A Family Rosary

ourladyoftherosaryOne of the things I’ve been trying to add to our daily round is a family rosary.  Do you know how hard it is to work that into the routine?  Now that we’re back in school, though, I have an idea to pray the rosary together just before we break for lunch.  That’ll work Monday through Friday, at least, and five days out of seven is better than none, yes?

Do you pray the rosary together?  It’s not something we’ve ever done, I’m afraid.  While I love our Blessed Mother, I have never loved the repetition of the rosary.  The children, however, adore it, and, really, it only takes 10 minutes or so.

And, also, it’s not about me. 🙂

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  1. Yes, it’s not about yes. This is a gift we try to offer every day, but it IS a challenge. If we are all out and about in the car, we will say it there. The driver may be distracted, and the little ones are happy that nobody notices that they are staring out the window instead, but at least the 3 yo isn’t dancing around causing giggles and eye rolls. If we do it during the day, my husband usually misses it, unfortunately. If we do it at night, during the school year, somebody else often misses it because of activities. It’s just hard with a big, busy family with a wide age range.

    I also try to say a decade or two while on my morning walk or run. I would much prefer to spend that time thinking about blog posts that I will never write or maybe scenes for a novel or all the things I hope to do that day/week/month/lifetime. Giving up that time of free thinking, which is often undirected and frivolous, is a painful thing for my selfish brain (which is why I do it). I read once about some monks who would recite ALL of the Psalms every day. To do this must have eliminated every last second of daydreaming and free thinking available, which to me is a bigger deal than a vow of poverty or spending all day caring for the sick and dying. So, I figure I can offer up 10 minutes of my walk. 🙂

    1. I’m starting to come to a point where I just do things without considering who is available, because if I try too hard, we never do anything. In this case, Davey may miss our rosary, because he might not make the effort to walk to school, and Brenna will miss it because she isn’t home. Trying to accommodate everyone, though, becomes paralysis.

    2. agreed. and I thought things were so hard when they were all little, but now that seems like a cake walk. 🙂 I consider 5 family members a quorum for any activity or decision (if more than 5 people like a new food dish, then that’s a big deal!!).

    3. I like the quorum idea. 🙂

  2. Yes. Yes I do know how hard it is to pray the rosary as a family. For a while, we were gathering around 8:00pm, before stories, but some people were falling asleep, while some littler ones were too distracting. Hence, we dropped it down to a decade, and then, just one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the St. Michael prayer. With our new school year about to start next week, I want to try to get us praying the rosary again. Before lunch could possibly work, except that Tony will miss out.

    1. It’s probably best to let the husbands do their praying whenever they can and just worry about the kids. We need to help them develop good habits of prayer, and by the time dad gets home, the kids are in no mood for that sort of thing. Try lunchtime and see if that works for you! Or maybe before the school day begins.

  3. Emily G says:

    Yeah, trying it with six kids ages 6, 4, 3, 2, 2, and 3 months is very interesting, to put it gently. The twins seem to think it is acrobatic show off time with rosaries as props. The boys giggle at the twins, and our oldest becomes very aggrieved and yells at them that they are making Mary cry. Also, fitting it into a morning is difficult. I have to start cooking lunch at 1pm, serve at 2 and Daddy leaves at 2:30 for work. Somehow, when we are all running around getting ready in the morning, eating and cleaning up breakfast, starting some laundry, etc., we never seem to be able to stop for 15 minutes to pray. I have decided recently that this must stop. The world is a mess and needs our prayers, and we are not perfect and we need to pray for ourselves. Even if it’s only a decade. We are trying really hard, crying and giggling and no one can find Daddy on our huuuugely sprawling farm of 11 acres and all…and we even managed a full Rosary last Sunday. I hope it works out for you! I know Mary will be happy as long as you all don’t giggle too much. 🙂

    1. You know, with children that young, I think I’d just pray on my own and let them join if they want and play nearby if they don’t. That way, they would see the good example, but not drive me absolutely insane. 🙂

  4. Emily G says:

    Haha, yes, that is why we put up with the twins wearing Rosaries act. We don’t make the boys sit still, either, but we did have to demand that they sit quietly in a place of their choosing because allowing them to play while we prayed ended up with too loud of motor noises. My boys love motor noises. We stay relaxed about it-if it becomes an occasion of sin because we get so upset with them, then it’s not worth it.

  5. Yes! We pray it, we have regularly for four years now, though we regularly slip off the wagon and have to restart sometimes. 🙂 When we first started, oh, it was rough. I have an autistic son, and he would have been six or so at the time, and no tolerance for such things. But….once something is set routine, he accepts it, you know? Like boiling a frog. 🙂 We started with an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. When a Marian feast day would come around, if I felt like we were up for it, we added a bit more. We moved onto the beginning part…the creed and such. Then we did the beginning part and a decade. Then another decade. Etc. After several months we were saying the whole thing. Oh, it is ugly sometimes. lol But mostly it is ok. I have a rosary dvd that details each mystery nicely, so during the months of September and May we pray one decade at a time and watch the dvd while we do so…I feel like the kids do better when they have some mental images for the mysteries, you know? We say the rosary after dinner/before bed, but we have done other times too…whatever works during that season.

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