Rosary Step 1 – Learning the Prayers
Hi! I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2!
My husband and I started praying the rosary together before we were married. When we first started having kids we would pray the rosary as a family after supper before the kids went to bed. When our oldest was not even walking yet, we were late starting our prayers and she crawled over to where our rosaries hung and pointed to them, letting us know that she was ready. We eventually moved that rosary time to the morning before our school lessons and have been faithful all these years. My husband now works shift work and joins us when he can. We do miss days, but the rosary and Mary are an important part our faith journey.
It might seem a bit obvious, but learning the prayers in the rosary is the first step to praying the rosary. Maybe you’re starting this rosary journey on your own, or maybe you’re teaching your kids at the same time. They are never too young to start!
You can print off a hard copy of the PRAYERS USED IN PRAYING THE ROSARY to get you started or to help you remember. Take time as you learn these prayers to think about the words. Discuss the meaning behind the words with your kids if they’re joining you. Think about the words and meditate on them. So often we just ‘say’ our prayers and forget to ‘pray’ them.
Start practicing by praying the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be when you wake up and before you go to bed. Practice during the day. Have the kids memorize them line by line. Each day memorize another line and have them repeat the whole prayer up to that point. Before you know it – the prayers will be memorized.
You don’t have to wait to start praying the rosary until you have these prayers perfectly memorized, but being comfortable praying them will help.
Take at least a week to learn these prayers, longer if needed. And really pray them. They have the power to change your life.
Printable copy of HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY.