Holy Rosary

  • How to Pray the Rosary

    Step-By-Step Instructions for Praying the Rosary

    i. Begin by holding the crucifix, saying “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (making the sign of the Cross while doing that), then say the Apostles Creed.

    ii. On the single bead just above the cross, pray the “Our Father.” 

    iii. The next cluster has 3 beads. The “Hail Mary” prayer is said on these three beads. You pray the 3 Hail Mary while meditating on the three divine virtues of faith, hope, and love/charity.

    iv. On the chain or cord after the three beads, say the “Glory be…”

    v. On the next bead, which is a single bead, you announce the first divine mystery of contemplation. For example, if it were a Monday, you would say the first Joyful Mystery is “The Annunciation”, at this point you pray the “Our Father” prayer.

    vi. Now this will bring you to the first decade, or set of 10 beads of the Rosary. You will then pray 10 Hail Mary while contemplating the first mystery, example: The Annunciation.

    vii. After the 10th Hail Mary, you will have completed the first of 5 decades which make up a Chaplet of the Rosary. You now come to another single bead, at this point, you pray the… Glory be to the Father… then (on the same bead) pray the O My Jesus… then (on the same bead) announce the next or second mystery. For example: if it is Monday and you’re praying the Joyful Mysteries, the second Joyful Mystery is The Visitation. At this point you pray the Our Father….

    viii. You will now come to the second decade or group of 10 beads, you will now pray the 10 Hail Mary while contemplating the appropriate mystery.

    ix. You continue to pray the rosary the same way throughout. If your intention is to pray a Chaplet (a single set of mysteries) at the end of the fifth mystery you will come back to the joiner, this is where the decades all join with the lower part of the rosary which contains the cross. When you come to the joiner, you decide whether or not you wish to say another Chaplet or end. If you decide to say another Chaplet you simply announce the next mystery and continue. If you wish to end, you simply say the Glory Be to The Father, the O My Jesus, The Our Father and end the rosary with the Hail Holy Queen and the sign of the Cross.

    Various Rosary Prayers in approximate order as prayed in the Rosary

    INTRODUCTORY PRAYER (OPTIONAL) 

    O Queen of the most Holy Rosary, You graciously revealed the treasures of grace, hidden in the Rosary, to the three shepherd children of Fatima. Instill in our hearts, a sincere and profound love for this powerful prayer. By meditating on the mysteries of our redemption recalled in the Rosary, may we be enriched with its fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners and peace in the world. If it is in accordance with the will of your Divine Son, grant us the favors we ask of you in this Rosary. Holy Mother of God, intercede for us that each of us praying the Rosary may live in accordance with the will of your Son and thus obtain the joys of eternal life. Amen.

    THE APOSTLE’S 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 thence 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.

    THE 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.

    THE DOXOLOGY

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

    THE HAIL MARY

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.

    DECADE PRAYER

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.

    THE SALVE REGINA

    (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 salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on 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 Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

     

    MEMORARE

    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to Your protection, implored Your help, or sought Your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To You we come; before You we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in Your mercy, hear and answer us. Amen.


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  • Joyful Mysteries (Mondays & Saturdays)

    First Mystery: The Annunciation

    Let us contemplate how the Angel Gabriel saluted our Blessed Lady with the title Full of grace, and declared to her the incarnation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Second Mystery: The Visitation

    Let us contemplate how the Blessed Virgin Mary, understanding from the Angel that her cousin, Elizabeth, had conceived, went with haste into the mountains of Judea to visit her, and remained with her for three months.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Third Mystery: The Nativity

    Let us contemplate how the Blessed Virgin Mary, when the time of her delivery had come, brought forth our Redeemer Jesus Christ at midnight, and laid Him in a manger at Bethlehem. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Fourth Mystery: The Presentation

    Let us contemplate how the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the days of her purification, presented the Child Jesus in the Temple, where holy Simeon, giving thanks to God, with great devotion, received Him into his arms.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Fifth Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple 

    Let us contemplate how the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, after having lost their Beloved Son, sought Him for three days, and at last, found Him in the Temple, in the midst of the teachers. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be


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  • Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays)

    First Mystery: The Baptism of Jesus

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ went to the Jordan to be baptized. And then Heaven opened and a voice proclaimed, “You are My Son, the Beloved, with You, I am well pleased.”

