How to Pray the Rosary

flower_2.gif (3284 bytes) The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or
mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them.

There are fifteen (20) mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary,
and these are divided into the five (5) Joyful Mysteries; the five (5) Sorrowful Mysteries;
the five (5) Glorious Mysteries; and the five (5) Luminous Mysteries. As a rule,

  • the Joyful Mysteries said on Monday and Saturday;
  • the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday;
  • the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday.
  • the Luminous Mysteries on Thursdary; and
  • During the Christmas Season the Joyful Mysteries are said on Sunday;
  • and during the Lenten Season the Sorrowful Mysteries are said.


    1. rose.gif Make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles Creed.
    2. rose.gif Say the Our Father.
    3. rose.gif Say three (3) Hail Marys.
    4. rose.gif Say the Glory be to the Father.
    5. rose.gif Announce the First ONG>Mystery; then say the Our Father.
    6. rose.gif Say ten (10) Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery.
    7. rose.gif Say the Glory be to the Father.
    8. rose.gif Announce the Second Mystery; then say the Our Father.
    9. rose.gif Repeat steps 6 and 7; and continue with the Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries
      in the same manner. Then say the Hail, Holy Queen.

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    Prayers of The Rosary


  • flower_2.gif   Sign of The Cross

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

    flower_2.gif   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; the third day he arose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven, and sits 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.

    flower_2.gif   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.

    flower_2.gif   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.

    flower_2.gif   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 ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    flower_2.gif   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!

    V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
    R. 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 meditating upon 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.

    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,
    I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you I come,
    before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
    despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen

    Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our protection 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 all the other evil spirits
    who wander throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

    heart_a.gif Most sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on us.

    heart_a.gif Most sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on us.

    heart_a.gif Most sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on us. Amen



    The Pieta by Michelangelo
    Apostles Creed
    Our Father
    10 Hail Marys
    Glory Be
    O My Jesus

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