How to Pray the Rosary

The Rosary is a series of meditations built around the “mysteries” of the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and what the Church teaches about Mary, the mother of Jesus.

 

PRAY THE ROSARY

On Monday and Saturday: Joyful Mysteries. 
On Thursday: Luminous Mysteries.
On Tuesday and Friday: Sorrowful Mysteries
On Sunday and Wednesday: Glorious Mysteries.

Begin with the Sign of the Cross:
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  1. Pray the Apostles' Creed while holding the crucifix.

  2. Pray an Our Father.

  3. Pray three Hail Marys for an increase in faith, hope, and love.

  4. Pray a Glory Be, announce the first mystery, then pray an Our Father. 

  5. Pray ten Hail Marys. This is called a decade. Meditate on the mystery while saying the prayers. 

  6. Pray a Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.

  7. Before each decade, announce the next mystery, followed by an Our Father. 

  8. Pray ten Hail Marys and meditate on the mystery while saying the prayers. 

  9. After each decade pray a Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.

  10. Pray the Hail Holy Queen after the five decades are completed. 

  11. Make the sign of the cross.

PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 the 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
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.

Fatima Prayer
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of your mercy. 

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, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

 

The First Joyful Mystery The Annunciation of the Lord
The angel said to her, “Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favor. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a Son and you must name Him Jesus.” Luke 1:26-38

The Second Joyful Mystery The Visitation
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah…And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb. Luke 1:39-45

The Third Joyful Mystery The Nativity of the Lord
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:1-7

The Fourth Joyful Mystery The Presentation of the Lord
And when the parents brought in the child Jesus…he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” Luke 2:27-30

The Fifth Joyful Mystery The Finding in the Temple
After three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard Him were amazed. Luke 2:45-47

 

THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

 

The First Luminous Mystery The Baptism of Jesus
And when Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove. Matthew 3:16

The Second Luminous Mystery The Wedding Feast of Cana
 Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” … This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee. John 2:4-5, 11

The Third Luminous Mystery The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15

The Fourth Luminous Mystery The Transfiguration
And as Jesus was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and His raiment became dazzling white…And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen, listen to Him.” Luke 9:29-35

The Fifth Luminous Mystery The Institution of the Eucharist
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take eat; this is My body.” Matthew 26:26-27

 

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

 

The First Sorrowful Mystery The Agony in the Garden
And His sweat became as drops of blood running down upon the ground. And rising from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. Luke 22:39-46; Matthew 26:40-41

The Second Sorrowful Mystery The Scourging
Pilate then took Jesus and had Him scourged. Luke 23:16; John 19:1

The Third Sorrowful Mystery The Crowning with Thorns
And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe upon Him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on His head, and put a reed in His right hand. Matthew 27:28-29

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery The Carrying of the Cross
And bearing the cross for Himself, He went forth to the place called Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. Luke 9:23; John 19:17; Mark 15:20

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery The Crucifixion
And Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.” And having said this, He expired. Luke 23:33-43; John 19:25-27

 

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

 

The First Glorious Mystery The Resurrection
Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that He must rise from the dead. John 20:8

The Second Glorious Mystery The Ascension of the Lord
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” When He said this, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. Acts 1:7-9

The Third Glorious Mystery The Descent of the Holy Spirit
There appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:3-4

The Fourth Glorious Mystery The Assumption of Mary in Heaven
We believe that Jesus died and rose again. Through Jesus, God will bring to life those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

The Fifth Glorious Mystery The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
And a great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman clothed with the sun and the moon was under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. Revelation 12:1

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