There are some individual in the Catholic world that are not fans of praying the Rosary, and after hearing this I always wonder about this fact. Sure The Rosary is a long prayer as it is 15 or 20 decades long, and most people would rather do something else in the hours that it take to recite the whole thing. One of the fun things about a Rosary is that you can split it up and pray only 5 decades at a time and it still is still considered praying the Rosary. There are also some out there that consider partially praying a Rosary is just a worthwhile (those falling asleep while praying). The Rosary is one of the simplest prayers that the Church has as it just combines five or six easy prayers (Apostle’s Creed (x1), Our Father(x6), Hail Mary(x53), Glory Be(x6), Hail Holy Queen(x1) and the optional Fatima Prayer(x5))
John Paul II said in an Apostolic Letter “The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium.” The Rosary is a way for us to live the Bible out through the mysteries. The four groupings of 5 decades are the different mysteries, Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious. The Rosary even give people a rubric of what days to pray which mystery on. I just ignore it and usually prayer them in order. Over the next four week I will look at the different mysteries.
Fulton Sheen has a brilliant talk on the Rosary it is available on YouTube to hear and it has some nice quotes about praying the Rosary. “The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls, precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual, and in that order.” Could it be that a rosary would help solve the mental problems that many individuals face today?
Archbishop Sheen would go on saying that “The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.” It is similar to how the stained glass windows at a church work their original purpose was to show the Bible stories to teach them to the people who did not/could not understand Latin.
As Pope Pius IX would say “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” Let us follow the advice of Pius IX and Fulton Sheen and try to make an effort to pray the Rosary more often
- Our Lady of the Rosary (thiscatholicgeneration.wordpress.com)
- The Joy of Heaven Begins in the Rosary (opeast.org)
- Prayer: How to Pray the Rosary (kofc7092.wordpress.com)
- On the Rosary (glorificamus.wordpress.com)
- How to pray the Rosary (thecatholicdormitory.wordpress.com)