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The Rosary and Orthodoxy

Long before I was Orthodox, I took up the practice of praying the Rosary. I wasn’t exactly a daily devotee of it, but I did pray it frequently, if intermittently–and there were even seasons that I prayed it daily.

But it wasn’t until I turned to Orthodoxy that I better understood the communion of the saints and the role of the saints in our lives. In fact, a few short months after I made the final turn to Orthodoxy, in October 2002, I was at a retreat in a Benedictine monastery. There in the monastery library I came across a book with the Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God. In praying that hymn, I was led into a deeper personal experience of who Mary is and her role, and how, as a Christian, I was related to her and she to me. Since that time I have prayed the Rosary, and invoked her intercessions, more often and with greater regularity. And, in fact, in recent days I have come to an ever more regular and intense practice of praying the Rosary.

My practice of such a prayer, however, has changed slightly. Whereas all I knew before was the Western form of the Rosary (with which there is nothing wrong), I have since discovered an Orthodox form. From personal experience I can say that this Orthodox form has provided for me a much deeper devotion to Jesus’ Mother (and therefore to Christ as well). It feels to me much more personal and direct. But your experience may be very different.

Anyway, here’s the link that got me started: The Rosary and Orthodoxy

And here’s what I’ve done with it. The Rosary of Our Lady (pdf file)

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