October is Rosary Month

Rosary

Pope Paul VI on the Rosary:

“As a GOSPEL PRAYER, CENTERED ON THE MYSTERY OF THE REDEMPTIVE INCARNATION, the Rosary is therefore a prayer with a clearly CHRISTOLOGICAL orientation. Its most characteristic element, in fact, the litany-like succession of Hail Marys becomes in itself an unceasing PRAISE OF CHRIST, who is the ultimate object both of the angel’s announcement and of the greeting of the mother of John the Baptist: ‘Blessed is the fruit of your womb’ (Lk. 1:42).”

“WITHOUT [CONTEMPLATION] THE ROSARY IS A BODY WITHOUT A SOUL, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas and of going counter to the warning of Christ: ‘And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt. 6:7). By its nature THE RECITATION OF THE ROSARY CALLS FOR A QUIET RHYTHM AND A LINGERING PACE, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. IN THIS WAY THE UNFATHOMABLE RICHES OF THESE MYSTERIES ARE UNFOLDED. ”

From Marialis Cultus by Pope Paul VI – February 2, 1974 (EMPHASIS added by CtH)

http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Paul06/p6marial.htm

How to say the Rosary

https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/how_to.htm

The 20 Mysteries of the Rosary

JOYFUL:

  • The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
  • The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
  • The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • The Presentation of our Lord
  • Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12

SORROWFUL:

  • The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
  • The Scourging at the Pillar
  • Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
  • Jesus Carries the Cross
  • The Crucifixion of Our Lord

GLORIOUS:

  • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
  • The Descent of the Holy Ghost
  • The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
  • Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth

LUMINOUS:

  • The Baptism in the Jordan
  • The Wedding at Cana
  • The Proclamation of the Kingdom
  • The Transfiguration
  • The Institution of the Eucharist

YouTube has a bunch of videos for praying along for each of the Mysteries. You can pray the rosary alone, in pieces, or whatever way works for you. The videos are helpful for newbies and those who can’t keep their minds on the thing or when hands are busy with another task. Also, the music is nice. One example:

Glorious Mysteries of The Holy Rosary

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