Includes the Mysteries of Light! For many Christians the rosary is a signifcant pathway to prayer and intimacy with God. Indeed, the rosary not only introduces us to the mysteries (life events) of Christ's life, but into the living mystery of Christ himself. In this recording, the St. Anthony Messenger Press staff prays the joyful, sorrowful, glorious, and luminous mysteries of the rosary as an aid for your prayer. Each mystery begins with a Scripture verse and/or meditation.
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The Rosary is a standard set of words, collected into prayers, therefore it is difficult to "review" something like this.
I am very happy that this recording exists. Of all the Audible products, I use/listen to this one, the most. I listen to it at least 4-5 times a week.
I really wish that a "Table of Contents" would be available for this recording, so that, we would know which chapter corresponds to what Mystery of the Rosary. This could be available in the description of the recording, or someplace, on the Audible site, where we could print it out.
This recording is wonderful, but I think that it would be a great idea if another one, let's say, another type of recording of The Rosary would also be available.
This "augmented" recording would have quiet, meditative, background music during the prayer. Additional, spoken meditations could be included between prayers, or lengthier thoughts between each decade.
This could be done in the "Scriptural Rosary" format.
This rendition of the Rosary lacks an understanding of the faith as a battle amidst God, the Devil, the world, and the individual person praying the Rosary. It does not contain the Fatima prayer, "O, My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell; lead us and all souls into Heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy!" This Rosary, seems to deposit an idea of universal salvation e.g. there are no calls for the conversion of poor sinners. Our King and Queen, are put on equal footing at various times with those who are praying this Rosary.
This rendition of the Rosary is only helpful in providing a backdrop of the basic prayers of the Holy Rosary, in conclusion the meditations are not theologically, spiritually, or psychologically correct! Theme music excepted as a marker for the beginning of the sets of meditations [Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries] is totally lacking. The Luminous Mysteries are tagged on at the end of this recording and not positioned after the Joyful Mysteries as a historical sequence of events suggests.
True Catholics, should look for an Audio-Rosary elsewhere, and pray that Audible will soon add another richer rendition of the Rosary that is fully compatible with the traditional faith of the Church!
One fault for me was that a prayer between theGlory be to the Father prayer and the next decade was missing, and I have to quickly say it before the new decade begins. It would be helpful if there were clearer markers between each set of Mysteries,e.g. the Joyful Mysteries The Sorrowful Mysteries, etc. which would help to find where you may have had to leave listening, instead of frustratingly search until you found where you were up to.
Each mystery has scripture and a guiding thought. It goes through all four parts of the rosary, with brief pauses between each. This means you can do the entire rosary in about an hour and 20 minutes. Alternatively, if you only have 20 or 25 minutes, you can listen to the opening prayers and then forward to the rosary section for each day. A problem with any book on Audible is that there are no chapter names. I solved that for this book by jotting down which chapters have which mysteries. The spoken delivery is excellent, allowing us to meditate on the rosary. I also appreciate that it uses only the prayers that have been part of the rosary for hundreds of years. This is the best purchase I've made on Audible.
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