“All generations will call me blessed” (Luke1:48) The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship. The Church rightly honors “the Blessed Virgin Mary” with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs. . . . This very special devotion . . . differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.” The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an “epitome of the whole Gospel,” express this devotion to the Virgin Mary. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 971)
The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.~Saint Padre Pio
How to Pray the Rosary
1. Make the “Sign of the Cross” and Pray the “Apostles Creed”
2. Pray the “Our Father”
3. Pray three “Hail Mary’s” for the increase of Faith, Hope and Love
4. Pray “Glory Be”
5. Announce the first Mystery and Pray the “Our Father.” (The mysteries with its corresponding day are listed below)
6. Pray ten “Hail Mary’s” while meditating on the mysteries
7. Pray “Glory Be”
8. Announce the second mystery, Pray “Our Father and repeat steps 6 and 7 and continue the third, fourth and fifth mysteries in the same manner.
9. After completing the fifth mystery Pray “Hail Holy Queen” on centerpiece.
(This is the Basic Rosary. There are additional prayers to the basic Rosary but we recommend starting out with this and then add the other prayers as you feel comfortable.)
If I had an army to say the Rosary, I could conquer the world
~Blessed Pope Piux IX
Prayers Of the Rosary
SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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 and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence 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.
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.
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 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.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, 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 vale 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 merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
The Rosary is the Bible on a String~Fr. Ronan Murphy
Mysteries of the Rosary
The mysteries are those events in the life of Jesus and Mary that we meditate upon as we Pray each decade of the Rosary. Praying the rosary is not “vain repetitions” or “babbling” like “some” claim it to be, but a sincere Reflection upon the life, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus of Nazareth.
The Joyful Mysteries
Monday and Saturday
- The Annunciation
Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
- The Visitation
Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
- The Nativity
Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
- The Presentation
Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
- The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
Tuesday and Friday
- The Agony in the Garden
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
- The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus is lashed with whips.
- The Crowning With Thorns
Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
- The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
- The Crucifixion
Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.
The Glorious Mysteries
Wednesday and Sunday
- The Resurrection
God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.
- The Ascension
Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.
- The Coming of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples.
- The Assumption of Mary
At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.
- The Coronation of Mary
Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
The Luminous Mysteries
- The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.
- The Wedding Feast at Cana At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom.
- The Transfiguration of Jesus
Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.
- The Institution of the Eucharist
Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.