WAY TO PRAY THE ROSARY
|1) Begin the Rosary by making the Sign of the Cross with the Crucifix, then kiss the Crucifix.|
SIGN OF THE CROSS
For the Sign of the Cross we put the fingers of our right hand together as follows. We bring the tips of the first three fingers together (the thumb, index and middle ones), and bend the last two (the 'ring' and little fingers) against the palm. In order to make the Sign of the Cross, with our fingers in this position, we touch our forehead, our stomach, then our right and left shoulders (or alternatively from left to right, as often seen publicly in churches). When we cross ourselves, mentally we say, 'In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.'
|2) Say the following opening prayers.|
|Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy Faithful. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy Love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created. And Thou shall renew the face of the earth.|
O My Dearest Mother Mary, behold us your children in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which we offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of our tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favour which we humbly request in this Rosary. (Here mention your request.) We beg you to present our petition to your Divine Son. We ask it for the greater glory, of God, for your honor, and the good of all Souls. If you will pray for us we cannot be refused. We know, Dearest Mother, that you want us to seek God's Holy Will concerning our request. If what we ask for should not be granted, pray that we may receive that which will be of greater benefit to our Soul. Sweet Heart of Mary Be our Salvation, Amen.
|3) While holding the Crucifix in hand, recite 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, 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 Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.|
|4) On the first large bead, recite the Our Father (also known as The 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 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. For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.|
|5) On the three small beads, recite the Hail Mary for an increase of faith, hope and charity.|
|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.|
|6) Recite the Glory be to the Father.|
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
|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.|
|7) Call to mind, the first Mystery and reflect upon it, then recite on the large bead the Our Father.|
|8) On the ten small beads, recite the Hail Mary keeping in mind the Mystery.|
|9) Recite the Glory be to the Father.|
|10) Each of the following decades continue as in the first; Recall the Mystery, then say the Our Father, the ten Hail Marys and the Glory be to the Father.|
|11) After each decade may be said the Fatima Prayer.|
|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.|
|12) After reciting the five decades, pray the Hail Holy Queen (also known as the Salve Regina) and the closing prayer.|
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 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.|
|13) You may choose to say the following optional prayers, or any other prayer you may prefer.|
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL
|Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection 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.|
MEMORARE OF SAINT BERNARD
|Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help, and sought Thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins, My Mother, to Thee I come, before Thee I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of The Word Incarnate! despise not my petitions, but, in Thy Mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.|
THE MIRACLE PRAYER
|Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Thy Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give Thee my entire self, Lord Jesus, I accept Thee as my Lord God and Saviour. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit. |
Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Thy Precious Blood, and fill me with Thy Holy Spirit, I love Thee Lord Jesus, I praise Thee Lord Jesus, I thank Thee Jesus, I shall follow Thee every day of my life. Amen.
Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace, all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.
(Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel. When you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word with all your heart, Jesus will change your whole life in a very special way. You will see.)
|14) End the Rosary by making the Sign of the Cross with the Crucifix, then kiss the Crucifix.|
THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
(Said on Mondays, and the Sundays of Advent and
Sundays from Epiphany until Lent)
|The Annunciation (Luke 1: 26-38)- Submission to God|
The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-45)- Love of our neighbour
The Navity (Luke 2: 1-20)- Humility
The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple
(Luke 2: 22-36)- Chastity and Obedience
The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
(Luke 2: 41-51)- Fidelity to our duties
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
(Said on Tuesdays and Fridays, and on Sundays during Lent)
|The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26: 36-46), Mark 14: 32-42, Luke 22: 39-46)- Contrition for our sins|
The Scourging at the Pillar (Mathew 27: 15-26, Mark 15: 6-15, John 19: 1)- Mortification of the senses
The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27: 27-31, Mark 15: 16-20, John 19: 2-3)- Reign of Christ in our hearts
The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27: 32, Mark 15: 21, Luke 23: 26-31, John 19: 17)- Patience in our trials
The Crucifixion (Matthew 27: 33-66, Mark 15: 22-47, Luke 23: 32-56, John 19: 18-42)- Pardon of injuries
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
(Said on Wednesdays, and the Sundays from Easter until Advent)
|The Resurrection of Our Lord (Matthew 28: 1-20, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24: 1-49, John 20: 1-14, Acts 1: 3-5)- Love of Prayer|
The Ascension of Our Lord (Mark 16: 19, Luke 24: 50-51,
Acts 1: 6-11)- Desire of Heaven
Decent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 1-12)- Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Assumption of Mary into Heaven (Luke 1: 46-49)- Grace of a happy death
The Coronation of Mary (Revelations 12: 1)- Filial devotion to Mary
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES OR
THE MYSTERIES OF LIGHT
(Said on Thursdays)
|The Baptism of The Lord (Matthew 3: 13-17, Mark 1: 9-11,|
Luke 3: 21-22, John 1: 32-24)- Gratitude for the gift of Faith
The Wedding of Cana (John 2: 1-12)- To Jesus through Mary
The Proclamation of the Kingdom (Matthew 4: 17,
Mark 1: 14-15)- Desire for Holiness
The Transfiguration (Matthew 17: 1-13, Mark 9: 2-13,
Luke 9: 28-36)- Spiritual Courage
The Institution of The Holy Eucharist (Matthew 26: 17-30,
Mark 14: 12-26, Luke 22: 7-23)- Love of Our Eucharistic Lord
The season of Epiphany extends from January 6th until Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent. Lent officially ends at sundown on Holy Thursday.
The Easter Season begins on Easter Day and lasts 50 days, ending on Pentecost.
Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends at sundown on the day before Christmas.
The Fifteen Promises of the Virgin Mary
to those who recite the Rosary,
given to Saint Dominic (1170-1221) and
Blessed Alan de la Roche (1428-1475)
|1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.|
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for Souls the abundant Mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that Souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The Soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the Light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my children, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
The Angel of Peace Prayers at Fatima, Portugal
|Spring of 1916:|
O my God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. (Recite three times.)
Fall of 1916:
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 indifferences whereby 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.
Our Lady Of Fatima
|Saturday, July 13, 1917:|
“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‘O my Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ ”