How I pray the Rosary14 Jan 2015, by Mater Dei in
Often I hear some Catholics say they pray the Rosary within 15 minutes; I wonder how? You may agree that it is possible; yes, it is possible, but it depends on how you pray. Remember, it is a prayer, and prayer is more than mere words. The words of our prayer must be backed with faith, and we must be conscious that we are talking to God. The Rosary is a meditative prayer, it is not something we rush like a birthday party song. When you want to pray the Rosary and enjoy your time with the Lord and his Mother, take your time, don’t rush. Be conscious of every word that comes out of your mouth and let your heart be involved.
I don’t want to begin to tell you when to say the “our Father,” the “hail Mary,” and the “glory be to the father” I presume you already know that. I simply want you to be involved in your prayer. If, for instance, you want to pray the Five joyful mysteries: Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation, and the Finding of the Child in the Temple, you meditate on each of the mysteries before you begin the 10 “hail, Marys.” Annunciation; here, you meditate on how God sent the Angel Gabriel to Mary to announce the coming of the Messiah. It tells us about the love of God, for God so loved the world that he gave his only Son (Jn.3:16). Spend one or two minutes in meditation; meditate on how God loves you, how his love has kept you to this day, and loving you into eternity. Try to imagine how Mary felt when the Angel broke the news to her, thank God for his love for you and the world, and then you begin the “hail Marys,” calling for mother Mary’s intercessions. The same thing goes with the other mysteries of the Rosary.
This may be new to you; it is something personal to me, it helps my recitation of the Rosary, and I felt I should share it with you.