When I first converted I used to struggle with the rosary. I didn't know any of the prayers (except for the "Our Father"), so just learning them were intimidating to me.
I was the mother of two small boys and I would try and pray the rosary while they napped. I'd barely finish the first decade and I'd be asleep myself!
But as time went on, I got better at it. I would remember the mysteries and the days they were to be said. Then I just stopped.
A few months ago, I really felt compelled to start saying the rosary again. I got a brand new one from the BFF and that seemed to be the perfect incentive.
Then I got an iPhone and, well, there's all those apps!
If you haven't picked up a rosary in a very long time, let me make a few suggestions:
- Look to the right of this page. Scroll down until you see the "widget" that says "Please stay a while and pray the rosary." Click on one of the mysteries and you'll be on your way!
- If you have an android phone there are numerous apps for the rosary. One that every Catholic should own is called Laudate. It's got everything! The rosary, the Douay Rheims Bible, the Catechism, Liturgy of the Hours, daily readings, prayers (in Latin, too!), Stations of the Cross, and access to Vatican documents. The best part: it's free!
- EWTN has the instructions for the rosary and all the prayers here, but if you "google" "the rosary," there are many sites that offer the rosary.
- There are also many recordings of the rosary offered on iTunes. I used to "walk" my rosary. I would put my earbuds in and head out the door. This is a great tool if you are first learning.
So what are you waiting for? Go pray the rosary!