O GOD, Whose only begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, by meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Last Sunday, in the Extraordinary Rite, was Holy Rosary Sunday. The actual feast day is October 7th, but when that date does not fall on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the Sunday before. In our sermon, Father taught on several points, but one which struck me - which I had not really thought much about, was the Concluding Prayer (above), in particular the last part... "by meditating upon these mysteries... imitate what they contain... and obtain what they promise.
Meditating on the mysteries is more than just thinking about them as you pray each decade, but going into deeper thought about them. The mysteries are various stages in the life of Jesus Christ. We meditate on the joyful parts, the sorrowful and the glorious parts. In the modern version we have added stages which bear light on the life of Christ in the Luminous Mysteries. To meditate, we take it beyond just the 15 minutes spent in prayer of the Rosary itself.
One cannot really imitate the life of Christ without first meditating on it. By imitating Christ, we bring Him into us and allow us to become more like Him. The more we meditate upon Him and His life, the more we can and hopefully will, imitate Him.
Through the Holy Rosary we hope to obtain our share in the Resurrection, that is, eternal life in and with Jesus Christ. If we imitate His life, and He lives in and through us, then we will be resurrected with Him in Heaven as co-heirs with Him.
Aids and instruction for praying the Holy Rosary may be found here: