How to Pray the Rosary

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The Rosary is a devotion to the Incarnation of Our Lord and to His Blessed Mother. It is composed of five decades, each decade consisting of the Our Father, ten Hail Marys, and the Glory Be to the Father, and each being recited in honor of some mystery in the life of Our Lord and of His Blessed Mother. During each decade we should call to mind the mystery which it is intended to honor, and pray that we may learn to practice the virtue specially taught us by that mystery.

Begin the Rosary by:

  1. On the Crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles Creed".
  2. Say the " Our Father ".
  3. Say three " Hail Marys ".
  4. Say the " Glory Be to the Father " and then, if you wish, say the " Fatima Prayer ".
  5. Announce the First Mystery , then say the "Our Father".
  6. Say ten "Hail Marys", while meditating on the Mystery.
  7. Say the "Glory Be", then, if you wish, say the "Fatima Prayer".
  8. Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father". Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with the Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
  9. Say the " Hail Holy Queen " and the " Let Us Pray " and the Sign of The Cross.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father, Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread: and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries - Mondays and Saturdays

  • Annunciation
  • Visitation
  • Nativity
  • Presentation
  • Finding in the Temple

Sorrowful Mysteries - Tuesdays and Fridays

  • Agony in the Garden
  • Scourging at the Pillar
  • Crowning with Thorns
  • Carrying of the Cross
  • Crucifixion

Glorious Mysteries - Wednesdays and Sundays

  • Resurrection
  • Ascension
  • Descent of Holy Spirit
  • Assumption
  • Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luminous Mysteries - Thursdays

  • Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
  • Manifestation of Jesus at the Wedding at Cana
  • Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  • Transfiguration of Jesus
  • Institution of the Eucharist

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive our sins; save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V.: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R.: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

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, that meditating upon these mysteries in the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise: through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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