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But, alas, I’m not qualified

Ever since the Atlantic printed that rosaries are associated with extremism, they’ve been flying off the shelves.

True story: I once seriously considered joining the Confraternity of the Rosary.

I liked the idea of making a lifetime commitment to an act of personal discipline. You vow to say a full rosary at least once a week, if not daily. I think repetitive prayers work like meditation on the brain and are good for you in the same way.

Plus, when you are in the Confraternity, you get: “A share during life, and even after death, in all the good works and prayers of the members of the Confraternity” and also the entire Dominican Order. So it’s like a giant feedback loop of goodness.

Problem is, I’m not a Catholic. A pretty strong requirement. I’m not even a believer. I don’t even believe in vibes, auras or karma. Or aliens or ghosts. My spiritual antenna got snapped off in a tragic accident.

Dead Pool tomorrow! Lest you forget…


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 18, 2022, 7:48 pm

Wow !!!

That is an impressive list of praying! I never knew all of that… does one have to sing the “Glory Be” or can it just be recited. I remember the “Glory Be” as Gloria Patri.

Great illustration of the cycle, BTW. I saved it.

Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: August 18, 2022, 8:16 pm

That is just a partial Rosary, five decades: The Joyful Mysteries. The entire Rosary consists of 20 decades: The five Joyful Mysteries, the five Luminous Mysteries, the five Sorrowful Mysteries, and the five Glorious Mysteries. Recited that daily for years. It is stupendous mental discipline. Most folks just recite five decades a day, with the Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Luminous Mysteries on Thursdays, and the Glorious Mysteries on Sundays and Wednesdays. The Luminous Mysteries have only been around since 2002, introduced by Pope John Paul II. The “Glory Be” is recited, not sung, although theoretically the entire Rosary can be sung. That would take a really, really long time, even with just five decades.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 18, 2022, 8:16 pm

I stole the illustration off Twitter. You can see the attribution. There are some great rosary sources on YouTube, too. It takes about half an hour to do this rosary.

I’m intrigued by the rosary and prayer beads in general. I own a few nice examples.

If I were to convert to anything, I think it would be a hardline sect of Catholicism. Too many protestant sects are unserious.

I could never reconcile this desire with not actually believing a word of it.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 18, 2022, 11:46 pm

Obviously a millennium old construct of American White Supremacists.

Ah, the dumbass young of social media, they’re so smart.

Comment from Quetzlovercoatl
Time: August 19, 2022, 8:14 am

@Crabby Old Bat – well, it looks like it takes 1:29:50 if you can do it in Gregorian chant, and who can’t? Me, for one. It does sound lovely but I have no Latin and get lost quite easily when following from a cheat sheet. I tend to get one word that I recognise and by the time I find it they’ve moved on and lost me again. Still, there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half.


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