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How to Pray the Rosary


How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary Guide






  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”
  2. Recite one “Our Father”
  3. Then recite three “Hail Marys”
  4. Finish with one “Glory Be”
  5. Announce the First Mystery and then say one “Our Father”
  6. Recite ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the respective Mystery
  7. Then recite one “Glory Be”
  8. Conclude the decade with the Fatima Prayer
  9. Announce the Second Mystery; then say one “Our Father” and repeat steps 6-8 as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
  10. Say the “Hail Holy Queen”
  11. And conclude with the “Final Prayers”
  12. Make the “Sign of the Cross”

Mysteries of the Rosary

Based on the day of the week, we reflect on the mysteries of Christ’s childhood (Joyful Mysteries), His life of Ministry (Luminous Mysteries), His Passion and Death (Sorrowful Mysteries) and His Resurrection onward (Glorious Mysteries). As we recite each of the five decades of the daily rosary, we reflect on the respective mystery within the categories noted below.

Joyful Luminous Sorrowful Glorious
Mondays & Saturdays Thursdays Tuesdays & Fridays Wednesdays & Sundays
Annunciation Baptism of the Lord Agony in the Garden Resurrection
Mary Visits Elizabeth Wedding Feast at Cana Scourging at the Pillar Ascension
Nativity of Jesus Invitation of Jesus Crowning with Thorns Decent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Presentation of the Lord Transfiguration Carrying the Cross Assumption of Mary
Finding Jesus in the Temple The Eucharist The Crucifixion Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven

Let’s Begin (using the numerical pictorial guide above)

Sign of the Cross

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


Prayers of the Rosary

The Apostle’s 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;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated 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.

The Our Father

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.


Hail Mary (10 per decade) 

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are 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.


Glory Be

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.


Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins.

Save us from the fires of hell,

lead all souls to heaven,

especially those in most need of thy mercy.

Final Prayers  

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 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!


Pray for us, oh Holy Mother of God, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.


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, by meditating on 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.


May the Divine Assistance always be with us,

And may the souls of the faithfully departed

Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Make the sign of the cross and recite:

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


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