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How to Pray the Rosary

Prayer before the Cross (optional)

  1. Holding crucifix, make "Sign of the Cross" and say "Apostles' Creed".
  2. On the first bead, say the "Our Father".
  3. Say a "Hail Mary" on each of the next three small beads. These beads are a prayer to increase the three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.
  4. On the next bead say a "Glory Be", announce the first mystery, and say the "Our Father".
  5. Say a "Hail Mary" on each of the next ten beads moving counter clock-wise.
  6. Say a "Glory Be" and the "Fatima Prayer" (Oh My Jesus).
  7. On the next bead, announce the second mystery, and say the "Our Father".
  8. Repeat until each of the five mysteries has been prayed.
  9. On the centerpiece of the Rosary, say the "Hail Holy Queen" followed by the ending prayer (Oh God).
  10. Holding the crucifix, make the "Sign of the Cross".

The Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries
(Said on Mondays, Thursdays, the Sundays of Advent and Sundays from Epiphany until Lent.)

  1. The Annunciation (Humility)
  2. The Visitation (Fraternal Charity)
  3. The Nativity (Love of God)
  4. The Presentation (Spirit of Sacrifice)
  5. Finding in the Temple (Zeal)

The Sorrowful Mysteries
(Said on Tuesdays, Fridays throughout the year; and daily from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday.)

  1. Agony in the Garden (True Repentance)
  2. Scourging at the Pillar (Mortification)
  3. Crowning with Thorns (Moral Courage)
  4. Carrying of the Cross (Patience)
  5. The Crucifixion (Final Perseverance)

The Glorious Mysteries
(Said on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and the Sundays from Easter until Advent.)

  1. The Resurrection (Faith)
  2. The Ascension (Hope)
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Zeal)
  4. The Assumption (Happy Death)
  5. The Coronation of Blessed Virgin Mary (Love for Mary)

Prayers of the Rosary

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.

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; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits 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 Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. 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 do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O 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.

Prayer After the Rosary
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.

May the divine assistance remain always with us. Amen.

And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Fatima Prayer
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, take all souls to heaven and help especially those most in need of Your mercy.

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