Manners of praying the rosary

• One can vary the form of praying the rosary: all together; two choirs; leader & congregation; one by one…)

Sung or meditated rosary where each mystery is announced and then a short song is sung or a brief meditation is offered by one of the members of the group)

Biblical Rosary: reading for each mystery a biblical text which narrates the Gospel scene meditated upon, or very short texts (or one or multiple passages) before the recitation of each Hail Mary of the mystery.

Perpetual Rosary: spread by Timothy Ricci (died 1643), along the lines of perpetual adoration, and sometimes accompanying it, in which a group of persons commits itself to praying the rosary during the 24 hours of the day (one person for each hour of day and night)

Living Rosary: in which a number of persons commit themselves to pray the Rosary at the same time of the day, each one a successive mystery of the rosary, such that among them all the entire rosary is prayed.

Missionary Rosary: a multi-colored rosary with which one prays for the intentions of the Church on a different continent in each mystery: yellow for Asia, green or black for Africa, etc.

Rosary at dawn: the practice common in some parish missions of inviting people to the morning Mass and conference by walking up and down the parish jurisdiction at early dawn, praying the rosary, singing, and inviting people to join in the procession which ends up at the Church in time for the morning session.

Amplified rosary: praying the traditional rosary with the addition of some more ‘mysteries’ taken from other passages of the Gospels not included in the 20 official mysteries of the rosary.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy: an abbreviated and concentrated prayer similar to the rosary, but which in this case is exclusively focused upon the passion of the Lord, inaugurated by St. Faustina, a Polish nun who received the revelations of “Our Lord of Mercy”.

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