Catholics and the Rosary

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In a previous post, I explained a little about the Catholic’s devotion to Mary. This week I want to write a little about the Rosary. Actually, a lot can be, and has been, said about the rosary and in an upcoming post I will point you to some resources that do a good job explaining why we pray the rosary.

However, before  I do, I want to point out one thing: Although we direct many of the prayers to Mary, the rosary is all about Jesus and meditating on the life of Jesus – and based on the Bible.

Let’s take a look at the mysteries of the rosary: During the Joyful mysteries, we meditate on the birth and early life of Christ, from when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary she would conceive a son, to the visitation to Elizabeth where John the Baptist “leaped for joy,” to the birth of Jesus, to His presentation in the temple and finally to His being found in the temple by Mary and Joseph.

During the Luminous mysteries, we contemplate Jesus’ public life. In the first mystery we think upon Jesus’ “baptism” by John. In the second we meditate on Jesus’ first miracle at Cana and the third mystery is centered on the proclamation of the kingdom and call to conversion. In the fourth mystery we meditate on the Transfiguration of Jesus and in the fifth we meditate on the Institution of the Eucharist.

The Sorrowful mysteries are centered on the suffering and death of Jesus. In the first mystery we accompany Jesus during his Agony in the Garden. In the second mystery we meditate on Jesus’ flagellation at the pillar. In the third mystery we see Jesus as he is mocked and receives the Crown of Thorns. In the fourth mystery we join Jesus as He carries His cross and in the fifth mystery we meditation on the Crucifixion and  death of Our Lord.

Finally, the Glorious mysteries allow us to rejoice in the great mysteries of the Resurrection (decade one) and Ascension of Jesus (decade two). In the third Glorious mystery, we meditate on the Descent of the Holy Spirit. In the fourth and fifth Glorious mysteries we honor Mary as she is Assumed into heaven and Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.

I also want to encourage you to take a closer look at the prayers of the rosary. The Apostle’s Creed, Our Father, Glory Be and even the Hail Mary are God-centered and Christ-centered prayers.

Even the Hail Mary is focused on Jesus. The first part of the Hail Mary comes from Gabriel’s greeting to Mary (from the gospel of Luke) and Elizabeth’s cry of joy (“blessed is the fruit of thy womb). In the second part of the prayer we are asking her to pray for us, just like we would ask our own mother to pray for us.

It would be impossible to expound on the rosary in this short post, but I hope you can begin to see how rich and Christ-centered the rosary is and why it is such an important devotion to Catholics. In tomorrow’s post I will share some links on the rosary that I trust you will find helpful.

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Weekly Goals

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I got a lot of stuff done this week but not everything from this list:

1. Pray the rosary twice this week.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Keep Andrew on track with his home-school assignments.

5. Blog at least twice  this week. (No blogging done this week except last week’s goals…)

6. Start reading the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). (Didn’t finish it, but I got it started at least!)

7. Take Andrew to CCD.

8. Take Andrew to the homeschooling field trip. We are going to the Philly Soft Pretzel Factory! Andrew had a blast! He and his group learned the process of making pretzels, got to try their hand at shaping the dough and of course brought home some pretzels to enjoy. 🙂

I am keeping my goals really small this week. Michael took Andrew on the road with him this week so he will be doing home-schooling with Andrew and I have a few days to focus on my school stuff. It will be a good experience for Andrew to see his daddy in action at work!

1. Pray the rosary at least twice.

2. Get up by 7:00 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes. Get ahead with some school projects.

4. Blog at least twice.

5. Finish reading the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link) and write review.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Weekly Goals

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I am happy to report that I had a very productive week! I crossed almost everything on the list and then some. I love weeks like these. 🙂 Okay, here’s how it looked:

1. Continue reading  the gospel of Luke five minutes per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day with Andrew.

3. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

4. Finish cover for e-book  on prayer and get it published on website.

(It’s done! The eBook is called The Busy Woman’s Guide to Making Time for Prayer and you can snag your copy here!)

5. Continue participating in the Clutter Busting Challenge. (I kept forgetting to post what I got rid of, but I did clear out a bunch of stuff every day. I am going to continue getting rid of stuff as I pack, too.)

6. Continue website changes (Complete?? Maybe). (Not finished, obviously. It is going to take a while, I think; however, I did get some “behind the scenes” changes that I needed done.

7. Continue packing for our up-coming move.

Here’s what’s up for this coming week:

1. Continue reading  the gospel of Luke five minutes per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

4. Finish reading Candles in the Dark and write review. Begin reading The Divine Family.

5. Begin new  challenge over at Money Saving Mom.

6. Continue website changes.

7. Continue packing for our up-coming move.

8. Get at least 8 hours sleep and rise at 6am.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

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