A few weeks ago I saw a picture of a "mother's" rosary on Pinterest. Initially I thought I would contact the Etsy creator and purchase a set from her, but the item was no longer available. It did give me the idea though to create my own "family" rosary, and so I did just that over the past few days.
Each decade contains the name(s) of either one of my children and their spouse, my granddaughter or my husband and myself. The idea being, when I pray the rosary, as I touch the names, I am remembering that person in my prayers. The last decade I used heart beads, no names, to represent all the special friends and family members whom I hold dear to me and offer prayer for them.
People often ask me why I pray the rosary, and there seems to be a lot of misconception about the rosary, saints and other Catholic practices. So, I will give you a very brief dissertation, based on information from Catholic.com
*"The Rosary is a meditation not just a repetition of the same prayers. Meditation for Catholics is different than other religions. Most people think of meditation of a clear mind or conscious but Catholic meditation is active and reflective. While praying the rosary Catholics reflect on the mysteries of Jesus Christ. This reflection brings us closer to Christ’s suffering and sorrow, joys, teachings and glory. The Rosary is an extremely powerful prayer and should be prayed daily."
*"Many Protestants now say the rosary, recognizing it as a truly biblical form of prayer—after all, the prayers that comprise it come mainly from the Bible. "
*"The most problematic line for non-Catholics is usually the last line of the Hail Mary: "pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death." Many non-Catholics think such a request denies the teaching of 1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." But in the preceding four verses (1 Tim. 2:1-4), Paul instructs Christians to pray for each other, meaning it cannot interfere with Christ’s mediatorship: "I urge that prayers, supplications, petitions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone. . . . This is good, and pleasing to God our Savior."
*"We know this exhortation to pray for others applies to the saints in heaven who, as Revelation 5:8 reveals, intercede for us by offering our prayers to God: "The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints."
*Info from internet search/Catholic.com
I am pleased with how my rosary turned out and plan on making a set for a good friend as a gift. I am able post and say that here without worrying I will spoil a surprise, because I know she does not read my blog!
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