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The Rosary is a very old artifact indeed and has evolved in time, the actual form of the Rosary is not what it was in the very beginning. Rosary is a style of mental prayer that is based on repetition. This has been a tradition for many centuries since the early ages of monasticism. The emphasis upon repetition of brief, monologistic, prayer formulae laid ...


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Keep in mind that there is no “official” or “correct” way to pray the Rosary. The Rosary is just a devotion, and if someone prays it, he should do so in the way that is most helpful to him. However, it is recommended that the mysteries contemplated should correspond the liturgical calendar. For example (as the O.P. asks), it would seem fitting to pray the ...


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There is frequent belief in New Age that everything "good" is from just one source. Many New Age gurus (including reiki masters) encourage their disciples to very strange forms of syncretism (even in "never stay long enough to learn the language" manner). From this perspective, it seems completely valid to use a reiki-infused Catholic rosary to count ...


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Bizarre. The user's profile page names the business as FoxRaven Designs. A quick search led me to FoxRaven's website, which claims: FoxRaven prayer beads, malas and rosaries are individually hand-crafted and reiki-charged in Connecticut by Maya, a Karuna and Usui Reiki Master. Maya creates Christian rosaries and prayer beads spanning many faiths, ...


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The term "Rosary" refers to a set of prayer beads in a particular configuration, and also to the structured set of prayers which is guided by the beads. The actual, physical Rosary is a string of beads or knots constructed so as to guide the holder through praying the Rosary prayer. The loop part has 5 sections, separated by larger beads, each containing ...


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The concept of a string of prayer beads is hardly unique to Catholicism. They date back several centuries into BC times in various pagan religions. The term "rosary" adds a uniquely Catholic significance to it, but the term is probably being used here as shorthand: the only example most viewers are familiar with is the Catholic rosary, so that's what the ...


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In the Catholic Church, there are two "types" of worship. On the one hand, there are the public liturgies of the Church (primarily the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours); on the other hand, there are all other devotions. These are known as private devotions, and, for the most part, are not subject to rules specifying how they are to be prayed. We see this ...


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According to Merriam-Webster, a mantra is a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating So I suppose that one might consider a Hail Mary or the other prayers used in the Rosary as a sort of mantra. Whether one would really want to depends on your view of meditation and meditative prayer. Merriam-Webster's Concise ...


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I think a priest would tell you that the danger is in not praying it, they're usually pragmatic like that. Like some sacraments (Confession, Baptism) the intent is perhaps as important the action For catechumens who die before their Baptism, their explicit desire to receive it, together with repentance for their sins, and charity, assures them the ...


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The spacing on the beads are the same in both directions. You do not even need beads, I use an app on my phone, i'm techno savy. You can use your fingers and keep track of the mysteries that way. I have prayed the Rosary many times before Mass, hardly anyone has the beads as they pray together. There are many ways to pray the Rosary. Many things to ...


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This might be semi-authoritative since it comes straight from the only approved Marian apparition site in the United States. Up near Green Bay, Wisconsin there is an outdoor rosary walk with the opposite mysteries for people of the sinister disposition. For instance, when you walk around clockwise, you see 1st glorious mystery, 1st luminous. Etc... On a ...


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I don't believe that there is any formal Catholic doctrine on the use of rosary beads (technically "a rosary" refers to the prayer, or rather sequence of prayers, not to the physical beads themselves). While the Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions the rosary (always referring to the prayers), it contains no description of how the beads ought to be ...


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I agree with Matt Gutting, and I would add that the direction of focus is an important difference. Disclaimer: I am answering from the Catholic perspective here, and my knowledge of other religions is not extensive. Edit, in response to people asking for a source. Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2708 reads: Meditation engages thought, ...


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It is doubtful that St. Francis would have prayed what we know now as the contemporary rosary consisting of five decades of Hail Marys. The two saints were contemporaries as St. Dominick lived AD 1170- AD 1221 and St. Francis lived AD 1181- AD 1226. St. Dominick was a Spanish Priest and founder of the Dominican orders. St. Francis of Assisi was the son of ...


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"Since the Rosary is composed, principally and in substance, of the prayer of Christ and the Angelic Salutation, that is, the Our Father and the Hail Mary, it was without doubt the first prayer and the principal devotion of the faithful and has been in use all through the centuries, from the time of the apostles and disciples down to the present. It was ...


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How do young Catholics remember a set of prayers in order to pray the rosary? Do they have to memorize everything by rote, or do they get some help with mnemonics? Rosary is a combination of many prayers like Apostles' Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory to the Father.., twenty mysteries divided into four sets, Hail holy Queen, Litany of Mary etc. ...


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I don't know of any danger of a non-blessed rosary except for omission of prayer just because I don't have a blessed rosary. It's also completely OK to pray the prayer of rosary without a rosary as the item. The item is not really important, the prayer is important. On the other hand, the intent of the blessing is to help my prayer, so it's not useless. You ...



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