Posted by: Walk.Build.Proclaim | September 20, 2013

This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Rosary

Call your mother

If you are Catholic, you probably had a flood of memories come rushing back as soon as you saw the above picture. If you’re not Catholic, you may have some knowledge of what a Rosary is but no real idea of how its used or prayed.  This blog article is for both audiences, as I’m going to share with you a whole new way to use the rosary as a prayer tool.  Be warned my Catholic readers, this is truly NOT your grandmothers rosary!

This is the “formula” for an alternative rosary. Its based on Ecclesiastes 3, for every thing there is a season.

As we just experienced a seasonal change from summer to fall, people go through their own seasonal changes with birth, death, loss of jobs, new jobs, new adventures. This is a nice way to pray thru those personal — seasonal times of change. This is really best used with a single decade rosary (10-beads) also known as a car or travel rosary, they are pretty available at most Christian Book/Gift stores. I am including some extra thoughts if your praying this with a full 5 decade rosary.


 ON CROSS: In the name of the Father and Mother, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, followed by a “Glory Be”  Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and forever shall be. Amen. 

 1st bead  Be Still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46.10) 

2nd bead Lamp Unto my Feet: 

“Holy Abba make these words a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

(Think about birth and death as part of a circle, not opposite ends of a life. Think of how similar the very young and very old are as they are almost at the same point on the circle.)

Decade beads: 

1) To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven;

2) A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to reap;

3) A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

5) To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

6) A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.

7) A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

8) A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

9) a time to love, and a time to hate, a time of war; and a time of peace.

10) To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

If you have a full 5-decade rosary, some thoughts for the separator beads:

  •  -joy and sorrow and how the things that cause sorrow are often linked to the things that cause joy.
  • gain and loss-joy of gain, pain of loss. Sometimes we gain things we need to lose.
  • -creativity and destruction. How does destruction sometimes make room for the creative force to do its job?
  • Pray the Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

Trust in the LORD with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3, 5-6

Soon you’ll find yourself back at the beginning. These are some closing prayer suggestions

  • spend a few minutes with one of the reflections from above.
  • pray for someone that is experiencing pain, joy, sorry etc….(prayers of the faithful)

1st Separator Bead “Be Still and know that I Am God” (Psalm 46.10)

Finish with an Our Father–(Cross)

I use this format for praying the rosary quite often. I’d be very interested to hear from anyone else that may have other suggestions / prayers / different ways to pray the rosary or using other prayer beads.


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Gary Neal Hansen

Theology. It's good for you.

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