The Catholic Rosary
The rosary is many things to many different people. At its core, however, is prayer. It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete an entire rosary prayer. The basic rosary consists of the following Catholic prayers:
Obviously, the rosary is much more than this. Central to praying the rosary is contemplating the twenty mysteries central to the lives of Jesus Christ and Mary, the Mother of God. Depending on the day of the week you either focus on the Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturdays), Luminous Mysteries (Thursday), Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays) and Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays). By contemplating the mysteries, the rosary becomes a lot more than just a bunch of prayers repeated aloud. It instead becomes a remembrance and celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Tradition has it that the modern rosary came from St. Dominic who was given the method for praying the rosary by Mary in order to fight heresy. Mary is also credited with designing one of the Catholic medals, the Miraculous Medal. Many Catholic Saints were devoted to the rosary through the years. Pope John Paul 2 and Mother Teresa were both devoted to our blessed Mother and the Rosary. Today, Catholics say the rosary as a form of prayer and devotion. The rosary is especially moving when said with a group. EWTN has a daily program where the rosary is prayed with images of the mysteries from the Holy Land.
The Catholic Rosary is a truly an inspirational prayer. If you haven't prayed one in awhile (or ever), you should give it a shot because it has the ability to touch and move you. For help on saying the rosary: How to Pray the Rosary.
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