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How to Pray the Rosary

1.  Hold the Rosary in your hands and begin with the Sign of the Cross. While you do the Sign of the Cross, say these words:



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

Later you’ll use the Cross at the end of your Rosary


2.  You will pray the Apostles’ Creed, holding the Crucifix or Cross,


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 rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, 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.


3. The beads

Take the first bead of the Rosary and begin by praying an Our Father. The following three beads symbolize three Hail Marys. Traditionally, they are offered to increase the Faith, Hope, and Love of those who pray the Rosary, and for the intentions of the Holy Father, the Pope. This group of prayers is finished with a “Glory be.”


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.


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 death. Amen.


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.


4. The Mysteries of the Rosary

Announce with reverence each mystery of the Rosary. Traditionally, the mysteries are prayed according to the day of the week. Begin by announcing the corresponding mystery, followed by a meditation on that moment in the life of Our Lord or of Mary. It’s not a simple repetition, but a true journey through the main events of the life of Jesus Christ and the Holy Virgin Mary, while, at the same time, we offer, thank, and ask for the intercession of Our Mother for our intentions.



After having announced the mystery, we pray an Our Father followed by 10 Hail Marys, and finish with a Glory be. After the Glory be, we say the Fátima Prayer:


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


The Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)

  • The Annunciation

  • The Visitation

  • The Nativity

  • The Presentation

  • The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)

  • The Agony in the Garden

  • The Scourging at the Pillar

  • The Crowning with Thorns

  • The Carrying of the Cross

  • The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)

  • The Resurrection

  • The Ascension

  • The Descent of the Holy Spirit

  • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

  • The Baptism in the Jordan

  • The Wedding at Cana

  • Proclamation of the Kingdom

  • The Transfiguration



We finish the Rosary after having prayed the 5 mysteries corresponding to each day (or after having finished one mystery when we’re praying a decade). As a final prayer, hold the medal of the Rosary and say the Hail Holy Queen, as a sign of praise and recognition to Our Mother.


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 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. Amen.

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