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Rosary Reflections for Lent 2024 (English)

Welcome to Lent 2024!

This booklet contains Scriptural Rosary reflections for each week of Lent, based on the Sunday Gospel reading. Praying the rosary is a time-honored spiritual practice to ask the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to meditate on the life and words of Jesus.

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgving. Praying the rosary during Lent provides two major avenues of spiritual growth.

First, the rosary offers a way to slow down and listen to God speaking to you through sacred Scripture.

Second, praying the rosary offers a practice of intercession – praying for your intentions, the needs of others, for the Church, and for God’s Reign to come on earth.

A Scriptural rosary reflection takes one event or passage from the Gospels (or Scripture) and parses it into five “movements” of the story or the words in that Gospel. For example, the Annunciation event is the first decade of the Joyful Mysteries. A rosary reflection for the Annunciation of the Lord contains the entire Gospel text of the story of the Annunciation found in the Gospel of Luke. The five decades contain the Scripture passages in that story.

You pray the Scriptural rosary the same way as praying the traditional mysteries of the rosary, and then focus on the “mini” event or words from Scripture. It is a form of combining Lectio Divina with praying the rosary.

Praying a rosary reflection during Lent is like using a magnifying glass to zoom in on the details of the life and words of Jesus as He journeys toward Jerusalem to offer Himself for our sins.

Each page in this booklet contains one reflection. Each rosary page is formatted into two columns. The left column includes an Introduction, What to Remember, and suggested intentions in What to Pray For.

The right column contains The Five Decades, including the name of the decade, the Gospel verses, and the text of the passage.

Read the left column before you pray the rosary. Add any intentions you want. As you pray the decades of the rosary, turn to the right column. Start each decade by reading the Scripture passage, then let the words sink in as you pray the Our Father, the ten Hail Mary’s, and the Glory Be.

After you finish praying the rosary, take a few moments of silence to let the Gospel passage sink in. Let God speak to you during that time. Write down any thoughts you have or impressions you receive. May Lent 2024 bring you closer to God’s love, joy, and peace.

An excellent source of additional information is St. Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Rosary, which you can read online at https://rosaryreflections.com/pjp2rosary.

© 2024 Dave Pipitone, Poinciana, FL. Permission granted to duplicate and distribute at no charge. Cover image from Shutterstock.com. Scripture passages are from the United Conference of Catholic Bishops website, https://usccb.org/bible. Visit https://rosaryreflections.com for additional prayer resources.

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