September 12, 2003

Every once in a while I get an e-mail from a reader asking how to pray, with most expressing an interest in the “old” devotions so many have abandoned in the post-Vatican II (and no, that is, thankfully, not a Hollywood remake) era.

With those inquiries in mind, today I offer you the Chaplet of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Come on, people, this is an easy one.

This particular chaplet can be said relying upon the rhythm and structure of the traditional rosary, and is said as follows:

The Sign of the Cross is made five times in veneration of our Savior’s Five Holy Wounds.

On the large beads is said: Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for those who seek refuge in you.

On the small beads is said: Holy Mother, save us through your Immaculate Heart’s flame of love.

At the end, the Glory Be to the Father is repeated three times.

See? That wasn’t so hard, was it? And it didn’t take too long, did it? What, like three minutes?

And I’ll bet you feel just a little bit better too, don’t you?


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