What is the Rosary? How do I pray it?


#1

The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, “Crown of Roses”), is a traditional popular devotion which consists of a set number of specific prayers, outlined in the following posts. There are five decades in an ordinary rosary, each representing a mystery, or event in the life of Jesus.

About the rosary:

(from the APOSTOLIC LETTER of Pope John Paul II on the 16th day of October, in the year 2002 / ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE)

The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to “set out into the deep” (duc in altum!) in order once more to proclaim, and even cry out, before the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), “the goal of human history and the point on which the desires of history and civilization turn”.

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.


#2
  1. While holding the Crucifix:

Make the Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


#3
  1. Then recite the Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 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 the life everlasting.
Amen.


#4
  1. On the first large bead, recite the 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.


#5
  1. On each of the next three small beads, recite a Hail Mary for an increase in the virtues of faith, hope and charity:

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.


#6
  1. Recite the Doxology / Glory Be:

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.


#7
  1. Then:

(OPTIONAL)

Fatima Prayer:

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell.
Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.


#8
  1. Announce and reflect upon the first Rosary Mystery.

OPTIONAL: Some may wish to add a short corresponding scripture, meditation and/or the fruit of the mystery after it’s announcement and before the Our Father.

The Joyful Mysteries:
(customarily prayed on Monday, Saturday and the Sundays of Christmas).

  1. THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD
  2. THE VISITATION
  3. THE NATIVITY
  4. THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE
  5. THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE

The Luminous Mysteries:
(usually prayed on Thursday)

  1. THE BAPTISM OF JESUS IN THE JORDAN.
  2. THE WEDDING FEAST AT CANA.
  3. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM
  4. THE TRANSFIGURATION.
  5. THE INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST.

The Sorrowful Mysteries:
(usually prayed on Tuesday, Friday and the Sundays of Lent)

  1. THE AGONY OF JESUS IN THE GARDEN
  2. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR
  3. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS
  4. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS
  5. THE CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH

The Glorious Mysteries:
(usually prayed on Wednesday and Sunday)

  1. THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD
  2. THE ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN
  3. THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  4. THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY INTO HEAVEN
  5. THE CORONATION OF MARY

When praying all the Mysteries together, such as in the CAF rosary thread, the following order is recommended: Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, Glorious.

OPTIONAL: For CAF thread purposes, you may post a picture at the beginning of each mystery/decade)

When posting within the CAF Rosary Thread, please include the name/meaning of the mystery at top of each post within a mystery/decade, such as:

First Joyful Mystery
The Annunciation


#9
  1. After announcement of the Rosary, on the same large bead/charm:

Recite the Our Father.


#10
  1. Next ten small beads are the first decade:

Recite a Hail Mary on each, while reflecting on the mystery.

(For CAF thread purposes, please number each Hail Mary post)


#11
  1. Next large bead:

Recite the Doxology / Glory Be.


#12
  1. (OPTIONAL)

The Fatima Prayer


#13
  1. Next and each mystery/decade thereafter:

Repeat steps 7 through 11.


#14
  1. When the fifth mystery is completed, The Rosary is customarily concluded with:

Hail, Holy Queen / Salve Regina

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we do sigh, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, Most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile, show us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

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 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.


#15
  1. (OPTIONAL):

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.]
Inspired with this confidence, I fly onto thee, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother;
to thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate!
Despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.

Amen.


#16
  1. Sign of the Cross

#17

The Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall
    receive signal graces.

  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who
    shall recite the rosary.

  3. The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice,
    decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the
    abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the heart of men from the love
    of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal
    things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

  5. The soul which recommend itself to me by the recitation of the rosary,
    shall not perish.

  6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the
    consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by
    misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not by an
    unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and
    become worthy of eternal life.

  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without
    the sacraments of the Church.

  8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and
    at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the
    moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in
    paradise.

  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the
    rosary.

  10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in
    heaven.

  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.

  12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their
    necessities.

  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary
    shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at
    the hour of death.

  14. All who recite the rosary are my son, and brothers of my only son Jesus
    Christ.

  15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.

*(Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan) Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes DD Archbishop of New York)
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