Hello there Mary-loving friends! Sometimes we feel daunted by the Rosary because we think it’s a very long prayer. But in reality: how long does it take to pray the Rosary?
It depends how you look at this
You could say the Rosary is a fairly brisk prayer. One Rosary is merely 5 Meditations on the life of Christ, each of which is accompanied by 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and 1 Glory Be.
For the 5 Meditations, therefore, that’s a total of 5 Our Fathers, 50 Hail Marys and 5 Glory Bes. That’s one Rosary. The Church recommends merely one Rosary a day.
However, from another point-of-view, this is a long time. Even just praying 50 Hail Marys in a row would take a good 10-15 minutes. Add in the other elements and you’ve got a Rosary which could take as much as 20 minutes.
But let’s be reminded that we don’t have to pray the Rosary in one go. You can spread it throughout the day, which many of us find immensely helpful.
You can speed it up!
You don’t have to pray the Rosary slowly. You are welcome to pray it faster, so long as it’s not so fast that you can barely follow along anymore or keep up. Because then you aren’t praying, you’re just acting like a chanting machine.
So far as I am aware, the Church doesn’t have any strict guidance on how fast is too fast. People pray all sorts of different speeds, depending on all sorts of reasons.
For instance, I listen to audiobooks. I love audiobooks, but I cannot cope with how SLOW they are. So I always speed them up considerably. When other people listen to audiobooks as fast as I do, THEY cannot cope, it’s far too fast to follow. But for me it’s absolutely ideal and I can follow everything.
It’s the same sort of thing. What’s a good speed for one person is too fast or slow for another.
I’ve been to Orthodox Christian services where they pray very fast. This is because they have SO MUCH to get through, such as reciting 10 or more Psalms in one go.
I’ve listened to many recordings of the Rosary being recited, and everyone prays it at different speeds, but the quickest I came across was probably around 12 minutes.
Go at a speed you are comfortable with, and don’t go with a speed you are uncomfortable with.
But a faster Rosary can be prayed easily in 15 minutes, perhaps a little quicker. A slower Rosary will take 5 or 10 more minutes.
It also depends on what you choose to incorporate into your recitations. If you use Scripture passages, then it’s obviously going to take longer.
What suffices for an adequate Rosary?
The minimal requirements for reciting the Rosary sufficiently are:
- You meditate on the mysteries, even if this is a simple ‘announcement’ of the mystery
- You pray the prayers (the Our Fathers, the Hail Marys, the Glory Bes.)
- You are not willfully distracted
You should also bring your heart and sincerity. This goes a long way. I’m often not very happy with my Rosary recitations, but all I know is that I gave it a shot. I tried.
Sometimes I find it helpful to ask myself: ‘Well, did I pray all the prayers? Did I meditate on the mysteries? And did I avoid wilful distraction?’ If yes to these questions, then it was an adequate recitation.
Note that wilful distraction does not mean that someone pulled out in front of you as you were driving your car whilst praying your Rosary. Nor does it mean that your child started crying. None of this is wilful distraction.
Wilful distraction is pulling your phone out and going on Facebook whilst you’re praying. This is a disrespectful way to treat God.
The time is often relative
One more thing to consider here is that ‘time’ is often relative. Einstein proved this scientifically, and it holds true with prayer. Einstein said: ‘Let me explain relativity to you. You spend the day with a girl you love and the time flies. That’s relativity.’
Likewise, if you pray the Rosary in a manner you enjoy, then time will go faster, even if technically you take longer.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to pray the Rosary slower and more meditatively, then it will take longer, but you may not notice it taking longer. Time may seem to go by faster as you step more powerfully into God’s presence.
The reverse is true too: sometimes I find that my fastest Rosaries are the longest, simply because I’m not as focused or enjoying it as much.
It is good advice to just do it, to just get it done: pray the Rosary in season and out of season.
If this happens to be the devotion Mary has called you to, then it is a good idea to try to stick with it. Even if you don’t do a very good job, you can but try. And God looks at the heart.
If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll try to get back to you asap.
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God bless 🙂