March 26

Praying Too Fast



Listener Mike writes:

Thank you for a great radio program!

I’d like to ‘vent’ just a bit, if you can bear with me.

Our local parish, like many others, “recites” the Rosary before daily and Sunday Mass.  Someone will start, and the rest of us gathered finish the prayer.

Please don’t get me wrong, these are loving and dedicated Catholics and I cherish their attendance at Church…………but

It seems that they are in a speech-race to finish the prayers:  “HailMary fullagrace theLordbewityou.  Bless-aareyou amonwomen, and Blessisthefruit ofThywombJesus”

I would rather they say the prayer in the spirit of Saint Gabriel:  “Hail Mary!  Full of Grace!  The LORD is with thee!  Blessed art thou amongst women!  And Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb, JESUS!”

What a wonderful exclamation to the mother of our Lord.

If we wish to pray the Rosary at all (and I believe it a beautiful prayer), why not take the time to pray it reverently?

We have audio Rosaries available at our Rosary Army website and we’ve been accused of praying too fast on those.  Other (most) people say the cadence is just right.

While I get frustrated when people say the Rosary TOO fast, I’m just glad when people pray it.  Is it the speed or intention that matters?

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Greg is married to Jennifer. They've got five kids.

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  • For me it is a distraction, when the Rosary is prayed too fast. I attend Mass at a small rural church. When visitors join in, that is when the freight train speeding to a derail rosary prayers happen.

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