i am not a catholic, just interested in the faith. i got a rosary and prayed the rosary for the first time last nite. i have heard that you can make an intention for praying the rosary, say, to quit smoking or be a better father. how do you do that? do you just say something out loud? and to who? and you you have to pray the rosary out loud or can you pray it silently? thanks
Good for you, that is a good start to help you into the Catholic Church. YOu can think of an intention as you pray the prayers of the rosary. You do not need to speak any of it out loud unless you want to. Sometimes I have a different intention for each decade.
God bless you!
It might be a good idea to state your intention at the beginning of each decade along with the mystery. That would keep it fresh in your mind, hopefully it won’t detract from meditating on the mysteries themselves though.
As far as I know, the rosary can be prayed either way. As for intentions, just before the First Mystery I announce the entire intention of my Rosary for today is for The Church Suffering.
I have a specific intention that I repeat after every decade. I pray my intention directly to God, and then I ask Mary to pray for my intention.
I think it’s up to you. I prefer to focus on the intention during the introduction (Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, 3 Hail Mary’s, Glory Be) and then focus only on the mysteries as I pray them.
I usually state intentions at the beginning of the Rosary. I prefer to say them out loud, as well as the entire rosary. I pray for the intentions of the Church first and then state my own. I found an awesome site that has a prayer you can state at the beginning of the Rosary that really encompasses a lot of things. Since you are not Catholic, I suppose you could leave out the prayers for vocations etc but some of the other prayers are very good (like praying for peace, for the poor, etc). Here is the prayer from that site.
"Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves in your Holy Presence. We confess your holiness and we acknowledge that we are sinners.
In your Holy Name we forgive those who have offended us and we pray that you forgive us our sins.
Grant us to be filled with your Grace, Peace, Love and the Joy of your Presence.
With Mother Mary, with the holy angels and the saints, and with all creation we come to praise you, to bless you, to thank you and to glorify your Holy Name.
Almighty Father, we pray for the intentions of Our Lady, for your Divine Will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven, we also pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
We pray for the Church, for the Cardinals, the bishops, the priests, religious and for the laity.
We pray for the needs of the Church, for vocations to the religious life and to the Priesthood, we pray for the faithfulness and holiness of priests, for the conversion of sinners, for the dying, for all the dead.
We pray for the poor souls in Purgatory, specially for the ones in our families and for all the faithful departed.
Have Mercy on them O Lord.
We also pray for ourselves; that you grant us Peace in our hearts, our families and we pray for Peace in the whole world.
Lord send your Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth, to destroy evil and darkness, sin and death, immorality, corruption, violence, hatred and impurity.
Set your throne in every heart and teach us how to come back to you.
We pray for the poor and the needy, for the victims of famine, war, natural disasters, divorce, abortion, family problems. For those who suffer unemployment, depression, racism, drugs, alcohol, vices, homosexuality, sexual abuse and other problems.
They are our brothers and sisters, help them Lord, please.
We pray for the leaders of our nations, for all the people in government to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
We pray for the sick, very specially for the ones around us, for whom you want us to intercede.
We pray for those who don’t have any one to pray for them.
We pray also for ourselves. We ask you to give us healing in body mind and soul.
Lord Jesus, on your crucified body you took upon yourself the punishment that is due for our sins, you endured our sufferings and the consequences of sin: sickness and death. So we ask you to forgive us and to heal us by the Power of your most holy wounds, by the merits of your holy passion, agony and death, by the merits of the sorrows of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We also ask you for all our personal intentions…"
Pretty nice prayer, isn’t it? Anyway, you can omit the parts that are specific to the Church but most of it is about the things all Christians should be concerned about, IMO. Also, at the beginning of each mystery I pray for the spiritual fruit of that mystery. Each time I pray the Rosary I ask for an increase in my love, faith, hope, purity, humility, contrition, etc. I can’t say enough about how the Rosary has brought me closer to Christ.
By the way, if you have any trouble meditating on the mysteries there are many websites that have prayer meditations you can read while you say the Hail Mary’s. For some people, myself included, starting to pray the Rosary was rather daunting and a bit confusing… your supposed to be saying a prayer while thinking about a mystery?? say what?? Not sure if you feel that way, but if that is the case, I pray you’ll stick with it. It is a beautiful and powerful prayer.