Simple Methods to Pray the Rosary (in response to Under the Violet Moon)

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Sim­ple Meth­ods to Pray the Ros­ary (in respon­se to Under the Viol­et Moon)
19 Abalon/Sept. 23


Today is named after the Dove (Colum­ba means dove), one of our Sev­en Sac­red Sym­bols which rep­res­ents the Holy Daugh­ter as Our Lady, Dove of Peace. Mad­ria Grace rules this day. She is the Guard­i­an of East and Water and the Jana (Divine Gate) of Com­pas­sion, Love and Mer­cy. She is also the Mat­ron Jana of heal­ing.


Daugh­ter Dea

O, Mad­ria Grace, Jana of Com­pas­sion, Love and Mer­cy, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Vir­tues flow with­in me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.


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Recently, the author of Under the Viol­et Moon,,

wro­te an import­ant art­icle on the chal­lenges that are often faced by those who are new to pray­ing the ros­ary. For those com­ing from Prot­est­ant back­grounds along with devotees who were raised in the Novus Ordo (post Vat­ic­an II) Cath­olic Church, the ros­ary may seem for­eign and over­whelm­ing. At the end of this art­icle, I offer sev­er­al ways to pray the ros­ary in a sim­pler man­ner.

One reas­on why most Cath­ol­ics, (until the post-Vat. II gen­er­a­tion), prayed the ros­ary every day with such great devo­tion was due to the appear­ances of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary. In a major­ity of these appar­i­tions, she always reques­ted the daily ros­ary. It was con­sidered to be the most power­ful form of pray­er short of the Cath­olic mass and many mir­acles and heav­enly prom­ises have been attached to it. It is tra­di­tion­ally under­stood to be a garden of roses which we offer to Our Lady.


The con­tem­pla­tion of the Vir­gin Mary, her priv­ileges, and the favors she bestows on her chil­dren was con­sidered a joy exceed­ing all oth­er joys. It was this joy­ful piety of the Hail, Our Lady” that gave the name of the Ros­ary. In the Middle Ages, the sym­bol of joy was the rose. To crown one’s head with a gar­land of roses (a chap­let) was a sign of joy. The Vir­gin Mary was even called a garden of roses.” In medi­ev­al Lat­in, a garden of roses is ros­ar­i­um. 1

In so many images and statues of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary, we see her offer­ing the ros­ary to us.


While I no longer accept the vera­city of every appar­i­tion, or, at the very least, I think the Church mis­rep­res­en­ted them, I still believe in the ros­ary as a very power­ful form of pray­er. I’ve had way too many mir­acles hap­pen in my life as a res­ult of pray­ing the ros­ary to ever doubt its effic­acy. It is a dir­ect line to Our Lady.


In pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, entire fam­il­ies would gather to pray the ros­ary, togeth­er. I remem­ber when vis­it­ing my rel­at­ives, all of my aunts, my mother and my grand­mother would get down on their knees and pray the beads’.

When I was young, around six or sev­en, I had ros­ary beads that glowed in the dark’. It was com­fort­ing to lie beneath my blankets and pray my gently illu­min­ated ros­ary in the night. I would sense/feel the pres­ence of Our Lady, almost as if she was hov­er­ing over me while I prayed myself to sleep. Through the wear­ing of the Mira­cu­lous Medal (2) and pray­ing the daily ros­ary, Our Lady was with me every day and always.

There is a funny story my mother always told me. When she was five years old, at a time when she was bilin­gual, her fam­ily would always pray the ros­ary in French. One day, my grand­mother stopped pray­ing in order to listen more closely to my mother’s recit­a­tion of the Hail, Mary. My mother related that she had no idea what she was say­ing wrong, but they nev­er said the ros­ary in French, again.🙂

So great was Cath­olic devo­tion to Our Lady and her ros­ary before the dev­ast­at­ing after­math of Vat­ic­an II, that most par­ishes had a weekly ros­ary night and some had a pub­lic ros­ary after mass on Sundays. We prayed the ros­ary dur­ing Mari­an pro­ces­sions and in church on her feast days. I used to con­duct a neigh­bor­hood ros­ary, once a week. Those devoted to Our Lady of Fatima would hold a pub­lic ros­ary in their homes. We made ros­ar­ies for the mis­sions and provided The Secret of the Ros­ary to whomever was inter­ested.


It was a very stir­ring exper­i­ence to pray a pub­lic ros­ary. One side of the church would chant the first half of the Hail, Mary, while the oth­er side would respond by chant­ing the lat­ter half. It was a power­ful time which bound us togeth­er as chil­dren of Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady.

It is import­ant to under­stand that one is not oblig­ated to pray the ros­ary if they are a Dean­ic devotee. In fact, the ros­ary is not even man­dated for Cath­ol­ics. As with all of our pray­ers, they are simply offer­ings of choice.

There are those who prefer to always pray in their own words; there are those who prefer to pray more form­al pray­ers and there are those, like me, who pray both ways. Each devotee must pray in the man­ner that best suits their indi­vidu­al Soul Path and their per­son­al inclin­a­tions.

For those who desire to pray the ros­ary and yet find it daunt­ing, here are a few quick tid­bits:


(1) When you are new to pray­ing the ros­ary, don’t worry about con­cen­trat­ing on the Mys­ter­ies. Don’t even try to med­it­ate on them until you’ve been pray­ing the ros­ary for such a long time that the words are second nature to you. It’s fine to simply con­cen­trate on the words them­selves, or to put your­self in Our Lady’s Pres­ence by gaz­ing at a statue, icon or even a candle flame while pray­ing. Some­times, I simply gaze at the sun­light glint­ing off the lake. In doing so, you will find that cer­tain thoughts or inspir­a­tions might enter your mind. Don’t try to brush them aside, that is Our Lady com­mu­nic­at­ing with you.