I have been very moved lately to investigate further the Catholic Church, and in doing so, have tried to organize a set format for the Rosary Prayer. My mom’s friend gave me a little Rosary booklet that covers the basics (her other friend, Andria, who is a Lutheran has only encouraged my interest in this), and my own friend Amy and her family gave me a beautiful Rosary. One question I do have is this: Is it okay when saying traditional, biblical prayers like the “Our Father” to replace them with a more up-to-date version of the prayer, say, like something from the NJB, which, of course, lacks the additional closing doxology (“For yours is the…Amen”)?
This is the format I was given:
- Make Cross Sign and say Apostles’ Creed.
- Say “Our Father”
- Say three “Hail Marys”
- Say “Glory Be”
- Announce First Mystery, then say “Our Father”
- Say ten “Hail Marys,” meditating on Mystery
- Say “Glory Be,” then “Fatima Prayer”
- Anounce Second Mystery, then say “Our Father.” Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth, and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
- Say “Hail Holy Queen”
Are there other ways? And also: What’s the doctrinal background for “Hail Holy Queen”?