How to Pray the Rosary
- While holding the crucifix in the hand, make the sign of the cross and recite the Apostles’ Creed.
- On the first bead, recite the Our Father.
- On the three small beads, recite the Hail Mary for the increase of faith, hope, and charity.
- On the next bead, recite the Glory Be.
- Call to mind the first Mystery and reflect upon it on the large bead; then recite the Our Father.
- On the ten small beads, recite the Hail Mary, keeping in mind the mystery.
- Recite the Glory Be.
- Each of the following decades continues as in the first; recall the Mystery, then say the Our Father, the ten Hail Mary’s and the Glory Be.
- At the end of the Rosary, recite the concluding prayers Hail, Holy Queen.
(Optional) Recite the O My Jesus Prayer at the end of each Decade.
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;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will 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.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your 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.
The Mysteries of the Rosary
(note: the recommended days listed for praying the sets of Mysteries were suggested by Pope John Paul II during the Year of the Rosary, 2003)
The Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturdays)
1) The Annunciation
2) The Visitation
3) The Nativity
4) The Presentation in the Temple
5) The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
The Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays)
1) The Baptism of the Lord
2) The Wedding at Cana
3) The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4) The Transfiguration
5) The Institution of the Eucharist
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays)
1) The Agony in the Garden
2) The Scourging at the Pillar
3) The Crowning with Thorns
4) The Carrying of the Cross
5) The Crucifixion
The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays)
1) The Resurrection
2) The Ascension
3) The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4) The Assumption of Mary
5) The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth