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The purpose of the Rosary is to help bring to mind certain principle events in the history of our salvation. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into four Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous. Different Mysteries may be said on particular days of the week.

Mondays: Joyful Mysteries

Tuesdays: Sorrowful Mysteries

Wednesdays: Glorious Mysteries

Thursdays: Luminous Mysteries

Fridays: Sorrowful Mysteries

Saturdays: Joyful Mysteries

Sundays: Glorious Mysteries

As an exception, the Joyful Mysteries may be said on Sundays during Advent and Christmas, while the Sorrowful Mysteries may be said on the Sundays of Lent.

The words to the individual prayers recited in the Rosary can be found further below. The Rosary

Praying the Rosary

The numbers on the image match the action here below.

  • 1. Holding the Crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles Creed"

    2. Say the "Our Father"

    3. Say three "Hail Marys" for Faith, Hope, and Charity

    4. Say the "Glory Be"

    5. Announce the First Mystery and then say the "Our Father"

    6. Say ten "Hail Marys" while meditating on the Mystery

    7. Say the "Glory Be" and the "Fatima Prayer" (O My Jesus-see below)

    8. Announce the Next Mystery; then say the "Our Father" and repeat these steps (6       through 8) as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.

    9. Say the closing prayers:the "Hail Holy Queen" and "Final Prayer"

    10. Make the "Sign of the Cross" to close your Rosary.

  • Sign of the Cross

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

  • 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 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. He will come again in glory 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.

    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.

    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.

    Glory Be

    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.

    Oh My Jesus (Fatima Prayer)

    O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

    Hail Holy Queen

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

    Final Prayer

    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.

    The Mysteries of the Rosary

    Joyous Mysteries Sorrowful Mysteries Glorious Mysteries Luminous Mysteries
    The Annunciation The Agony in the Garden The Resurrection Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
    The Visitation The Scourging at the Pillar The Ascension Wedding Feast at Cana
    The Nativity The Crowning with Thorns The Coming of the Holy Spirit Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
    The Presentation The Carrying of the Cross Assumption of Mary Transfiguration of Jesus
    Finding Jesus in the Temple The Crucifixion Coronation of Mary Institution of the Eucharist

    The question is sometimes asked, why, of all the incidents in our Lord's life, the Rosary only considers these particular twenty. The mysteries of the Rosary are based on the incidents in the life of Our Lord and His Mother that are celebrated in the Liturgy. There is a parallel between the main feasts honoring our Lord and his Mother in the liturgical year, and the twenty mysteries of the Rosary. Consequently, one who recites the twenty mysteries of the Rosary in one day reflects on the whole liturgical cycle that the Church commemorates during the course of each year. That is why some of the Popes have referred to the Rosary as a compendium of the Gospel. One cannot change the mysteries of the Rosary without losing the indulgences that the Church grants for the recitation of the Rosary.

    All the prayers of the Rosary are available (multiple languages). There is also a manner of praying the Rosary according to the Order of Preachers. It is identical to the normal Roman Catholic manner, except the introductory prayers are based on the opening prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours.

  • Make the Sign of the Cross

    *V: Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee.

    *R: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

    *V: O Lord, open my lips.

    *R: And my mouth shall declare Your praise.

    *V: O God, come to my assistance.

    *R: O Lord, make haste to help me.

    *Say the "Glory Be".

    *Announce the First Mystery and then say the "Our Father"

    *Say ten "Hail Marys" while meditating on the Mystery

    *Say the "Glory Be"

    *Say the Fatima Prayer "O My Jesus" (optional)

    *Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father"

    *Repeat steps six, seven and eight through the remaining Mysteries.

    *Say the "Hail Holy Queen" and verse

    *Say the "Final Prayer"

    *V. May the Divine Assistance remain always with us.

    *R. And may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

    *Make the Sign of the Cross

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