The Memorandum : Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions but in your mercy hear and answer me.
[Make your request in your own words.]
her love is unconditional and powerful.
The words of Our Lady [Mary] to Juan Diego demonstrate her care and compassion for those who approach her with simplicity: "Hear it and let it penetrate into your heart, my dear little son; let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you. Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance. Also, do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Are you not in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?" "... I shall spread my love, compassion, succor and protection. I am your merciful Mother and a loving Mother to your fellow men who love me and trust me and seek my aid. I will listen to their lamentations and give solace in all their sorrows and sufferings."
Whatever you ask through the Rosary will be granted.
"Pray, hope and don't worry;
trust in the Infinite Goodness of Almighty God." - Saint Pio
He will whisper consolations and love into your very heart the moment you humble yourself by asking for this most adorable, gentle and sweet consolation because He came to give life and to give it more abundantly. He came to walk among our pains and sorrows - not as "the man upstairs" but with us and in us, on earth, at every turn. He shakes in laughter with our laughter and trembles with our tears, to be near us. And He came to bring us consolation and peace and life beyond depression and sorrow and fear. He came to lovingly carry us and console us and love us as a most perfectly loving parent would lovingly carry and console and love a child. He wants us to be His Children, the Children of God.
He is moved with great pity and love for our sufferings. He wants to crown us with compassion and abundance and love beyond all telling. He desires with His Whole Heart to look beyond our sins, carry our guilt and worries for us and with us, and free us from sorrow and pain. He wants to do this by His Own Hand, by Mary, to be a perfectly loving and forgiving Mother, and all the saints to be our aid and consolation, and by all humans and all hearts. The greatest commandment - the one He wants adhered to the most - is the command to Love because that is what He wants for everyone: Love. To be loved. To be able to love. No matter what has happened or will happen or what is happening right now.
We just have to ask for Love.
PDF Sheet on how to say the rosary
Website that lists more detailed meditations of the mysteries of the rosary that can be used before each 'Hail Mary'
Website that offers the rosary to listen to. Actively listening to it counts as recitation of the rosary even if you are not speaking. (Good if you have no idea how to say the rosary; also good for saying the rosary anywhere you have access to an MP3 player and headphones.)
You do not need a physical rosary - the beads on string - in order to recite it. Reading it or listening to it without a rosary in your hand is still recitation of the rosary. In other words, lacking a physical rosary - beads on string - should not be an obstacle to recitation of the rosary.
However, an actual rosary to hold greatly enhances the experience and is good to have around.
Here is a page on how to make a rosary. (Typically they are made with beads, however knots work, also.)
If that's too much work, please contact me - I have literally hundreds of rosaries (in a variety of colors!) for giving away for free.
This site also gives out free rosaries.
All five decades ("decade" being 10 consecutive meditations and Hail Mary prayers) are meant to be performed in succession and not a little bit throughout the day.
Rosary Novena ::
This novena consists of reciting five decades of the Rosary each day for 27 days in petition; then immediately five decades each day for 27 days in thanksgiving, whether or not the request has yet been granted. (Great graces will be given that will serve your hand better if what you requested is not given.)
History and Promise : The novena originated when Fortuna Agrelli, a girl from Naples, had suffered intense pain for 13 months. On February 16, 1884, she and her relatives began a novena of Rosaries for her recovery. Sitting on a high throne with the Infant Jesus on her lap, the Blessed Mother appeared to Fortuna on March 3. She held a rosary in her hand and was accompanied by St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena.
Fortuna petitioned Our Lady, "Queen of the Holy Rosary, be gracious to me, restore me to health..." The Blessed Virgin replies, "... You have invoked me by various titles and have always obtained favors from me. Now, since you have called me by the title so pleasing to me, 'Queen of the Holy Rosary,' I can no longer refuse the favor that you petition; for this name is most precious and dear to me. Make three novenas, and you will obtain all."
After Fortuna was cured, Our Lady appeared again. This time she said, "Whosoever desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas in thanksgiving."
"She is the best of Mothers, our safest confidant and in fact the very motive of our hope: she obtains all she asks for and her prayers are always heard." - Pius VII, Exultavit cor Nostrum, November 21, 1851
"When she approaches Her divine Son's throne, as Advocate She begs, as Handmaid She prays, but as Mother She commands." - Pius IX, tanto studio, February 19, 1805
personal rosary story.