HOW TO PRAY THE 

HOLY ROSARY

( You may recite this beautiful prayer with or without rosary beads )

 

 1.    Make the Sign of the Cross and say  ~~ In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Then pray the Apostles Creed prayer ~~  I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of Heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended  into Hell (the dead).  On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again 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.

 2.   Pray the Our Father prayer ~~ Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; they 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.   Pray three Hail Marys  for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love ~~ 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.

 4.   Pray the Glory be to the Father prayer ~~ 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.

 5.   Choose one of the groups of mysteries, below, and read the first mystery;

    The JOYFUL Mysteries of the Holy Rosary ~~ usually said on Monday and Thursday

  1. Annunciation of the birth of Jesus to Mary by the angel Gabriel
  2. Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth
  3. Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
  4. Presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple
  5. Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple by Mary and St. Joseph

    The SORROWFUL Mysteries of the Holy Rosary ~~ usually said on Tuesday and Friday

  1. Christ's agony in the garden of Gethsemane
  2. Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar
  3. Placing of the crown of thorns upon  the head of Jesus
  4. Carrying the Cross by Jesus
  5. Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ

    The GLORIOUS Mysteries of the Holy Rosary ~~ usually said on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday

  1. Resurrection of our Lord from the dead
  2. Ascension of our Lord into Heaven
  3. Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles 40 days after Easter ( Pentecost )
  4. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul, into Heaven
  5. Coronation of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth

 6.   Then pray one Our Father ( see above ) and then 10 Hail Marys ( see above ), while meditating upon  the mystery that was read.  Then pray one Glory be to the Father ( see above ).  You may recite the Fatima Prayer here, also ~~ Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven especially those who are in the most need of Your Mercy!

 7.  Read the 2nd mystery from the same mystery group and then repeat the instructions in number 6.

 8.  Continue with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th mysteries in the same manner.

 9.   Pray the Hail Holy Queen prayer ~~ 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 the vale { 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.

10.   Pray the Prayer after the Rosary ~~ 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 by meditating upon these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.  Through the same Christ, our Lord.  Amen.           

11.   Finish with the Sign of the Cross ( see above )