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October is the Month of the Rosary

October 8, 2016

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


God Bless America!

July 4, 2015

If you’re still looking for ways to practice your family Rosary, I highly recommend this idea from our archives for today.

Seeing the Mysteries

May 22, 2015

IMG_0814Nothing helps the process of meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary quite as well as actually looking at a beautiful picture as you pray.  The Family Formation Holy Rosary Prayer Booklet takes advantage of this principle, but you can also collect your own beautiful pictures and make your own book.  There are many great sources for free, quality art on the internet (this is my all-time favorite), but you probably have access to some other sources that would work equally well.  Check this post from our archives for some really simple directions to start your own book.


From John Paul II’s 2002 Apostolic Letter introducing the Mysteries of Light:

Announcing each mystery, and perhaps even using a suitable icon to portray it, is as it were to open up a scenario on which to focus our attention. The words direct the imagination and the mind towards a particular episode or moment in the life of Christ. In the Church’s traditional spirituality, the veneration of icons and the many devotions appealing to the senses, as well as the method of prayer proposed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises, make use of visual and imaginative elements (the compositio loci), judged to be of great help in concentrating the mind on the particular mystery. This is a methodology, moreover, which corresponds to the inner logic of the Incarnation: in Jesus, God wanted to take on human features. It is through his bodily reality that we are led into contact with the mystery of his divinity.

Rosarium Virginis Mariae (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary), #29

Rosary Motivation

May 20, 2015

What better way to motivate your kids to pray the Rosary than to have them pray on rosaries they made themselves?

This looks like a fun project and there’s a version for preschoolers as well.

Another Rosary Option for Crafters

May 18, 2015

This set of quiet books would be a fantastic gift for Godchildren and only $6 for the pattern.  I found it on her blog and you can buy the instant download here.

A very hand’s-on DIY Rosary

May 15, 2015

In exchange for $1.99 and some of your crafting time this looks like a fun way to keep little hands busy while you pray.

The Rosary for this century

May 12, 2015

A simple search of “apps for praying the Rosary” turns up about 540,000 hits of one sort or another, but the one I’m familiar with is free and very easy to use and has a simple interactive element that may amuse your children while they pray.  Laudate has tons of basic Catholic stuff (I always use it to follow the readings at Mass), and one of the things is a simple Rosary that keep count for you as you tap the next bead in the picture.


Not a lot of bells and whistles, but if your child is entertained by an iPad but you don’t want a lot of other distractions, this may be a good fit for you.  (And the price is right.)

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