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5/22/13 6:26 P

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I love that sign of the cross emoticon on CAF! They have so many, they crack me up!

And you're very welcome. There are two things in this life that I am passionate about: (1) the Faith and (2) breastfeeding. I can talk about (and type about!) for hours on end.

I like the prayers that you have been doing. What a good idea to prepare for reconciliations.

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5/22/13 10:50 A

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Oh my goodness, all the work you went to for me, thank you! I had never been using spaces, and I suppose that I just equated 'the decoration' with the Hail Holy Queen, as my first rosary, and ones that I've gotten subsequently have Mary with baby Jesus (and my kids and I had been going to Cathedral of Immaculate Conception) for the centerpiece. I previously, until this novena with the instruction set had not been doing the other prayers. Although, I had my own little set that I did....Act of contrition, and prayer to 'guardian angel' (that was also to help my kids learn it). It also helped me have act of contrition set in my mind so that I would be better prepared at reconciliations....

Thank you again.... You're an emoticon !

Oh, and you should see it on Catholic Answers Forum, they have the cutest little emoticon, it does the sign of the cross and prays....

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5/21/13 7:39 P

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I agree, I really don't think that one would go to hell for saying a rosary in a different manner, especially if one was sincere in one's efforts!

I think that the beads aren't lining up for you as you say a couple of "extras" in there.

(1) Apostles Creed on the cross/crucifx
(2) Our Father on the first bead, set apart from the others
(3) 3 Hail Marys on the three beads together
(4) Announce the first Mystery for that day, or whatever one you are on for a novena, and say the Our Father on the bead that comes before the "decoration" (whether it be a saint medal, image of Our Blessed Mother, image of Our Lord, etc.)
(5) 10 Hail Marys on the 10 beads together
(6) say a Glory Be and Oh my Jesus on the space in between the Hail Mary beads, and then next Our Father bead
(7) repeat 4, 5, 6 with the next 4 Mysteries
(8) At the last Oh my Jesus, you should be on the space after the last of the Hail Mary beads. I then hold the crucifix again (but others may do differently), and say the Hail Holy Queen - the only time we usually say it during the Rosary. I then say Pray for us oh Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Followed by:
Let us pray:
Oh God, whose only begotten Son by His life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation, grant we beseech thee, that by meditating on these Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through that same Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

We then say a Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee O Virgin of virgins, our Mother, to thee we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us (at Catholic Critters). Amen.

Lastly, the Divine Office:
The Magnificat (The Divine Office)
My soul glorifies the Lord,
My spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks forth on His servant in her lowliness;
Henceforth, all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy His Name!
His mercy is from age to age,
On those who fear Him.
He puts forth His arm in strength
And scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, His servant,
Remembering His mercy,
The mercy promised to our fathers,
To Abraham and his descendants for ever.

Now, not everyone does all these prayers. I myself found them quite daunting when I first began doing a daily Rosary. Some people end before the Memorare. Others stop at the Hail Holy Queen. It's up to you.

Here is a diagram to help:

holyrosarysite.com/how-to-pray-the-r
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If you scroll down you get to the diagram.

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5/21/13 1:37 A

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Instructions were: (my notes after, if applicable)
Make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles' Creed." I do Profession of Faith.
Say the "Our Father."
Say three "Hail Marys." Faith, Hope, and the Greatest gift Love
Say the "Glory be to the Father." I also do an "Oh Holy Jesus"
Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father." which seems somehow outta sync Because then, at the centerpiece I do "Hail Holy Queen"
Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating on the Mystery.
Say the "Glory be to the Father." then " Oh Holy Jesus"
Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father." Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
Me:Then end with a Glory be, Oh Holy Jesus, and Our Father, and Hail Holy Queen
I mean it's not a big deal to me, just doesn't seem in keeping with the design of it? The rosary and what it means is a big deal to me, oh my goodness, but the error does not stop me from going ahead with saying it nor do I think God's going to send me to hell for it...

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5/20/13 10:02 P

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Hi Gail Ann. Please tell us what part is confusing you. Are you unsure when to say certain prayers? We will be glad to help, can you explain it a bit more, which part you are having trouble with?

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5/20/13 7:24 P

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I was really hard on my rosaries, carrying them in slacks or jeans pockets, in my purse, etc, having so many that broke, let alone finding one in the dark, I finally started getting inexpensive little plastic ones that were 34 cents each and some even glowed in the dark. I don't mean to sound awful but they're great! No telling who makes them or why, but I love it. I usually buy 10-20 at a time, then have no qualms about giving people I know 1 or 2...or someone you meet that's uptight about something...if I get a response like 'I'm not catholic'-protestants, I add something like 'hang on to the cross, then it doesn't much matter in these situations'...Then they smile, "you're right."


