How Not To Pray The Rosary

Posted: November 3, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

One of the most precious prayers we have is the Rosary. Praying the rosary together as a family or a community can lead us to greater depths of faith by opening our hearts and minds to the heart of Jesus in the mysteries through Mary our Mother. Praying the rosary together can build upon unity, faith and love. But ONLY if it is prayed with love for our Blessed Mother and Jesus.

Since we have many resources on how to pray the rosary, here is my reflection on how NOT to.

1. Do not even start praying the rosary if the intention is to get over with it as quickly as possible.

2. Make the time to come into the presence of our Blessed Mother instead of rushing straight into the prayer.

3. Do not rattle off the Our Father, Hail Marys and Glory be, even the Fatima prayer as if you have a bus, plane to catch.

4. Leaders should NEVER hurry to begin the next Hail Mary before the group had even finished the last word ‘at the hour of our death’ there should be a momentary pause.

5. Do not forget the COMMA at a very significant point of the Holy Mary….. Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

6. At every Hail Mary we should be deeply contemplating the mystery or inspired promptings by the Holy Spirit. Not what we will be doing when we get home or what is in store at the office tomorrow.

7. There is a natural rhythm when the group is truly praying the rosary as one and it is beautiful, NOT when individuals want to hurry it along by going faster than another.

8. Lift your voices in reverence when singing the Ave Maria and in harmony.

Also note that should be variation of prayers and reflections and not just one set for months on end.

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