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    As most of us know, John prays the Rosary, and recommends it as a meditation/prayer for Catholics, and non-Catholics alike.
    If you’re interested in some online-Rosary resources, here are a few that will teach you how to pray the Rosary, and where you can even send away for a free Rosary. If you’re crafty, you can make your own, that’s ok too.

    Virtual Rosary: a free program that walks you through saying the Rosary

    Send away for free Rosaries:

    Web pages with instructions on how to pray the Rosary:
    (Pick a format that works best for you)

    History of the Rosary
    http://www.rosaryworkshop.com/HistoriesIndex.htm (extensive)
    http://tomsdomain.com/rosary/ (short)


    “The Mysteries”

    Each time we pray the Rosary we pray a sequence of five mysteries – a mystery for each decade. Each Rosary may consist of the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries or the Glorious Mysteries.

    The Joyful Mysteries are:
    The Annunciation
    The Visitation
    The Nativity
    The Presentation
    The finding of the child Jesus in the Temple

    The Sorrowful Mysteries are:
    The agony of Jesus in the garden
    The scourging
    The crowning with thorns
    The carrying of the Cross
    The Crucifixion

    The Glorious Mysteries are:
    The Resurrection
    The Ascension
    The Descent of the Holy Spirit
    The Assumption of Our Lady
    The Coronation of Our Lady”

    It would be interesting to come up with corresponding mysteries to contemplate for non-Christians, who may not be comfortable using these.


    From Jbannister:

    This takes some time and patience but the end result is really satisfying!

    On a DRY morning, pick a large bag of fresh rose petals. Any kind,
    any color. Ideal is towards the end of their bloom cycle, but dis-
    card bruised or brown ones.

    Put them in a large CAST IORN pan. Add enough water (purified) to about a half inch in bottom of pan. Simmer on VERY LOW for at least a couple of hours, or even longer. You may have to add a tiny bit more water. Stir well every once and awhile.

    You’re now left with an ugly mass of blackish goop. Put by hand fulls into a food processor or powerful blender (they used to spend hours mushing it by hand). Each handful you put in squeeze out any excess water. Add a few drops of REAL rose oil. It’s expensive but you don’t need much.

    After processing you are left with a black clay type substance. If
    it’s not thick enough to mold, put back in the cast iron pan and
    simmer on very low and stir untill enough water has evaporated you can handle the clay easily.

    The rosary beads shrink alot after they dry, so roll about a half
    TBSP of clay per bead. Rub a little rose oil on your hands as you
    roll the clay into round beads. Put them out of direct light to dry.

    On about the second day they should be firm enough to puncture them with firm wire. Turn them once or twice a day. Depending on many factors, heat, humidity, etc. they can take 3 to 7 days to dry.

    When the do, get out your jewelery making supplies and design your rosary. These are not pretty beads so other embellishments help. But they are special, some what magical beads. I understand why people believed their scent would carry prayers to heaven.

    Lastly, I have also patted down the clay and used cookie cutters in the shape of angels, crosses, stars, etc. Put the finished piece in a warm place in the house, or just hold them. Meditate, pray, or just enjoy. For me it created a strong connection with those things ancient, spiritual and mysterious.


    Pam B

    I’m bumping this thread up, because I think it’s very timely and appropriate in light of John’s call for prayer, and John’s own belief system.

    I know that John works very hard to keep his own beliefs separate from his work, and I agree that it’s probably very, very important for him to do so.

    But if ever a time came to call on those beliefs, and make them public, I feel it’s now.

    John is very public about his reliance on meditation and prayer. He’s very open about his own practice of praying the rosary.

    As a Catholic convert, (converted back to a Universalist, accepting the wisdom in all religions,) I understand that the rosary appears like a “Catholics only” prayer. Nothing could be further from the truth. Praying the rosary is a mindful meditation, and often puts me “in the zone”. It always brings me peace, and like the prayer of Jabez, has brought about significant changes in how I view the world.

    I’d like to open up discussion on the subject of praying the rosary, for non-Catholics. Are there any non-Catholics (or Catholics for that matter) that have any questions, comments, or opinions on the practice of praying the rosary?


    From a Catholic:

    The most common recitation of the Rosary is the Dominican one. You can use different versions of prayers for the rosary. The beads are merely counting tools. In it’s complete form the Rosary consists of saying 15 Decades. <Decades are groups of 10 beads on which a prayer is said.>

    About the Rosary < Catholic Tradition >

    The prayers of the Rosary:

    • The Our Father
    • The Hail Mary
    • Glory Be to the Father
    • The Apostles Creed
    • The Hail! Holy Queen

    The Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary:

    Joyful Mysteries[*]The Annunciation[*]The Visitation[*]The Nativity[*]The Presentation[*]The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

    Sorrowful Mysteries[*]The Agony in the Garden[*]The Scourging at the Pillar[*]The Crowning of Thorns[*]The Carrying of the Cross[*]The Crucifixion

    The Glorious Mysteries[*]The Resurrection[*]The Ascension[*]The Descent of the Holy Spirit[*]The Assumption of Mary[*]The Coronation of the Blissed Virgin Mary

    I hope this explains a little of what the rosary is for Catholics. :) To me, this is a complete meditation. I believe that prayer and meditation raise our vibrations, and help us to be healthy in mind and spirit. < which can lead to physical health too :) > I have a strong belief in Mysticism, as most Catholics do. IMHO ~ Praying and meditating can bring you closer to God, and to his divine purpose.



    I didn’t see this thread until after I had already posted in the “Christianity and Crossing Over Thread.” This is an excerpt from that post:

    “…there are many Christians who do not understand why Catholics pray the rosary or just what it is. It is simply a way to reflect upon the life of Jesus, from conception through ascension, and the raising of Mary to heaven, as well.”

    Some years ago, another small prayer seems to have been added after each decade is completed, just after the Glory Be:

    “Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
    And save us from the fires of hell.
    Lead all souls to heaven,
    Especially those in most need of thy mercy.”

    For those of you who have EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), the rosary is said several times a day, sometimes accompanied by video footage of the Holy Land. Scriptural rosary airs at 10:30am Central Time daily. Check your cable listings.


    There is also a scriptural version as well. It actually is one of the oldest because it was used to teach converts about the faith. It was very popular in Medieval times. My parents gave me a little book to use for it. The copy I have is from the Christianica Center.
    There is an address in IL in the front, so if you are interested, I can give you the address.


    I found that some links in the original post don’t work any more. I thought I would provide some replacements.

    Make a Rosary

    Free Rosary


    From one of the pages.

    The rosary and the instructions on how to pray it are free, all we are asking of you is to cover the cost of mailing it to you. As all of our mailing takes place in Canada, please read the following instructions carefully for USA and Canadian residents.


    In the U.S.A. I have to use padded envelopes when mailing rosaries and unfortunately this has significantly increased our mailing costs. The simplest solution is for you to slip $1.00 into an envelope and mail it to us at the address shown below.
    (Mail between the USA and Canada takes about ten days each way.)

    As an added convenience, you can now use your credit card to send us the $1.50 (The extra 50 cents is to cover service charges). Paypal is very secure and used on ebay and by over 9 million users worldwide. Signing up is nothing much more than providing your information to their secure server that uses the latest encryption technology.


    Postal cost is 94 cents (two first class stamps) for one rosary. When you make out your self-addressed envelope (A #10 or regular business envelope is best) please attach two(2) first class, 47 cent stamps and mail to us at the address shown below.

    Leaflets of Faith,
    P.O. Box 330,
    Chesterville, ON K0C 1H0,

    Thank you and God bless,

    William J. Bradley,
    March 18th, 2002.

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