Joyful Prayers of the Rosary Set the Mind on Things Above
joyful prayers of the rosary bring one to new depths of faith. The mind and body are engaged in praying through the great mysteries of the gospel. Joyful prayers of the rosary unify the concept of body and soul. It's through our bodies that we relate to the world around us. We use our ears to listen, hands to express both joy and grief and our eyes to see everything around us. As the body reflects these outer dimensions, the soul reflects the inner dimension. The soul receives data and tells the body how to react. Without the soul's understanding, there wouldn't be any reaction of the body. Because we are made in the image of God, we are both psychological beings and physical beings. It is through our soul's dimension that we can experience God's love and hear his voice.
So how does this all relate to the joyful prayers of the rosary? The rosary is a series of joyful prayers in an established pattern. While most people know these prayers by heart, hands are focused on the rosary beads, and lips are engaged in the joyful prayers. Praying the rosary involves both the body and soul. Remember, we are both spiritual and physical beings. With body and soul engaged, we can see the things above clearer. This is why gestures like kneeling and standing while praying are such a part of religious tradition. When praying the rosary, the body is engaged in prayer and occupies with its rhythm. It frees the soul to drawer closer to the Lord.
When praying the rosary, one can deepen their understanding of God. Abiding in God's love through the rosary gives one an increasing intimacy that develops trust and faith. For centuries, people have experienced God's love while praying the rosary to reflect on his birth, death and resurrection. Pope John Paul II was convinced that praying the joyful prayers of the rosary would help reveal the mysteries of the gospel. The rosary is a powerful medium for the spirit to be lifted up to heaven.
The rosary is a traditional prayer that commences with the "Apostles' Creed." The "Our Father" is also recited, and the "Hail Mary" announces the Christ's birth. The mysteries of the rosary center on Christ's life and include four sets: joyful, sorrowful, glorious and luminous. The five joyful mysteries are the annunciation, visitation, Nativity, presentation in the temple and the finding in the temple. The repetition of words helps one experience the presence of Christ's spirit.
Praying the rosary is done in set steps. The sign of the cross is made and the "Apostles' Creed" is prayed. On the first bead, the "Our Father" is prayed, and three "Hail Mary's" are said on each of the next three beads. The "Glory Be" is prayed next. For each of the next five decades, the gospel mystery is pronounced and ten "Hail Mary's" are recited. After each decade the "Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima" prayer is said. poems on encouragement from the Bible are a good adjunct to the rosary.
Today, there are CDs with music for saying the rosary. A popular one is "The Rosary Is a Place" by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel and Simonetta. It's ideal for both home and while driving. The music uplifts the prayer experience.