On Sunday the children and I were asked to be involved in the Annual Rosary Pilgrimage in our Parrish. This was the third year we had been asked to be involved.
As it is too much for us to complete the whole day we usually attend the part at Our Lady Of Lourdes where we attend Mass each week.
So we join in here at 3:00pm for the Divine Mercy Chaplet and then the Rosary.
The children had been asked to bring in the statue and the candles leading the procession into Church. I will not bore you with the details about some of us being late and missing some of the Chaplet, although the reason we missed it has relevance in this story.
The reason for this post is the frustration our family feels in saying the Rosary in a group.
As we only came into the Catholic Church almost 3 years ago we have not been involved in group/public Rosaries much.
In fact we had taught our selves to say the Rosary even before this using only pamphlets to help us get started.
We had been for many years due to our Anglican upbringing and background participating in many of the feast days and customs of the Catholic Church. It was only the Rosary that we added along with wearing of the Miraculous Medal and the Scapular when we became Catholic.
Well, these are significant but not in the way I am trying to convey.
When we taught ourselves to say this as a family, which we mostly do on a daily basis, (We do lapse every so often but try to get re-established back into routine), we have always recited the whole rosary aloud together. We know now that you take parts but our family culture still likes to say it aloud together.
We do however announce the mystery, have a little blurb on them and announce the fruit of the mystery.
The problem we have with group Rosary is they seem to skip prayers (which I am told is OK) but mainly it is the speed at which the Rosary is said. This, I believe does NOT allow for any meditation on the Mystery at ALL. At first we thought it was just a local problem but Stephen assures us it also happens where he is too.
My question is:
Why would you bother saying the Rosary at all? There is no time to contemplate on anything, in which case why bother?
By rushing through this beautiful meditative prayer you miss the beauty of it. You miss the symbolism of it. You miss the conversation you could be having through the prayer.
I am at a loss to understand why people do this and why it is socially acceptable. Yes I know people have schedules to keep, but if a job or prayer is worth doing, it is worth doing properly.
Our children have said they do not want to participate in public rosary again as they do not want to say "The Rosary Express." This is such a pity for them as I think it could be done so beautifully and we have as a family developed an attachment for this mode of family prayer.
We have found it a lovely way for our little ones to go to sleep as we pray the Rosary. Many times we have had to carry up 2-3 sleeping children who have fallen asleep with these lovely words for a calming nights sleep.
As I write this I am finding I am more deeply affected by this than I thought. I cannot believe that Our Lady would be happy to hear her prayer said in such a "get it done" mentality.
Having said that I do think the Pilgrimage a wonderful idea and I am glad that we have the opportunity to be in a community that allows us to be involved. I just would have liked it to have been more reflective and contemplative. is that too much to ask?
Here are the only pictures we were able to get as everything was packed up and whisked away before we could get very many.
Autumn, Vellvin, Eden, Rogan, Saxon and Moran (in front.) These are our children who carried in the statue of Our Lady and the candles.
On the way out, most of the congregation had already left before the Procession
The organiser always wants a photo of our family in front of the Statue, we have yet to work out why this is.
Everyone who was present for the Rosary Pilgrimage on the 18th October 2009.
The beautiful Rosary images are actually Anne's own beautiful work. She is a beautiful craftsman of these. I have a lovely St Anne Chaplet I got for Christmas last year. Anne is a beautiful designer and I am saving up for a full Rosary soon. So if you are looking for beautiful quality Rosaries this is the place to go.
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