Patti Maguire Armstrong blog: When I was around ten years old, my parents decided to pray a family rosary one evening. It was the first time ever.
We knelt together in the living room and began. But before finishing the first decade, things began to break down. I don’t recall the specifics but making faces and giggling were involved. My mother declared it a failure, and we never prayed one again during my childhood, although years later my parents became very devoted to it.
Many years later, when I was the mother with three young boys and expecting a fourth, I read a book about Marian apparitions and realized that the Blessed Mother has asked us to pray the rosary daily. I wanted to do it, but I did not know how. I knew that the Our Father’s were prayed on the big beads and Hail Mary’s on the little ones, but I was totally ignorant of the opening and closing prayers and mysteries. Regardless, I went ahead using just the two prayers until I soon obtained a little booklet on how to pray the rosary. Then, every day, I prayed it. Read account here.