The Holy Rosary
How to Pray the Rosary
Step 1. Make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostle's Creed.
Step 2. Pray the Our Father.
Step 3. Pray three Hail Marys.
Step 4. Pray the Glory be.
Step 5. Announce the First Mystery, then pray the Our Father.
Step 6. Pray ten Hail Marys, while meditating on the Mysteries.
Step 7. Pray the Glory be.
Step 8. After each decade pray the Fatima Prayer. This was a request by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima.
Step 9. Announce the Second Mystery, then pray the Our Father. Now repeat steps 6, 7 and 8 and continue with the Third, Forth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
Step 10. Pray the Hail, Holy Queen after the five decades are completed and conclude with the Sign of the Cross.
Additional Prayers: The Memorare and Prayer to St Michael the Archangel are very powerful optional prayers recited after the Holy Rosary.
Prayers of the Rosary:
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;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there 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.
The Lord’s Prayer
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, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are 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. Amen.
O 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.
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.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me.
Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Four Mysteries of the Rosary (and fruit of each mystery)
The Five Joyful Mysteries
Monday & Saturday
1. The Annunciation: Humility
2. The Visitation: Love of Neighbor
3. The Birth of Our Lord: Poverty
4. The Presentation of Our Lord: Obedience
5. The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple: Joy in Finding Jesus
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries
Tuesday & Friday
1. The Agony in the Garden: Sorrow for Sin
2. The Scourging at the Pillar: Purity
3. The Crowning with Thorns: Courage
4. The Carrying of the Cross: Patience
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord: Perseverance
The Five Glorious Mysteries
Wednesday & Sunday
1. The Resurrection: Faith
2. The Ascension: Hope
3. The Coming of the Holy Ghost: Love of God
4. The Assumption: Grace of a Happy Death
5. The Coronation: Trust in Mary’s Intercession
The Five Luminous Mysteries
1. The Baptism in the Jordan: Openness to the Holy Spirit
2. The Wedding at Cana: To Jesus through Mary
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom: Repentance and Trust in God
4. The Transfiguration: Desire for Holiness
5. Institution of the Eucharist: Adoration