Praying the Rosary is a chance to slow down, appreciate, find your anchor point and become aware of God’s love for you. This is a particularly powerful prayer for individuals, families and communities during hard times. It is one way to build an integrative spirituality, where our soul is energised and well-directed. The Rosary engages our senses and is excellent and engaging classroom prayer activity.
- Praying the Rosary helps us move out of pain and shame and redirects us back to our noble mission.
- Meditating on Scripture stories invites us to get to know Jesus and His family as a close friend does.
- The pattern allows us to slowly imagine the scenes, find deeper insights and listen to God speak to us.
- The prayer experience is a gift from God so you can receive the love of Jesus and Mary for your journey.
- The Rosary connects us with the ancient and modern, global church and with every person in God’s family.
- Holding the Rosary beads helps your mind to focus and keeps you on track through the ancient prayer.
- God promises to forgive, refresh, free, help, defend, reform, instruct, humble and connect to us through the Rosary and any time we come to Him in prayer.
The Holy Rosary is a meditation on important stories in Scripture and Church tradition that teach the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and the life and love of Mary. The stories are grouped in four sets of themes called “Mysteries”: The Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries. Each Mystery of the Rosary has five stories.
The Rosary necklace has a few beads, a cross and a medallion at the starting point which signify the starting prayers. Then there are 5 sets of 10 beads (or decades) representing the five stories from each Mystery and the 10 Hail Mary prayers for each story. You can read the story at the beginning or during the decade of Hail Mary’s.
Reading passages of the stories through the decade is called praying the “Scriptural Rosary”. The Joyful Mysteries are about the birth and childhood of Jesus. The Luminous Mysteries are about the public life of Jesus as he proclaims the Kingdom of Heaven. The Sorrowful Mysteries are about the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The Glorious Mysteries are about the Resurrection of Jesus and what happens after. Pray between one and five decades of the Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays, Luminous Mysteries on Thursdays, Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays and Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays and Sundays.
“When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.” – St. Anthony Mary Claret
“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary.” – Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima
“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”– St. Josemaria Escriva
“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.” – Pope Saint Pius X
“The Rosary is a prayer that always accompanies me; it is also the prayer of the ordinary people and the saints… it is a prayer from my heart.” – Pope Francis
“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” – Saint Francis de Sales
“The Rosary is a prayer both so humble and simple and a theologically rich in Biblical content. I beg you to pray it.” St. John Paul II
This version of praying the Rosary offers a deep spiritual experience in a short timeframe. The Rosary is a gift from God for us to receive. By the grace of God the Rosary is a special time to connect with God and receive His love and peace. Through the contemplation of the Scriptures we get to know Jesus, Mary and the community as a child, friend and disciple. Our senses are engaged by holding the beads and listening to the chanting of our group. Hearts are engaged as we have the opportunity to pray silently or aloud together between each bead.
This modified experience aims to introduce children, staff and families to the Rosary and hopefully lead to them praying it in its entirety. There are several prayers omitted but this in no way is intended to imply they are not important. Please feel free to add the Creed and prayers or pray more than one decade in each sitting. The readings come from the Revised Standard Version (RSV) Bible and are from www.RosaryArmy.com where you can download audio recordings of the Mysteries for free. May your group be truly blessed as you pray together.
Pick up my Rosary Beads: become aware of the love God has for me and relax into my heart.
Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirt, Amen
All: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be your Name. Your Kindgom come, your Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen
- Contemplate and imagine the passage as it is read aloud by the leader
- Pray silently in my heart or pray out loud. Ideas: pray for something/one, say thank you or praise God.
- After my prayer, say: “Lord, hear us”
- After spoken prayer, respond with: “Lord, hear our prayer”
- Pray the Hail Mary Half of the group prays the first part andhalfprays the second part:
- Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
- Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
All: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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