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How To Pray The Rosary - The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory

certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and
praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these
are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the
five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES. You may also wish
to pray the rosary online, with others or by yourself. As suggested by the Pope St. John
Paul the Great, the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on
Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and
Sunday (with this exception: Sundays of Christmas season - The Joyful; Sundays of Lent Sorrowful).

1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the"Apostles' Creed."


2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
6. Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating on the Mystery.
7. Say the "Glory be to the Father."
8. Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father." Repeat 6 and 7
and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner
After the Rosary:
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 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.
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.

After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: "O
my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially
those who have most need of your mercy."

The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great
mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The
first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary.
St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the
events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious andadded by Pope
John Paul II in 2002the Luminous.
The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each
Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's
spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.
The Five Joyful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on the Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays of Advent:
1.
The Annunciation
2.
The Visitation
3.
The Nativity
4.
The Presentation in the Temple
5.
The Finding in the Temple
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on the Tuesday, Friday, and Sundays of Lent:
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 and Death
The Five Glorious Mysteries are traditionally prayed on the Wednesday and Sundays outside of Lent
and Advent:
1.
The Resurrection
2.
The Ascension
3.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4.
The Assumption
5.
The Coronation of Mary
The Five Luminous Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Thursdays:
1.
The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan
2.
The Wedding Feast at Cana
3.
Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God
4.
The Transfiguration

5.

The Institution of the Eucharist

Praying the Rosary


Familiarize yourself and/or your group with the prayers of the rosary.
1.
Make the Sign of the Cross.
2.
Holding the Crucifix, say the Apostles' Creed.
3.
On the first bead, say anOur Father.
4.
Say three Hail Marys on each of the next three beads.
5.
Say the Glory Be
6.
For each of the five decades, announce the Mystery, then say the Our Father.
7.
While fingering each of the ten beads of the decade, next say ten Hail Marys while meditating
on the Mystery. Then say a Glory Be. (After finishing each decade, some say the following prayer
requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the
fires of hell,lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.")
8.
After saying the five decades, say the "Hail, Holy Queen, followed by this dialogue and prayer:
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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 while meditating on 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.

"Say the Rosary every day...


Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for
sinners...
I'm Our Lady of the Rosary.
Only I will be able to help you.
...In the end My Immaculate Heart will
triumph."
The word Rosary means "Crown of Roses". Our Lady has revealed to several
people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose
and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen
of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the
most important one. The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because
within it lies the awesome story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we
meditate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It's a
simple prayer, humble so much like Mary. It's a prayer we can all say together
with Her, the Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite Her to pray for us. Our
Lady always grants our request. She joins Her prayer to ours. Therefore it
becomes ever more useful, because what Mary asks She always receives, Jesus
can never say no to whatever His Mother asks for. In every apparition, the
heavenly Mother has invited us to say the Rosary as a powerful weapon against
evil, to bring us to true peace. With your prayer made together with Your
heavenly Mother, you can obtain the great gift of bringing about a change of

hearts and conversion. Each day, through prayer you can drive away from
yourselves and from your homeland many dangers and many evils.

It can seem a repetitive prayer but instead it is like two sweethearts who many
times say one another the words: "I love you"...
The Blessed Holy Father John Paul II on October 16th, 2002 with the Apostolic
Letter RosariumVirginisMariae on the Most Holy Rosary has added 5 new mysteries
of the Rosary: The Mysteries of the Light.
The whole Rosary is composed of twenty decades. Each decade is recited in
honor of a mystery in Our Lord's Life and that of his Blessed Mother.
It is customary to recite five decades at a time while meditating on one set
of mysteries.
The decades may be separated, if the entire chaplet is completed on the
same day.
Each Mystery may be meditate "bead by bead" for every Hail Mary of the
decade.

THE HOLY ROSARY:


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