From a reader:
Is it okay to say the rosary at Low Mass? My Latin is proficient enough to the point where I’ve moved beyond having to rely on a missal. What would be the harm of saying a rosary as a meditation on Jesus through Mary? At Dialogue Mass I always stop my rosary when I say the server’s responses. I don’t understand why some people are very much against people praying rosaries at Masses. Some even say that bringing a rosary to Mass scandalizes others! I think that private devotions can also bring a person closer to the sacrifice.
I don’t think saying the Holy Rosary during Mass is a bad thing.
I think there are more perfect ways of participating. I generally think that remaining in the texts of Mass is better during Mass.
But, that said, there is not simply one acceptable manner of active participation at Mass. People can choose now this, now that method. You can following the texts closely. You can follow commentaries on the parts of Mass, sometimes in hand missals. You can say the Rosary. You can pray according to the four classic points of prayer: glorification of God, prayers of sorrow for sins, petitions, expressions of thanksgiving. You can focus on a sacred image.
Perhaps on this day you will need this method, and on that day some other.
What I would try to avoid is distraction. Your fruitful participation can be aided by having a regular routine, or even perhaps a bit of a plan before you go to church for Mass. Knowing what you are going to do today can help.
People have different spiritual needs when they enter the sacred precincts of the church. Different methods of participation can help them in the exigencies they are facing.