How To Pray the Rosary

The 4 Mysteries of the Rosary
 Joyful Mysteries (prayed on Mondays and Saturdays)
 Luminous Mysteries (prayed on Thursdays)
 Sorrowful Mysteries (prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays)
 Glorious Mysteries (prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

How To Pray the Rosary

(1) Make the Sign of the Cross while saying: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Make your intentions.

(2) While holding on to the crucifix, say 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 to the dead. 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 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 life everlasting. Amen.

(3) Say 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.

(4) Say “Hail Mary” (3 times):
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, Amen.

(5) Say the “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.
(6) Announce the First Mystery; then say “Our Father.”

(7) Say 10 “Hail Marys” (called a decade) on each of the small beads, while meditating on the mystery:

(8) Say the  “Glory Be to the Father.”

(9) After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima:
Fatima Prayers

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.”

(10) Announce the Second Mystery. Then say Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and O My Jesus.

(11) Announce the Third Mystery. Then say Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and O My Jesus.

(12) Announce the Fourth Mystery. Then say Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and O My Jesus.

(13) Announce the Fifth Mystery. Then say Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and O My Jesus.

Concluding Prayers
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 towards 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 on the 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.

St. Michael Prayer
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of Battle; Be our safeguard 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 power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima Prayers
The Pardon Prayer
O my God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee.

The Angel’s Prayer:
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Optional Concluding Prayers
O Mary
, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Amen. (3 times)

Note: Sometimes, you may experience many distractions that may prevent you from saying the rosary. When this happens, pray for grace to overcome it. The rosary is the greatest weapon against evil and the enemy will do everything possible to make sure that you do not say the rosary, so it can continue to mess up our lives. But, you must persevere. One thing to do is to say the St. Michael Prayer (see below) before starting the rosary.

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