During May (Mary’s month) this year at St Chrysostom’s we’re encouraging one another in prayer in a simple and special way.
What are we doing? It’s really simple, and anyone can join in, wherever they are. Each day of May someone is saying a ‘decade’ of the rosary and focussing on one of the rosary ‘mysteries’. On the church website we are giving the mystery for the day and the person who has kindly volunteered to offer the decade that day – and we’re inviting anyone who wishes to join in (such as you, dear reader :)). Whoever you are, wherever they are…. its an ‘inclusive’ prayer activity!
What do you do? Its simple. Wherever you are pause for a moment or two, and be still. ‘Announce’ the mystery, for example, ‘The Visit of Mary to Elizabeth’ and imagine the scene and let it help stimulate thought and prayer for you – let it help you form a particular prayer intention. With that prayer and thought in mind simply and gently say the Lord’s Prayer, ten Hail Mary’s, and Glory be. It only takes a few minutes, or you can take much longer if you wish. Whatever such a pause in the day is wonderful.
It’s great to know others are praying with us in this way, and so each morning in May a post goes on the church facebook group reminding us of the mystery for that day and who is praying it. Anyone is welcome to comment on the mystery, or ‘click like’ there.
Want to join in? Please do. You are very welcome to let us know a specific day you will join in our ‘Decade a Day’ and let us know who you are, where you are and the date you will pray. Do this by commenting on this post below or on our church facebook group or facebook page.
Not sure how to pray the whole Rosary? Don’t worry. Give it a go. There are lots of website will help you. Here is one example. And we’ve said the rosary in different ways, and places at church – including by Skype.
Many Christians (including the Archbishop of Canterbury!) are finding Pope Francis an inspirational christian for our day. He said recently: Mary joins us, she is at our side. She supports Christians in the fight against the forces of evil. Especially through prayer, through the rosary. Hear me out, the rosary…