The Rosary with St. James: Brother of the Lord - Assembly edition

A Contemporary Praying of the Rosary, Reflecting upon the Mysteries of Discipleship

by David Haas

Text Author: David Haas

© 2015 GIA.

Item #: G-8974A     Status: Available

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Vocal Forces: SATB, Assembly


The Rosary with St. James is an alternative way of praying the rosary (individually or in groups) that combines the repetitive and contemplative aspects of praying the rosary with the message that Christ’s disciple James preached—the message that “faith without works is dead."

The rhythm, the structure of the five decades, and other aspects of the more traditional praying of the rosary are the same. This rosary uses David’s Mysteries of Discipleship:

The First Mystery: To Serve the Poor

The Second Mystery: To Serve Those Who Experience Discrimination and Hatred

The Third Mystery: To Serve the Cause of Peace

The Fourth Mystery: To Serve the Young and the Fearful

The Fifth Mystery: To Serve the Suffering and the Dying 

Interspersed throughout there are also musical responses along with inspired passages from the “cloud of witnesses,” including Óscar Romero, Peter Maurin, Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Milk, St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Paul II, Dorothy Day, Mahatma Gandhi, St. John XXIII, St. John Baptist de la Salle, Robert F. Kennedy, St. Teresa of Ávila, Adrienne Rich, Helen Keller, and Henri Nouwen.

Praying The Rosary with St. James will reconnect you with one of the richest prayer traditions of our faith while encouraging you toward a life of discipleship. Look at what people are saying about The Rosary with St. James:

After praying the Rosary of St. James, I am struck by the element of reflection on mysteries that then calls one directly to action.  As with the traditional mysteries, we can hold them in our heart with Mary; and they then naturally turn our hearts toward loving action.

Jim Waldo, St. Paul, Minnesota

It was the first time in a very long while that I had said the rosary. This version has made such a profound change in my life and in the way I see my life in prayer. Since that reading of the Rosary of St. James, I have incorporated saying my rosary daily with prayer. David has ignited in me, and will in you, this devotion to the rosary through St. James. It will encourage you to want to know more about this extraordinary Saint. Mahalo a nui loa, Kawika for your devotion and love for Saint James.

Kathy Baybayan

Categories: Congregational, Formational Resources, Prayer Services, Prayer Devotional

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English

Format: Softcover