Praying together in October

During October 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.

October is designated as the month of the Holy Rosary. Each day of October a volunteer is saying a ‘decade’ of the rosary and focussing on one of the rosary ‘mysteries’ (scenes from Our Lord our Our Lady’s life). On Fridays we’re looking for volunteers to say a complete set of  five mysteries.

At the end of this post you will see an image showing the allocation of mysteries to days of October.  Our facebook page announces each daily mystery, day by day.

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? It’s simple.

  • Wherever you are pause for a moment or two, and be still.
  • ‘Announce’ the mystery selected for that day, 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 October a post goes on our church facebook page reminding us of the mystery for that day. 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 or dates 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, just try. There are lots of websites to 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. Pope Francis 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… 

The allocated mysteries for October 2016:a-decade-a-day-in-october-2016

About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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