Chrysostom (chrysostom) wrote in slave_of_mary,

How To Pray the Rosary

1. Make the Sign of the Cross - The simplest way to do this is to extend your thumb above your palm, and then extend your middle and index fingers so they touch your tumb on its tip. Then take your two other fingers and press them against your palm. (your thumb and two fingers reprsent the Trinity, and your other two fingers represent the two natures of Christ). Now while saying "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," touch your three fingers to your head, then to your lower chest, then to your left brest and then to your right brest. Thus, making a cross.

2. Say the The Apostles' Creed, which goes:

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, sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there 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.

3. Say the Our Father, which goes:

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.

4. Say 3 Hail Marys (The first asking for Faith, the second asking for Hope, the third asking for Charity). The Hail Mary goes:

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.

5. Say the Glory Be, which goes:

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.

6. Pick Which 5 Mysteries to Meditate on, your choices are:

The Five Joyful Mysteries

Suggested for Mondays & Saturdays; Sundays of Advent and after Epiphany until Lent

The Annunciation. The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, announcing She is to be the Mother of God.

The Visitation. Elizabeth greets Mary: "Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb!"

The Nativity. The Virgin Mary gives birth to the Redeemer of the World.

The Presentation. The Blessed Mother presents the Child Jesus in the Temple.

The Finding in the Temple. The Blessed Mother finds Jesus in the Temple.


The Five Sorrowful Mysteries

Suggested for Tuesdays & Friday; Sundays in Lent (some people say them for all days in Lent)

The Agony in the Garden. At Gethsemane Jesus prays as He contemplates the sins of the World.

The Scourging at the Pillar. Jesus is cruelly scourged until His mortified body could bear no more.

The Crowning with Thorns. A crown of thorns is placed on the head of Jesus.

The Carrying of the Cross. Jesus carries the heavy cross upon His shoulders to Calvary.

The Crucifixion. Jesus is nailed to the Cross and dies after three hours of Agony.


The Five Glorious Mysteries

Wednesdays & Sundays after Easter until Advent

The Resurrection. Jesus rises glorious and immortal, three days after His death.

The Ascension. Jesus ascends into Heaven forty days after His Resurrection.

The Coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. The Holy Spirit descends upon Mary and the Apostles.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. The Blessed Mother is united with her Divine Son in heaven.

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin. Mary is Gloriously crowned Queen of Heaven and earth


The Five Luminous Mysteries (Added by Pope John Paul II in 2003)


The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River.

Christ's Self-Manifestation at the Wedding Feast at Cana.

Christ's Proclamation of the Kingdom of God with His Call to Conversion

Christ's Transfiguration .

Christ's Institution of the Eucharist.

7. Once you have selected which set of 5 mysteries to pray (you pick the whole set, not which individual mysteries you like.) You say an Our Father, while meditating on the first mystery.

8. Say 10 Hail Marys while Meditating on the first mystery

9. Say a Glory Be, while meditating on the first mystery

10. Start Meditating on the Second Mystery, while praying an Our Father.

11. Continue meditation with 10 Hail Marys.

12. Continue with your Glory Be.

13. For Next 3 Mysteries follow the same pattern. Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, GLory Be.

14. Pray The The Hail, Holy Queen, which goes:

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 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. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

15. Make the Sign of the Cross.
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