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Second Mystery: The Miracle at Cana

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ revealed His glory in the miracle of transforming water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana, through the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Third Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee proclaiming the Kingdom of God inviting all people to conversion and repentance. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Fourth Mystery: The Transfiguration of Jesus

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ transfigured on Mount Tabor and as He was praying the appearance of His face changed and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Fifth Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist by giving His body for us to eat, and His blood for us to drink.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be


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  • Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays & Fridays)

    First Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ was so afflicted for us in the garden of Gethsemane that His body was bathed in a sweat of blood.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Second Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ, being delivered up by Pilate to the fury of the soldiers, was tied to a pillar and most cruelly scourged. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Third Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

    Let us contemplate how those cruel ministers plated a crown of sharp thorns, and pressed it on the Sacred Head of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Fourth Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ, being sentenced to die, bore with the most amazing patience, the Cross which was laid upon Him, for His greater torment and ignominy. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Fifth Mystery: The Crucifixion

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ was stripped of His clothes, and how His hands and feet were most cruelly nailed to the Cross, on which He died, in the presence of His most afflicted Mother.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be


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  • Glorious Mysteries (Sundays & Wednesdays)

    First Mystery: The Resurrection

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ, triumphing over death, rose again the third day, glorious and immortal. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Second Mystery: The Ascension 

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ, forty days after His Resurrection, ascended into Heaven, in the presence of His most Holy Mother, His Apostles and Disciples.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Third Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

    Let us contemplate how our Lord Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit upon His Apostles, who, after the Ascension, returned to Jerusalem in prayer and supplication with the Blessed Mother, expecting the fulfilment of His promise.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Fourth Mystery: The Assumption

    Let us contemplate how the glorious Virgin, many years after the Resurrection of her Son, passed out of this world to Him, and was by Him taken bodily into Heaven, accompanied by the holy Angels.

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be

     

    Fifth Mystery: The Coronation

    Let us contemplate how the glorious Virgin Mary was, to the great jubilation and exaltation of the whole Court of Heaven, crowned by her Son, with the brightest diadem of glory, and how the saints rejoice with her in bliss. 

    1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be


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  • Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen)

    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.


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  • Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, hear us; Christ, graciously hear us.
    (Response: Have mercy on us)
    God the Father of Heaven,
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    God the Holy Spirit,
    Holy Trinity, One God,
    (Response: Pray for us)
    Holy Mary,
    Holy Mother of God,
    Holy Virgin of Virgins,
    Mother of Christ,
    Mother of divine grace,
    Mother most pure,
    Mother most chaste,
    Mother inviolate,
    Mother undefiled,
    Mother most amiable,
    Mother most admirable,
    Mother of good Counsel,
    Mother of our Creator,
    Mother of our Savior,
    Virgin most prudent,
    Virgin most venerable,
    Virgin most renowned,
    Virgin most powerful,
    Virgin most merciful,
    Virgin most faithful,
    Mirror of justice,
    Seat of wisdom,
    Cause of our joy,
    Spiritual vessel,
    Vessel of honor,
    Singular vessel of devotion,
    Mystical rose,
    Tower of David,
    Tower of ivory,
    House of gold,
    Ark of the covenant,
    Gate of heaven,
    Morning star,
    Health of the sick,
    Refuge of sinners,
    Comforter of the afflicted,
    Help of Christians,
    Queen of Angels,
    Queen of Patriarchs,
    Queen of Prophets,
    Queen of Apostles,
    Queen of Martyrs,
    Queen of Confessors,
    Queen of Virgins,
    Queen of all Saints,
    Queen conceived without original sin,
    Queen assumed into heaven,
    Queen of the most holy Rosary,
    Queen of families,
    Queen of peace,
    Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the
    world; spare us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the
    world; graciously hear us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the
    world; have mercy on us.

    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


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  • Memorare

    (Prayer by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux)

    Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.


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