How to Pray the Rosary


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How to pray the Rosary 1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles' Creed. 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; fr
   How to pray the Rosary 1.Make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles' Creed.   The Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, Hisonly 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 righthand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and thedead. 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.  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 andcontinue 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 theedo we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning andweeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercytoward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Oclement, 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 uponthese mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate whatthey 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 atFatima: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls toHeaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.    As suggested by the Pope John Paul II the  Joyful  mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the  Luminous on Thursday, the  Sorrowful  on Tuesdayand Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday (with this exception:Sundays of Christmas season - The Joyful; Sundays of Lent - Sorrowful) The First Joyful Mystery THE ANNUNCIATION  1.The time for the Incarnation is at hand.2.Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of theIncarnate Word.3.The Angel Gabriel announces: Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee. 4.Mary wonders at this salutation.5.The Angel assures her: Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son. 6.Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.7.The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.8.The Incarnation awaits Mary's consent.9.Mary answers: Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according toyour word. 10.The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.Spiritual Fruit: Humility The Second Joyful Mystery THE VISITATION  1.Mary's cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age . . . for nothing isimpossible with God.2.Charity prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.3.The journey to Elizabeth's home is about eighty miles requiring four or five days.4.Though long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her theIncarnate Word.5.At Mary's salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother's womb.6.Elizabeth exclaims: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 7. How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 8. Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled. 9.Mary replies: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joyin God my Savior. 10.Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John theBaptist.Spiritual Fruit: Love of Neighbor The Third Joyful Mystery  THE NATIVITY  1.Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus.2.The hour for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room in the inn.3.In the stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a cave, Mary remaining a Virgin.4.She wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.5.In unspeakable joy Mary gathers to her bosom the Flower of her virginity.6.Jesus enters the world in poverty to teach the lesson of detachment from earthlythings.7.The angel announces to the shepherds: Today there is born to you in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. 8.The angelic chorus sing: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people onearth. 9.The shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant Jesus.10.The Magi come to adore the Holy Child and offer Him gifts.Spiritual Fruit: Poverty of Spirit The Fourth Joyful Mystery THE PRESENTATION  1.Observing the law of Moses they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to theLord.2.According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family should beconsecrated to the Lord.3.Mary offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.4.Jesus is not subject to the law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.5.Mary is not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she submits to it.6.God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen theMessiah.7.Recognizing the Child, he prays: Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. Youhave fulfilled your word. 8. This Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed. 9.And to Mary Simeon reveals: And your own soul a sword shall pierce. 10.After they fulfill all the Law requires they return to Nazareth.Spiritual Fruit: Purity of mind and body The Fifth Joyful Mystery THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE  1.When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feastof the Passover.  2.After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazarethwithout Jesus.3.At the end of the first day's journey they discover Jesus is missing.4.His parents return immediately looking for Him.5.This loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Maryand Joseph.6.On the third day they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who wereastonished at His wisdom.7.Mary: Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searchingfor you in sorrow. 8.Jesus: Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about myFather's business? 9.Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.10.Mary keeps all these things in her heart.Spiritual Fruit: Obedience The First Luminous Mystery THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD  1.John is baptizing in the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance.2. I am the voice of one crying in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord. 3. One mightier than I is coming after me. 4. I have baptized you with water, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. 5.Seeing Jesus, John exclaims: Behold the Lamb of God. 6.Against protests of his unworthiness, John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan.7.After Jesus' baptism a voice from Heaven: This is my beloved Son in whom I amwell pleased. 8.The Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove.9.In this heavenly manifestation is instituted the sacrament of baptism.10.The divine Trinity is manifested: the voice of the Father is heard as the Spiritdescends upon the Son.Spiritual Fruit: Gratitude for the gift of Faith The Second Luminous Mystery THE WEDDING OF CANA  1.Jesus, His Mother and disciples were invited to a wedding in Cana.2.During the wedding feast the wine ran short.3.Mary turned to Jesus: They have no wine. 4.Jesus replied: What would you have me do? My hour has not yet come. 5.Mary said to the waiters: Do whatever he tells you. 6.There were six stone water jars, each holding fifteen to twenty gallons.7.Jesus bids the waiters to fill the jars with water, and then draw some out and take itto the chief steward.
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