Should we recite the rosary quickly?


Full Question

I'm a convert, and when I say the rosary I want to take my time and think about what I'm saying. But some cradle Catholics I've heard seem to race through it. Is this the way the rosary is supposed to be said?

Answer

Not according to Pope Paul VI. In his apostolic exhortation Marialis Cultus (1974), he wrote:

There has also been felt with greater urgency the need to point out once more the importance of a further essential element in the rosary, in addition to the value of the elements of praise and petition, namely the element of contemplation. Without this the rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas and of going counter to the warning of Christ: "And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words" (Mt 6:7). By its nature the recitation of the rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord's life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are unfolded. (Marialis Cultus 47)


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