HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

1703 Macomber St.,

Toledo, Ohio 43606

Phone 419.206.2190 / E-Mail amdg@bex.net

Home Page http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com

 

Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B. Pastor

 

THE MARIAN ROSARY IN WESTERN RITE ORTHODOXY

 

Originating in the 8th Century, the Rosary was originally an Orthodox form of prayer that was later adopted by the Roman Catholics.  It has since fallen out of common practice in the Church.  It is my hope to reintroduce this pious practice into the life of Orthodox Christians.

 

History

 

It is said that even centuries later St. Seraphim of Sarov (1754-1833) used it to pray to the Virgin Theotokos.  In the thirteenth century, Roman Catholics started using it in the West following its rediscovery by Dominic de Guzmán, a Spanish priest. Dominic created three sets of “Mysteries”, Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious.  In the beginning, there were 15 Decades of 10 Hail Mary’s each but the 15 “Mysteries” (meditations on the life of Christ and the Theotokos) are not divided up into Joyful, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries.  We seek to share in the ministry of intercession, graces, faith and merits of Mary by the working of the Holy Spirit in the body of believers to the glory of Jesus Christ and through Jesus to the glory of God the Father.

 

Mysteries or Meditations

 

  * Meditation 1- The Birth of the Theotokos

  * Meditation 2- The Presentation of the Theotokos

  * Meditation 3- The Annunciation of the Lord's Birth

  * Meditation 4- The Meeting of the Theotokos and St. Elizabeth

  * Meditation 5- The Birth of the Lord

  * Meditation 6- The Prophecy of St. Simeon

  * Meditation 7- The Flight into Egypt

  * Meditation 8- The Boy-Christ among the Doctors

  * Meditation 9- The Wedding of Cana

  * Meditation 10- The Crucifixion of the Lord

  * Meditation 11- The Resurrection of the Lord

  * Meditation 12- The Ascension of the Lord into Heaven

  * Meditation 13- Pentecost

  * Meditation 14- The Dormition of the Virgin Theotokos

  * Meditation 15- The Crowning of the Theotokos by the Blessed Trinity

 

The rosary is a powerful prayer. It settles our hearts and minds. It puts things in perspective and allows us to see things as they really are. It reaches deep down into our souls and puts us at ease, creating a peace that is rare and beautiful. To put it simply: It just works.

Of course, in order for the rosary to start working in your life, you have to start praying it! The hardest part of anything is getting started. The rosary is no different. It may seem intimidating at first, but that’s where this guide comes in! Our hope is that you will be inspired to give the rosary a try and discover the power of the rosary for yourself.

With the prayers of the rosary, we ask Mary to pray for us and to guide us by the example of her son, Jesus.

Introductory Prayers

 

Step 1: While holding the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostle’s Creed (a brief summary of the core beliefs of our faith).

Step 2: On the first large bead, pray the Our Father (the prayer Jesus taught us.

Step 3: On the next three small beads, pray the Hail Mary (a prayer to Mary, based on words from the Bible). These Hail Mary’s are often prayed for an increase in faith, hope, and love.

Step 4: In the space after the third Hail Mary, pray the Glory Be (a simple expression of praise and belief in the Trinity). One you’ve prayed these introductory prayers, you are ready to begin the first decade.

The Decades

 

There are five decades, or groups of 10 small beads, that make up the main portion of the rosary. Between each decade is one large bead set off by itself.

You’ll find that the prayers for each decade are repeated many times. This gives you an opportunity to reflect on the words, which are deeply rooted in the Bible and Christian tradition. They are powerful and filled with meaning.

Step 5: On the next large bead, pray the Our Father.

Step 6: On each small bead in the decade, pray the Hail Mary.

Step 7: In the space after the 10th bead, pray the Glory Be

Repeat steps 5–7 for the remaining four decades. Pray an Our Father on the large bead and a Hail Mary on each of the 10 small beads, followed by the Glory Be.

As you pray the decades, you can also meditate on the mysteries of the rosary and learn valuable lessons from the lives of Jesus and Mary.

If you are new to the rosary, take some time to familiarize yourself with the beads themselves. Practice holding the rosary in your hand and feeding the beads between your fingers. See if you can remember which prayers are prayed at each point in the rosary.

If you don’t know some of the prayers, you can find them listed below.

 

The Prayers of the Rosary

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. * I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

 

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. * Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses; as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women; and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. * Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, * as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

In praying the Rosary we seek fellowship with Mary and pray God we share in her intercession and ministry, gifts and graces.