Here is a short guide on how to pray the popular Catholic devotion known as the Rosary.
The Rosary remains one of the most popular devotions of Catholics around the world. However, not everyone knows how to pray the Rosary, especially the younger generations.
Here is a short guide for those who are interested in how to pray the Rosary, but never learned how to pray it from their parents, grandparents or religious educators.
How to pray the rosary
Each rosary (the string of beads) has a crucifix at the end of a short extension below the loop. Start by holding the crucifix and doing it. sign of the cross.
The very first prayer of the Rosary is the Apostles’ Creed.This is a short profession of faith, affirming your beliefs in the Catholic Church. Say this prayer while holding the crucifix.
I believe in god,
the almighty Father,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten 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 from the dead;
he ascended to heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and eternal life.
A big pearl follows after the crucifix. On this cord recite 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.
Pray three Hail Marys on what follows three pearls. There is at least one tradition that suggests a person should pray for the theological gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity on these beads.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. 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.
Before the next pearl, hold on to the chain of the Rosary, pray it Glory be.
Glory to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;as it was in the beginning, is now and always will be,endless world.Amen.
Mysteries of the Rosary
See you next time big pearlmeditate on the first Mystery of the Rosary and pray it Our father.
The Rosary is divided into five sections called “decades», so called because each decade contains 10 small pearls. During these decades, it is customary to meditate on a “mystery” of the life of Christ. Tradition assigns different mysteries of the Rosary to each day of the week, but individual piety is not tied to them.
Mondays and Saturdays
the Joyful Mysteries surrounding the birth of Christ: the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38); The Visitation (Luke 1:39-56); The birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-21); The presentation of Jesus (Luke 2:22-38); Finding the Christ Child in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)
Tuesdays and Fridays
the Sorrowful Mysteries focus on the passion and death of Jesus: Jesus’ agony in the garden (Matthew 26:36-56); The scourging at the pillar (Matthew 27:26); The crowning with thorns (Matthew 27:27-31); The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:32); The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:33-56).
Wednesdays and Sundays
the Glorious Mysteries reflect on the Resurrection and other heavenly episodes: The Resurrection (John 20:1-29); The Ascension (Luke 24:36-53); The descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles (Acts 2:1-41); The Assumption of Mary into Heaven; The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Saint John Paul II made the most recent addition to the Rosary with the Mysteries of Light, also called the Luminous Mysteries. They fill a void in the life of Jesus that was not covered by the traditional mysteries of the Rosary: The Baptism in the Jordan (Matthew 3:13-16); The wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11); The preaching of the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15); The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8); The Institution of the Holy Eucharist (Matthew 26).
After meditating on the first mystery, pray a I salute you marie on each of 10 beads that follow. At the end of each decade pray the Glory be. Some Catholics add Fatima Prayer at the end of each decade, reciting the words taught by Our Lady of Fatima.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy.
Repeat the above instructions for each mystery until you reach the end of the five decades.
At the end of the rosary, the next prayer is the Hello, Holy Queen. You can recite this prayer while holding the medal which connects the extension of the crucifix to the ring of the rosary.
I salute you, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you we cry out, poor children banished from Eve; to you we send our sighs, weeping and weeping in this vale of tears.Turn then to us, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy; and after that, our exile, show 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.
To conclude the Rosary, some pray the Prayer of Saint Michael, then finish with the next invocation.
O God, whose only begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection, purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant us to pray to you that by 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.
Finish by doing the sign of the cross.