The Rosary, for many, is not a beautiful chain of prayers. Rather, it has become a hassle for them, a daily, weekly, monthly chore, and one only done out of obligation, where it should be done out of love. We forget why we are praying, we begin to meditate on our grocery list, and what appointments we scheduled, and the words we say become a jumbled, rushed mess. I can relate to all of this, especially on days when I can barely get through a ‘Hail Mary’ without complaining about it.
However, this is definitely not what our mother intended when she wanted it established here on Earth. She wanted us to recite our prayers faithfully, slowing down, and taking time to reflect on the life of Christ. It is meant to unburden our hearts, help us learn to appreciate what our Lord did for us. We also are able to do this with Mary by our side, and our call of ‘Hail Mary, full of grace’ is so like giving her a kiss upon the cheek, and naming her our own parent. It is a beautiful thing to be able to communicate our love to Mary and to see Jesus through her eyes simultaneously. She knew what she was doing when giving us the Rosary.
On another slightly unrelated note, I once read that asking your Patron Saint- or favourite Saint, or whatever other kind of Saint- to pray the rosary with you was a really amazing experience. I’ve actually done it a time or two, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And beside the fact that anytime you ask for a Saint’s intercession it’s a give-in that they’re praying for and with you, asking them to pray the same prayer you are, to say the same words they may have said on Earth, and honouring the Queen that they can actually see in Heaven is beautiful.