The Catholic Rosary
Some knowledge of the Catholic rosary will help one to understand my adapted method. The rosary is a strand of 62 beads and one cross.
Catholics begin with the Apostle’s Creed or other statement of faith as they begin with the cross of the rosary.
They proceed to the first bead on which they say the Lord’s Prayer. The next three beads are “Hail Marys” directed to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” (taken from Luke 1:42 in Elizabeth’s greeting of Mary before Jesus’ birth)
The Gloria is used for the next single bead: “Glory be to God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and to His son Jesus Christ our Lord. As it was in the beginning, now forever shall be world withiut end. Amen.”
On different days of the week, different scriptures (provided in subsequent chapters) are used as meditations for each decade-10 beads:
Sundays and Wednesdays: The Resurrection, The Ascension, Pentecost, The Assumption, The Coronation
Saturdays and Mondays: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Birth, The Presentation in the Temple, Jesus Lost in Jerusalem
Tuesdays and Fridays: The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning of Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, The Crucifixion
Thursdays (implemented by Pope John Paul II): The Baptism, The Wedding at Cana of Galilee, The Kingdom of God, The Transfiguration, The Eucharist
One advantage of this prayer is that each week the pray-er goes through the main events of Jesus’ life mentally. This is a constant reminder of all Jesus has done for us.
At this point one begins praying each decade. On the first bead, a brief scripture passage is recited or read specific to that day’s meditations. Then the Hail Marys are recited 10 times.
Progress to the next and subsequent beads and meditations and repeat the Hail Marys.
The rosary prayers have a calming effect, probably because the repetition soothes the mind and soul, giving focus away from the world and the troubles in it.