The Holy Rosary
"Step-By-Step" Instructions for Praying The Rosary
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- 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.
- On the single bead just above the
cross, pray the "Our Father." This and all prayers of the rosary are meditative prayers.
- The next cluster has 3 beads. The "Hail Mary" prayer is said on these three beads.
You pray the 3 Hail Marys while meditating on the three divine virtues of faith, hope, and
- On the chain or cord after the three beads, say the "Glory be..."
- 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.
- Now this will
bring you to the first decade, or set of 10 beads of the Rosary. You will then pray 10 Hail
Marys while contemplating the first mystery, example: The Annunciation.
- 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 its Monday and your praying the Joyful Mysteries, the second Joyful Mystery
is The Visitation. At this point you pray the Our Father....
- You will now
come to the second decade or group of 10 beads, you will now pray the 10 Hail Marys while
contemplating the appropriate mystery.
- 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
Various Rosary Prayers in approximate order as
prayed in the Rosary
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, 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 Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life
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.
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. (this prayer is optional and may be said after all Glory Be to the
O my Jesus, have mercy on us. Forgive us our sins.
Save us from the fires of hell. Take all souls into heaven, especially, those most in need of thy
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.
DECADE PRAYER - (prayer for
priests): God, our Father, please send us holy priests, all for the sacred and eucharistic
heart of Jesus, all for the sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary, in union with saint
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!
for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY: O God, by the life, death and
resurrection of Your only begotten Son, You purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we
beseech You that while meditation on these mysteries of the Holy rosary, we may imitate what
they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
FATIMA PRAYER: Most Holy Trinity -
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - I adore thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body,
Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation
for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the
infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the
conversion of poor sinners.
"Let this prayer be echoed all over the
world." - Mary
Fatima Prayer: My God, I believe,
I adore, I hope, and I love You. I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not
adore, do not hope, and do not love You.
Mary, Queen of the Holy
Rosary, pray for us. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. Mary, Our Loving Mother, 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.
The Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who
Recite the Rosary
- Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary,
shall receive signal graces.
- I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all
those who shall recite the rosary.
- The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it
will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
- It will cause virtue and good works to
flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the heart of men from
the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things.
Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
- The soul which recommend itself to
me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.
- Whoever shall recite the rosary
devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by
misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not by an unprovided death; if he be
just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
- Whoever shall
have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the
- Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at
their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall
participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
- I shall deliver from purgatory those
who have been devoted to the rosary.
- The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high
degree of glory in heaven.
- You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the
- All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their
- I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall
have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of
- All who recite the rosary are my son, and brothers of my only son Jesus
- Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
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WHY the Daily Rosary?
- Our Lady has 117
titles. She selected this title at Fatima: "I am the Lady of the Rosary."
- St. Francis de
Sales said the greatest method of praying IS- Pray the Rosary.
- St. Thomas Aquinas preached
40 straight days in Rome Italy on just the Hail Mary.
- St. John Vianney, patron of priest,
was seldom seen without a rosary in his hand.
- "The rosary is the scourge of the devil" --
Pope Adrian VI
- "The rosary is a treasure of graces" -- Pope Paul V
- Padre Pio the
stigmatic priest said: "The Rosary is THE WEAPON"
- Pope Leo XIII wrote 9 encyclicals on the
- Pope John XXIII spoke 38 times about our Lady and the Rosary. he prayed 15 decades
- St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort wrote: "The rosary is the most powerful weapon
to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who so loves His Mother."
- MARY, QUEEN OF THE HOLY
ANGELS -- PRAY FOR US!
- "Jesus, Mary, I Love You, Save Souls"
- J.M.J. = JESUS, MARY,
JOSEPH - the Holy Family......
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