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How to Pray the Rosary



The Prayers of the Rosary


The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Latin: In nomine Patris, et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.


The 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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, sitteth 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 Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Latin: Credo in Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae; et in Jesum Christum, Filium Ejus unicum, Dominum nostrum; qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus et sepultus; descendit ad inferos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis, ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis, inde venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos. Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, Sanctam Ecclesiam Catholicam, Sanctorum Communionem, remissionem peccatorum, carnis resurrectionem, et vitam aeternam. Amen.


The 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.

Latin: Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur Nomen Tuum, adveniat regnum Tuum, fiat voluntas Tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris, et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.


The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; blessed art Thou amongst 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.

Latin: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus Tecum; benedicta Tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris Tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.


The Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Latin: Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.


The Fatima Decade Prayer

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

Latin: O mi Jesu, dimitte nobis peccata nostra; libera nos ab ignibus inferni; perduc omnes animas in caelum, praesertim maxime indigentes.

* In Her third apparition at Fatima, July 13, 1917, Our Lady taught the three shepherd children to add this short prayer after each decade of the Rosary.


Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail 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 vale 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.

Latin: Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae; vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve. Ad Te clamamus, exsules filii Hevae. Ad Te suspiramus, gementes et flentes, in hac lacrymarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, Illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris Tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.


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. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Oremus

Latin: Deus, cujus Unigénitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectiónem suam nobis salútis aetérnae praemia comparávit: concéde, quaesumus; ut, haec mystéria sanctíssimo beátae Maríae Vírginis Rosário recoléntes, et imitémur quod cóntinent, et quod promíttunt, assequámur. Per eúmdem Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.



Meditations of the Mystery


One good method to make the meditations with ease is to place yourself in that Mystery as though you were present at the scene and to honor it with admiration and love, holding it in your heart during the recitation of your decade.

It is easy to obtain information by reading literature on meditations regarding the mystery you have been assigned in The Living Rosary. To receive the major fruit from this mystery it is good to note the virtues of Jesus and Mary contained in this mystery and to receive inspiration to follow these virtues.


First Joyful Mystery
The Annunciation

Let Us Reflect:

God sent the Angel Gabriel to announce to the Virgin Mary that She was chosen to become the Mother of God the Son.

"And the angel being come in, said unto Her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee: Blessed art Thou among women. ... And the angel said to Her: Fear not, Mary, for Thou hast found grace with God. Behold Thou shalt conceive in Thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and Thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end." (Luke 1:28, 30-32)

Let Us Pray:

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Incarnation and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy most Holy Mother, the grace of profound humility.


Second Joyful Mystery
The Visitation

Let Us Reflect

Having been told that Her cousin Elizabeth had conceived a child in her old age, Mary went with haste to visit and help Her cousin.

"... when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:41-43)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the Visitation of Thy Holy Mother to Her cousin St. Elizabeth, and we ask of Thee through this mystery and through Mary's intercession, the grace of perfect charity towards our neighbor.


Third Joyful Mystery
The Nativity

Let Us Reflect

The Virgin Mary gave birth to the Divine Infant, the Son of God, in a stable in Bethlehem.

"And She brought forth Her firstborn son, and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn... And the angel said to them (shepherds): Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, ... For, this day, is born to you a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord..." (Luke 2:7, 10-11)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Blessed Nativity, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace of detachment from things of this world, love of poverty and love of the poor.


Fourth Joyful Mystery
The Presentation

Let Us Reflect

The Immaculate Virgin Mary presented Jesus in the temple, and though not obligated to do so, humbly fulfilled what was prescribed in the law for Her "purification."

"And after the days of Her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord: As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written..." (Luke 2:22-24)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Presentation in the temple by the hands of Mary, and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin and we ask Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace and gift of wisdom and purity of heart, mind and body.


Fifth Joyful Mystery
Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Let Us Reflect

The Boy Jesus remained in the temple with the learned men for three days, listening to them and asking them questions.

"And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers. And seeing Him... His Mother said to Him: Son, why hast Thou done so to us? Behold Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing." (Luke 2:46-48)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Finding in the Temple among the learned men by Our Lady, after She had lost Thee, and we ask Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, to convert us and help us amend our lives and also to convert all sinners, heretics, schismatics and idolaters.


First Sorrowful Mystery
The Agony in the Garden

Let Us Reflect

About to be betrayed, Our Lord prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. He sees our sins, which He will die for; He sees those who will be lost, He sweats blood.

"... He went, according to His custom, to the mount of Olives... and kneeling down, He prayed... And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground... And he that was called Judas, ... drew near to Jesus, to kiss Him. And Jesus said to him: Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a kiss?" (Luke 22:39, 41, 44, 47-48)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy mortal Agony in the Garden of Olives and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace of perfect sorrow for our sins and the virtue of perfect obedience to Thy Holy Will.


