How to Pray the Rosary
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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 twenty mysteries reflected upon in the
Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five
LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS
Make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles' Creed."
Say the "Our Father."
Say three "Hail Mary’s."
Say the "Glory be to the Father."
Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
Say ten "Hail Mary’s," while meditating on the Mystery.
Say the "Glory be to the Father."
Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father." Repeat 6 and
7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same
After the Rosary:
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.
After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed
Virgin Mary at Fatima: "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 your mercy."
As suggested by Pope John Paul II the Joyful mysteries are said on
Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday
and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday (with this
exception: Sundays of Christmas season - The Joyful; Sundays of Lent -
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