Here at The Catholic Gift Shop, we love praying the rosary! Luckily for us, we have an abundance of different rosary beads to choose from when it comes time to pray. However, you don’t necessarily need traditional rosary beads to pray the rosary. What do we mean? Today we want to share some different ways to pray the rosary. Warning: some of these may be really fun and include being outdoors or eating tasty treats.
Different Ways to Pray the Rosary
The Candle Rosary
We saw this idea and thought it was really cool. It adds a few different elements that we thought were interesting. First off, it sets the mood. Praying the rosary should be a time to focus on God. Candle lighting certainly accomplishes a level of ambiance. Additionally, it can add an element of activity. This could be interesting if you’re looking to pray the rosary with children. You’ll certainly want to keep safety in mind when bringing children around the flame of a candle, but our thought was that after each prayer of the rosary you could have somebody blow out the representative candle. It could be a fun way to keep the kids engaged while also teaching them the value of praying the Holy Rosary.
The Cupcake Rosary
Sorry to anybody who’s dieting, but the cupcake rosary sounds too good to be true for dessert lovers! This is a terrific way to pray the rosary at a big gathering. We could see this at a Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation party. Everybody gets to have a cupcake, but only after they’ve said the corresponding prayer. This is a great way to get everybody together and in prayer. The smaller the group, the more cupcakes you each get! Maybe praying a decade or two will be sufficient, but do this however you think is appropriate.
This idea comes to us from Johnson Family Today and it’s an awesome one! They used banner paper to create a rosary hopscotch game, as you can see in the image. This is a perfect idea for parents who want to teach their young ones the rosary. Like the Candle Rosary (but even more so) this one plays on the activity aspect. Kids love to get involved and this different way to pray the rosary certainly accomplishes that. The kids (and maybe parents too!) will get to hop along with each Hail Mary until the end of the Decade. Repeat as necessary! Maybe do this as cardio after eating all those cupcakes?!
The Chocolate Chip Rosary
This is the least intensive of the different ways to pray the rosary. You can use any kinds of candy for this, but we’ll go with chocolate and peanut butter chips for example. While not quite as delicious as the Cupcake Rosary, this one is still involves tasty morsels. It also involves a small amount of activity, probably enough to keep the kids occupied and learning the rosary. This can even be a fun way to change it up when you want a snack and also want to pray. Just set up the chips in a rosary shape and get praying!
The Rosary Garden
We go from the least intensive option (chocolate chip rosary) to the most intensive option. Tons of people have created rosary gardens before, but the example shown in this image is particularly beautiful. This is the rosary garden of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Kokomo, Indiana. While we all might not be able to create a rosary garden like this, we can visit them! And maybe you do have enough space, time and resources to make a scaled version of this in your backyard. We just wanted to share this as an example of how you might be able to gather up the family and go pray the rosary outside!
These are some different ways to pray the rosary! We could all use a little change now and then, and these could definitely spice up your prayer life a bit!