I'm so bad about knowing the details of this kind of thing, how about 'my fave is third bead from the right'? But honestly, stupid question about the rosary...no one taught me how to say it and once long ago I got a chart...However, I know that I'm messing up on saying the first mystery ...Like with the 'Our Father'...feels awkward as I do it with the one before the 'Hail Holy Queen' centerpiece and that doesn't seem quite right...blush, feeling stupid here, but help is welcome..

My journey has never been 'technically correct', in fact, if you look too closely, just plain crazy. I've missed out on a lot that I should know about 'the day to day Catholic' of it. But I haven't missed out on the faith, hope, and trying to live the love....just pray that it's good enough....

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Such a thought provokng question, Andy! emoticon
I suppose I would say I have no "favorite". I carry a Rosary with me everywhere I go, and have collected them since I was a child. I have several Rosaries that belonged to deceased loved ones, and I feel closer to them when I pray with their beads...
I have always been one to visualize things as I pray, so saying the Rosary is an "experience" for me. I like to use my Rosary CD's that are very descriptive, also. Especially the Scriptural Rosary CD's.
I, too, am so happy to have the Luminous Mysteries! The more we meditate on the Life of Christ, the better we understand Him, and can imitate Him(and HIs Mother, as well).
Recalling His life, from Conception to Ascension, gives me hope that I can follow Him closely in all aspects of my life journey. I so look forward to His glorious return!
The Rosary is such a simple gift to help anyone know Jesus better!

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5/20/13 12:26 A

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The pretty ones - bwahahahahahahahahaha*snort* I confess, I was thinking along those lines as well.

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When I first saw the question, I was going to smirk and say yes, the pretty ones.

The sorrowful, I sometimes have a problem and put off starting...

My favorite was the Joyful...

Yet the need to learn more, reacquaint myself more fully with the stories of the Luminous, yet explore the emotionality of the mysteries, is soon becoming something beautiful...however, perhaps it is the newness to me... :) No matter which one, it is always such a wonderful thing..why has anyone ever called this 'suffering'?

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Not a weird thread at all, Andy. I like it!

It is a difficult one to answer, though. I find I prefer different mysteries at different times. And sometimes, I prefer one particular decade over another at different times too.

For instance, for a long time, I seemed to just love the 4th mystery in each set - you know, the Presentation, the Transfiguration, the Carrying of the Cross, and the Assumption of Mary.

After the Luminous Mysteries were proposed by the late Pope (2002), I loved those, as they were "fresh and new".

Then, after seeing the Passion of the Christ (2004), I could really visualize ( emoticon ) the Passion of the Sorrowful Mysteries, it made it all come alive for me. Likewise, when I saw the Nativity Story (2006 - love that movie!), the Joyful Mysteries were that much more real to me.

*shrug*
I guess I love them all!

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5/14/13 7:55 P

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That's a difficult question. I love all of the Mysteries, as they each have beauty and power in a different way. I don't think I can choose.

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I love them all as they are all about the life of Jesus. But my favorite has to be The Glorious Mysteries.

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The Luminous are my favorite.

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I like all the mysteries, i relate each one to each of my 3 children and one to my husband, so as i pray the rosary, i am also praying for my family.
the rosary is one of my favorite ways to pray. I have it on cd and pray it on my way to work in the mornings.
good question to ponder.
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It's hard to say if I have a favorite set of mysteries or not. What I do like is saying them in order during our novenas. When I first converted, I wondered why there were no mysteries on Jesus life and preaching. Then they were released during the early years of JPII's papacy. I do understand why the others were first, but these add so much. It was like there was a whole part that was missing!

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I like the glorious mysteries the best.

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I prefer the glorious mysteries. I don't like saying the sorrowful mysteries, which might explain why I sometimes forget to say it on those days

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I think my preferences also change, but for now my favourite is the Joyful Mysteries, because of the excitement of new life - the life of God in Jesus. These mysteries also make me think of my own son and grandsons.

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Just came in for a walk where I often pray a Rosary as I get in my steps. Thinking about May and the upcoming Rosary Novena, I began to wonder... do you have a favourite set of Mysteries for the Rosary, why?

Growing up, I had always found the Sorrowful Mysteries my favourites as they seemed the most visual, or powerful, in my mind, perhaps through participation in the Stations of the Cross and the events leading up to Easter. But now, I seem to enjoy thinking about the Luminous mysteries and the Ministry of Jesus.

Sorry, this may be a weird thread but something I was just thinking about.



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