The Rosary, A Contemplative Prayer
“The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary's own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer... By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord's life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed.”
– John Paul II, Apostolic Letter, On The Most Holy Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary as a Pathway to Contemplation (Color Version)
by Kathryn Marcellino, OCDS

This book includes:

how to say the vocal prayers of the rosary
• how to meditate on the mysteries with color art and scripture quotations for each mystery (see sample inside pages below)
• how to pray the rosary in a way to remain receptive to the highest form of prayer which is contemplation.
• how to recognize the transition from meditation to contemplation from the teachings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila
• insights on prayer and the spiritual life from Carmelite spirituality, the Bible and the writings of the Saints.
• tips on saying the rosary as a family with children
• how the rosary is a Biblical prayer
• Forward by Fr. Donald Kinney, OCD

About the author:
Kathryn Marcellino is a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is a spiritual director with experience teaching formation lessons on Carmelite spirituality. Her website at offers instruction and resources on the Catholic religion, as well as offering spiritual direction and answering questions on the
Catholic faith via e-mail.

Book Review: "How to Pray the Rosary as a Pathway to Contemplation is a very kind book. I am not just saying kind in general terms. Kind as in very accommodating to those who have a genuine desire to pray the rosary. There are many books that teach the procedure of how to say the rosary but this one teaches about the disposition or motivation. This book is very easy to read and loving. I will promote it whenever I can." – Billie Vasquez, OCDS, president, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Carmelite Community, Portland, OR

"Kathryn Marcellino's book, How to Pray the Rosary As a Pathway to Contemplation, takes you from the basics of praying the rosary, all the way to simple and direct instruction on how to move towards the gift of contemplative prayer. In each of the twenty mysteries of the rosary, she gives the reader the related scriptures and a picture image to aid in meditation. I highly recommend this little book for both beginners in prayer and those experienced in prayer. It's a neat, short but complete handbook for praying the rosary well and more." -- Virginia Barber, OCDS Formation Director

"This rosary book contains Scripture passages and beautiful art to aid in meditation. The additional surprise is that it contains a great, concise catechesis on contemplative prayer. The book would be terrific for use in religious education and RCIA programs." – Lonnie Sorensen, OCDS.

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Example of four inside pages, one of each type of mystery:
Scripture passage continued on the following page (not shown).

"How to Pray the Rosary as a Pathway to Contemplation"
will answer your questions about how to pray the rosary.

Table of Contents
Introduction by Fr. Donald Kinney, OCD
A Pathway to Contemplation
How to Use this Book
How to Say the Rosary
The Prayers of the Rosary
20 Mysteries Quick Reference Guide
The Joyful Mysteries
The Luminous Mysteries
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Glorious Mysteries
Why Pray the Rosary
On Loving God
Making Progress in Prayer
A Biblical Prayer
The Family Rosary
The Fatima Message
The Fifteen Promises of the Rosary
About the Author
Quick Visual Reference for 20 Mysteries

The 20 Mysteries are also in condensed format on 4 pages for quicker reference.

The back cover shown below has full color artwork for all 20 mysteries at a glance.

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