HOW TO SAY THE ROSARY

HOW TO SAY THE ROSARY

Do you know how to say the Rosary? Would you like to walk through a fragrant rose garden of love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Divine Son, Jesus? You can get there by saying this simple yet powerful prayer! Saint Louis De Montfort, famous for encouraging devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, called the Rosary “a blessed blending of mental and vocal prayer." He further said we “honor and learn to imitate the mysteries and virtues" of the lives of Jesus and Mary through this prayer.

In case you’ve heard it’s too boring or too repetitive, think again! When you learn how to say the Rosary, you can “bond" with our Lord and His Blessed Mother as you reflect on their efforts for our salvation, and on what they endured out of love for each one of us!

They had more than their share of problems, just like we do at times! And yet, we know from our Lord’s Resurrection and His Mother’s Coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth that they also had their triumphs. This thought can help you cope with your own difficulties.

In learning how to say the Rosary we are learning how to “imitate what they [the mysteries] contain and obtain what they promise," as we say in the final prayer below. We pray for strength and wisdom and for the graces the Rosary can give us and others.

(By the way, if the word “mysteries" makes you feel more like Inspector Clouseau than Lt. Columbo, don’t worry! You’re not solving a case! A mystery in this case refers to a particular event in the lives of Jesus and Mary.)

newrosaryGetting started is simple: You can purchase a Rosary, such as the one shown at right, at any number of Catholic book stores, gift shops, or perhaps other stores online. The beads help you keep track of each mystery listed below as you meditate. (You can also use your fingers if you don’t have a Rosary.)

APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth; (The 1st article)
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; (The 2nd)
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary, (The 3rd)
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried. (The 4th)
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead; (The 5th)
He ascended into Heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty;
(The 6th)
From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
(The 7th)
I believe in the Holy Spirit, (The 8th)
The Holy Catholic Church,
The Communion of Saints, (The 9th)
The forgiveness of sins, (The 10th)
The resurrection of the body, (The 11th)
And life everlasting. Amen. (The 12th)

OUR 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.

THE HAIL MARY

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.

 

THE GLORY BE PRAYER

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.

Then you say the five decades of the Rosary. Each decade consists of one Our Father, followed by ten Hail Marys (which are said on each of ten beads grouped together, as in the picture above), one Glory Be, and then the Fatima Prayer (printed below).

THE FATIMA PRAYER
“Oh my Jesus forgive us our sins save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those most in need of thy mercy."
(Please note that the Blessed Virgin Mary specifically requested at Fatima in 1917 that we include this prayer after each decade.)

During each decade you meditate on the following events in the lives of Jesus and Mary:

The Five Joyful Mysteries
(said on Mondays and Saturdays)
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Nativity
4. The Presentation
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

The Five Luminous Mysteries
(Said on Thursdays)
1. The Baptism of Jesus
2. The Wedding at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries
(said on Tuesdays and Fridays)
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 Five Glorious Mysteries
(said on Wednesdays and Sundays)
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation

(Note: we say the Sorrowful Mysteries during the Sundays of Lent and
the Joyful Mysteries on Sundays in Advent.)

Then conclude with the Hail Holy Queen prayer and the following:

“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."

Keep in mind you can say the Rosary anywhere that works for you, while walking, commuting, or perhaps in your office, anyplace you feel you can concentrate.

Also, if it helps, you can say a decade at a time at different times of the day if you’re busy. And, of course, if the spirit moves you, you can pray more than one set of mysteries a day!

Remember, in any case, that knowing how to say the Rosary opens up a wonderful world of structured meditation to help you with your prayer life. To make this easier, try different approaches to the Rosary. You can:

• Read a meditation at the start of each mystery to give you “food for thought.”

• Try any number of scriptural Rosary methods, either in books or online. These usually involve reading a Biblical verse relating to the mystery you’re contemplating before each “Hail Mary." (The events of each mystery “unfold" well that way.)

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

126 Comments

  1. Yvonne Bower
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 11:52:36

    If you would like a free rosary, please email me at bowernbower@yahoo.com.

