Contemplative Rosary

with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila


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You know that in an Apostolic Letter in 2002, Pope John Paul II added five Luminous Mysteries. Did you know that in that same Letter he also called for a new way of praying the Rosary?

St. John Paul II's new way of praying the Rosary was based on the teachings of St. Theresa of Avila and has become known as the Contemplative Rosary because it more perfectly unites vocal prayer and meditation, transforming the prayers of the Rosary into a contemplative meeting with God.

Did you know about these changes? Have you tried them?

In our new book, The Contemplative Rosary, we have not only incorporated the five new Luminous Mysteries, we have included as well the many other changes Pope John Paul made to the Rosary.

Here are his additions to the texts and prayers — additions small and large — that, as John Paul intended, unite the Rosary more closely to the official liturgical prayers of the Church as well as to Scripture.

Here are also scores of full-color images for your contemplation that anchor your attention in each Mystery and transform your Rosary from a hasty, habitual recitation into a profound speaking to God and a keen listening to Him.

Following the wise advice of St. Theresa of Avila and the new method proposed by St. John Paul, you'll find here for each mystery:

  • A lovely, full-color classical painting depicting the events in the Mystery, for help in your contemplation.
  • A unique announcement of the Mystery.
  • A statement of the expected fruits of the Mystery.
  • The Scriptural passage you should consider before embarking on your prayers of the Mystery.
  • A call for a moment of silence in order to recollect yourself before entering the presence of God.
  • Each Mystery's own unique Hail Mary, including within each a John Paul II recommended statement of faith “to pull wandering minds back to Christ and center them in the mystery.”
  • Seven meditations tailored to each Mystery, to accompany your recitation of the Hail Marys (but only employ one at a time).
  • A concluding short prayer asking God for the fruits specific to that Mystery.
  • Plus much more, so that finally you can begin to pray the Rosary as Saint John Paul wants you to pray it!

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"Provides powerful insight into why praying the Rosary can become a pathway into contemplative prayer and union with God."

Dr. Anthony Lilles
Academic Dean, St. John's Seminary, Camarillo
Bishop Thomas Olmsted photo

"This book invites us to move from speaking to adoring, from looking with the eyes of the body to wondrous discovery with the heart."

Bishop Thomas Olmsted
Diocese of Phoenix
  • Pages: 138
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-68278-044-2
  • Product Code: Q80442
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2017
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Remarkable book. Beautifully written. I just received my copy in the mail last week. Great gift for evangelization to non Catholics who are reticent about paying homage to Mary. It demonstrates a Biblical foundation for recitation of all the mysteries. Thankfully, very contemplatively, Carmelite in origin and my kudos to Dan Burke and Connie Rossini for their fine work!
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I turn to it again and again when praying this great scriptural prayer. The meditations make innumerable, and often surprising, references to scripture, Vatican II and papal documents, and writings of the saints.
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I was almost afraid to order this book, thinking it might be too advanced for me. Don’t be afraid of that. It is a wonderful book. Beyond the first section which talks about mental and contemplative prayer is the main section of praying the Rosary with Scripture, wonderful picture and several short reflections. I love this section and use it to transport me into the mystery. I found the pictures to be dark and calming, the shortness of the reflections (1-2 sentences) to be inviting. The small size 5x7” is perfect to carry around. I am so glad that I found this book!
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