Every month, we suggest a Faith Practice which you and your home, school or parish community might like to take on as part of your commitment for the Year of Faith. It is our hope that these simple practices will stir in us the ‘renewed conversion of the Lord’ that Pope Benedict XVI calls for in Porta Fidei (n. 6).
Faith Practice One: Pray part of the Rosary every day
For some people, praying the Rosary is a faith practice that is part of daily life. For others, praying the Rosary may be a memory from childhood. Whatever your present level of commitment, we invite you pray some part of the Rosary every day between 11 October and 11 November.
As we pray the Rosary, we reflect on different events in the life of Jesus. Praying the Rosary is therefore like looking at an album of pictures in the life of Jesus. There are twenty different events that we reflect on and these are called ‘Mysteries’. These mysteries are broken into four groups: the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries and the Luminous Mysteries.
The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Birth of Jesus, The Presentation and The Finding in the Temple.
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are: The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion.
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are: The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption and The Crowning of our Lady as Queen of Heaven.
The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are: The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, The Wedding at Cana, Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God, The Transfiguration and Jesus gives us the Eucharist.
To pray the Rosary, we say one Our Father, ten Hail Marys and one Glory Be to the Father as we contemplate each Mystery. Many people use Rosary beads to help them to count the prayers as they say them. Traditionally, we pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary on Mondays and Saturdays, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays and Sundays, and the Luminous Mysteries on Thursdays.
To learn more about the Rosary, consider reading our Year of the Faith: Book of the Month, Heaven Sent: My Life Through the Rosary by Fr Gabriel Harty.