With the upcoming Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, on Oct 7th, I thought it might be appropriate to share with you a wonderful book, written by Meggie K. Daly. In Bead by Bead: The Scriptural Rosary, Daly treats us to an insightful way to pray the Scriptural Rosary. You need not be an aficionado on the Rosary to appreciate this book. Perhaps you never said the Rosary but might be interested in learning how to do it. No sweat – Daly covers the basics to get you started.
Bead by Bead, We Walk with Mary to Jesus
Daly provides a history of how the Rosary evolved over the centuries. We learn that the Rosary is a living prayer, meant to change over time. For example, for several centuries, we said only the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries. Then in the 1970’s, Saint Pope John Paul II created the Luminous Mysteries to add to the Rosary. Anyone now can look back and go – duh! – of course we should have the Luminous Mysteries! You see, the Joyful Mysteries cover Jesus’ childhood. The Sorrowful Mysteries cover Jesus’ Passion and Death. The Glorious Mysteries cover Jesus’ Resurrection and everything monumental that occurs after Jesus rises from the dead. But, there were no Rosary prayers covering the ministerial portion of Jesus’ life. That is, until Saint John Paul II came along and created the Luminous Mysteries.
Understanding the Scriptural Rosary, Bead by Bead
Daly expertly shows how the praying of the Scriptural Rosary, with scriptural passages pertinent to each mystery, provides enrichment to one’s prayer life. For example, with the Joyful Mysteries, we traditionally focus on:
- The Annunciation,
- Mary visiting Elizabeth,
- The Nativity of Our Lord,
- The Presentation of Our Lord,
- And Finding Jesus in the Temple.
Daly digs deep and provides scriptural passages for each bead of the Rosary, taking you bead by bead, through Scripture. For the first Hail Mary, of the first decade, of the Joyful Mysteries, Daly associates the following scriptural passage:
But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be (Luke 1:28 NRSV) (p. 43).
Then for the second Hail Mary, of the first decade, of the Joyful Mysteries, Daly associates this passage:
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God (Luke 1:30, NRSV) (p. 43).
The goal is for you to read a scriptural passage for each bead of the Rosary, with the intent that Scripture will bring alive purpose and meaning for your prayers. Your prayers become one with Scripture, the Word of God. This brings you closer to God, Himself.
If you would like to improve your prayer life, or learn how to say the Rosary, then Bead by Bead, The Scriptural Rosary is a must read. This book also makes for a great gift, as well. If you would like to get your copy of Bead by Bead, The Scriptural Rosary, then click here.
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