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rosary workshop - a garden of prayers
SCRIPTURAL ROSARY PRAYER
telling the life of Christ - a spiritual garden of prayer


 THE ROSE GARDEN
 Did you know that from the time of  the first Benedict - who had a rose garden he called his 'rosary' - there was a connection between the flower and the prayer? Just as an aviary is a place where birds live.
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A GARDEN STROLL 
THROUGH THE LIFE OF CHRIST
During the Renaissance period, it was again very popular for people to connect the two - the prayer and a stroll through a spiritual garden with Mary as the guide. Below is the rosary as it is prayed today with a taste of this gracious old custom.

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OPENING THE GARDEN GATE   -   ENTERING THE GARDEN
following the joyful mysteries
1st JOYFUL MYSTERY   -   2nd JOYFUL MYSTERY
3rd JOYFUL MYSTERY   -   4th JOYFUL MYSTERY
5th JOYFUL MYSTERY
also check out the following
FINAL  PRAYER   -   SPECIAL COMMENTS   -   MORE LINKS




~THE GARDEN GATE ~
TO ENTER THE GARDEN
To enter the rose garden one one must first open the garden gate.  The key to unlock the gate is in your hand. It is the cross of Jesus' crucifixion.  With an open heart make the sign of the cross, kiss the crucifix, and the gate will open to the garden path. 
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OUR FATHER
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  THE GARDEN PATH 
To enter into the rose garden of prayers, one must first do a prayer walk down the garden path. Since the 15th century it has been a heavenly path rich with color and the sweet aroma of roses. 
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the garden path
is the pendant of your rosary
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MARY GUIDES US ON OUR WALK
It is a path not walked alone as Mary is with us, sharing the inner mysteries of the life of Christ through Scripture. 
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 (optional) 
read and meditate on 
JOHN 1:1-14 
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(and/or) recite
APOSTLES CREED

On the next large bead say the ...
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OUR FATHER  (1)   -  HAIL MARY (3)   - OUR FATHER (1) 




~ ENTERING THE GARDEN ~
  ENTERING 
THE GARDEN OR ROSARIUM 
 Enter into the circlet of 5 decades of beads which represent the garden of roses or the rosarium. Savor the aroma of each rose as Mary shares a verse of Scripture. This treasury tells the story of her son who is the Living Word Made Flesh, Jesus.
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 CHAPLET OF PRAYERS
 1 mystery - 5 meditations.
To pray a mystery we will circle the garden 1 time. Each mystery contains five meditations, one for each decade of Ave beads or 50 prayers.
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ROSARY OF PRAYERS
3 mysteries - 15 meditations.
To pray all three mysteries -  the whole rosary - circle the garden 3 times.
(usually 1 mystery per day) The root of these 150 prayers comes from the early monks who would pray the 150 Psalms. The laity would say the Pater Noster (Our Father) on each bead as many could not read. It was called the 'poor mans brev'
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As you send these roses out to others, let the aroma of each enter deeply into your heart as well - each day the Living Word heals and speaks to the matters of the heart, our life and our soul in a new and different way.




~ JOYFUL MYSTERIES ~
announce the
1st JOYFUL MYSTERY
and respond to theFruit of the Mystery from the garden
HUMILITY
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THE ANNUNCIATION
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on large bead, pray
OUR FATHER
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On the next small 10 beads or roses meditate 
on each scripture verse or mystery followed by

HAIL MARY
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between the last small and next large bead or rose say ...
GLORY BE  ... then ... O MY JESUS




announce the
2nd JOYFUL MYSTERY
... and respond to the
Fruit of the Mystery from the garden
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
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THE VISITATION
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On the next large bead pray
OUR FATHER
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follow by mediating on the nest decade of Aves

HAIL MARY
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between the last small and next large bead or rose say ...
GLORY BE  ... then ... O MY JESUS




announce the
3rd JOYFUL MYSTERY
Fruit of the Mystery from the garden
POVERTY
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THE NATIVITY
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then pray 1
OUR FATHER
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followed by 10 Hail Marys

HAIL MARY
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between the last small and next large bead or rose say ...
GLORY BE  ... then ... O MY JESUS




announce the
4th JOYFUL MYSTERY
Fruit of the Mystery from the garden
OBEDIENCE
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THE PRESENTATION
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then pray 1
OUR FATHER
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followed by 10 Hail Marys
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HAIL MARY
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between the last small and next large bead or rose say ...
GLORY BE  ... then ... O MY JESUS




announce the
5th JOYFUL MYSTERY
Fruit of the Mystery from the garden
JOY OF FINDING JESUS
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THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
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then pray
OUR FATHER
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followed by 10 Hail Marys

HAIL MARY
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between the last small and next large bead or rose say ...
GLORY BE  ... then ... O MY JESUS
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Now the garden has been circled once.





~ SORROWFUL MYSTERIES ~
TO CIRCLE THE GARDEN 
FOR THE SECOND TIME 
The full rosary in tradition has been 15 decades, five in each of the 3 mysteries. Blessed JP II added the Luminous Mysteries  This was always meant to be and simply responds to the ministy of Jesus during his life on earth.  On completion of the Sorrowful Mysteries, follow the links below: 
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To circle the garden for the second time, go to the
SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
To complete the full rosary
in meditation and prayer go to the
GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
then go to the new
LUMINOUS MYSTERIES
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 Finish your prayer time by saying the
HAIL HOLY QUEEN
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Thank Mary for being with you on the walk through
her garden or rosarium.




~ FINAL PRAYER ~
 PRAYER AFTER THE ROSARY
O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection has
purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beseech
Thee, that meditating on these mysteries of the most holy rosary of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what
they promise.  Through the same Christ or Lord. Amen
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shared by Sr Frances DeMott, IBVM (MI)




~ A GOD THING ~

  Most recently, my husband and I went to a youth meeting at our parish to teach the kids about the rosary.  We gave the kids a rosary and after talking about the rosary a bit, we prayed one decade with them. 
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As the meeting ended and the kids were leaving, a girl came up and asked if I had any more rosaries. I told her that we had given them all out. I asked her why she wanted another rosary and she said she wanted one for her mom. then I gave her my special one that I had gotten last summer. Her brother who was there, stepped up and gave me a big hug and said, "thank you!"
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 I tear up when I think about this whole sequence of events. God Bless you and your work. Sincerely, your sister in Christ.    Claudia Valencia (USA)




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Our vision is to provide the finest handmade rosaries, chaplets and other fine religious art forms for personal worship we can make using the best supplies available.  The Guild believes the work of our hands should give visual Glory to God, therefore for us, the best for you is very, very important.

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the following mysteries:
SORROWFUL   -   GLORIOUS   -   LUMINOUS 
 Finish your prayer time by saying the
HAIL HOLY QUEEN   -   TOP OF PAGE

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