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    • Mamie Manuela Lopez
      Apr 07, 2015 @ 03:34:10

      AMEN THANK YOU FATHER

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    • Faye
      Apr 07, 2015 @ 06:04:22

      I want one 🙂

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    • gloria tindan
      Apr 07, 2015 @ 12:29:15

      rplease send some rosaries for myself and for my 2 friends. thnk u.

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    • Nassali Brenda
      Apr 09, 2015 @ 20:54:48

      Wat are da five decades of the Rosary?

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      • Lili
        Apr 14, 2015 @ 13:00:33

        The circle of the rosary is made up of 10 beads then one then 10 etc, there are 5 lots of these. That’s what is called a decade. Decade being 10.

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    • Blessed osas
      Apr 09, 2015 @ 21:18:55

      I need one please

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    • marvy
      Apr 11, 2015 @ 09:09:58

      I like to have,,please

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    • Oscar Fuentes
      Apr 13, 2015 @ 13:18:31

      Amen, thank you for your prayers.

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    • Cheryl
      May 08, 2015 @ 02:46:27

      I would like a rosary, I sent your email my information. Ty so much. May God Bless you.

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    • Teresa Peter Samuel
      Jun 20, 2015 @ 22:42:13

      Teresa peter samuel I like rosary THAN MAMA mariam bless me

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  2. resie
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 12:10:25

    Amen….god is good all the time

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  3. Marie Esther
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 12:31:55

    Thank you very much. This is so helpful for me and especially to my kids who really need this prayer written down this way

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  4. louise
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 14:44:14

    Thank you for posting this guide.

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  5. Mueche Linus Chegche
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 15:16:38

    I’ve been seeking ways of beeping up my faith, and I find the rosary a wonderful instrument of meditation, and a total surrender to God’s will. May many more people find the Rosary very useful to beep up their faith and bring them closer to God. Amen.

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  6. Daniel Escamilla
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 16:27:26

    Very helpful thank you … God bless

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  7. Lucita Red Frayre
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 18:22:31

    I know how to pray the rosary,…but I need 2 for me and my daughter ….can I have them free…thank u

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  8. Dike Gloria
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 22:44:09

    I like this

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  9. terri
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 02:50:25

    Thank you Amen

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  10. carol Banda
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 03:29:34

    Amen thx you

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  11. Rosie Licudine Yu
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 04:23:57

    Yes, I always do ROSARY in my daily life but sometimes i can’t complete in Regular hours, but I always prefer to Pray my Rosary early morning at 4:30a.m. IF possible REALLY VERY SOLEMN…. COULD MEDITATE as well. Sometimes i do it in the afternoon or evening also. God bless to all…of us!

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  12. nagarjuna Talluri
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 06:48:33

    God is great

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  13. Angie
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 08:43:42

    Thank you, much appreciated

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  14. Cielomar
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 12:39:34

    Amen

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    • susana
      Apr 07, 2015 @ 04:43:40

      thank u verry much for the rosary prayer ,Amen

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  15. luz m. luna
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 12:43:32

    Thank you very much.This is so helpful for me.

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  16. GODWIN UNUM
    Apr 02, 2015 @ 21:27:02

    This is encouraging

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  17. Lili Akel Jundi
    Apr 03, 2015 @ 13:24:18

    This was really very very helpful many many thanks.god bless you. Wish there will be more of this maybe it will help Christians getting into p

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    • Hermina Riesgo
      Apr 07, 2015 @ 04:20:54

      Thank you very much This is helpful for me.

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    • Norma
      Apr 07, 2015 @ 05:32:48

      I feel better when I recite the Rosary with meditation.

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  18. armand
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 02:36:28

    thank you for this guide…

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  19. Elva Escamilla
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 03:14:00

    Can I get rosary

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  20. Carol
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 06:28:39

    Amen

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  21. Rexel Encarnacion
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 07:11:37

    Quite helpful.

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  22. jory
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 07:29:38

    Amen,thank you for guiding us.

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  23. RITA
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 10:09:36

    AMEN

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  24. Rose Gabriel
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 11:19:29

    Thank u very much! I learn a lots about rosary! Can I have 3 free rosary for my 2 friends and me pls.??

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  25. Paul
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 11:56:01

    The only mistake I see is that you have to say (3)
    Hail Mary’s

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  26. Kathleen Adams
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 13:30:44

    Memorare is recited following the Hail Holy Queen which completes the rosary.

