Praying the Rosary

Praying the Rosary

You are invited to continue in your spiritual and prayerful journey with Franciscan Media throughout the month of May! Join us Praying the Rosary. By registering, you’ll gain access to videos, prayers and the history of the rosary. Access to these resources will be sent to you via email each morning during May. 

Rosary Monday: Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

The joyful mysteries of the rosary are generally prayed on Mondays and Saturdays. They include:

Rosary Tuesday: Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

The sorrowful mysteries of the rosary are generally prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays. They include:

Rosary Wednesday: Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

The glorious mysteries of the rosary are generally prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays. They include:

Rosary Thursday: Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

The luminous mysteries of the rosary are generally prayed on Thursdays. They include:

Rosary Friday: Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

The sorrowful mysteries of the rosary are generally prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays. They include:

Rosary Saturday: Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

The joyful mysteries of the rosary are generally prayed on Mondays and Saturdays. They include:

Rosary Sunday: Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

The glorious mysteries of the rosary are generally prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays. They include:

History of the Rosary

The fact that the rosary is an object can help to celebrate the incarnational side of our religion and remind us all of where we started, and who we are.  Although it is popularly attributed to the founder of the Dominican Order, the 13th-century St. Domingo (Dominic) de Guzman, the rosary, in fact, comes from much older traditions. Several different threads came together to give us the rosary we use today. One of the first threads was the Church’s wish to encourage people to pray the Our Father. Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, was clear in AD 248 about the need to use the Our Father in personal as well as communal prayer. The early Church was already fighting numerous heretical factions, and there was some concern that people would make up their own prayers that might or might not conform to the Church’s teachings.

 

Read more by Jeannette de Beauvoir here.

Origin of the Rosary

According to one tradition, the rosary’s defining moment came during an apparition of Mary to Saint Dominic around the year 1221. Dominic was combating a popular heresy in France called Albigensianism. Mary gave him the rosary, told him to teach people this devotion, and promised that his apostolic efforts would be blessed with much success if he did. We know the religious order Dominic founded (the Dominicans) clearly played a major role in promoting the rosary throughout the world in the early years of this devotion.

 

Read more from Edward Sri here.

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Praying the Rosary Like Never Before

Do you struggle with praying the rosary: finding time, fighting distractions, worrying about your mind wandering? In Praying the Rosary Like Never Before, Edward Sri offers practical suggestions that come from the rosary’s tradition and, most especially, St. John Paul II.
These helpful tips will make the rosary a constant companions through the different seasons, moments, and challenges we all face. These tips serve as easy on-ramps for those who don’t pray the rosary regularly motivate avid devotees of the rosary to go deeper with the Lord.

 

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