October is the Month of the Rosary

But if your family is not in the habit of praying the Rosary, I’d like to suggest this very practical beginner’s method:


This is the first part — the little tail of the beads. For one week do this: your husband calls everyone together in a good spot (we sit or pace or, rarely, kneel, and to be honest, there are those who sometimes stretch out on the rug and yes, try not to be scandalized, pray while lying down). When the children are little, it’s helpful if your spot is not near their toy area. You can light a candle (up out of reach of baby), if you like, pass out Rosary beads (although you can use your fingers), mention your intentions for which you are praying and give enough time for everyone to do so, make the Sign of the Cross, and pray:

The Apostle’s Creed – (find this and the other prayers here.)
The Our Father
Three Hail Marys (for the virtues of faith, hope, and charity)
The Glory Be

Make the Sign of the Cross and be on your way after extinguishing the candle.

Do that for one week and you will be ready to say one decade of the Rosary the next week along with those prayers. So — the above, plus do this:

Announce the decade of the Rosary you are praying (let’s say it’s Monday — say, “The first Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation”), say an Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, and a Glory Be. Make the Sign of the Cross, and off you go! (Don’t forget to blow out the candle. I really don’t want comments about how you burned down your house because Auntie Leila said to light a candle.)

Do that for the next week as well. If things are going well, and do try not to continually ask yourselves if they are going well, but just notice afterwards how it went, do your one decade and then say the Hail Holy Queen.

On the fourth week, try saying the whole Rosary (5 decades), ending with the Hail Holy Queen.

What if your husband doesn’t want to lead?  What if your children won’t sit still?  You can find more on the topic here, including troubleshooting tips and other resources. Source


One comment

  1. Thank you very much I always pray the Rosary its keep me up my whole life and will try this to bring my family (I am a single mother) and community involve.I am from Namibia Africa

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