How to Pray the Rosary


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How To Pray The Rosary

About the Rosary

The word Rosary translates to "Crown of Roses." It is interesting that The Blessed Virgin Mary has shown to several people throughout history that each time the Hail Mary is said, Mary is given a beautiful rose. A complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. One might even consider that the rose is the Queen of flowers, and therefore the Rosary is the queen of all devotions.

It is believed that in 1214 the Rosary was originated when the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Dominic and presented him with the Rosary as a means of converting the heretics and other nonbelievers of that time in history. The popularity of the Rosary has spread around the world, and waxes and wanes. However, it is fair to say that traditional or personal prayer of the Rosary, has been a key symbol of prayerfulness and honor of the Lord and Virgin Mary for Catholics and Non-Catholics around the world. The devotion has spread with miraculous results.

How to Pray the Rosary and reap the benefits?
What about those miracles of prayer?

The miracle of prayer is one reason to pray the rosary. What are some of the other benefits of Praying the Rosary?

How to Pray the Rosary: Traditional and Personal

There are several ways to pray the rosary. There is one traditional way to pray the rosary. There are times when the traditional Rosary is just what is needed to reach a prayerful state, and meet the needs of the person or group in prayer. There may be times when the traditional Rosary doesn't quite suit our needs and goals.

Personal Rosary prayer is a manner of prayer that is designed by the person in prayer. This is exciting! Although some would say that the traditional Rosary is the only way to pray the Rosary, although it is my opinion that any kind of positive prayer is a good thing. If you are looking for more feelings of prayerfulness, grace, peace, joy, and love, then be sure and experience both traditional and personal Rosary prayer.

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How to Pray the Rosary

How To Pray The Rosary

Brief Summary to Start With...

Praying of the rosary involves both mental and verbal prayer.

Verbal prayer consists of fifteen or sometimes five decades of the Hail Mary are said out loud. Each decade begins with an Our Father(the larger beads of the circle) while meditating on the 15 principal virtues that Jesus and Mary practiced. These are the 15 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Although the complete Rosary consists of 15 decades, it is more commonly prayed in 5.

The prayers associated with the beads of the Rosary are said out loud or mentally while contemplating the aspects of the lives of Virgin Mary and Jesus-also considered the Mysteries of Faith. The Rosary is divided into 5 sets of 10 beads known as decades.

They are also referred to as and were originally divided into the Five Joyful Mysteries, the Five Sorrowful Mysteries, and the five Glorious Mysteries.

Pope John Paul II added the Five Luminous Mysteries, also known as Mysteries of Light in 2002.
How to Pray the Rosary-What is the Purpose?

The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. Contemplating the Mysteries in prayer is one way to honor and learn to imitate in life the Mysteries and the Virtues of the life, death, passion, and glory of Jesus and Mary. Contemplating the mysteries is another way to get closer to the Lord.

There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five the Joyful Mysteries, the five Luminous Mysteries, the five Sorrowful Mysteries,, and the five Joyful Mysteries are meditated on Monday and Saturday, Sundays of Advent, and after Epiphany until Lent. The Sorrowful Mysteries are meditated on Tuesday and Friday, and Sundays during Lent. The Glorious Mysteries are meditated on Wednesdays and Sunday. The Luminous Mysteries are meditated on Thursday.

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How to Pray the Rosary: Traditional Rosary

1. While holding the cross or crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross (in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen) and say the Apostles Creed.

2. Say the Our Father on the first large bead.

3. On each of the small beads, say the Hail Mary.

4. Say the Glory be to the Father and the Fatima Prayer in between the three beads of the Hail Mary and the next large bead.

5. On the large bead, announce or meditate on the First Mystery; then say the Our Father.

6. On each of the adjacent ten small beads (also referred to as decades) say a Hail Mary while reflecting on the Mystery.

7. In between the decade and the next large bead, recite the Glory Be to the Father and the Fatima Prayer. You may also say the Act of Contrition.

8. On the large bead, say the Our Father.

9. Each succeeding decade is prayed in the same way by recalling the appropriate Mystery, reciting the Our Father prayer, ten Hail Marys, the Glory be to the Father, and the Act of Contrition.

10. When the fifth Mystery is completed, the Rosary is usally concluded with another prayer called Hail, Holy Queen.

How to Pray the Rosary

Praying the Rosary may seem a bit of a challenge to begin with. Don't worry-practice will help. Remember, it is your prayer, so don't get too hung up on praying the traditional Rosary perfectly. By the time it gets to heaven, your prayers will be perfect.

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