There is something so wonderfully comforting and uplifting when we fervently pray the Holy Rosary and beg God for the graces we need to walk this beautiful life with the Lord Jesus. By remembering those specific moments and Theological teachings, we prepare for the bright promise of tomorrow and the wisdom we so desperately need. Now it is time for us to go even deeper.
Last year, during a prayer procession, Pope Francis referred to the rosary, noting that, “Praying the rosary does not remove us from the problems of life. On the contrary, it demands that we immerse ourselves in the history of each day, so as to grasp the signs of Christ’s presence in our midst.” What a beautiful and insightful thought! Not only do we hold the rosary close and assured in our hands but we also hold the Mysteries close to our heart and ask God for the strength to imitate them. This takes us to the topic of the “scriptural rosary,” which may or may not be as familiar to people as the traditional rosary. The rosary, of course, is always based on Scripture, with each of its mysteries coming from the Gospels and events in the lives of Mary and her Son, Jesus; The Nativity, the Agony in the Garden, and the Resurrection are just three of the mysteries. While praying each decade (ten beads of Hail Mary prayers, along with an Our Father and “Glory Be,” one reflects on these instances in the Bible. (Two mysteries: the Assumption and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin do not have direct scriptural texts, but have been doctrines of the church since ancient times.)
However, as anyone who regularly prays the rosary knows, it can be difficult to maintain focus during each decade. As someone once wrote, “Yet often we find our minds wandering off when praying this special prayer. … Most people find themselves thinking of more mundane matters (like work, sports, relationships and such) rather than heavenly mysteries.”
This is why various “scriptural rosaries” developed: to help us focus. In “scriptural rosaries,” each Hail Mary prayer (one rosary bead) in each mystery is accompanied by a scripture verse. For example, one suggested verse for the first bead of the Annunciation Mystery is Isaiah 9:2): “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; …”
This type of rosary will certainly help one focus and may work very well with group prayer of the rosary. However, at other times, the traditional style of the rosary may work better. The rosary, which developed out of the daily praying of the 150 psalms in ancient monasteries, has also become a form of contemplative prayer. Its repetition of Hail Marys, Our Fathers and Glory Be, serve to place us in a state of quiet and meditation that relaxes us, places us in God’s presence, and helps to pray as Mary did: “pondering all these things in her heart” (Lk 2:19).For a complete guide to the Scriptural Rosary and a free .PDF download booklet provided by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus Please go here: A Scriptural Rosary For The Family