Monday, September 19, 2011
Mysteries of the Rosary
Can you help me? I hear a lot of people talk about praying one decade of the rosary at a time. For example, they may pray a decade on the way to take the kids to school in the morning. When this is practiced, is it proper to say all the opening and closing prayers on each end of the one decade? The creed, the Our Father, three Hail Mary's, the Glory Be, the decade, then the Glory Be, Hail Holy Queen, etc...? Or is there some other way to do it?
I have the same question about saying the entire rosary, broken up during the day. If someone were to pray the joyful mysteries in the morning, the sorrowful in the afternoon, and the glorious in the evening, would they say all the other prayers every time?
I know I left out the luminous mysteries. For devotions that originated before the luminous mysteries and that require reciting all 15 decades daily, what is to be done about the luminous mysteries? Are they ignored? Are they required?
Please help me figure out all these specifics!
As if saying the rosary and all it entails and what day of the week and what time of year one says which group of mysteries isn't enough to digest. Not to mention that the whole reason we have broken down into which group of mysteries to say on what day of the week plus at what time of year is because we realize you don't have time to say a whole rosary (all decades, all mysteries, all the time) every day. Now people are breaking it down even further into a decade at a time. While driving?
If you want to drive around saying a meditative prayer on your own, that's fine. For my sake, please wait until after you drop off the kids. The idea of not really having your mind on driving with the kids in the car is a little disconcerting. On the other hand, once you drop them off and go into your mediation, there are other people's kids in other people's cars to consider.
As long as we're making up new ways to say the rosary, I'd say the first part of the rosary and one decade, and then a decade at a time, if I had to make something up about a driving rosary. Must be a very short drive.
I hope these people talking about saying a rosary one decade at a time are not the same ones that are complaining about when we say "the" in the Mass or if certain prayers are before or after the end of Mass.
I know I'm going to hear it from the peanut gallery, since I really never want to discourage people from praying any which way. Truly, I don't.
But do we have to do everything in sound bites? Are we really that busy? Mary weeps.
The point of saying a rosary is not saying a rosary. The point of the rosary is prayer. Prayer is a petition to God. (It isn't always, there are prayers of thanks, for example. But are you paying attention to the "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners...." part? That's a petition.) It just seems to me that if we're going to use Mary's special prayer to petition God, we might want to consider putting aside some time and effort and not try to finish off a decade while you're double parked.
If you're breaking up the entire rosary throughout the day, broken up by mysteries, I can go with that. At least you're in the full mediation process and you're going the extra distance beyond what the Church asks in rosary saying. Of course, you say all the prayers. Why wouldn't you say all the prayers? This makes no sense to me. You are, after all, talking about a prayer during which we say the Hail Mary over 50 times. But you want to leave out some "Glory Be"s? Why? I'm confused by the confusion.
As for the Luminous Mysteries, they are neither ignored nor required. But I would put it to you that when it comes to prayer the old adage "less is more" does not apply.
Again, we love for you to pray, anyway you can, anytime you can. But why not just do that, and save for rosary for the time it actually takes to say it without driving your car up a pole.