Praying the Rosary

The prayer given to us by the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tradition tells that the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary was given to Saint Dominic directly by Our Lady. In so many ways, it is a perfect prayer for Dominicans: Dominic tirelessly contemplated the Word of God, and he had deep devotion to Mary as Mother of Christ and Protectress of his Order. The Rosary is essentially a meditation on the life of Mary’s divine son. It combines vocal prayer (the Our Father & Hail Mary) and meditation/reflection on important events in the life of Christ and his mother as they are recorded in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s oral tradition.

"Say the Rosary every day, to obtain peace for the world." -- Our Lady of Fatima, 1917

Mysteries of the Rosary

The Rosary is truly a “compendium of the Gospel,” complete with reflections on

  • the Incarnation and the hidden life of Christ (the Joyful Mysteries)
  • the sufferings of Christ’s Passion (the Sorrowful Mysteries)
  • the triumph of his Resurrection (the Glorious Mysteries),
  • particularly significant moments in his public ministry (the Luminous Mysteries (or “The Mysteries of Light”)

The most popular way of praying the Rosary is to pray five decades, i.e., an Our Father and 10 Hail Marys, while reflecting on particular events in the life of Jesus or of the Virgin Mary, each event corresponding to one mystery:

The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Birth of Our Lord
  4. The Presentation in the Temple
  5. The Finding in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption
  5. The Crowning of Mary

The Luminous Mysteries

  1. The Baptism in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding Feast of Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist
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How to Pray the Rosary

Apostles' Creed

1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”

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Our Father

2. Say the “Our Father”

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Three Hail Marys

3. Say three “Hail Marys” for Faith, Hope, and Charity

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Glory Be

4. Say the “Glory Be"

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First Mystery

5. Announce the First Mystery and then say the “Our Father”

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Ten Hail Marys

6. Say ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the Mystery

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Glory Be

7. Say the “Glory Be”

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Second Mystery

8. Announce the Next Mystery; then say the “Our Father”

Repeat steps 6 through 8 as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.

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Rosary Prayers

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

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. 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. 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 the 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 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.

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.

Hail Holy Queen
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our hope. To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale 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 suggested pattern for praying the Rosary

Monday The Joyful Mysteries
Tuesday The Sorrowful Mysteries
Wednesday The Glorious Mysteries
Thursday The Luminous Mysteries
Friday The Sorrowful Mysteries
Saturday The Joyful Mysteries
Sundays of Advent and Christmas The Joyful Mysteries
Sundays of Lent The Sorrowful Mysteries
Other Sundays The Glorious Mysteries
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