The Rosary as a Song by Sarah Reinhard


reinhard_sarahI love to sing, though I won’t claim to be able to carry a tune in a bucket.  My kids and I sing in the car, and we make up silly songs of our own, and that’s as far as I thought it would ever go.

Then I discovered Susan Bailey’s  “Mary Queen of Peace Sung Rosary,” which you can sample at

At first, I was hesitant.  The rosary is hard enough without making it into music!  But one day, when I was particularly stumped and stumbling, trying to pray my morning rosary, I turned it on.

What happened was different than what I had experienced before.  As the music streamed through my ear buds, I felt myself calming down.  I was focusing on the prayers in a new way, because they were different now that they were sung.

Yes, it’s repetitive.  Yes, if you’re like me and you sing on the go, it requires that you know the mysteries (if you purchase the guide that goes with it, you can use that to help you; the art in it is beautiful).  Yes, it’s a different way to pray the rosary, and it takes a while.  But sometimes, different is just what’s needed.

Sometimes, different takes things to a whole new level.

The sung rosary has helped me appreciate, even more, how singing is praying twice.

Copyright 2009 Sarah Reinhard


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.

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