Hello Beloved of Christ!
I want to share a way of frequently praying throughout the day that I have been doing for the past month. I found that frequent meditation on Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary aside from formally praying the Rosary brings numerous graces, especially the grace to do the tasks I need to do on every particular moment of the day, and also makes praying the whole Rosary easier.
Anyways, this post is so long that the prayer itself is in the post below this one, sorry I write too long. :imsorry:
Introduction: An Easy Way to Meditate
St. Teresa of Avila said that the person who does not meditate needs no devil to throw himself to hell; he is going there himself. Meditation is a very powerful way of gaining grace, and every Christian should do it everyday. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
2723 Meditation is a prayerful quest engaging thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. Its goal is to make our own in faith the subject considered, by confronting it with the reality of our own life.
According to St. Louis de Montfort, one of the most powerful meditative prayers available to Christians is the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To encourage you still more in this devotion practised by so many holy people, I should like to add that the Rosary recited with the meditation of the mysteries brings about the following marvellous results:
it gradually brings us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ;
it purifies our souls from sin;
3 it gives us victory over all our enemies;
it makes the practice of virtue easy;
5 it sets us on fire with the love of our Lord;
it enriches us with graces and merits;
7 it supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow-men;
and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces from God.
The Admirable Secret of the Rosary, Twenty-seventh Rose
And of course, one cannot forget the Fifteen Promises of The Blessed Virgin in Praying the Holy Rosary.
In fact, I found the Holy Rosary so powerful in my life that I wanted to meditate in a structured way, like in the Holy Rosary, a particular Mystery when I needed to anytime in the day, but without the need of recounting a whole set of the Mysteries.
And so imagine my delight when I realized on examining the component prayers of the Rosary that the Offertory Prayer at the end of the Rosary can in fact be prayed in the beginning of a meditation! :heaven:
Since then I found meditation in the way that I am about to describe is a short and easy yet effective way of meditation, and a very powerful way of asking for graces from the Blessed Virgin and Our Lord.
Purposes of the Prayer
As I had said, this is a way of short meditation to ask for a particular grace or graces. Since it is short (usually two to three minutes long), the prayer can be made before important tasks or events, or during break times.
However, this prayer is NOT a substitute for the whole Holy Rosary, but more of a supplement. I however found praying regularly in this way makes praying the Rosary itself easier, and thus this may be a way of easing someone new in praying the Rosary.
The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary are virtues that can be learned and merited through God’s grace on fruitful meditation of each Mystery, and are essential in the way of meditating that I am about to teach.
I don’t think there is a standard list of what are the virtues for each Mystery of the Rosary. The following however is quite common. Other lists can be found in the links provided at the second post. And don’t worry about the length of the list, just familiarize yourself with the story of each Mystery, and you will find, as I did for myself, that each Fruit or virtue can quickly be surmised from the stories. Who knows, maybe you’ll see that the Holy Spirit wants you to gather a different set of Fruits from what I listed:
The Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation – Humility
- The Visitation – Love of Neighbor
- The Nativity of the Lord – Poverty of Spirit
- Presentation – Obedience
- Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple – Piety; Joy in finding Jesus
The Luminous Mysteries
- The Baptism of Jesus – Gratitude for our Faith
- The Miracle at Cana – Faith in Mary’s intercessory power with Our Lord;; Wholesome fun (I kid you not! :D)
- Proclamation of the Kingdom of God – Desire for the coming of God’s kingdom on earth; Grace to follow Jesus’ teachings
- Transfiguration – Desire for Holiness; Spiritual Courage
- Institution of the Eucharist – Eucharistic Adoration; Active Participation at Mass
The Sorrowful Mysteries
- Agony in the Garden – Contrition; Conformity to the Will of God
- Scourging at the Pillar – Purity
- Crowning with Thorns – Moral Courage
- Carrying of the Cross – Patience
- Crucifixion – Salvation; Pardoning of Injuries
The Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection – Faith
- The Ascension – Hope
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom; Love of God
- The Assumption of Mary – Grace of a Happy Death
- The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Perseverance and Crown of Glory; Devotion to Mary
continued next post