Second Sorrowful Mystery
The Scourging at the Pillar

Let Us Reflect

Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged for our sins of impurity.

"Then therefore, Pilate took Jesus, and scourged Him." (John 19:1)

"But He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His bruises we are healed." (Isaias 53:5)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Bloody Scourging and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace to mortify our senses perfectly.


Third Sorrowful Mystery
The Crowning with Thorns

Let Us Reflect

Jesus is crowned with thorns and mocked.

"And stripping Him, they put a scarlet cloak about Him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand. And bowing the knee before Him, they mocked Him, saying: Hail, King of the Jews. And spitting upon Him, they took the reed, and struck His head. And after they had mocked Him, they took off the cloak from Him and put on Him His own garments, and led Him away to crucify Him." (Matt. 27:28-31)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy cruel crowning with thorns, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace of great contempt for the world.


Fourth Sorrowful Mystery
The Carrying of the Cross

Let Us Reflect

Jesus, condemned to death, carries the cross to Calvary.

"Pilate said, Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered: We have no king but Caesar. Then therefore he delivered Him to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led Him forth. And bearing His own cross, He went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha." (John 19:15-17)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy carrying Thy cross and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace of great patience in carrying our cross in Thy footsteps every day of our life.


Fifth Sorrowful Mystery
The Crucifixion

Let Us Reflect

Jesus is crucified and hangs on the cross for three hours, suffering. He dies in order to save us from hell.

"... they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on each side, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title also, and He put it upon the cross. And the writing was: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." (John 19:18-19)

"And it was almost the sixth hour; and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And Jesus crying with a loud voice, said: Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit. And saying this, He gave up the ghost." (Luke 23:44-46)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Crucifixion on Mount Calvary, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace of a great horror of sin, a love of the Cross and the grace of a holy death for us and for those who are now in their last agony.


First Glorious Mystery
The Resurrection

Let Us Reflect

Jesus Christ rises gloriously from the dead, on Easter Sunday morning.

"And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre, ... And looking, they saw the stone rolled back... And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man... clothed with a white robe... Who saith to them: Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified: He is risen, He is not here... But go, tell His disciples..." (Mark 16:2, 4-7)

"And it was Mary Magdalen, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and the other women... who told these things to the apostles." (Luke 24:10)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy triumphant Resurrection and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace of a lively faith.


Second Glorious Mystery
The Ascension

Let Us Reflect

The apostles witness as Jesus ascends triumphantly into Heaven.

"But He (Jesus) said to them (the Apostles)… and you shall be witnesses unto Me in Jerusalem, ... and even to the uttermost part of the earth. And when He had said these things, while they looked on, He was raised up. And while they were beholding Him going up to Heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to Heaven? This Jesus Who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come, as you have seen Him going into Heaven…" (Acts 1:7-11)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy glorious Ascension, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace of firm hope and great longing for Heaven.


Third Glorious Mystery
The Descent of the Holy Ghost

Let Us Reflect

The Holy Ghost descends upon the apostles to enlighten, guide, strengthen, and sanctify them.

"And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them; And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost..." (Acts 2:1-4)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Holy Ghost, this decade in honor of the mystery of Pentecost, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Mary, Thy most faithful Spouse, the grace of Thy holy wisdom so that we may know all the Truth necessary for salvation, really love this Truth, live by the Truth, and persevere in living the Truth. May we be instruments in Thy hands to always practice, promote, defend, and make known Thy Truth to all others whom Thou dost place on our path.


Fourth Glorious Mystery
The Assumption

Let Us Reflect

The Blessed Virgin Mary is assumed, body and soul, into Heaven.

"From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before Him. And I took root in an honourable people, and in the portion of My God His inheritance, and My abode is in the full assembly of saints. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope." (Ecclus. 24:14, 16, 24)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Thy most holy and Blessed Mother body and soul into Heaven; and we ask of Thee, through these two mysteries and through Her intercession, the grace and the gift of true devotion to Her so that we may live a holy life and die a happy death and attain everlasting life with Thee.


Fifth Glorious Mystery
The Coronation

Let Us Reflect

The Blessed Virgin Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. She is Mother of all men, and Mediatrix of all graces.

"And a great sign appeared in Heaven: a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under Her feet, and on Her head a crown of twelve stars." (Apoc. 12:1)

"In Me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in Me is all hope of life and of virtue. He that hearkeneth to Me, shall not be confounded: and they that work by Me, shall not sin. They that explain Me shall have life everlasting." (Ecclus. 24:25, 30-31)

Let Us Pray

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the glorious crowning of Thy Blessed Mother in Heaven, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through Her intercession, the grace of perseverance and increase of virtue until the very moment of death and after that may we receive the eternal crown that is prepared for us. We ask the same grace for all the just and for all our benefactors.