Saturday, October 09, 2010
Our Lady of the Rosary and monks.
Is the Rosary superstitious? Is it simply a prayer for old ladies? For the unsophisticated?
The Holy Rosary is a very monastic prayer, not unlike Lectio Divina. With the prayers of the Holy Rosary the person praying more or less unconsciously exercises himself in the prayer of Lectio Divina: lectio, meditatio, oratio, contemplatio. In the recitation of the Rosary we announce the mystery of each decade - a sort of lectio, then ruminating the mystery as we pray - meditatio, while praying the word - oratio, thus opening the soul to contemplatio - lifted up, as it were, into the very bosom of the Holy Trinity, through the intercession of Our Lady. Of course the Rosary is a prayer focused upon the Gospel and the words of the prayer are the words of the Gospel itself, thus it leads the soul ever deeper into the very heart of the Gospel. The Rosary becomes a wonderful companion and continuation of the exercises of communal liturgical prayer and private sacred study. A monk shouldn't leave his cell without it.
Going forward, for the month of October I will try to post more on the Holy Rosary.