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Prayer: Praying the Daily Rosary, Commentary

Rosary in Hand
The Brigittine Rosary is similar to the Dominican Rosary, except it has 6 decades instead of 5. It is a devotion of the Carmelites, originating from St Bridget of Sweden Pictured is my handmade Brigittine Rosary by the Carmelite Sisters of Colorado Springs, Col.

I believe what is important is to Pray the Rosary at least once daily, and in so doing we enter into a special communication with our Blessed Mother, A channel is opened between our Soul and the Souls of Mary and Jesus, and we are joined in a communicative union around one of the most powerful tools the world has ever seen, to bring Jesus and Mary into our life and cast out Satan and all his influencers. /Mary to Jesus blogger

The words below from the Home Page evoked in me an image, a spirit, a simple contemplative prayerful union, with Mary and Jesus. This kind of Contemplative relationship is what I feel is described in the passage, and this level of communicative communion with Mary and Jesus is what I believe we aspire to daily. The Rosary is one tool we have, and a powerful one at that, to help us enter into contemplative prayer with Mary to Jesus anytime we choose.

… ever letting …our… soul rest in Jesus and Mary while we work; …it is really much simpler. It is a seeing, a being in constant conversation with the Beloved. It is setting aside the imagination, stilling the faculties and remembering the presence of that King and Queen resting in the very center of our souls, as if in a tabernacle. Brother Lawrence was so adamant on this “practice of the presence of God” that he said he no longer believed in God; he SAW God. Brother Lawrence is a revered Carmelite Brother historically within the order.

Which Rosary do we Pray?

  • Which Rosary do we pray?  I think of utmost importance is saying a daily rosary as Mary has asked on numerous occasions particularly in reparation for the sins against Jesus being committed throughout the world, and SORROWing both Mary’s and Jesus’s hearts!  I used to think it was important to say the recommended mysteries on the recommended days of the week. Now I think its’ important that we are praying “a’ rosary of “a” mysteries.
  • Prayerfully listening to the rosary while working, cleaning, doing dishes, driving is a good way to develop and keep up a DAILY rosary habit.
  • I have used these techniques to develop the habit, but as time has gone on it has become a highlight of my life to say the rosary, holding the beads, sitting in front of an image or statue of Mary or especially in Church by an image of Mary of at an altar or place honoring Mary.
  • I used to struggle to say just the one Rosary of 4 main mysteries on 20 beads daily, today I find myself saying more than 1 rosary several times a week in addition to my daily rosary, and it no longer matters how perfect the schedule or the practice after I say the one rosary I am committed to daily. 
  • A well known Priest being interviewed recently said, “lately I have had such an intense interest and focus on the Sorrowful Jesus and Mary, that I have been finding myself praying the sorrowful mysteries everyday. ”
  • Years ago I used to pray the Joyful mysteries everyday becasue I wanted to be positive and I thought the Joyful Mysteries did that; however the redemptive message of the Sorrowful mysteries, entering our souls living eternally in union with Jesus, sounds pretty Joyful to me years later! Meditating on the Sorrowful mysteries and seeing the opportunities to give our own sorrows as a way of participating in Christ’s sorrows and redemption now seems a positive way for myslef to endure the sufferings of this world!

Not all Rosaries are 5 decades,  i.e. Meditating on 20  mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous (instituted in 2002 by Pope John Paul II)?  Some are also a:

  • 7 bead rosary said in connection with the Seven Dolours of Mary. It is a chaplet consisting of a ring of seven groups of seven beads separated by a small medal depicting one of the sorrows of Mary, or a single bead.
  • Our Lady of Medjugorje The Peace Chaplet, 7 sets of 3 beads
  • Many types of Chaplets connected to Marian Devotions, Our Lord,  or the lives of saints.  Chaplets use rosary beads with often their own devotional prayers e.g Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • 2 Marian Rosaries of interest to the Jesus to Mary Blog  are the
  • Rosary  of the 7 sorrows, 7 groups of 7 beads and the
  • Brigittine Rosary  consists of six decades of ten beads each. There are three additional beads at the end. The sixty-three Hail Marys are in remembrance of the sixty-three years of Mary’s earthly life according to one traditional account. The seven Our Fathers, said on the large beads between each decade, are in remembrance of the seven sorrows and joys of the Blessed Virgin.
  • The Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary St. Louis de Montfort, universally known for his True Devotion to Mary, embellished the Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception by adding to each Hail Mary a distinctive invocation in praise of the Blessed Virgin’s excellence, power and goodness, ending with the joyful strain: Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times. The three crowns are: 1. The Crown of Excellence
    2. The Crown of Power
    3. The Crown of Goodness.
  • A good reference I respect is the “All About Mary” resource connected with the University of Dayton, Ohio, US —
  • Fiat!


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