Who Can Pray the Rosary?
Anyone who knows six easy prayers can pray a Rosary; you
will also need to know twenty Mysteries to meditate upon
as you pray. You do not have to be a Catholic.
The Order of Prayers
The Rosary begins with the Apostles Creed, followed by
one Our Father, three Hail Marys (traditionally offered
for an increase in faith, hope, and charity for those
praying the Rosary), a Glory Be, and, if desired, the
Fatima Prayers. Next come five mysteries, each
consisting of one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, a Glory
Be, and, if desired, the Fatima Prayers. Conclude with
the Hail Holy Queen. Please say a few extra prayers
after the Hail Holy Queen for the Pope.
If you do not have Rosary beads, it is perfectly okay to
count with your fingers. Counting beads frees your mind
to help you meditate.
Prayers for Praying the Rosary?
THE APOSTLE'S 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; the third day He
arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven,
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 Spirit, the holy Catholic
Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
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
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.
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 (OPTIONAL)
O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the
fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially
those in most need of thy mercy.
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
Leader: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,
All: That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
Leader: Let us pray.
All: 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 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.
PRAYER FOR THE HOLY FATHER (FOR PRIVATE DEVOTION)
Leader: Upon this Rock He will build His Church...
All: ...and the jaws of death shall not prevail against
Leader: O Mother of the Redeemer...
All: ...Living Tabernacle of the Eucharist, and Luminous
Rose of Heaven, with humble confidence we ask you to
bestow upon the Holy Father all the graces and blessings
reserved for him by the Holy Trinity from all eternity.
Leader: Help his friends...
All: ...convert his enemies.
Leader: Saint Joseph...
All: ...pray for us. Amen.
The Twenty Mysteries
Here is a brief listing and description of all twenty
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
The Annunciation: The Archangel Gabriel "announces" to
Mary that she shall conceive the Son of God.
The Visitation: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is
pregnant with John the Baptist.
The Nativity: Jesus is born.
The Presentation: Mary and Joseph "present" Jesus in the
Temple where they meet Simeon.
The Finding in the Temple: After losing Him, Mary and
Joseph find young Jesus teaching the Rabbis in the
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (THE MYSTERIES OF LIGHT)
The Baptism in the Jordan: The voice of the Father
declares Jesus the beloved Son.
The Wedding at Cana: Christ changes water into wine, his
first public miracle.
The Proclamation of the Kingdom: Jesus calls to
conversion (cf. Mk 1:15) and forgives the sins of all
who draw near to him.
The Transfiguration: The glory of the Godhead shines
forth from the face of Christ.
The Institution of the Eucharist: Jesus offers the first
Mass at the Last Supper with his apostles, establishing
the sacramental foundation for all Christian living.
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
The Agony in the Garden: Jesus sweats water and blood
while praying the night before his passion.
The Scourging at the Pillar: Pilate has Jesus whipped.
The Crowning with Thorns: Roman soldiers crown Jesus'
head with thorns.
The Carrying of the Cross: Jesus meets His mother and
falls three times on the way up Calvary.
The Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies
before His mother and His apostle John.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
The Resurrection: Jesus rises from the dead.
The Ascension: Jesus leaves the Apostles and bodily "ascends"
The Descent of the Holy Spirit: The Apostles receive the
Holy Spirit in tongues of fire in the upper room with
The Assumption: Mary is taken bodily--assumed--into
heaven by God at the end of her life here on earth.
The Coronation: Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and
Mysteries for Certain Weekdays
Traditionally, many people say the Joyful Mysteries on
Monday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday, the Glorious
Mysteries on Wednesday, and start again with the Joyful
Mysteries on Thursday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Friday.
The Glorious Mysteries are then prayed on Saturday and
Sunday. Now that the Luminous Mysteries have recently
been added, the schedule is:
Monday - Joyful
Tuesday - Sorrowful
Wednesday - Glorious
Thursday - Luminous
Friday - Sorrowful
Saturday - Joyful
Sunday - Glorious
Try to place yourself "into" the scene of the particular
mystery as you pray, imagining the sights, smells,
sounds, and emotions that Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and other
participants experienced during the actual events.
It is also okay to meditate on the meaning of the words
of the prayers as you pray them, or even to meditate on
the person for whom you are offering the Rosary.