How to Pray the Rosary

The rosary is a set of beads intended to lead us in prayer.
Each bead guides us to reflect upon events and
mysteries in the life of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Using the Rosary beads helps us to stay focused and
protects us from the many distractions that
can rob us of the gift of prayer. 

The following is just ONE way to pray the rosary.

We personally recommend you to pray an act of contrition
before you pray the rosary. The scriptures talk about the sins
of the heart which can block answered prayer. We don�t want
anything to hinder our prayers from being answered, and we
want to prepare our hearts to receive all of God�s blessings.
(1 Peter 3:7, Mat 5:23-24). 


ACT OF CONTRITION

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing
to do wrong and failing to do good. I have sinned against
You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with
Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid
whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered
and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen


With the commitment to do good and with contrition
in your heart,
you can proceed to lift up your heart to the Lord.

We now begin our Rosary with:


The SIGN OF THE CROSS:

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

This sign of victory and blessing invokes
the presence of the Holy
Trinity and professes our redemption. We kiss the crucifix in
reverence and respect for the saving act of our Lord.
This outward sign is a symbol of total submission and
surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 

While reflecting on Christ�s saving act,
we proceed to pray


THE 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 and was born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead. 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 life everlasting. Amen.

This profession of faith reaffirms in our hearts and minds what

we believe as Catholics. We make the same profession of faith

that the Apostles, and the early church Fathers did, and has

been unbroken since the early centuries of the church.

Through Baptism and profession of this faith we are grafted

into the family of God. How appropriate it is to proceed to the

prayer our Lord taught us and call God our Father.



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

Jesus gave us His mother as we are told in the Scriptures.

While He was on the cross, Jesus looked to John and

said: �Behold your mother.�  Imagine Jesus looking at you.

Jesus looked to Mary and said: �Mother behold your son.� 

We proceed to pray three Hail Marys. Traditionally,

we have prayed one for the gift of hope, the second

one for charity and the third one for an increase gift of faith.


HAIL MARY

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are you 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.

After the three Hail Marys we give God the Glory and Honor by praying:



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.


We are now entering the most reflective part of the rosary.

We announce the first Joyful Mystery. The Annunciation.

The angel of God appeared to Mary and announced the

plan for our salvation. Mary responded, "May it be done

to me according to Your will."

Now is a good time to pray for a specific grace relating to

the Mystery you'll be reflecting on, for example, "Oh Lord,

I pray that in the challenges of life I may be ready and quick

in accepting Your Will. May it be done to me according to

Your will."

After a short prayer, offer your rosary or first decade for a

specific intention. It is important to be specific so you can

see the answers to your prayers. You may pray a rosary

in thanksgiving for answered prayer.

Then we pray the Our Father.

Proceed to the first bead within the circle.

Like the angel Gabriel, we say:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

And like her cousin Elizabeth we say:

Blessed are thou among women and blessed

is the fruit of thy womb.

And united with all our brothers and sisters

in Christ, we pray:

�Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners

now and at the hour of our death. Amen.�

We go to the second through the tenth beads

and repeat the Hail Mary reflecting on the

scriptural meditation for that decade.

When finishing the decade give Glory to God

by praying the Glory Be to the Father.

Proceed to pray the prayer that was given to

us through Fatima.

"O My Jesus, forgive us our sins,

save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls into

heaven especially those in most need of Your mercy."

After this prayer it would be good to have a moment

of silence, and ask God for the grace of your reflection.

Thank Him.

If there were more intentions that came to your

mind during this meditation, offer the next decade

for these needs. Present them to the Lord at this time. 

We announce the second Joyful mystery,

then we pray the Our Father.

Pray the next ten Hail Marys as you place yourself

in this meditation. We continue this process

(See picture.) until we finish the rosary.

After we have finished the fifth decade

we pray the Glory be to the Father, O My Jesus,

and proceed to the Hail Holy Queen.



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

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.- Pray for us, O holy

Mother of God. - That we may be made worth

 of the promises of Christ. Amen.