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  27. carolyngumaad@yahoo.com
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 13:57:26

    Thankyou so much this is what I’ve been waiting for so long that some one will teach me how to pray the rosary….

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  28. Lourdes M. Pascua
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 13:59:05

    looking at your list of the mysteries, they follow the order from annunciation to coronation of Mother Mary. but how come the luminous mysteries is prayed on thursdays? before when there was no luminous mysteries, the order of mysteries daily follow the sequence of events in the life of jesus. however, it is a big question mark to me why it does not follow the joyful mysteries, hence it should be on tuesdays. I hope one day the catholic commission/heads will correct the sequence accordingly, or I wish to know the reason for it. thanks and godbless.

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  29. Lupe
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 15:26:17

    Can you please post or email me the prayers said after the hail holy queen

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  30. lorna callo
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 15:37:30

    I’m so thankful God for the hardship in my life i passed it too with the blessfull blessing GOD shared me and this my prayer of rosary since i was high school until now… Amen

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  31. Gail
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 20:35:00

    Thank you so much for this carole

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  32. maricel chinte
    Apr 07, 2015 @ 22:16:42

    thank u, it helps me a lot

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  33. Alex adani
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 03:33:44

    It’s amazing. Helpful

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  34. Benedicto alberca
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 08:39:39

    Reciting the rosary relaxes you,releases stress and clears the cobwebs on your mind.

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  35. Marsha Ritenour
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 12:24:35

    Thank you. This helps me with my meditations.

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  36. Myrna Alegre
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 16:33:52

    hi can you help me finding this image of this rosary? on what store i can buy? God Bless and Thank You

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  37. Lawrence Mbae.
    Apr 09, 2015 @ 06:43:28

    God is good all the time

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  38. luz pimentel de guzman
    Apr 09, 2015 @ 08:01:02

    Every 2 o clock in the morning I pray the rosary everyday.

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  39. Judy Flanagan
    Apr 09, 2015 @ 19:39:39

    It’s good to see it written down. Thank you. Amen.

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  40. Angel Bacon Donggon
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 00:47:00

    God so good,thank you Lord Jesus Christ for everything….thank you for the Rosary prayer…..

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  41. Charles Alain Carbonell
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 01:40:43

    Thank you so much very good information ideas for praying the holy rosary.Amen praise the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  42. jackie roy
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 06:16:39

    Amen thank you

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  43. Erma A.Endiape
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 10:09:00

    thank you for sharing this Holy Rosary.
    God Bless.Amen

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  44. Adinnu John
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 14:40:44

    Thanks and God bless you
    Our sweet Mother Mary will help us

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  45. arturo butalid
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 22:13:44

    Thank you PAPA JESUS for all the blessings…

    amen to you thy Lord Jesus Christ…

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  46. lyn m de leon
    Apr 11, 2015 @ 08:40:37

    I pray the rosary whenever i travel going to my ofc n believe me it works. I offer a petition for my family n friends before each mystery n its always an answered prayer for me.
    I believe that Jesus answers prayers if it is said through the intersesion of his blessed Mother.

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  47. lorena omuro
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 09:43:40

    please can u give me a rosary

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  48. May
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 13:33:16

    I recite the four mysteries o the Rosary and try to meditate upon each mystery but I sometimes get distracted. Will this still count as ‘devout’, please?

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  49. Salome
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 09:38:03

    I need one, thanks for this, i was not brought up in Catholic, so I hang up,

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  50. nathanael
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 10:18:51

    Good day brothers and.sisters in Christ i would like to have all the prayes that is said during the rosary plz

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  51. Liran
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 11:37:56

    Thanks for the clear sturcture

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  52. obura julius omonyang
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 13:01:07

    Thanks so much,I am going to recite the rosary properly and keep up with my prayers

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  53. Ruthmila
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 13:56:49

    Thank you.

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  54. Vina Lagumbay
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 14:23:45

    Must say the holy rosary every night. In order to bind the family ties.. According to father Payton, in a rosary crusade, a family that prays together, stays together. Amen…

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  55. Vina Lagumbay
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 14:31:28