The evening prior to Saint Theodora’s canonization, at a vigil in the Church of Gesu in Italy, I had the privilege of holding her rosary. The thought of touching with my hands, the very same rosary on which this saint prayed with hers, is an experience that continues to move me.
Saint Theodora was devoted to Mary. Her parents consecrated her to our Holy Mother on the day she was born immediately after her baptism. Throughout her life, Mary was the saint that Saint Theodora called on most often to guide and protect her, her friends,
and her family. The rosary was one way in which she did this.
I too have a devotion to Mary and pray the rosary every day, which is why touching Saint Theodora’s rosary was so meaningful to me. The meditation brings peace and clarity to me on even the days I am most weary or troubled. The prayers and mysteries remind me of God’s love and saving grace for us through his son, Jesus.
Five basic prayers are prayed throughout the rosary. After the Sign of the Cross, which is an acknowledgement of our belief in the Trinity, the three persons in one God, we
pray the Apostles Creed, a declaration of faith as defined by the Apostles. We then pray the Our Father, the prayer Jesus taught us to pray; the Hail Mary which centers on Jesus’ Incarnation; and the Glory Be, a prayer of praise. Periodically we stop to reflect on one of the four sets of Mysteries (the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious), which focus on Jesus’ Incarnation, ministry, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.
If you do not know how to pray the rosary, all of this may seem too difficult for you, but truly, if you can navigate around the Internet to find this blog, you easily can follow this string of beads we call the rosary. For more help or additional inspiration, see my book, The Rosary Prayer by Prayer. With it you can pray the rosary simply by following page by page. You also will find some background information on the rosary, original artwork, Scripture verses, reflections, and other Marian prayers.
I encourage you to take the time to learn how to pray the rosary, and pray it every day. In doing so, you will be greatly surprised at the graces that come your way. Your love for Jesus and his mother, Mary, will grow deeper. And you will know a new sense of peace in your heart, prompting more love and tranquility in the world.
©Mary K. Doyle