How to Pray the Rosary

1. Looking at the cross, we hold it while we make the sign of the cross and pray the
Apostles’s Creed which is a summary of all the things we believe as Catholics.
2. On this separate bead, we pray an Our Father, the
prayer that Jesus taught us.
3. On each of the next three beads, we pray the
Hail Mary.
4. On this separate bead, we announce the first
mystery. (e.g.. Joyful) We reflect on what happened to
Jesus at this time and we think about what it means in
our lives today. We pray the Our Father.
5. We pray one Hail Mary on each of the next 10
beads. Then we pray the Glory Be.
6. On this separate bead, we announce the second
mystery, reflect, and pray the Our Father.
7. We pray one Hail Mary on each of the next ten
beads. Then we pray the Glory Be.
8. On this separate bead, we announce the third
mystery, reflect, and pray the Our Father.
9. We pray one Hail Mary on each of the next ten
beads. Then we pray the Glory Be.
10. On this separate bead, we announce the fourth
mystery, reflect, and pray the Our Father.
11. We pray one Hail Mary on each of the next ten
beads. Then we pray the Glory Be.
12. On this separate bead, we announce the fifth mystery, reflect, and pray the Our Father.
13. We pray 1 Hail Mary on each of the next ten beads. Then we pray the Glory Be.
14. We have now reached the end of the Rosary. On the medal that connects the beads we pray the Hail Holy Queen.
15. Please follow your local custom for other prayers at this point.

THE PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY

The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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 Ghost, 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 sitteth 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 Ghost, 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 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 Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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 in most need of Your Mercy”.
(Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)

The 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. Pray for us oh holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
“O God whose only begotten Son has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, Grant that we beseech Thee while meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord Amen.”

THE MYSTERIES AND BIBLICAL REFERENCE OF THE ROSARY

The Joyful Mysteries
Pray: Monday and Saturday

The Annunciation
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. And coming to Mary, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” (Lk 1:26-28)

The Visitation
Mary set out and traveled to the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Lk 1:39-45)

The Birth of Our Lord
And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger . . . And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Lk 2:1-20)

The Presentation in the Temple
Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple to present him to the Lord. At the temple Simeon and Anna came forward, gave thanks to God and spoke about Jesus to all who were present. (Lk 2:22-38)

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
The boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Lk 2:41-50)

The Sorrowful Mysteries
Pray: Tuesday and Friday

The Agony in the Garden
Jesus went to a place called Gethsemane to pray. “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” (Mt 26:36-46)

The Scourging at the Pillar
The chief priests with the elders and the scribes held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, had Jesus scourged and handed him over to be crucified. (Mk 15:1-16)

The Crowning with Thorns
They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Mt 27:27-31)

The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus, weak from being beaten, was unable to carry His cross to Golgotha alone. Simon, a Cyrenian, helped him. (Mk 15:20-22)

The Crucifixion
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
(Lk 23:33-46)

The Glorious Mysteries
Pray: Wednesday and Sunday

The Resurrection
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. An angel appeared and said, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised just as He said.” (Mt 28:1-10)

The Ascension of Our Lord
As Jesus blessed them He parted from them and was taken up to heaven. (Lk 24:44-53)

The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit.” (Jn 14:15-21)

The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven
“Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory.” (from Munificentissimus Deus (1950):DS 3903)

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ.” (from the Solemn Profession of Faith: Credo of the People of God)

The Mysteries Of Light
Pray: Thursday

The Baptism in the Jordan
And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Mt. 3:17)

The Wedding at Cana
“Women, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn 2:1-12)

The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15)

The Transfiguration
While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. (Lk9:29)

The Institution of the Eucharist
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. (Jn 13:1)

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