Pray the Rosary with Us

How to Pray the Rosary

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles’ Creed.
  2. On the first large bead, pray the Our Father.
  3. On the next three small beads, pray the Hail Mary.
  4. Pray the Glory Be.
  5. Meditate on 1st Mystery, saying the Our Father.
  6. Pray ten Hail Marys.
  7. Pray the Glory Be.
  8. Meditate on 2nd Mystery, saying the Our Father.
  9. Pray ten Hail Marys.
  10. Pray the Glory Be.
  11. Meditate on 3rd Mystery, saying the Our Father.
  12. Pray ten Hail Marys.
  13. Pray the Glory Be.
  14. Meditate on 4th Mystery, saying the Our Father.
  15. Pray ten Hail Marys.
  16. Pray the Glory Be.
  17. Meditate on 5th Mystery, saying the Our Father.
  18. Pray ten Hail Marys.
  19. Pray the Glory Be.
  20. Pray the Hail, Holy Queen.
Pray the Rosary: Step 1

Step 1: While holding the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles’ Creed.

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. On the third day He arose again; He ascended into heaven, and 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

Pray the Rosary: Step 2

Step 2: On the first large bead, pray the Our Father.

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.

Pray the Rosary: Step 3

Step 3: On the next three small beads, pray the Hail Mary.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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

Pray the Rosary: Step 4

Step 4: Pray the Glory Be.

The 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.

Pray the Rosary: Step 5

Step 5:  Meditate on 1st Mystery, pray the Our Father.

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.

Pray the Rosary: Step 6

Step 6: On each small bead in the decade, pray the Hail Mary. (10 times)

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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

Pray the Rosary: Step 7

Step 7: In the space after the 10th bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer

The 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.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.

Pray the Rosary: Step 8

Step 8: Meditate on 2nd Mystery, pray the Our Father.

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.

Pray the Rosary: Step 9

Step 9: On each small bead in the decade, pray the Hail Mary. (10 times)

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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

Pray the Rosary: Step 10

Step 10: In the space after the 10th bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer

The 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.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.

Pray the Rosary: Step 11

Step 11: Meditate on 3rd Mystery, pray the Our Father.

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.

Pray the Rosary: Step 12

Step 12: On each small bead in the decade, pray the Hail Mary. (10 times)

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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

Pray the Rosary: Step 13

Step 13: In the space after the 10th bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer

The 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.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.

Pray the Rosary: Step 14

Step 14: Meditate on 4th Mystery, pray the Our Father.

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.

Pray the Rosary: Step 15

Step 15: On each small bead in the decade, pray the Hail Mary. (10 times)

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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

Pray the Rosary: Step 16

Step 16: In the space after the 10th bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer

The 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.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.

Pray the Rosary: Step 17

Step 17: Meditate on 5th Mystery, pray the Our Father.

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.

Pray the Rosary: Step 18

Step 18: On each small bead in the decade, pray the Hail Mary. (10 times)

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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

Pray the Rosary: Step 19

Step 19: In the space after the 10th bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer

The 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.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.

Pray the Rosary: Step 20

Step 20: Pray the Hail, Holy Queen.

Hail Holy Queen Prayer

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.

The Holy Rosary

The rosary has 59 beads, a crucifix, and a medal, with certain prayers for each of these different pieces. The prayers of the rosary can be divided into three categories:

  1. Introductory Prayers
  2. The Decades
  3. Closing Prayers

With the prayers of the rosary, we ask Mary to pray for us and to guide us by the example of her son, Jesus.

What is the Rosary and why do we pray it?

The Rosary is an old prayer that leads us to Jesus through Mary. The word rosary means garland of roses, which has been interpreted into the rosary of today, a string of beads. Mother Mary, also known as the Lady of the Rosary, urged everyone to pray the rosary to help people grow in their faith, convert sinners, and bring about world peace.

Every October 7 we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary by meditating upon the mysteries of Christ and connecting with the incarnation, passion and glorious resurrection of the Son of God.

Introductory Prayers

The introductory prayers set the stage for the rosary. They prepare you for deeper reflection when you pray the decades.

Either before or after the introductory prayers, think of any needs or struggles in your life and bring them to Mary. She cares for you like a loving mother, and wants to take your needs to Jesus. If you are praying with a group, you can say your intentions out loud so the rest of the group can pray for them as well.

