The Rosary Release Process
by Stephanie Brail
The Catholic rosary is an extremely powerful form of prayer using a specific set of prayer beads. You do not have to be Catholic to pray the rosary or even Christian. The following "rosary release" process helps to release fears, worries, and anything else in your life that you do not want. Try this process daily and see how your life changes.
The rosary is designed with five sections of beads called "decades." These sets of beads are called "decades" because they consist of 10 beads each. The rosary also has a tail with additional beads used when beginning the prayer cycle.
In the traditional Catholic rosary, a "mystery" from the life of Jesus is meditated upon at each decade. There are four sets of mysteries, each prayed on different days of the week. In this rosary release process, you will focus on an issue you want released at each decade instead of the mystery.
Now, if you are not Catholic, you may be wondering why it seems you are praying to Mary when praying the rosary. Since I was raised Episcopalian, I did not quite understand the Catholic focus on Mary. From what I understand, you are not praying to Mary so much as honoring her, and asking for her help in praying to God.
From a New Age perspective, you might consider the Virgin Mary to be an ascended master who helps those on earth with her blessings. In the New Age world, you hear a lot about higher beings, but none have visited the earth and shown themselves to as many people as Mary has. With that in mind, you might look at Mary as a powerful force for good who helps a lot of people on the planet. She can intercede with God and be a bridge between the human and the divine. She also represents the divine feminine.
Thus, consider that by communing with Mary via the rosary, you are tapping into a powerful energy of light and goodness that connects you with the divine. Whether you think of this divine energy as coming from a God in the traditional sense is up to you. But it is this energy that will help you release your fears and problems with the following process.
The Rosary Release Process
Learning the rosary may seem difficult at first, but it is very easy once you get the hang of it. You might want to print out the prayers to have next to you until you have memorized them. The prayers are included in their entirety after the instructions.
You can choose to either say the prayers out loud or silently recite them in your mind.
1. Prior to starting your rosary meditation, focus on the area of your life that you would like to work on. There may be multiple areas. At this time, you can also pray for friends and loved ones.
2. Holding the cross, make the sign of the cross and recite the Apostle's Creed.
3. On the first large bead, say the "Our Father."
4. On the next three beads, say the "Hail Mary" focusing on faith (bead one), hope (bead two), and charity (bead three).
5. At the next large bead, say the "Glory Be."
Then, focus on the first thing you want to release, such as "I want to release my struggles over money" or "I want to release my anger towards my mother." Say the "Our Father."
6. Pray 10 Hail Marys on the first decade (group of 10 beads) as you imagine releasing the issue. You can imagine God or the Virgin Mary taking the issue from you or just see it leaving you as you pray each Hail Mary.
7. On the next large bead, say the "Glory Be" (and optionally the "Fatima Prayer"). Then focus on the next issue you want to release and say the "Our Father."
8. Repeat the previous two steps on the next four decades until you reach the end of the circle.
9. Say the "Hail Holy Queen."
10. Thank Mary/God/Spirit for their help.
The Prayers of the Rosary
The Sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostle's Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Sprit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.
(Note: You may see alternate versions of the Hail Mary, some that say "among women" and some that use more modern language such as "blessed are you among women." I prefer the formal Elizabethan version ("amongst"), but remember, it's more the thought that counts than the specific wording.)
Hail Holy Queen:
Hail! Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement! O loving! O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.