How to Pray the Holy Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary

Prayers of the Rosary

Sign Of The Cross

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

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, He 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 sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from there he will 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.

Our Father

Our Father, who art in Heaven; hallowed by 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 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

Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

O My Jesus

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to 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 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.


Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries
Said on Mondays and Saturdays

  1. The Annunciation (Humility) Luke 1:26-38
    The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, announcing she is to be the Mother of God
  2. The Visitation (Charity) Luke 1:39-56
    Elizabeth greets Mary: “Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!”
  3. The Nativity (Poverty) Luke 2:1-20
    The Virgin Mary gives birth to the Redeemer of the World.
  4. The Presentation (Obedience) Luke 2:22-39
    The Blessed Mother presents the Child Jesus in the Temple
  5. Finding in the Temple (Piety) Luke 2:42-52
    The Blessed Mother finds Jesus in the Temple.

The Luminous Mysteries
Said on Thursdays

  1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan John 1:29-34
    The heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares Jesus the beloved Son
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana John 2:1-11
    The first of the signs, when Christ changes water into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers.
  3. The Announcement of the Kingdom Matthew 4:17
    Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God, calls us to conversion and forgives the sins of all who draw near to Him in humble trust.
  4. The Transfiguration Matthew 17:1-8
    The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father commands the astonished Apostles to “listen to him.”
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist (food for our salvation) Matthew 26:26-30
    Christ offers his body and blood as food under the signs of bread and wine, and testifies “to the end” His love for humanity, for whose salvation He will offer Himself in sacrifice.

The Sorrowful Mysteries
Said on Tuesdays and Fridays

  1. The Agony in the Garden (Contrition) Luke 22:39-44
    At Gethsemane, Jesus prays as He contemplates the sins of the world.
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Purity) Matthew 27:26
    Jesus is cruelly scourged until His mortified body could bear no more.
  3. Crowning with Thorns (Courage) Matthew 27:28-31
    A crown of thorns is placed on the head of Jesus.
  4. Carrying of the Cross (Patience) Luke 23:26-32
    Jesus carries the heavy cross upon His shoulders to Calvary.
  5. The Crucifixion (Self-Denial) Matthew 27:33-50
    Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies after hours of agony.

The Glorious Mysteries
Said on Wednesdays and Sundays

  1. The Resurrection (Faith) Matthew 28:1-20
    Jesus rises glorious and immortal, three days after His death.
  2. The Ascension (Hope) Luke 24:50-51
    Jesus ascends into Heaven forty days after His Resurrection.
  3. Descent of the Holy Spirit (Love) Acts 2:24
    The Holy Spirit descends upon Mary and the Apostles.
  4. The Assumption (Eternal Happiness)
    The Blessed Mother is united with her Divine Son in Heaven.
  5. The Coronation (Devotion to Mary)
    Mary is gloriously crowned Queen of Heaven and earth.