How to pray using the rosary

In my previous post on learning to pray rosary, we discovered some prayers that can be learned and recited, either out loud or mentally, while meditation on the mysteries of the rosary.

On Monday and Saturday it is conventional to meditate upon the joyful mysteries – from the bed of Christ’s imminent conception to His being found teaching as a child, astonishing those at the temple.

 On Thursday, it has become conventional to make use of the suggestion of Saint Pope John-Paul II, who was Pope before Benedict XVI (the Pope before our current Pope, holy father Pope Francis, head of the Church on earth, current. That suggestion is that those who pray using the rosary, invoke the luminous mysteries in their meditative contemplation. These are significant miracle, supernatural or other important events in Jesus’ life as an adult, from the “water into wine” miracle at a wedding in Cana, prior to His main ministry, through to His breaking bread and blessing bread and wine and sharing it with His closest friends, His disciples and commanding them to “do this in memory of me”.

On Tuesday and Friday, it is conventional to meditate on the Sorrowful rosary mysteries. These begin with Jesus’ experiences in the Garden of Gethsemane, where His apostles fell asleep when asked to pray, and Jesus said the words “Father, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will but Thine be done.” According the sacred gospel scriptures, he also sweated beads of blood. These mysteries lead us in meditative prayer and contemplation to the cross and Jesus’ bodily death at Golgotha, the place of the skull. “He died for our sins, that we might have life, and in abundant measure.” This is a crucial understanding, if not the most crucial belief in Christian living. 

But as any Christian knows and the basic fundamental of our faith, Jesus rose again, defeating death, defeating sin forever, defeating evil forever, defeating hell forever and showing forever that He is our Holy, Mighty One, our God in other words, made man, yet wholly God. So we meditate on His glorious resurrection, His ascension into heaven, as witnessed by His disciples, and the later descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, “like tongues of fire”, where the wondrous gifts of the Holy Spirit were distributed among those first Apostles, on the day known as the Day of Pentecost. The final two mysteries in the glorious mysteries complete the full rosary and relate to Church dogmatic teaching (tradition and belief declared wholly true by the Roman Catholic Church), and namely refer to the Assumption into heaven of Mary, explained beautifully on Matt Fradd’s blog, here, and finally referring to the book of the Apocalypse (Revelation) and Church-revealed teaching on a woman described in that book, the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven.

OK, but how pray? How pray the rosary?

Actually, I personally believe there are a great many ways pray and worship God…

 to be continued… 

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