Mysteries of the Rosary Expounded

Kiss the ground at every Ave Maria

when she said the rosary, if she was
alone she would lie prostrate, kissing the
ground at every Ave Maria.

Things to meditate while making the Sign of the Cross

Sign of the Cross

IN NOMINE PATRIS who I firmly hope will empower my brain with all His creative power

ET FILII who came down from Eternal Father, taking his Sacred Heart from the Immaculate Heart of MARY, who by Her intercession I firmly hope will have us inflamed with Divine Love and do the Voluntas DEI

ET SPIRITVS SANCTI who I firmly hope will strengthen me to carry my cross with JESUS on my shoulders and sanctify us incessantly till our death so that we may die in union with the death of JESUS on the cross–AMEN.

The Rosary can be worn around the neck

“…teaching them how to recite with profit the holy
rosary. He [Bl. Peter Favre] introduced the custom of wearing our Lady’s
beads round the neck….”


One must say the Rosary kneeling, not sitting

One day, when
she was sitting down while saying the Rosary,
her heavenly Mother appeared before her and
said, “I am surprised, my child, that you
serve me so carelessly; ”
and though she was
very young, Margaret never forgot that reproof,
and redoubled her efforts to be earnest and
reverent in every prayer and devotion. At
thirteen years old she was giving two hours
in the early morning and two hours at night
to prayer,…

Forty-fifth Rose

129. I would like to add that the Rosary ought to be said reverently, that is to say, it ought to be said as much as possible, kneeling, with hands joined, clasping the rosary. However, if you are ill, you can, of course, say it in bed; or if one is travelling it can be said while walking; if, on account of some infirmity, you cannot kneel you can say it standing or sitting. You can even say it while working if your duties do not allow you to leave your job, for work with one’s hands is not always incompatible with vocal prayer.

Poem by Fr. W. F. Faber for the Mysteries of the Carthusian Rosary (Five decades, each bead dedicated to a significant happenings in JESUS’ life)

Poem by Fr. W. F. Faber on the Carthusian Rosary (Five decades, each bead dedicated to a significant happening in JESUS’ life)