Taking The Time To Pray The Rosary
Praying the joyful mysteries in the morning sometime, the sorrowful in the afternoon and the glorious on our knees before bedtime together as a family (as in the saying "the family that prays together stays together); for toddlers, they can learn just by repeating 'Hail Mary' with each bead until they can learn the prayers. Be imaginative with your children and yourself in this area...just as long as you pray it daily as our blessed Mother Mary commanded us to do daily. It is, as she has told numerous visionaries, the 'weapon for peace', whether one needs peace in their own lives, homes, neighborhoods, and, mostly in the world. At Fatima back in 1917 she told the three children (one of whom is still living as a cloistered nun) the rosary would stop wars if enough people would pray it...and, also, she said that when the time came to when there were as many people praying the rosary as there were communists in the world, peace would come to the whole world. It only takes 20 minutes to say one mystery of the rosary and an hour to say all fifteen decades...that can be worked into our first hour of the day at home or at mass where the daily rosary is prayed by the few people that are there before mass starts.
Recitation Of The Rosary.
"A PLENARY INDULGENCE is granted, if the Rosary is recited IN A CHURCH OR PUBLIC ORATORY OR IN A FAMILY GROUP, A RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY
OR PIOUS ASSOCIATION; a partial indulgence is granted in other circumstances.
"Now the Rosary is a certain formula of prayer, which is made up of fifteen decades of 'Hail Marys' with an 'Our Father' before each
decade, and in which the recitation of each decade is accompanied by pious meditation on a particular mystery of our Redemption.
"The name 'Rosary,' however, is commonly used in reference to only a third of the fifteen decades.
"The gaining of the plenary indulgence is regulated by the following norms:
"1) The recitation of a third part only of the Rosary suffices; but the five decades must be recited continuously.
"2) The vocal recitation MUST be accompanied by pious meditation on the mysteries.
"3) In public recitation the mysteries must be announced in the manner customary in the place; for private recitation, however, it suffices if the vocal recitation is accompanied by meditation on the mysteries.
Other Thoughts on the Rosary
The rosary begins with the sign of the cross, which is the symbol of man's redemption. The sacred scriptures lead us to the tower of the cross and to the glory of Christ's Resurrection. The rosary does nothing less. The rosary centers deeply in god, his unity in the trinity. Again, the cross signifies this, for while we make the sign of the cross we say, "in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy ghost (holy spirit). Amen."
The rosary stands for faith, without which salvation is impossible. The bead after the cross calls for the recitation of the "Apostles Creed." that ageless summary of the three fundamental virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
The rosary stands for eternity. Several beads at regular intervals call for the "doxology", whose solemn words like a vast ocean roll out the majestic power of god and his limitless existence: "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."
The rosary is a chain of our main prayers, especially the lord's own prayer, the "our father". There are the "Hail Marys", speaking splendidly the syllables of our redemption by our lord through his blessed mother. (Luke 1:28 & 42).
The Rosary Is A Chain That Lifts Us Into The Realms Of The World Of The Spirit.
THE ROSARY BINDS US TO GOD.
DO YOU WONDER THAT WE HOLD ON TO THE ROSARY SO TIGHTLY?
DO YOU WONDER THAT WE LOVE IT SO DEARLY?
DO YOU WONDER THAT WE CARRY IT WITH US EVERY MOMENT?
DO YOU WONDER THAT WE KEEP IT UNDER OUR PILLOW EVEN WHILE WE SLEEP?
DO YOU WONDER THAT, FINALLY, WHEN THE END COMES, WE ARE BURIED WITH OUR
HANDS STILL CLUTCHING OUR ROSARY?
The New Luminous Mysteries
"Pope John Paul II in his Apolistic Letter on the Rosary of the Virgin Mary, proclaimed on the morning of October 16, 2002, the new Luminous Mysteries. They are: Baptism in the Jordan, Wedding at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom, The Transfiguration, and the Institution of the Eucharist. More to come later...."
The History of the Rosary
How to Pray the Rosary
The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Fifteen Promises of Mary
Taking the Time to Pray the Rosary
Other Thoughts on the Rosary