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How To Pray The Rosary

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The numbers below relate to the numbers on the image of the rosary beads above.

1] Make the Sign of the Cross


1] Say the following:

V- O Lord, open my lips.
R- And my tongue shall announce Thy praise.
V- Incline onto my aid O Lord
R- O Lord, make haste to help me.


1] Say the "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


1] Say the "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, and 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.


2] Say 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


3] Say three "Hail Marys".

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. 


4] Say the "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


4] Say the “Fatima Prayer”

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen


Mysteries of the Rosary - [Mysteries of the Rosary are at the bottom of the page]


Moving around the loop of the rosary beads announce the first mystery; then say the "Our Father". (Number 2 - where loop meets the short straight length of beads)


Moving around the loop say ten "Hail Marys", while meditating on the mystery. (Number 3)


Say the “Glory be to the Father” and the "Fatima Prayer". (Number 4)


Announce the second mystery; then say the "Our Father". (Number 2)


Repeat and continue with third, fourth, and fifth mysteries in the same manner.


After all five decades, say the "Hail Holy Queen" and the concluding prayer.

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, 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 towards 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 by meditating on these mysteries of 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.


May the divine assistance remain with us always and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen


The Mysteries of the Rosary


The Five Joyful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Mondays, Saturdays, and, during the season of Advent, on Sundays:

  1. The Annunciation

  2. The Visitation

  3. The Birth of Jesus

  4. The Presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple

  5. The Finding of the child Jesus in the Temple


The Five Sorrowful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and, during the season of Lent, on Sundays:

  1. The Agony in the Garden

  2. The Scourging at the Pillar

  3. The Crowning with Thorns

  4. The Carrying of the Cross

  5. The Crucifixion and Death of our Lord on the cross


The Five Glorious Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Wednesdays and, outside the seasons of Advent and Lent, on Sundays:

  1. The Resurrection

  2. The Ascension

  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit

  4. The Assumption of Mary into heaven

  5. The Coronation of Mary, Queen of Heaven


The Five Luminous Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Thursdays:

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan

  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana

  3. Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God

  4. The Transfiguration

  5. The Institution of the Eucharist

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