Does the rosary have to be said in a certain way to be effective?

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Sometimes I mix the mysteries of the rosary and meditate on different parts of Jesus’ life, not necessarily on the prescribed day. I never thought about it until someone said it was disrespectful. Does the rosary have to be said in a certain way to be effective?


When you are praying the rosary privately, you can mix and match. The object of the rosary in prayer. If you want to pray for five decades, meditating on one mystery, it’s fine. There is absolutely nothing disrespectful in this.

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    1. I also do that…Each decade i pray for each member of my family and for all the people and for all the souls in purgatory.

  1. It is much better to meditate as meditating on the mystery also helps us to see where we’ve failed to live like Jesus in our own lives. And as we are supposed to meditate upon the mystery, I really think it would be much better, not just for yourself, but for your relationship with God too to know clearer who He is by meditating on His life

  2. Hi Georges Kawkabany, I do not know the answer to your question, but my wife and I say the rosary together in the morning. I have to admit, that often times my mind wonders to subjects that are totally off topic, actually have nothing to do with the prayers I am reciting. I am sure that diminishes the quality of the prayer, so I try to think of the person or thing I want to pray for.
    Although our saying the rosary is far from perfect, I am sure God receives it and loves every syllable. Our own children have often made presentations to us that were less than perfect, but we loved them all the more for it

  3. I read somewhere you can take any story from the Bible and meditate on it as well. F.e., if you pray about recovery, you can meditate on Jesus healing someone.

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