 

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 You, that meditating upon these Mysteries
of the 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.



We ask Saint Michael, the Archangel, to defend and

protect us in our daily battles:



Saint Michael Archangel Prayer

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense against

the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him,

we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host,

by the power of God thrust into hell satan and the other evil

spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.


We ask, three times, Sacred Heart of Jesus -Have Mercy on Us. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for Us.  St. Joseph, Pray for Us.

All the Angels and Saints, Pray for Us. 


WE CONCLUDE WITH THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

JUST AS WE STARTED, WITH THE PROFESSION

OF FAITH AND SUBMISSION TO THE LORDSHIP

OF JESUS CHRIST. We ask God to enlighten our path,

to assist us with all that we do and answer all our prayers

to the fullness of His will.


The earliest rosary had 15 decades. Our traditional rosary

has only five decades. A decade is ten Hail Marys. Praying

ten Hail Marys is like background music to our meditation.

When praying more than one five decade rosary you do not

have to repeat the opening and closing prayers. 

When you are praying the rosary and meditating on

the scriptures do not fight the distractions that come

to your mind. Just gently pull yourself back into the

scene of your meditation. Some of those thoughts

can actually be inspirational. Do not get hung up

on trying to pray the rosary perfectly.

Please read Pray the Rosary
for additional information. 

You can pray the entire rosary for one specific intention

or you can stop after each decade and offer the next

decade for a different specific need or intention.

We can personalize the Hail Marys to help us keep

focused on whom and what we are praying for.

For example... Holy Mary Mother of God pray for ______

 now and at the hour of death Amen. The title Mother

of God was given to Mary to proclaim the divinity of

Jesus. (Defined in 431 A.D. at the Council of Ephesus.)

You can also pray the Rosary, reading a scripture

verse after each Hail Mary. This is helpful in keeping

you more focused on your meditation. Praying the rosary

while reflecting on the mysteries, will slowly transform your

heart and deliver you of bitterness and unforgiveness. Once

you finish the Joyful Mysteries you can reflect on the Sorrowful,

then the Glorious. God DOES lead us to reflect on other

specific meditations from the Scriptures too. Some reflections

are from the Catholic tradition, sacraments, and liturgy. There are

many rosary reflections you can purchase from a Catholic book store. 

Traditional Rosary Meditations


The Joyful Mysteries

(Monday and Saturday; and the Sundays from 1st Sun of Advent until Lent)


1. The Annunciation- Luke 1:26-38

2. The Visitation- Luke 1:39-53

3. The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ- Luke 2:6-19

4. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple- Lk 2:22-40

5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple- Luke 2:41-52


The Luminous Mysteries

(On Thursdays)

1.  The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan - Matthew 3:13-16
2.  The Wedding at Cana, when Christ manifested Himself - John 2:1-11
3.  The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God - Mark 1:14-15
4.  The Transfiguration of Our Lord - Matthew 17:1-8
5.  The Last Supper, when Our Lord gave us the Holy Eucharist - Matthew 26

The Sorrowful Mysteries

(Tuesday and Friday; and the Sundays of Lent)

1.. The Agony of Christ in the Garden- Matt 26:36-41

2. The Scourging of Christ at the Pillar- Jn 19:1

3. The Crowning of Jesus with Thorns - Matt 27:24-30

4. The Carrying of the Cross by Jesus - Luke 23:26

5. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord - Lk 23 & Jn 19


Glorious Mysteries

(Wednesday and Saturday; and the Sundays from Easter until Advent)

1. The Resurrection of Our Lord - Matt 28

2. The Ascension of Our Lord - Lk 24 & Mark 16:19

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2

4. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary - Rev 11 &12

5. The Coronation of the Virgin Mary - Rev 11 & 12



Athletes deny themselves all sorts of things. They do this

to win a crown of leaves that withers,

but we a crown that is imperishable.

1-Cor 9:25

Go for the gold! Pray the rosary!


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