The Ave Guide to the Scriptural Rosary
by Ave Maria Press
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Pub Date 07 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 08 Jun 2023
The Ave Guide to the Scriptural Rosary is an attractively designed resource that will help you pray the devotion more deeply by including short scripture passages to read in each decade.
This hardcover keepsake includes all of the directions, prayers, and Bible verses you need to understand and pray a Scriptural Rosary for each of the four mysteries—Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious.
“In the prayer of the Rosary we turn to the Virgin Mary so that she may bring us ever closer to her Son Jesus, so as to know him and to love him more and more. This simple prayer, in fact, helps us to contemplate all that God in his love has done for us and for our salvation, and allows us to understand that our life is united to that of Christ.” —Pope Francis
The Rosary is one of the most valued and practiced prayers in the Catholic Church and the greatest and most popular devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. A Scriptural Rosary takes the devotion a step further, allowing you to contemplate the lives of Jesus and Mary through God’s Word. With the announcement of each mystery, a short excerpt from the corresponding Gospel story—taken from the New American Bible Revised Edition, the scripture translation used in the Mass—is read to describe the event from Jesus’s life. Then, before each Hail Mary, a psalm or short line or two from scripture is read, echoing the feelings and spiritual attitude related to the mystery.
The book also includes background on the Rosary and its spiritual graces, how to pray with the sacramental, and how to use a scriptural version of the prayer. An appendix includes Marian prayers, a litany, a novena, and information about Marian consecration.
“What an excellent book, filled with beautiful religious art! This is a must-have book for all who pray the Rosary: beginners, intermediates, and advanced. It is chock-full of scriptural quotations that will take you deeper into the wonder of the Greatest Story Ever Told: the life of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph on earth.”
Fr. Francis Joseph “Fr. Rocky” Hoffman
Chairman and CEO of Relevant Radio
and host of The Family Rosary Across America
“This book offers an excellent catechesis on the Rosary: its origins, the graces that come from praying it, and what the Church teaches about it. This guide implicitly answers questions such as Where do I direct my prayer?, Is the focus on Mary or on Jesus Christ?, and What should I be meditating on while I pray the prayers? This book is for those who have never prayed the Rosary and need to learn the basics, as well as for those who have offered these prayers for years and years. As one who loves the Rosary—and who prayed it nightly with my siblings and parents while we lived at home—I highly recommend this book and this important and grace-filled devotion!"
Bishop William A. Wack
Diocese of Pensacola–Tallahassee
“Anyone who has had trouble focusing on the mysteries of the Rosary will find a treasure in this little book. It skillfully blends scripture with contemplative prayer, focusing the mind and engaging the heart in a deep encounter with our Lord and his mother. As you pray the words of scripture, you will enter the very scenes of Jesus’s life as you learn to hear and recognize the voice of God.”
Author of Becoming Women of the Word
“The Ave Guide to the Scriptural Rosary will strengthen the special bond that ties together so many of our Holy Cross apostolates in the United States and throughout the world. From our very foundation, the Congregation has held close Our Lady of Sorrows as our patroness and the Rosary as our special prayer, and our apostolates have been grounded in devotion to her. Our perennial hope and promise is that praying the Rosary will bring families, our Church, and all of society together in a strengthened bond of love in these complex times.”
Fr. William Lies, CSC
Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers
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You may have heard it many times--praying the Rosary is good for spirit and soul. And yet, some of us struggle with the repetitive nature of the Rosary. We know that we will reap great spiritual benefits from praying it, but we are reluctant to start.
A new book may be just what you need to ignite your love of the Rosary. The Ave Guide to the Spiritual Rosary is a fantastic resource for those who are searching for a more fulfilling way to engage in this prayer practice.
The Scriptural references are quite moving and encourage the individual to focus on the message behind each mystery. I found myself experiencing a greater devotion to the Rosary as a result of reading this book.
The Ave Guide to the Spiritual Rosary provides readers with a greater understanding of a time-tested prayer that can bring them closer to the Blessed Mother and to God. It is well worth adding to your home library.
Excellent handbook for praying the Rosary using Bible verses. You'll find everything you need: a brief introduction, all the prayers, the verses by mystery,& instructions on how to pray the Rosary. A nice bonus is the short selection of Marian prayers at the end of the book.
This is a great little guide to keep with you. I received an advanced copy from netgalley. Ave has done a beautiful job with the bold print lettering and script is highly readable. The pictures are certainly enjoyable as well. I will be purchasing it. Thanks again netgalley
Great way to say the Rosary. This book is the right mix of prayer, meditation and ease of reading. This is a great idea for someone who is trying to enter more fully into the Rosary. I have an electronic copy, but may purchase a physical copy as I would appreciate having it in my hands and in my purse, ready to go.
Thank you to NetGalley and Ave Maria Press for the opportunity to read an advanced reader's copy of this book for an honest review.
“The Ave Guide to the Scriptural Rosary” was an enlightening resource that I see myself using time and time again!
I pray the Rosary at least once a week with my family, and I found this little guide to be not only beautiful but practical and an enhancement to our weekly ritual.
My favorite part of the book was reading through the 15 promises of Mary to those who pray the Rosary. I’ve started meditating on these promises and have found great comfort knowing my faith will continue to strengthen as I keep praying the Rosary.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning how to pray the Rosary, the background behind the Rosary, and strengthening their Christian faith.
This is a truly excellent title. I have spent the past few months getting more and more into the devotion of the Rosary. I just love the idea of bringing Scriptural reflection deeper into the practice of saying the Rosary and this book makes it so natural to do that. It is a beautiful book as well that is perfect for gifting!