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How To Pray The Rosary

The Rosary is divided into the Joyful, the Sorrowful and the Glorious Mysteries. Each Mystery is made up of five decades and each decade consists of one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, a Glory Be and the Fatima prayer (which is optional).

First make the Sign of the Cross, then recite the Apostles’ Creed, followed by one Our Father, three Hail Marys and one Glory Be for the Pope’s intentions.

Now start with the first Mystery by praying one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, a Glory Be and the Fatima prayer. After the fifth Mystery, finish by praying the Hail, Holy Queen.

Prayers Of The Rosary

The Sign Of the Cross

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

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 to the dead; the third day He rose again; He ascended into Heaven, and is seated 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 everlasting. Amen.

The Our Father

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name, They 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven especially those who have most need of Thy Mercy. Amen.

The Hail, Holy Queen

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail, 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 vale 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.

V. Pray for us O holy Mother of God.

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

The Mysteries Of The Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries

Said on Mondays and Saturdays.

1st Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation

And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women."  (Luke 1:28)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Humility

2nd Joyful Mystery - The Visitation

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice:  "Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb."  (Luke 1:41-42)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Love of Neighbor

3rd Joyful Mystery - The Birth of Our Lord

She gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged. (Luke 2:7)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Poverty

4th Joyful Mystery - The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple

When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought hIm up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every first-born male shall be consecreated to the Lord." (Luke 2:22-23)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Obedience

5th Joyful Mystery - The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple.

On the third day they came upon Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  (Luke 2:46)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Poverty


The Sorrowful Mysteries

Said on Tuesdays and Fridays..

1st Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony in the Garden

In His anguish He prayed with all the greater intensity and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.  Then He rose from prayer and came to His disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted with grief.  (Luke 22:44-45)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Sorrow for sin

2nd Sorrowful Mystery - The Scourging at the Pillar

Pilates next move was to take Jesus and have Him scourged.   (John 19:1)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Purity

3rd Sorrowful Mystery - The Crowning with Thorns

They stripped off His clothes and wrapped Him in a scarlet military cloak.  weaving a crown out of thorns they fixed it on His head, and struck a reed in His right hand.  (Matthew 27:28-29)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Courage

4th Sorrowful Mystery - The Carrying of the Cross

... carrying the cross by Himself, He went out to what is called the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha).  (John 19:17)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Patience

5th Sorrowful Mystery - The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord

Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit."  After He said this, He expired.  (Luke 23:46)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Perseverance


The Glorious Mysteries

Said on Wednesdays and Sundays.

1st Glorious Mystery - The Resurrection of Our Lord

You need not be amazed!  You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified.  He ahs been raised up; He is not here.   See the place where they laid Him."  (Luke 16:6) 
Fruit of the Mystery:  Faith

2nd Glorious Mystery - The Ascension of Our Lord

Then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into Heaven and took His seat at God's right hand.  (Mark 16:19)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Hope

3rd Glorious Mystery - Descent of the Holy Spirit upon Our Lady and the Apostles

All were filled with the Holy Spirit.  They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them.  (Acts 2:4)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Love of God

4th Glorious Mystery - The Assumption Of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

You are the glory of Jerusaken ... you are the splendid boast of our people ... God is pleased with what you have wrought.  May you be blessed by the Lord Almighty forever and ever. 
(Judith 15:9-10)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Grace of a Happy Death

5th Glorious Mystery - The Coronation of The Blessed Virgin Mary in Heaven and the Glory of all the Saints

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.   (Revelation 12:1)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Trust in Mary's Intercession

The Luminous Mysteries

Said on Thursdays.

1st Glorious Mystery - Baptisim of Jesus

And when jesus was baptized ... the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him, and to, a voice from heaven, saying "this is My beloved Son," with whom I am well pleased."   (Matthew 3:16-17)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Openness to the Holy Spirit

2nd Glorious Mystery - Wedding at Cana

His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever He tells you."  ... Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water."  And they filled them up to the brim.  (John 2:5-7)
Fruit of the Mystery:  To Jesus through Mary

3rd Glorious Mystery - Proclaiming the Kingdom

"And preach as you go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is a hand.'  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.   You received without pay, give without pay." 
(Matthew 10:7-8)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Repentance and Trust in God

4th Glorious Mystery - Transfiguration

And as He 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) 
Fruit of the Mystery:  Desire for Holiness

5th Glorious Mystery - Institution of the Eucharist

And He took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body whick is given for you."  ... and likewise the cup after supper, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood."  (Luke 22:19-20)
Fruit of the Mystery:  Adoration


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