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Tips for Praying the Rosary

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Tips for Praying the Rosary


The following tips may help you make the most of praying the Rosary:

  • Try focusing more on the mysteries than on the actual prayers. (Note that we are not suggesting that it is wrong to focus on the prayers themselves. We are instead suggesting that placing one's primary focus on the mysteries may be helpful to contemplation of the mysteries.)

  • Invoke the Holy Spirit before praying the Rosary. Be sure to ask for the virtues / graces associated with each mystery (click here for mysteries / virtues)

  • Make use of traditional artwork to focus your mind on the mysteries of the Rosary. [Note: For rosary mysteries coloring pages, click here (Catholic Fun & Activities Section)]

  • Use a blessed rosary. Some blessed rosaries may be associated with additional benefits (e.g. special indulgences). [Click here for more information]

  • Avoid distractions by praying in a quiet location.

  • Pray during times you are least likely to get interrupted or be distracted.

  • Kneeling is the most desirable posture for saying the Rosary (for those who are physically able) and may help reduce distractions.

  • You may offer up your Rosary for a specific person, intention, etc. Even distractions may be offered up!

  • Try saying a "Scriptural Rosary" to help you focus on the mysteries. When praying the Scriptural Rosary, there are 10 relevant Scripture quotes for each mystery of the Rosary. By focusing on these biblical passages, you may be more likely to avoid distraction. [Note: Click here for selected Scripture references]

  • When meditating on a mystery of the Rosary, also meditate on the 'virtues' associated with each decade (click here for mysteries / virtues).

  • When contemplating a mystery, try imagining that you were actually there when the event occurred.

  • Pray the Rosary with your whole family (click here for 'Family Rosary' Reflections).

  • Try saying the Rosary in a group (i.e. after Mass). 

  • Take a moment at the beginning of each decade to reflect on the mystery is represents. This may help you focus on the mystery itself and avoid distractions.

  • Try praying the Rosary slowly. The Rosary said slowly may be especially powerful for meditation & reflection.

  • If Rosary beads are unavailable, try using your fingers to count.

  • For times when you can't use rosary beads, consider a rosary ring or a credit card size rosary.

  • Try following along with a good traditional book while praying the Rosary. Some have meditations, artwork, etc. Especially helpful may be traditional books written by saints devoted to the Rosary.

  • If you are unable to pray a full Rosary on some occasion, you may pray as many decades as you can. Or, if you are new to the Rosary and wish to start slowly, you can begin by saying a decade (or two or three) each day.

  • There are numerous books, screen savers, web sites, tapes, pictures, etc. which may help you make the most of the Rosary. Try the Commercial Sections or Catholic Web Links for more information.

  • Hang Rosary beads around a doorknob (if safe) to remind yourself to pray the Rosary often.

  • Keep praying and you'll get better with time. Don't ever give up! Even if you find that you are upset by distractions, be sure to persevere. You may even offer up the distraction itself! Should you find it difficult to pray the Rosary on your own, consider joining a group.

  • Make a commitment to pray the Rosary daily! You'll be glad you did! Click here  for more information

  • Visitor Tip: "Encouraging others to pray a Rosary with you: Set specific times and or days to invite others to join in and pray a rosary. As part of a group you will make more effort to participate" (L.C.)

  • Visitor Tip: "While saying the Rosary, I kept in my hand, both the cross, and my scapular. To my mind I was paying tribute to both Our Lord and Holy Mother of God. I say the Rosary every morning in this manner. It certainly helps me to focus on my prayers. Possible it may help others too." (Joe Sr.)

Know of a good Rosary tip which is not listed above? Please share it with us! Click here  for submission instructions & terms. 

Also See:

How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary Facts 

The Daily Rosary


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