The Rosary of Our Lady
How to pray the Rosary:
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say The Apostles’ Creed.
2. Say the Our Father.
3. Say three Hail Marys.
4. Say the Glory Be to the Father.
5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the Our Father.
6. Say ten Hail Marys.
7. Say the Glory Be to the Father.
8. Say the O My Jesus.
9. Announce the Second Mystery; then say the Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, and O My Jesus.
10. Announce the Third Mystery; then say the Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, and O My Jesus.
11. Announce the Fourth Mystery; then say the Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, and O My Jesus.
12. Announce the Fifth Mystery; then say the Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory Be, and O My Jesus.
13. Conclude by saying the Hail Holy Queen.
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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth 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 Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father Who are 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 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.
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
O My Jesus
(To be said after the Glory Be to the Father following each decade of the Rosary. All pray it together.)
O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in 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 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.
V. Pary 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 and death and resurrection has won for us the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we who meditate on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the blessed Virgin Mary, may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise: through the same Christ Our Lord.
Note: When the Rosary is said aloud by two or more persons, one person is the leader; he says the first part of the prayer, and everyone else answers by saying the remainder of the prayer. The O My Jesus and the Hail, Holy Queenare said by all together.
The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries
(Said on Mondays and Thursdays and the Sundays from the First Sunday of Advent until Lent)
1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation to Mary
2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Mary
3rd Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of Our Lord
4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of the Child Jesus
5th Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Jesus in the Tomb
The Sorrowful Mysteries
(Said on Tuesdays and Fridays and the Sundays of Lent.)
1st Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden
2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar
3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns
4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross
5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus on the Cross
The Glorious Mysteries
(Said on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the Sundays from Easter until Advent.)
1st Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Our Lord
2nd Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of Our Lord
3rd Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles
4th Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth
NB: Always remember that the Rosary is prayer, not a speed race. It is to be recited slowly and reverently while concentrating on the individual prayers and the Mysteries.
NB: When John Paul II introduced the “Mysteries of Light” in his 2002 Encyclical on the Most Holy Rosary Rosarium Virginis Mariae, he made clear that these were optional and not a mandatory addition to the Holy Rosary. Since the traditional numerical form of the Rosary was specifically designed to coincide with the 150 Psalms in the Psalter, the form of the Rosary shown above reflects this tradition. In deference to one complainer, not listing the “Mysteries of Light” here does not in the least bit prevent someone from going to a vast array of other sources if that person wishes to include these optional mysteries in his praying of the Rosary.