5 Ways to Pray the Rosary More

Olivia Spears

Olivia Spears

Olivia knows that Jesus can do anything. She was born and bred in Kentucky, where sweet tea and bourbon flow like milk and honey. She quickly returned there after graduating with Theology and Catechetics degrees from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Olivia is married to her high school best friend turned college sweetheart and they recently welcomed their first son. She spends her time teaching 7th graders about Christ and His Church, exploring the crunchy side of life, organizing anything she can get her hands on, and dancing in the moonlight. You can come along for the adventure at www.totheheights.com.

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  1. A lot of times I’ll break the daily rosary into decades and pray each of them at one of the segments in the Liturgy of the Hours. It seems to work for me because I’m already slowing down and praying for one thing, and one decade of the rosary doesn’t lengthen things out to the point where it keeps me from taking care of various responsibilities

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  3. Nancy Bacho Kenny

    We say 20 hail Marys, one for each mystery of the rosary. We say it like this: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, WHOSE BIRTH WAS ANNOUNCED BY AN ANGEL, holy Mary MOST COOPERATIVE mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, Amen. (the phrases above in ALL CAPS vary, based on the mystery you are on, and on Mary’s response to what the Lord is doing in the mystery. Mary is MOST GRATEFUL, MOST HUMBLE, MOST SORROWFUL, MOST COMPASSIONATE, etc. These are the traits we hope to imitate.) This method is suggested by Pope St John Paul II, in his document on the rosary. It really helps draw you into to mystery!

  4. These are great suggestions. Praying in the car and breaking up the decades has been very helpful for me.

    I’ll also add my own suggestion: pray the rosary with a beautiful image of the mystery to help focus one’s meditation on the lives of Jesus and Mary.

    To this end, last year, I produced the Sacred Art Series Rosary Flip Book. See http://www.SacredArtSeries.com.

    The Rosary Flip Book has also helped our children to pray the rosary better, and we leave an image displayed throughout the day, so that even when one is not praying the rosary, the image calls one to a meditation on the lives of Jesus and Mary.

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