Hello Rosary Lovers! In this post, we will ask: What is a Rosary?
A Rosary is …
- A set of Rosary beads
- One of the greatest prayers in the Catholic Church
The word ‘rosary’ can refer to either of these. Ideally, both belong together. Someone who chooses to pray the Rosary prayers will try to do it with a set of blessed Rosary beads.
Many of us are familiar with a set of rosary beads. Most of us know what one looks like.
But for those who don’t, which is still probably a lot of you out there, here is a set of rosary beads:
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Catholics often place a set of rosary beads around the mirror in the centre of their car.
Many Catholics wear a set of rosary beads round their necks.
Others carry them in their pocket (as I do).
Some Catholics go to sleep holding a set of rosary beads.
Plenty of Catholics have more than one set of rosary beads. They use them for different things. Perhaps they may have one set next to their bed and another in the car.
It is vital to get a set of rosary beads blessed by a Catholic priest. This ensures that they are transformed into a truly blessed item, permanently set aside for God.
It is immoral to mistreat a blessed item, and therefore a blessed set of rosary beads cannot be tossed into the garbage bin when they are broken or no longer in use.
To discard of a blessed item, Catholics have two options:
- Bury it
- Burn it
To pray the Rosary most effectively, you’ll need a set of Rosary beads. The Rosary prayers and the beads belong together, and have been handed down together by the Church.
You can pray the Rosary without rosary beads, but this is not to be recommended as the best way.
The Rosary is one of the greatest prayers in the Church
It has been said that the Rosary is one of the greatest gifts given to the Church by God through the blessed ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Here are some quotes from some great saints on the rosary.
‘The rosary is the scourge of the devil.’ – Pope Adrian VI
‘Pray ardently to our most merciful mother Mary by saying the Rosary … This prayer is … most pleasing to the Mother of God and most effective in gaining heaven’s blessings.’ – St Pope Paul VI
‘One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.’ – St Dominic
‘The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin … Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.’ – Pope Pius XI
‘Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.’ – Blessed Pope Pius IX
As you can see, the saints and Popes have placed tremendous confidence in the power of the Rosary. It is truly an amazing weapon given to the Church.
We strongly encourage the daily recital of the most holy Rosary here at Rosary Lovers. If you do this, your life will be changed.
If you do it faithfully everyday for the rest of your life, you WILL get to heaven and become a saint. See this post as proof!
The Rosary involves the whole person
‘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.’ – Venerable Fulton Sheen
One of the really cool things about the Rosary is that it involves the entire person.
This is what Catholicism is all about really, the involvement of the entire person, in union with all individuals all over the world, in the worship of God.
This is Catholicism: all of humanity, holistically worshipping God with every aspect of their beings.
When it comes to the Rosary:
- We use our minds to meditate on the mysteries
- We use our bodies to hold the rosary beads and do the sign of the cross
- We use our vocal chords to pray the mysteries (even if we only whisper or mime the words)
(It is worth pointing out that many Catholics pray the Rosary in their minds alone, without using their voices or vocal chords. This is definitely an acceptable way to recite the Rosary.)
The wholistic nature of the Rosary is part of the reason for its success at fulfilling many Catholics in their lives.
I personally feel like I’ve been looking for the Rosary my entire life. Next to attending Mass, there is very little that my soul requires besides the daily recitation of the Rosary.
The Rosary is so infinitely precious to me that if I went a single day without praying it my heart would yearn as if I missed a very dear companion.
The Rosary prayers
We have many posts on the prayers of the Rosary here at Rosary Lovers, check out this link.
For those of you who need a quick answer, in short the prayers of the Rosary involve the meditation on the 15 mysteries of the life of Jesus Christ by the recital of 15 Our Fathers, 150 Hail Marys and 15 Glory Bes.
In a nutshell, that’s it.
So for instance, you choose one of the 15 mysteries of the life of Christ (for e.g. his ascension into heaven), and you meditate on this mystery by praying one Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and 1 Glory Be.
You do this with each of the 15 mysteries of the Rosary.
When you have meditated on all 15 mysteries, you have prayed the entire Rosary. This will take about 45 minutes, and you can split it up throughout the day.
For many Catholics, this is too much to do in one day. Therefore the Church in her wisdom has divided the 15 mysteries up into three sets of 5. These are called:
- The 5 Joyful mysteries
- The 5 Sorrowful mysteries
- The 5 Glorious mysteries
The Church recommends that Catholics pray just one of these sets daily.
This should take about 15-20 minutes and it doesn’t have to be prayed all in one go.
You can split the prayers up throughout the day, doing a mystery here and a mystery there.
A Rosary is MUCH more manageable when prayed throughout the day this way.
So a Catholic can easily pray all 15 mysteries in 3 days.
Do feel free, however, to pray ALL 15 mysteries every single day, if you think you can do this. It WILL change your life, as many saints can testify. Many have reported incredible changes and miracles through doing this.
Pope Francis does this daily and has done for many years.
St Padre Pio prayed all 15 mysteries 15 times a day!!! None of us are capable of this, but it goes to show why God used this saint so spectacularly. He lived and breathed the holy Rosary.
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Every blessing, through Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary