How to Pray the Holy Rosary

1. Make the Sign of the Cross, then recite the Apostle’s Creed.

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

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, 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

2. Pray 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.

3. Say Hail Mary on each bead (3)

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, Amen.

4. Glory be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

5. Announce the Mystery, then pray the Our Father.

6. Pray Hail Marys on the 10 small beads of each decade while meditating on the Mystery.

7. Glory be to the Father, then pray the Fatima Prayer

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”

Repeat 5, 6 and 7 on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Mysteries.

8. Recite the Hail, Holy Queen, then pray the Concluding Prayer, end with the Sign of the Cross.

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.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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 thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most 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.

Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Birth of Jesus
  4. The Presentation of the Child Jesus
  5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

  1. The Baptism of Jesus
  2. The Wedding at Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist

Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning of Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption
  5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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