I’ve been focusing on contemplative prayer lately and moving away from offering-based worship. (Not that the two are mutually exclusive, but I’ve felt a push towards the former and away from the latter.)

I’ve been trying to find time in my schedule to pray contemplatively.

Normally, on workdays, I would leave the apartment around 12:15-12:30. I have about a 45 minute commute on public transit. Then, I would kill time by hanging out at one of the many Italian cafes near where I work until 2:45pm when I go in for my 3pm shift.

Rather than hanging out at the cafe for so long, I decided to go to the Italian chapel by my workplace and spend some time in contemplation. It’s very old-fashioned and very Italian. Dim, like a basement. Many lurid statues of the saints. The sort of thing that Protestants love to decry within Catholicism.

Not long after I had started to pray, this past Friday, I noticed some activity behind me. A group of older people had gathered for their weekly praying of the Rosary. I prayed there with them for about 45 minutes before I had to go into work.

I’m not Catholic but I really liked being a part of a group prayer to a female figure (i.e., Mary). Something that has been part of my culture and my extended family for a long time.

Recounting it now, I feel a little bit heartbroken that we do not have this practice within Paganism. Not the Rosary, specifically. But this element of group prayer or of praying for others.

Perhaps this will change in time to come, gods willing. It’s certainly something I would like to see more of within our religion.

This weekend, my partner and I were snowed in, mostly. I tried to take some time yesterday to pray contemplatively and ended up falling asleep while sitting up, listening to Taize chants. My own snoring woke me back up!

Clearly, I need practice.


~ by R.M. McGrath on 01/09/2017.

2 Responses to “Rosary”

  1. I wish for that group prayer experience, also. And I love Taize chant. Are you familiar with the Order of the Black Madonna? I want to join. Look it up, you might like it if you aren’t familiar.


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