This was originally posted at another blog of mine that I have deleted. I have combined all my blogs into this one for the sake of simplicity in my already busy life. Jen – 6/13/09.
Montefort.org.uk has the complete texts of all 5 methods of saying the Rosary on their website. Since they seem to hold the copyright, I will link to it rather than copy it all. You can find it here:
The first 2 methods are the only ones I’ve ever heard used and I’ve been hunting for them since I heard it at a Marian Conference in Petoskey a few weeks back.
As a summary, in the first method, St. Louis provides specific additional prayers at the beginning of each decade: he requests detachment from material items, as follows:
- “We offer Thee, O Child Jesus, this third decade in honor of Thy Blessed Nativity, and we ask of Thee through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, detachment from the things of this world, love of poverty and love of the poor.”
Moreover, he adds a specific prayer after each decade. The following prayers are for the joyous mysteries:
- Grace of the mystery of the Incarnation, come down into my soul and make it truly humble.
- Grace of the mystery of the Visitation, come down into my soul and make it truly charitable.
- Grace of the mystery of the Nativity, come down into my soul and make me truly poor in spirit.
- Grace of the mystery of the Purification, come down into my soul and make it really wise and really pure.
- Grace of the mystery of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, come down into my soul and truly convert me.
Similar, but distinct, petitions are provided for the sorrowful and glorious mysteries.
In the second, word or two is added to each Hail Mary of the decade reminding us of the mystery we are celebrating. This addition follows the name of Jesus in the middle of the Hail Mary:
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. The full details of the method are at the Montefort site.
The final memorization piece for this series is Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs; mourning and weeping in this valley of tears! Turn then, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary!