praying the rosary

To someone new to the faith assume I have no idea how to pray the rosary. In your own word describe how to pray the rosary and even include your thoughts, feelings and mindset:blessyou:

How To Pray The Rosary - The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed.”
  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 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

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 of the Holy Spirit
Born of the Virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
Was crucified, died and was buried.
On the third day, he rose again
He ascended into Heaven
and is seated at the right hand
of God, the Father Almighty.
He will come again 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.

Our Father

Our Father,
who art in Heaven,
hallowed by 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.

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.

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.

How To Pray The Rosary

Monday and Saturdays

The Joyful Mysteries

The First Joyful Mystery


  1. The time for the Incarnation is at hand.
  2. Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate 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 to your word.”
  10. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Spiritual Fruit: Humility

The Second Joyful Mystery


  1. Mary’s cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age . . . for nothing is impossible 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 the Incarnate 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 joy in God my Savior.”
  10. Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the Baptist.

Spiritual Fruit: Love of Neighbor

The Third Joyful Mystery


  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 earthly things.
  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 on earth.”
  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


  1. Observing the law of Moses they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord.
  2. According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated 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 the Messiah.
  7. Recognizing the Child, he prays: “Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have 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


  1. When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
  2. After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without 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 Mary and Joseph.
  6. On the third day they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who were astonished at His wisdom.
  7. Mary: “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow.”
  8. Jesus: “Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’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

Tuesday and Fridays

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The First Sorrowful Mystery


  1. Jesus comes with his disciples to Gethsemani: “Stay here, while I go yonder and pray.”
  2. Entering the garden with Peter, James, and John, Jesus prays, “My soul is sorrowful unto death.”
  3. Jesus sees the sins of all mankind, whose guilt He has taken upon Himself.
  4. He sees the wrath of the Father which His sufferings must appease.
  5. So great is his anguish that His sweat becomes as drops of blood falling to the ground.
  6. An angel appears to Him from heaven to strengthen Him.
  7. “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done.”
  8. Finding the disciples asleep: “Could you not watch one hour with me?”
  9. Jesus is betrayed by Judas, cruelly bound and led away.
  10. Father, by the merits of the agony of Jesus in the Garden, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Spiritual Fruit: God’s Will be done

The Second Sorrowful Mystery


  1. Jesus is taken before the High Priest where He is falsely accused, buffeted and insulted.
  2. The Jewish leaders take Jesus before Pilate, for only he can impose the death penalty.
  3. The robber, Barabbas, is preferred to Jesus.
  4. Pilate can “find no cause in Him”, yet to appease the Jews, he orders Jesus to be scourged.
  5. The scourge is made of leather thongs to which are attached small sharp bones.
  6. Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged until His whole body is covered with deep wounds.
  7. The Lamb of God offers His suffering for the sins of mankind.
  8. Jesus suffers so much in His sacred flesh to satisfy, especially, for sins of the flesh.
  9. The prophesy of Isaiah is fulfilled: “He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins.”
  10. Father, by the merits of Jesus in this painful scourging, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Spiritual Fruit: Mortification of the senses

The Third Sorrowful Mystery


  1. Pilate asks, “Are You a king?” Jesus answers: “I am a King, but My kingdom is not of this world.”
  2. In the praetorium, the soldiers place an old purple robe on Jesus in mockery of His claim to be a king.
  3. They fashion a crown out of thorns, and forcefully press it down upon His head.
  4. In His bound hands they place a reed, as a sceptre, in mockery of His kingship.
  5. Kneeling before Him in derision, they spit on Him, and cry out: “Hail, King of the Jews!”
  6. Taking the reed from His hand they strike Him on the head, driving the thorns more deeply into His scalp.
  7. Pilate brings Jesus before the people, hoping His pitiful sight will soften them: “Behold the man!”
  8. Their response: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
  9. Our Blessed Lord submitted to this terrible humiliation to make reparation for our pride.
  10. Father, by the merits of this painful humiliation, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Spiritual Fruit: Reign of Christ in our heart

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery


  1. One condemned to death by crucifixion is forced to carry the cross to the place of execution.
  2. The suffering of Jesus is intense as the cross is laid on His bruised and wounded back and shoulders.
  3. Weak and exhausted from loss of blood, lack of food and rest, Jesus falls three times under the cross.
  4. Jesus meets His afflicted Mother causing untold anguish in the Hearts of Son and Mother.
  5. The countenance of Jesus is disfigured with blood and sweat, with dust and spittle.
  6. Veronica wipes His face, leaving on her towel the image of His countenance.
  7. Fearing that Jesus might die on the way, the soldiers force Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross behind Jesus.
  8. Jesus speaks to weeping women; “Weep not for Me, but for yourselves and your children.”
  9. “If anyone is to be My disciple, let him take up his cross and follow Me.”
  10. Father, by the merits of this painful journey to Calvary, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Spiritual Fruit: Patient bearing of trials

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery


  1. The hands and feet of Jesus are nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother.
  2. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
  3. “This day you will be with Me in paradise.”
  4. “Woman, behold your Son. Son, behold your Mother.”
  5. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
  6. “I thirst.”
  7. “It is finished.”
  8. “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.”
  9. The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance. His body is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother.
  10. Father, by the merits of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Spiritual Fruit: Pardoning of Injuries

I think or feel you can see the steps, prayers, and Spiritual Fruit of the Mysteries within the Holy Rosary. My self I am in deep prayer envisioning the life of Jesus and Mary in the Rosary, while committing myself to God The Father Almighty.