Step 1: While holding the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles’ Creed (a brief summary of the core beliefs of our faith).

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. On the third day He arose again; He ascended into heaven, and 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

Step 2: On the first large bead, pray the Our Father (the prayer Jesus taught us), typically for the intentions of the pope.

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.

Step 3: On the next three small beads, pray the Hail Mary (a prayer to Mary, based on words from the Bible). These Hail Marys are often prayed for an increase in faith, hope, and love.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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

Step 4: In the space after the third Hail Mary, pray the Glory Be (a simple expression of praise and belief in the Trinity).

The 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.

 

One you’ve prayed these introductory prayers, you are ready to begin the first decade.

The Decades

There are five decades, or groups of 10 small beads, that make up the main portion of the rosary. Between each decade is one large bead set off by itself.

You’ll find that the prayers for each decade are repeated many times. This gives you an opportunity to reflect on the words, which are deeply rooted in the Bible and Christian tradition. They are powerful and filled with meaning.

Step 5: On the next large bead, pray the Our Father.

Step 6: On each small bead in the decade, pray the Hail Mary.

Step 7: In the space after the 10th bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer (a prayer Mary revealed to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917).

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.

Repeat steps 5–7 for the remaining four decades. Pray an Our Father on the large bead and a Hail Mary on each of the 10 small beads, followed by the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.

As you pray the decades, you can also meditate on the mysteries of the rosary (reference bottom of page!) and learn valuable lessons from the lives of Jesus and Mary.

Closing Prayers

The closing prayers are prayed on the medal, and they end the rosary. With these prayers we ask God and Mary to watch over us, guide us, and help us become a-better-version-of-ourselves.

Step 8: Pray the Hail, Holy Queen (a prayer asking for Mary’s help).

Hail Holy Queen Prayer

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.

Step 9: While holding the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross.

As you practice praying the rosary, these prayers will become second nature to you. There’s a rhythm to the rosary. As you enter into that rhythm, you’ll begin to think less about the words and more about the meaning of the words.

That’s when you begin to unlock the power of the rosary.

If you are new to the rosary, take some time to familiarize yourself with the beads themselves. Practice holding the rosary in your hand and feeding the beads between your fingers. See if you can remember which prayers are prayed at each point in the rosary.

The Mysteries of the Rosary

Another fruitful way to pray the rosary is to meditate on important events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Twenty of these moments are captured in what we call the mysteries of the rosary. These mysteries are grouped into four sets: joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious. Each set of mysteries is prayed on specific days of the week. They serve as a backdrop to the decades of the rosary and hold incredible insights worthy of reflection.

As you meditate on these events, let the words of the prayers float by. Focus less on the words and more on the mysteries. Get lost in the scene. Imagine yourself there. Each of the mysteries of the rosary can teach you a valuable lesson about life, love, and God’s dream for you.

If you are praying the rosary in a group, the leader announces the mystery before beginning each decade.

Joyful Mysteries

Prayed on Mondays and Saturdays

1st DecadeThe Annunciation
2nd DecadeThe Visitation
3rd DecadeThe Birth of Jesus
4th DecadeThe Presentation
5th DecadeThe Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Luminous Mysteries

Prayed on Thursdays

1st DecadeThe Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
2nd DecadeThe Wedding Feast at Cana
3rd DecadeThe Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
4th DecadeThe Transfiguration of Jesus
5th DecadeThe Institution of the Eucharist

Sorrowful Mysteries

Prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays

1st DecadeThe Agony in the Garden
2nd DecadeThe Scourging at the Pillar
3rd DecadeThe Crowning with Thorns
4th DecadeThe Carrying of the Cross
5th DecadeThe Crucifixion

Glorious Mysteries

Prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays

1st DecadeThe Resurrection
2nd DecadeThe Ascension
3rd DecadeThe Descent of the Holy Spirit
4th DecadeThe Assumption
5th DecadeThe Crowning of Mary Queen of Heaven

 

When you meditate on these mysteries and establish the rosary as a spiritual habit in your life, an amazing thing happens: Jesus’ peace becomes your peace, his hope becomes your hope, and his healing becomes your healing as his life transforms your life.

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