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How To Pray The Rosary

Updated on August 30, 2013

Why We Pray The Rosary?

For Catholics, the rosary is a special way of praying to God that honors the Mother Of Jesus, Mary. The rosary is about certain stories in the life of Jesus and Mary. These stories are called" Mysteries". The rosary beads helped to keep count of the prayers and the mysteries.

How To Say The Rosary?

  • Make the Sign of the Cross - In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
  1. While holding the Crucifix in the hand recite the Apostles' Creed.
  2. On the first large bead, recite theOur Father.
  3. On the three grouped beads recite the Hail Mary, on each bead.
  4. On the next bead recite the Glory Be to the Father.
  5. Announce the First Mystery and recite the Our Father.
  6. On the ten small beads, recite the Hail Mary, while meditating in mind the mystery.
  7. Recite the Glory be to the Father on the next bead.

After each decade pray the Fatima prayer :

"O 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 Your mercy. "

  • Each of the following decades continue as in the first: Say the mystery, then say the Our Father, the ten Hail Marys and the Glory Be to the Father.
  • Conclude the rosary with Hail Holy Queen and Let us pray.

The Mysteries of The Rosary

There are three sets of mysteries are:

  • Joyful Mysteries
  • Sorrowful Mysteries
  • Glorious Mysteries

These are significant events or moments in the life of Jesus and Mary.

Pray the Rosary - Monday and Saturday - The Joyful Mysteries

Joyful Mysteries

Reminds us of the joyful, happy times in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Recited on Mondays and Saturdays.

  1. The Annunciation - The coming of Jesus is announced.
  2. The Visitation - Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth
  3. The Nativity - Jesus is born
  4. The Presentation - Jesus is presented to God.
  5. The Finding in the Temple.

Pray the Rosary - Wednesday and Sunday - The Glorious Mysteries

Glorious mysteries

Jesus and Mary were given special glories because they were faithful to God. Recited on Wednesday and Saturday.

  1. The Resurrection - Jesus rises from the dead.
  2. The Ascension - Jesus returns to Heaven.
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit. - Jesus sends His spirit.
  4. The Assumption of Mary - Mary is taken to Heaven
  5. The Crowning of Mary - Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven.

Pray the Rosary - Tuesday and Friday - The Sorrowful Mysteries

Sorrowful Mysteries

We remember five of the most sorrowful times in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Recited on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  1. The agony of Jesus in the garden
  2. The scouring at the pillar- Jesus is beaten and whipped.
  3. The crowning with thorns
  4. Jesus carries the cross.
  5. The Crucifixion - Jesus dies on the cross.

Mary and the Rosary

Throughout history, Mary has appeared and encouraged us to pray the rosary.

In the beginning of the 13th century, Mary appeared to Saint Dominic and gave him a rosary. Dominic taught the people how to say the Rosary and to pray for God's blessings.

At Lourdes in France, Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette eighteen times between February and July 1858.

Many miracles take place at Lourdes, where each day thousands of people pray the Rosary.

In 1917, Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children, Lucia Dos Santos, Francisco and Jacinto Marto. She revealed herself as " Our Lady of the Rosary" and asked for prayers and conversion in the lives of all God's people.


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      lulubell1798 7 years ago

      i am so glad to see you helping others out in religion !Congrats !

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      Rosary Beads 7 years ago

      Lovely Hub - you might also have mentioned the luminous mysteries instituted by John Paul II

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      nick071438 8 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      This hub will help in one way or another deter commission of sins. Faith and belief in God is a sure road that will guide man's destiny. To you and your dear ones-MM Del Rosario- our greetings: Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2010.

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      Make Money 8 years ago from Ontario

      Another beautiful Hub MM Del Rosario.

      Riswan our salvation is only through Jesus Christ but we can ask Mother Mary to pray for us, just the same as our own mothers may pray for us.  Here's a web site that has all the prayers of the Rosary in full, including the Hail Mary.

      God bless


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      Riswan 8 years ago

      The Bible never talk about mother mary as a matter of fact God only use Her as a tool of salvation the same like us if any one can help me to understand this because you make unbeliver confuse whome should they follow if they want to be save is it through Jesus Christ or Mother Mary, because in the bible said the servant can not follow two master. GB

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Wow!!! I didn't realize how it went as my mother always tried to teach me it, before I became a Christian thanks for the clarification.

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      Rosary is always with me. I try to pray it every day, especially prayer by St.Favstina Kowalska - Rosary of Lord's Mercy.