Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Rosary edition)

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It used to be when I was a seminarian and a young priest that I would come up with wildly academic ever so cerebral meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary, reading the relative Scripture passages in Greek and Hebrew and letting all this race through my mind as the Hail Mary prayers were playing, as it were, as it is sometimes said, a symphony in the background.

But that’s a lot of work, and, by the way, not a prayer, just a recitation of the facts, all true, mind you, all awesome, all mightily traditional and in line with the Fathers of the Church. But, sorry, it was all a bit frustrating. I was forgetting one thing: prayer. Since then I’ve discovered a secret to saying the Rosary: prayer. So…

Why not put the facts of the mysteries together with the recitation of the Hail Mary into the background just a bit, the mysteries still visible, as it were, the words of each Hail Mary still recognized, but putting an emphasis on Jesus and Mary right here, right now, as they are in heaven and as they are with us, thanking them for what they did for us back in the day whilst upon this earth, but, mind you, thanking them right here, right now. Prayer once again. And the Rosary flies by. Goodness! What happened? Reality. Much better, that.

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6 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Rosary edition)

  1. Nancyv

    Our Mother is so good. She gives us the very simple and the things we can ponder in our heart. I remember “plowing” thru the Rosary, but now, it kind of takes me all day (and sometimes all night). Praying for you and your brother priests.

  2. sanfelipe007

    “But that’s a lot of work, and, by the way, not a prayer,”…
    This reminds me of a book I had read long ago. It stressed that “we will only talk about mathematics, not actually do mathematics.” At the time the difference escaped me.

  3. sanfelipe007

    Yes, yes, yes, Nancyv! Same here (sometimes). A common occurrence is being aware of the “glory be” or the “O my Jesus” and not having any memory* of the decade before it, which (not really worrying about memory loss) prompts me to say to the Lord; “I’m going to start over because I love you.”

    * By memory, I mean to say did I pay attention? Was I a participant in the mystery, a spectator, or merely a passerby? Any one of these is enough to continue, but not if I cannot answer the basic question.

  4. Father George David Byers

    @ sanfelipe007 – Your comment about starting over reminds of young fellow in his early twenties over in Rome named Luigi. He would often “start over”. You give me insight into this starting over. He was a spiritual directee of Saint Robert Bellarmine and died as a result of his ministrations to the sick and dying.

  5. Thanks for the wonderful post. And thanks to all of the readers who have spoken of your experiences. I too tend to either get to the Glory Be and realize I was semi conscious and start over or I begin to medicate and loose my place. All this is between us the Blessed Duo = Jesus and Mary. But when you pray in a group and are a decade leader it gets awkward.

  6. Nan

    I went to the Maronite liturgy on Sunday, with a protestant friend. When they started praying the rosary, i threw her a rosary and dug out a rosary booklet, knowing she doesn’t know anything but the Our Father. First time she prayed the rosary.

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