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Quodlibet 20 - The Rosary

Monday, May 31, 2010
A Godzdogz reader asks -

What is the current practice that Dominicans have with the Rosary? Is there an official postion that the Dominican Order has taken on the Luminous Mysteries?

A Dominican Friar is required by the constitutions of the Order to say five decades of the rosary a day, either in common with the rest of his community, or alone. In addition, we are required to say five decades a week for the souls of our deceased brothers, sisters, friends of the Order, and benefactors. I tend to punctuate my day with a decade whenever I take a break from work, but other brothers have different routines.

As far as I am aware the Order has no official position on the Luminous Mysteries. These were introduced as a 'suggestion' by Pope John Paul II who hoped to renew the rosary and encourage more people to take up the devotion by emphasising the Christocentric nature of the prayer. Whether a community or individual Friar chooses to meditate on these mysteries is their own decision.

Nicholas Crowe OP


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