Learn to Pray the Rosary



This Rosary infographic will walk you and your family through the steps of praying the Rosary.

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The Rosary

The rosary itself is composed of 60 beads laced together with a crucifix and a pendant of Mary where the 3 strands meet. We divide the Rosary into 6 segments. The 1st segment is composed of the introductory prayers and that is followed by 5 decades.

The Sign of the Cross and The Apostles’ Creed

The Sign of the Cross

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

 

The Apostles’ Creed:

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 life everlasting.  Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

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 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 

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.

Intentions

After the introductory prayers and before the mystery is announced the leader of the group may announce an intention for this particular decade. The intention may be a person by name, a group of persons, a prayer for peace and justice, or some other worthy cause, or a prayer for the deceased.

Next, the leader will announce the mystery, for example, "The first sorrowful mystery is the agony in the garden." All twenty mysteries of the Rosary will follow the same three-step pattern, scripture, reflection and personal experience.

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, O 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.

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Facts About the Rosary

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Praying the Rosary

Don't worry about how "well" you pray the Rosary. Just pray it. As with anything new, you may stumble at first but it will soon become natural and you'll begin to miss it if you skip it! Give the Rosary a try and pray one decade today!

Rosary Facts

There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious. The Mysteries tell the story of Christ's life through his Mother Mary's eyes.

Keep it Simple and Manageable

Praying the Rosary doesn't have to happen in a quiet chapel before Mass. You can pray it with your family in the car, around the dinner table, or right before bed. We know you're busy, so let prayer naturally fit into your daily schedule.

Daily Mysteries

Each day of the week is assigned a set of Mysteries to pray that day. Some people pray the Joyful on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday. But, you can pray them any day you wish. Whatever works best for you and your family.