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The Family Rosary [Try it for Lent!] (Catholic Caucus) ^ | February 23, 2009 | Br. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P.

Posted on 02/23/2009 6:54:46 PM PST by Salvation

The Family Rosary

February 23rd, 2009 by Br. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P.

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”  These words were said over and over by my cousin’s family this past Advent.  She and her husband and their four sons gathered each day to pray the Rosary together as they awaited the coming of the Son of God at Christmas.  As they prayed the Rosary and meditated on the mysteries, they embarked on a journey experienced by families for the past few hundreds years — a journey that ultimately led to great peace, joy, and love.

A Tradition for Families

The Rosary prayed in common is part of the tradition of the life of the Church, especially the little Church — the family.  The riches of this prayer have been passed down for centuries through the family.  It was not uncommon for families to gather together, sometimes every night, to say the Rosary.  Not only with its repetitiously soothing words did the children calm down, but it also united the members of the family in a beautiful way.  The Rosary brought together husband and wife, father and son, mother and daughter, and it gave them a chance to join together in a bond that surpassed any fights or discrepancies they may have had.  Mary, the Queen of Families, brought together broken homes and aided strong families so that both could grow in holiness, wisdom, and charity.  And, she continues to do so to this today.

The Moonlit Path

With each and every Hail Mary, we are better instructed how to love God and to imitate the Blessed Mother as we follow her journey with her Son.  It is like taking a leisurely walk on a cool, moonlit summer’s evening when there’s not a care in the world.  Walking down this path, it is the Blessed Mother who reflects the light from the Son and so leads us on the path to our eternal home; all the while, we are filled with peace.  On this journey, we take breaks to soak in the beauty of the night’s sky, and thus we are better able to understand the mysteries of Christ’s life reflecting at each stopping point on just how important each part of His life really is.  Even in the midst of a hectic world, we can actually find peace in the darkness of the night’s sky knowing that it is the Blessed Mother who guides us safely on the path lighting each and every step for us as we pray each and every Hail Mary.

This path is the one that I found my cousin’s family taking when I visited this past Christmas.  In visiting them, I noticed an extraordinary love for God and for each other.  My four nephews were well-behaved.  They obeyed their parents.  And, they actually paid attention at daily Mass.  Moreover, my cousin and her husband have a beautiful marriage.  With their patience, their hospitality, and their love for each other and their children, they gave a witness to what the sacrament of marriage is all about.  This is what happens when the Blessed Mother is brought in to teach the family about the virtues.

A Culture of Life and Peace

Bringing back the family Rosary would not only help the individual families, it would also greatly aid the restoration of the family in society.  When a culture is built by strong families with members that really desire charity and unity, that culture will surely find its way back to being healthy.  A resurgence of the importance of all life, from the unborn to the elderly, will naturally occur.  Through this little catechism, as people meditate on the importance of the unborn during the mystery of the Visitation and the importance of suffering during the Sorrowful Mysteries, it will only become normal that we will appreciate human life in all its stages and conditions.  The Rosary is a powerful tool in truly establishing a culture of life and a civilization of love.  Can we imagine a culture that was built on the humility of the Annunciation, the charity of the Visitation, and the hope of the Ascension?

So why aren’t more families praying the Rosary together?  It might be hard for a family to go to daily Mass together, and many families might not yet know how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.  But, the Rosary — families know how to say the Rosary.  It’s easy to learn, it’s easy to pray, and it doesn’t take much time.  Especially in an age where it seems we never have enough time to add anything to our schedules, it is amazing to note that when we give God our time, He gives it back to us tenfold.  He turns the hectic day into one filled with peace.  All it takes is starting with one night a week.  A family could have dinner together on Sunday night and gather afterward to pray the Rosary.  Moreover, in seasons like Advent and Lent, it’s a great practice to bring families together to prepare for the great mysteries of the Nativity and the Triduum.  The benefits would be tremendous, and it would only be a matter of time before peace reigned within the walls of the home.

The family Rosary has helped countless families throughout the centuries.  It has helped them grow in holiness, charity, and unity.  By following the Blessed Mother on the path to her Son, families have raised up great saints who have changed the world.  And, this still happens today.  Last Advent, my cousin said, “We have started our Advent devotions and Rosary with the boys this year (first time), and it has been such a blessed experience!”  After seeing the love in her family at Christmas, I can truly see that it must have been a blessed experience.  The family Rosary — what a blessing indeed!

Br. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P. is a Dominican Friar in formation for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Please visit our vocations blog at

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Prayer
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; prayer; rosary
Have you ever tried a Scriptural Rosary? Pull a Bible verse from that mystery's scene, read it, and then pray the Hail Mary.

It helps you to keep on track in the meditation, but it does take a little longer.

