The Holy Rosary

Here is how you pray the Rosary if you are new to praying the Rosary, Also included are a the prayers and scriptural readings used to pray the Rosary.

How to Pray the Rosary

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Additional notes

  • The Hail Holy Queen & O God, Whole Only Begotten Son prayers are said at the end of the rosary.
  • Personal Preference : Reading the scriptural verses of the mysteries and reflecting on them throughout the decade

Prayers for used for the Holy Rosary

I broke them down by different sentences for me to better understand the meaning of the prayer itself while reciting on it.

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 is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty,
    • He will come again in glory 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.

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.

Hail Mary

  • Hail Mary full of Grace,
    • the Lord is with thee.
    • Blessed are 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.

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.

Fatima Prayer

  • O my Jesus,
    • forgive us our sins.
    • Save us from the fires of hell.
    • Lead all souls into heaven,
    • especially those in most need of thy mercy.
  • Amen.

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.
  • Amen.

Final Prayer

  • 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.

The 4 mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Used on Sundays and Wednesday

The Glorious Mysteries
“The First Glorious Mystery – The Resurrection of Jesus”
 “The Second Glorious Mystery – The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven”
“The Third Glorious Mystery – The Holy Spirit comes upon Mary and the Apostles”
“The Fourth Glorious Mystery – The Assumption of Mary” 
“The Fifth Glorious Mystery – The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth” 

Used on Mondays and Saturdays

The Joyful Mysteries
The First Joyful Mystery – “The Annunciation”
“The Second Joyful Mystery – The Visitation”
“The Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity of Our Lord”
“The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The Presentation”
“The Fifth Joyful Mystery – Finding Jesus in the Temple”

Used on Tuesdays and Fridays

The Sorrowful Mysteries
“The First Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony of JESUS”
“The Second Sorrowful Mystery – JESUS is Scourged”
“The Third Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus is Crowned”
“The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus Carries His Cross”
“The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus Dies on the Cross”

Used on Thursdays

The Luminous Mysteries
“The First Luminous Mystery – The Baptism of the Lord”
“The Second Luminous Mystery – The Wedding in Cana”
“The Third Luminous Mystery – The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the call to conversion”
“The Fourth Luminous Mystery – The Transfiguration” 
“The Fifth Luminous Mystery – The Institution of the Eucharist”

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