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FutureStarrHow to Pray With a Rosaryor
In today's society, spiritual guidance is more sought out than ever. This can be found in the form of social media conversations and chat rooms, to hard copies of books and rosaries, which hold spiritual power in their classic use as a prayer from the Catholic church.
Each of the five decades of the Rosary highlights a mystery from the life of Jesus. There are four sets of mysteries, each containing five pivotal moments from the life of Jesus — including the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious mysteries. When praying the Rosary, we enter into one set of mysteries at a time, walking with Mary and Jesus as we meditate on the depths of God’s love for us. The Church traditionally prays certain mysteries on certain days of the week, as follows. Think of the Rosary as being like the ocean: There’s something in it for everyone, whether you consider yourself a veteran mystic longing to go deeper in prayer with our Lord, a novice struggling to learn how to pray, or someone seeking the Lord’s help, right now, with something going on in your life. The deep-sea explorer and the child making sand castles on the beach can fully enjoy the same ocean while playing at different levels. And this is true with the Rosary.
Just as Dr. Sri explains, the Rosary is a prayer tool for people of all ages, enduring different things, and who might have different levels of familiarity with the devotion. The reason behind the Rosary is fairly simple — Mary was present for the joyful, sorrowful, luminous, and glorious moments of Christ’s life. So, we pray with Mary through the life of Christ to grow closer to Him. We might pray with Mary for a special intention, or we might need a moment of solace with the Blessed Mother and her Son, Jesus. Any reason to pray the Rosary is a beautiful reason. The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Saint John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous. (Source: www.usccb.org)