The Holy Rosary

How to Pray the Holy Rosary

1- Make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles Creed.

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

“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 to 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 the life everlasting. Amen.”

2- Say the The Lord’s Prayer.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours. Now and for ever. Amen.”

3- Say three Hail Marys.

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

4- Say the Glory Be to the Father and then, if you wish, say Fatima 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.”

“O my Jesus, forgive our sins; save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.”

5- Announce the First Mystery, then say The Lord’s Prayer.

6- Say ten Hail Marys, while meditating on the Mystery.

7- Say the Glory Be to the Father and the Fatima Prayer.

8 to 11- Announce the Second Mystery; then say The Lord’s Prayer. Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

12- Say the Hail, Holy Queen and the Let Us Pray:

“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.”

13- Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy. -Lord, have mercy.)
Christ, have mercy. –Christ, have mercy.)
Lord, have mercy. –Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, hear us. –Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, –Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, –Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, –Have mercy on us.
Response for the following: Pray for us.
Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Heath of the Sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of angels,
Queen of patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of Peace,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Optional Prayers:

May the divine assistance remain always with us.

May the souls of the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

May the blessing of Almighty God:
Father, son and Holy Spirit,
Descend upon us and remain with us always.

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Grant, we beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, The Memorare:
“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 by this confidence, I fly to 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.”

14- Closing Prayer

“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 in 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.”

15- Make the Sign of the Cross

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The Five Joyful Mysteries
(Mondays & Saturdays; Sundays of Advent and after Epiphany until Lent)
* The Annunciation. The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, announcing she is to be the Mother of God.
* The Visitation. Elizabeth greets Mary: “Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb!”
* The Nativity. The Virgin Mary gives birth to the Redeemer of the World.
* The Presentation. The Blessed Mother presents the Child Jesus in the Temple.
* The Finding in the Temple. The Blessed Mother finds Jesus in the Temple.

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries
(Tuesdays & Friday; Sundays in Lent)
* The Agony in the Garden. At Gethsemane Jesus prays as He contemplates the sins of the World.
* The Scourging at the Pillar. Jesus is cruelly scourged until His mortified body could bear no more.
* The Crowning with Thorns. A crown of thorns is placed on the head of Jesus.
* The Carrying of the Cross. Jesus carries the heavy cross upon His shoulders to Calvary.
* The Crucifixion. Jesus is nailed to the Cross and dies after three hours of Agony.

The Five Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays & Sundays after Easter until Advent)
* The Resurrection. Jesus rises glorious and immortal, three days after His death.
* The Ascension. Jesus ascends into Heaven forty days after His Resurrection.
* The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. The Holy Spirit descends upon Mary and the Apostles.
* The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. The Blessed Mother is united with her Divine Son in heaven.
* The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin. Mary is gloriously crowned Queen of Heaven and earth.

The Five Luminous Mysteries
* The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River.
* Christ’s Self-Manifestation at the Wedding Feast at Cana.
* Christ’s Proclamation of the Kingdom of God with His Call to Conversion
* Christ’s Transfiguration.
* Christ’s Institution of the Eucharist.


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