is totally biblical making it ideal for our protestant brother’s and sisters who desire to connect even more with our crucified and risen Lord. 🙂

Oh, please, pray for me, too! Thanks. =-)

Joyful Mysteries : Monday and Saturday
Luminous Mysteries : Thursday
Sorrowful Mysteries : Tuesday and Friday
Glorious Mysteries : Wednesday and Sunday

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