The Secret of the Rosary - Forty-fifth Rose

Forty-fifth Rose - With Reverence

I WOULD like to add that the Rosary ought to be said
reverently----that is to say it ought to be said, as far as
possible, kneeling, with the hands joined and clasping the
Rosary. However, if people are ill they can of course say it in
bed or if they are traveling it can be said on foot----and if
infirmity prevents people kneeling it can be said seated or
standing. The Rosary can even be said at work, if people's
daily duties keep them at their jobs, because the work of
one's hands is not by any means always incompatible with
vocal prayer.
Of course, since the soul has its limitations and can only do
so much, when we are concentrating on manual work we
cannot give our undivided attention to things of the spirit,
such as prayer. But when we cannot do otherwise this kind
of prayer is not without value in Our Lady's eyes and she
rewards our good will more than our external actions.
I advise you to divide up your Rosary into three parts and to
say each group of mysteries (five decades) at a different time
of day. This is much better than saying the whole fifteen
decades all at once.
If you cannot find the time to say a third part of the Rosary
all at one time, say it gradually, a decade here and there. I
am sure you can manage this; so that, in spite of your work
and all the calls upon your time, you will have said the
whole Rosary before going to bed.
Saint Francis de Sales sets us a very good example of
faithfulness in this respect: once when he was quite
exhausted from the visits of the day and remembered,
towards midnight, that he had left a few decades of his
Rosary unsaid, he would not go to bed until he had finished
them on his knees, notwithstanding all the efforts of his
secretary who saw he was tired and begged him to let the
rest of his prayers go until the next day.
And do let me remind you just once more to copy the
faithfulness, reverence and devotion of the holy friar who is
mentioned in the Chronicles of Saint Francis and who
always said his Rosary very devoutly and reverently before
dinner. (I have told this story earlier in this book. [See "The
Seventh Rose"])

The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.

There are exactly 54 readings. 
  • A white rose for priests;
  • A red rose for sinners;
  • A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
  • A rosebud for little children;
  • Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

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