It’s a meditative prayer on the life of Christ. It’s a powerful prayer, and it directs your mind towards God, which in my experience helps to listen to God’s direction. It can be prayed anywhere at any time generally.(expect at Mass-personal devotions shouldn’t be distracting you from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass-you should be participating in that)
I carry a twine Rosary in my front pocket. I’d sooner leave the house without my wallet or my car keys than I would leave without making sure I had my Rosary with me.
I’ve prayed the Rosary in many places. In the days after 9-11, I silently prayed the Rosary while on a commuter train going into and out of Manhattan. Many people – Catholics and non-Catholics, alike – nodded appreciatively when they saw me. I’ve prayed the Rosary while walking around the indoor track at the local YMCA. I often pray the Rosary while driving alone. I’ve prayed the Rosary in a hospital waiting room while a friend was undergoing surgery. I used that same twine Rosary to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the hospital room of a dying co-worker. I’ve prayed the Rosary in joyous thanksgiving. I’ve prayed the Rosary in a funeral home. When I am angry, anxious or just not feeling right, I will grab my Rosary, take 20 minutes for myself and “go for a walk with Mother.” I can’t even begin to tell you just how comforting the Rosary has been to me over the years.
TeenageConvert has it right. I have actually heard the mysteries of the rosary referred to as the “Cliff Notes” to the Gospel. If you pray all four sets of mysteries during the week, you will have meditated on the entirety of the Gospel (and for that matter, the entire bible).
Our bible study group is now using the mysteries as a bible study guide. And it brings us through everything from Genesis to Revelation.
Wow! Thank you for answering my question it opened my eyes, and I had no idea that there were so many different kinds of rosary, that it was so versatile or even that you could split it up, :o I thought you had you pray it all at once and that you could only get one type,
not that I know much about it at all.
Please forgive my ignorance I am only just starting to explore the Catholic faith.