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Henrik Hagnell wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have said the Rosary.

It is not an easy thing to do. It includes a lot of distractions. The ten Hail Mary's is one of the distractions. You really have to see it as an exercise . . . like something that is there that you work with. Sure, it is easier to meditate without the ten Hail Mary's but for some reason, we want something that makes it more difficult.

What I just wrote sounds crazy but I see no other reasons for me saying the ten Hail Mary's.
The Ignatian Lectio Divina is easier, I think, as it doesn't use distractions in its method.

  • Why do Catholics say ten Hail Mary's in the Rosary?

I don't think the Rosary is a one-size-fits-all in the Latin Church.


  { Why do Catholics say ten Hail Marys in the Rosary making it distracting and more difficult to pray? }

Mike replied:

Dear Henrik,

You said:

  • Why do Catholics say ten Hail Marys in the Rosary?

[From the web page below.] [The Rosary] was given to the Church by St. Dominic, who had received it from the Blessed Virgin Mary in a vision as a means of converting the Albigensians and other sinners in 1214. Part of that vision was how one was to pray the Rosary.

Important: Though praying the Rosary has been recommended by numerous saints and popes of the Church, praying the Rosary is a devotional practice and not considered a doctrine or teaching of the Church (Something the faithful must do.)

Make sure you read the following web page (from top to bottom) to get everything.

If someone is new to praying the Rosary it can be challenging at first.

When praying the Rosary, the main focus should not be on the words of the Hail Mary but on the meditation of the Mystery you are currently praying. The words of the Hail Mary should be set in the background of your mind while you are focusing on each of the twenty meditations themselves. If you are having a hard time thinking about what to meditate on for a given mystery, buy an inexpensive booklet of twenty meditations for the Rosary.

This web posting should help those who don't know how to pray the Rosary:

I hope this helps


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