Perennial Prayer Roses

Ways in which you can cultivate roses on an ongoing way in your prayer life. The printable form on this page may be helpful to keep track!

N.B. As a general rule, Prayer Roses are mutually exclusive – e.g. if you pray a Rosary during Adoration, either it contributes towards a Rose of Adoration time OR it can be counted towards a Rosary Rose, as you prefer – but not both at the same time. On the other hand, should prayer be required as part of another type of Rose (e.g. Posture penitential roses or praying a decade of the Rosary in Miraculous Medal evangelisation) both the perennial prayer and the other rose involved may be counted towards simultaneously.

If you are married and/or have children, please see here for other roses that may apply!

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Assisting at (or offering, for a priest) the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and receiving Holy Communion (assuming the dispositions the Church asks for) is the most beautiful Rose that can be offered. It is suggested that before you start to count these same as perennial roses you complete the relevant seed rose(s) found here and here. If it is helpful to you have further materials for Mass preparation you can uses those on this page.

The Rosary

Perhaps the most obvious prayer to offer as a rose, since it (or its Aves or its decades, depending) is already so associated with giving roses to Our Lady. For the purposes of this website, 20 decades of the Rosary = 1 Rose. These can be prayed over any timespan: daily – weekly – monthly; depending only on how often you pray. If you tend to pray five decades daily, look up the Dominican Rosary Confraternity in Grafted Roses to to find an easy way for this daily prayer to amount to two roses a week – without adding an eighth Rosary! 😉 Aids for rekindling devotion ot the Rosary may be found here.

Chaplets that take a similar length of time may be counted in an appropriately similar manner. So, e.g. 4 chaplets of Our Lady of Sorrows can be a rose, since they amount to 49 Aves plus other prayers, or three Franciscan crowns – since that’s 21 decades… For shorter chaplets see below.

Divine Mercy Chaplet

Nine Chaplets of Divine Mercy may be offered as a rose. It may be helpful to use the Novena intentions to count these. To keep devotion fresh you may want to read some of St. Faustina’s Diary periodically. Chaplets of a similar length (e.g. that of Our Lady of Tears or Bl. Elena Guerra’s chaplet to the Holy Spirit) may be counted similarly as a rose per 9 recitations.

Adoration

Every Hour of Adoration (in one sitting or divided) equates to one Prayer Rose. This should be Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament in a Monstrance if reasonably possible. If this is genuinely not the case because Adoration is not available nearby, an hour before the Tabernacle can suffice. It cannot, for the Rose, be online Adoration – although if it is not possible to get to a Tabernacle there are other ways of praying that equate to being a rose, and if it helps you to have online Adoration at the same time as undertaking these, by all means do this! Preparation for Adoration – Resources

Divine Office

Praying 5-8 hours of the Divine Office (assuming those potentially omitted are taken from Prime/Terce/Sext/None) is to present a Prayer Rose a day, as may praying The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin in its entirity. Please ensure that what you are calling Little Office of the Blessed Virgin is in fact that in order to count as being a rose a day (there should be psalms and readings as well as the prayers!).

If less than the full office is prayed, any single major hour (Matins, Lauds, Vespers) or any two minor hours (from Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Compline) prayed daily (or missed only one day in seven) equates to one rose per week. This applies to the Little Office of the BVM also.

The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception or other similar devotional offices (there are many, for many devotions!) prayed in their entirety (in one sitting or to sanctify the hours, alone or as a preface to a longer office), may be offered as one rose per seven days of recitation (they don’t have to be consecutive).

Aspriations

1,000 aspirations may be counted as a Rose. Beads may help with the counting! Or you may wish, for example to pray a Litany and count the invocations each as an aspiration. An aspiration may consist in saying (vocally or mentally), for example: ‘Come Holy Spirit’, ‘Jesus I trust in You’ or ‘O Mary Conceived without sin, pray for use who have recourse to Thee’. It may be praying a line from Scripture, e.g. ‘O God come to my aid, O Lord make haste to help me’ (Ps 69:1) or ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me’ (Luke 18:38). Also to simply, prayerfully invoke Jesus or Mary by name is sufficient as an aspiration.

Lectio Divina and Prayer Journalling

An hour spent in prayer with Scripture, in one sitting or across several, is a rose. 80 minute spent in prayer journalling is a rose. The two are grouped in one paragraph because if you tend to join praying with Scripture and journalling you don’t need to break it down into what proportion of the time was spent on which, just average it out and count a rose for every 70 minutes of cumulative prayer.

Mental Prayer and Christian Meditation

An hour spent in meditation may be offered as a Rose. Just in order to keep us all on a similar page as to what meditation is, as there are a few mixed up ideas knocking about, in order to count this as such it should involve spending the time prayerfully reflecting on a mystery that is central to Christian faith… Hopefully some more specific seed roses can be provided soon for this area.

Stations of the Cross

Every three times you pray the Stations of the Cross, they can be offered as a Rose. If they are prayed in a way that takes quite a long time, you may prefer to count the stations towards 60 minutes of meditation. Count as suits your rhythm.

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