Other Rosary prayers

You do not have to limit the Rosary to just it and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as there are dozens of other prayers that can be said on a Rosary or some derivative of a rosary. Over at Catholic Patron Saints they have a nice long list and explain how to pray each Chaplet or variation of the Rosary, it’s in a list on the side.

First up is the Paternoster, it’s 50 beads long, five decades of ten beads and was used by illiterate monks as well as those who didn’t know Latin instead of praying the Divine office they would pray the Our Father 150 time throughout the day while meditating on the Mysteries of the Incarnation of Christ. I doubt this still exists in the monastic life but perhaps as an additional prayer or something.

Then there is the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows, it is known as the Chaplet of Seven Sorrows or the Servite Rosary, and the focus is the seven Sorrows of Mary. It consists of seven groups of seven beads. There is also the opposite of this with the Rosary of the Seven Joys it is also known as the Franciscan Crown or the Seraphic Rosary. The Franciscan Crown is a whole lot easier to pray it is seven decades plus two more Hail Marys at the end. St. Anthony’s Rosary is basically the same as the everyday Rosary but you say the Hail Mary thirteen times each decade. While the Bridgettine Rosary is vastly different as it has seven Our Fathers and 63 Hail Marys spread across six decades

We’ve also got the Chaplet of Mercy of the Holy Wounds of Jesus, this is a relatively new it was first existed about 100 years ago in the and was approved by the Vatican back in 1924. It is prayed on a standard Rosary but the prayers are different, like the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This is how you pray it on the crucifix and first beads the following prayers are said “O Jesus, Divine Redeemer, be merciful to us and to the whole world. Amen./Holy God, Mighty God, Immortal God, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen/Grace and Mercy, O my Jesus, during present dangers; cover us with Your Precious Blood. Amen./Eternal Father, grant us mercy through the Blood of Jesus Christ, Your only Son; grant us mercy we beseech You. Amen, Amen, Amen.” As we move forward on the Our Father beads you pray “Eternal Father, I offer You the Wounds of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to heal the wounds of our souls.” and on the Hail Mary beads you pray “My Jesus, pardon and mercy, through the merits of Your Holy Wounds.”

Finally we’ve got the Ecumenical Rosary where the miracles of Jesus are the focus and the prayers are all different as well, but it is prayed on the same Rosary. Then we have Anglican Prayer beads which are different and not really a standard prayer as some times they can be used as a tactile reminder of how many you have prayed, it has 33 beads and they are split up into four groups of seven. however I think that this is more like the Eastern Orthodox Prayer Rope. The Orthodox prayer Rope can be of various numbers most of the time about 100 beads/knots however hermits might have Ropes with up to like 500 knots.

If you ever get stuck in your prayer life pick up a rosary and take a look at some of the variations to switch up your prayer life.

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