(If you want examplels, FReepmail me.)

1 posted on 02/23/2009 6:54:46 PM PST by Salvation
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examples — typos are a plague sometimes. LOL!

2 posted on 02/23/2009 6:55:32 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic Prayer Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Catholic Prayer Ping List.

3 posted on 02/23/2009 6:57:12 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholics don't just say repetitious prayers, but they meditate on four sets of mysteries surround Christ's life.

Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

1.  Sign of the Cross:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

2.  The Apostles Creed:  I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

4. (3) Hail Mary:  HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross


The Mysteries of the Rosary

By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.

The Joyful Mysteries
(Mondays and Saturdays)
1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) [Spiritual fruit - Humility]
2. The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) [Spiritual fruit - Love of Neighbor]
3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) [Spiritual fruit - Poverty of Spirit]
4. The Presentation (Luke 2:21-38) [Spiritual fruit - Purity of mind & body]
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) [Spiritual fruit - Obedience ]

The Luminous Mysteries or Mysteries of Light
(Thursdays) see Rosarium Virginis Mariae
1. Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan (II Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 3:17 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Gratitude for the gift of Faith]
2. Jesus' self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1- 12) [Spiritual fruit - Fidelity]
3. Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with His call to conversion (Mark 1:15, Mark 2:3-13; Luke 7:47- 48, John 20:22-23) [Spiritual fruit - Desire for Holiness]
4. Jesus' Transfiguration (Luke 9:35 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Spiritual Courage]
5. Jesus' institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery. (Luke 24:13-35 and parallels, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) [Spiritual fruit - Love of our Eucharistic Lord]

The Sorrowful Mysteries
(Tuesdays and Fridays)
1. The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46) [Spiritual fruit - God's will be done]
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26, Mark 15:15, John 19:1) [Spiritual fruit - Mortification of the senses]
3. The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-30, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:2) [Spiritual fruit - Reign of Christ in our heart]
4. The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:17) [Spiritual fruit - Patient bearing of trials]
5. The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:22-39, Luke 23:33-49, John 19:17-37) [Spiritual fruit - Pardoning of Injuries]

The Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]

4 posted on 02/23/2009 7:02:20 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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The intention of the Rosary can be for your family rather than for our nation. Choose your own intentions.

5 posted on 02/23/2009 7:03:16 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Lent is a special time filled with prayer, penance and almsgiving. Alms can be money or time. Time spent praying with family, what could be better?

6 posted on 02/23/2009 7:05:02 PM PST by narses (
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7 posted on 02/23/2009 7:06:16 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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I’ll take some examplels and some examples too, if you would please. No hurry, whenever you can. Thanks Salvation. I love the rosary and find it very hard to meditate and remember the mysteries when praying by myself.

8 posted on 02/23/2009 7:06:42 PM PST by RedRedRose
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**Time spent praying with family, what could be better?**

Agree with that completely.

9 posted on 02/23/2009 7:07:16 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Thank you for posting.

10 posted on 02/23/2009 7:10:05 PM PST by Orange1998
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Most welcome. I pray that all families can do this during Lent.

Our children weren’t particularly fond of it, but they did it.

11 posted on 02/23/2009 7:15:00 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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For the last months I say the creed and my prayers every morning on a high mount next to the sea. I never have felt closer to the Lord.

12 posted on 02/23/2009 7:16:54 PM PST by Jolla
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On Christmas night my son came into the living room while I was sitting by the tree and asked me to pray the Rosary with him. I nearly bawled.

13 posted on 02/23/2009 7:28:37 PM PST by tioga
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Started the morning with Father coming over and King Vanity and I chose that time to renew our yearly Prayer to Immaculata Militia.

Had Holy Communion and after King Vanity announced his choice of sacrafice for Lenten season.

EWTN TV only for the next 43 (?) days no other tv entertainment.
So that will include the Rosary with Mother Angelica.

I am choosing a Novena for my Lent (maybe 2 I have my eye on Praying).

I hope the whole Halibuts come in so we can make that an affordable venture. Otherwise Pink Shrimp will be in defrost mode. : )

14 posted on 02/23/2009 8:52:47 PM PST by Global2010 (God Will see us through. Persevere)
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How special. Sounds like he’s on the younger side.

15 posted on 02/23/2009 9:18:48 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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32 years old

16 posted on 02/24/2009 5:52:30 AM PST by tioga
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17 posted on 02/24/2009 10:14:56 AM PST by philled ("I prefer messy democracy to the stability of tyrants." -- Howar Ziad, Iraqi Ambassador to Canada)
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18 posted on 05/14/2010 1:48:06 PM PDT by diamond6 (Pray the Rosary to defeat communism and Obamacare!!)
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