Praying the Rosary
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Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
Ordinary Time , Prayers
Text from the beginning of "Praying the Rosary"|In the beginning of his 2002 encyclical on the Rosary, Pope John Paul II said:|The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer. |Reflecting on parts of that encyclical will help us pray it with greater devotion and meaning. The whole letter is worth reading, for its rich recounting of the history and past reflections on the Rosary by the Church, but we highlight here the changes which the Holy Father suggested for praying the Rosary - those which are widely known and those which have not been publicized very widely.|The first change which the Holy Father makes in the tradition of reciting the Rosary is the one which received the most publicity.
Creighton University, Online Ministries
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