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The Holy Rosary


Our Lady's Favorite Prayer


In recent times the Mother of God has appeared in various parts of the world and asked for the recitation of the Rosary, the prayer she gave to the world centuries ago. It is her favorite prayer for it is essentially a meditation on the life of her Divine Son. The Rosary is a combination of vocal prayer (the Our Fathers & Hail Marys) and of mental prayer, namely, reflection on important events in the life of Christ and His Mother.


When one refers to the Rosary, it is usually understood to mean five decades, or one fourth of the entire Rosary. While many Catholics pray five decades of the Rosary each day, there is a considerable number who pray the twenty decades daily.


The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.


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The Rosary

How To Pray The Rosary

  1. Make the sign of the cross

  2. Say the Apostles Creed

  3. Say the Our Father

  4. Say three Hail Marys

  5. Say the Glory Be

  6. Announce the first Mystery and say the Our Father

  7. Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery

  8. Say the Glory Be

  9. Say the O My Jesus

  10. Announce the second Mystery and say the Our Father

  11. Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery

  12. Say the Glory Be

  13. Say the O My Jesus

  14. Announce the third Mystery and say the Our Father

  15. Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery

  16. Say the Glory Be

  17. Say the O My Jesus

  18. Announce the fourth Mystery and say the Our Father

  19. Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery

  20. Say the Glory Be

  21. Say the O My Jesus

  22. Announce the fifth Mystery and say the Our Father

  23. Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery

  24. Say the Glory Be

  25. Say the O My Jesus

  26. Say the Hail Holy Queen

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 you. 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 your Mercy. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee 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 they 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

Click here for the 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.

Click here for The Luminous Mysteries John 8:12

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.

Click here for the 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.

Click here for 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.

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 in 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.





may be gained (under the usual conditions) when the Rosary is prayed in Church, in a family group or in a religious community. Also:


(A) Five (5) decades of the Rosary must be prayed continuously.

(B) The prayers of the Rosary must be prayed vocally and one must meditate upon the Mysteries of the Rosary.

(C) If the recitation of the Rosary is public, the Mysteries of the Rosary must be announced.



One may gain a partial indulgence for the Rosary's recitation in whole or in part in other circumstances.



can be gained only once a day (except by those who are in danger of death.)


*To gain a plenary indulgence one must perform the indulgenced act. Three other conditions must be fulfilled:

(1)   A sacramental confession

(2)   (2) Eucharistic Communion

      (3) Prayers for the Pope's intentions


In addition, one must be free of all attachment to sin, even venial sin. If this complete integrity is not present or if the above conditions are not fulfilled the indulgence is only partial. Both a plenary and partial indulgence may be applied to the dead.



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