Its is funny u used the example you did that is from the exact web page I used to learn the rosary back in January

OH Wow! :smiley: That’s where I learned last year. :slight_smile: I find great Joy praying the Rosary. I pray every night. The Rosary is the corner stone. If you are praying the Rosary according to the web page, what questions do you have? :shrug:

I pray the Rosary a few ways… In the car on the way to and from work I play an mp3 of a couple that says the Rosary… While they pray the words, I consider the mysteries. One “form” I use to meditate on the mystery is to imagine myself explaining that passage of Scripture to different people. Sometimes to a child, sometimes to an athiest, sometimes to a “mega-church” full of non-Catholic Christians… Always someone different.

Other times I try to envision the scene as it must have been… Try to “see” the room the Angel came to Mary in…

One of the most powerful Rosaries I’ve ever said was in a hotel room, watching The Passion of the Christ on Netflix. I prayed the decades of the Sorrowful Rosary as the movie played.

My favorite way is to Pray the Rosary during Euchiristic Adoration and pray that the Holy Spirit guide my meditation… I begin the prayers and let the spirit guide me…

I have been spending a lot of time introducing my eldest daughter (13)… She had a lot of trouble with the meditation part… So I said the opening with her, then when we got to the first mystery, I asked her to explain it to me… As she talked, I prayed silently… She was amazed that she more then filled the “alloted time” with meditations on the mystery.

But if I were to explain the absolute best way to pray the Rosary, I could do that in one word… Often

God bless

Not really any questions more of trying to see if I have missed any thing and like I asked mostly to see the inner side of the rosary. I also pray everyday while I’m driving down the road being a truck driver gives me LOTS of time for prayer:D:thumbsup:

Try the links in my signature…

I will

Those were wonderful I think I will show them to my wife to help her learn the rosary

Here is what I do. I pray the rosary with someone else leading, either Mother Angelica and her nuns (they say the rosary twice a day on EWTN) or I pray it with a cd I got from here: I find it easier than saying it by myself because while the leader is saying, 'Hail Mary, full of Grace the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus…" I can be concentrating on the mystery. Then I just say my part, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” Another thing that has been very helpful to me is that instead of just focusing on the mystery, I focus on the FRUIT of the mystery. For instance, when the mystery is the Resurrection, I focus on FAITH, which is the fruit of that mystery. I have a little booklet that I use called, “The Holy Rosary” and there is a little prayer that you can pray as you focus on each mystery/fruit of the mystery. The one for the Resurrection goes like this: “Jesus, you rose from the dead in triumph and remained 40 days with your disciples, instructing and encouraging them. Grant me the desire to always have faith in You, my Risen Lord. Amen.” I pray that on the first Hail Mary (usually while Mother Angelica is saying her part), then on subsequent Hail Marys I might pray something like this: “Mother Mary, pray that my faith in your Son will increase.” OR “Lord Jesus, grant my husband/son/cousin/friend an increase in faith.” You could even say something like, “Lord, let your Church on Earth grow in Faith.” Or “Mother, pray that the Holy Spirit will plant a seed of Faith in those souls who don’t know your Son.” For the descent of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the mystery is “love of God”, so on that decade I might pray that my love for God will increase or I might even pray for a different person on each bead. (“Lord, may Sally love you above all things…may Bob love you above all things”…and so forth).Do you see how you can apply the fruit of the mystery to yourself or to anyone?

I have a little book that was given to me years ago titled “The Scriptural Rosary” and I love using that. It gives you a Bible verse for each decade which is a great way both to meditate and to memorize the relevant Scripture for that mystery.

Before starting, whether by myself or with my family, I run through my/our intentions. We then pray the Rosary using whatever Mysteries are appropriate for the day. We use a couple more prayers than those listed in the example (the Fatima prayer after the Glory Be’s, then end with a Hail Holy Queen, the “O God, whose only begotten son,” and whatever extra prayer we want to throw in). I try to focus on the Mystery while reciting the prayers, usually visualizing the events of the mystery and trying to think about how it pertains to my life, but when we say it as a family I sometimes have to divert some of my attention to one of the babies, or to making sure the kids are actually participating. I’d love to be able to say it during Adoration but my parish almost never offers it.

These are wonderful posts they give me insperation :extrahappy::extrahappy:to make more rosaries

The rosary was my first step towards the church

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