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How to Say the Rosary

How to Say the Rosary

The Rosary is a form of meditation on the various aspects of Christ's life, death and resurection. You don't need a physical Rosary, but most people like to use one. It is very important to try and pray the Rosary while you can fully concentrate on the Mysteries. This may be very difficult for mothers with small children! Some working people will record themselves saying the rosary and pray with while driving to work (so they can pray but leave their hands free to drive.) In the "Resources" section we list a couple sites that sell recordings of the Rosary being said, it can be helpful to listen to that while praying to help block out distractions.

a -- Make the Sign of the Cross then recite the "Apostles' Creed"
b -- Pray the "Our Father"
c -- Pray three "Hail Marys"
d -- Pray "Glory Be"
e -- Pray the "Fatima Prayer" (sometimes called the "Oh My Jesus")
f -- Say the First Mystery, then pray an "Our Father"
g -- Pray ten "Hail Marys", one for each bead, while thinking about and meditating on the Mystery
h -- Pray "Glory Father" and a "Fatima Prayer"
i -- go to the Second Mystery, as before, say an "Our Father", say ten "Hail Marys", one for each bead, and conclude with a "Glory Be" and a "Fatima Prayer"
j -- Pray the "Hail Holy Queen"
k -- Make the Sign of the Cross

That's it! Not so difficult! The more you pray the Rosary, the easier it becomes.

The Mysteries are:

Joyful -- Mondays and Saturdays
a) First: The Annunciation (Mary is told she will be the mother of the Savior by the Angel Gabriel)
b) Second: The Visitation (Mary visits her relative Elizabeth, Elizabeth being pregnant with St. John the Baptist. St. John the Baptist leaps in the womb for joy. (Luke 1:39-45)
c) Third: The Nativity, our Savior is born
d) Fourth: Presenting the infant Jesus at the temple, where Simeon recognizes the Savior and praises God. LK 2:21-40)
e) Fifth: Finding the 12 year old Jesus, teaching with astonishing wisdom, after Joseph and Mary lost Him at the temple.

Sorrowful -- Tuesdays and Fridays
a) First: The Agony in the Garden (Jesus prays so hard that He might escape being crucified that He sweats blood.)
b) Second: The Scouring at the Pillar. At Pilot's command, our Lord is scourged.
c) Third: Christ is crowned with thorns.
d) Fourth: Christ picks up His Cross and walks to Calvary.
e) Fifth: Jesus is crucified and dies.

Luminous -- Thursdays (Please offer this Rosary for the conversion of Islam.)
a) First: Jesus is baptized in the River Jordan.
b) Second: Christ performs His first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana.
c) Third: Christ preaches the Good News of His Kingdom
d) Fourth: Christ's Tranfiguration (Christ, Moses and Elijah appear transformed to Peter, John and James, Matthew 17:1, Mark 9:2, Luke 9:28)
e) Fifth: Chris gives Himself to us, body and blood, soul and divinity, in the miracle of the Eucharist.

Glorious -- Wednesdays and Sundays*
a) First: He is Risen! Our Lord conquers death and rises to life!
b) Second: He Ascends to the Father (Christ returns to the Father as told in Acts 1:9-10)
c) Third: The Holy Spirit Descends upon the Church (Acts 2:1-4)
d) Fourth: The Blessed Mother is assumed, body and soul, into Heaven.
e) Fifth: The Blessed Mother is crowned Queen of Heavan and Earth.

* There is a tradition that on the Sundays of Advent, the Joyful Mysteries are said, and on the Sundays of Lent, the Sorrowful Mysteries are said.

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 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.

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 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.

Glory be to the Father
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 (Oh My Jesus)
O my Jesus, forgive our sins; save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy. 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, 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.
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.