How To Pray The Rosary
How to Pray the Rosary
- 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."
- The next cluster has 3 beads. The "Hail Mary" prayer is said on these three beads.
- 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. The four sets of mysteries can be found above.
- Now this will bring you to the first decade, or set of 10 beads of the Rosary. You will then pray 10 Hail Marys.
- 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. 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.
- You continue to pray the rosary the same way throughout all five decades. When you come to the joiner, (this is where the decades all join with the lower part of the rosary which contains the cross) you decide whether or not you wish to say another Chaplet or end. If you wish to end, you simply say the Glory Be To The Father, and the O My Jesus.
Mysteries of the Rosary
The Church has used three sets of mysteries for many centuries. In 2002 Pope John Paul II proposed a fourth set of mysteries—the Mysteries of Light, or Luminous Mysteries. According to his suggestion, the four sets of mysteries might be prayed on the following days: the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday, and the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday.
The Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation
Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
- The Visitation
Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
- The Nativity
Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
- The Presentation
Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
- The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.
The Mysteries of Light
- The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.
- The Wedding Feast at Cana
At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom.
- The Transfiguration of Jesus
Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.
- The Institution of the Eucharist
Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
- The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus is lashed with whips.
- The Crowning With Thorns
Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
- The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
- The Crucifixion
Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.
The Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection
God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.
- The Ascension
Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.
- The Coming of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples.
- The Assumption of Mary
At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.
- The Coronation of Mary
Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Prayers For the Rosary
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;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will 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.
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 Hail Mary
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are 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.
The Doxology (Glory Be To The Father)
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.
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 mercy. Amen.