The Rosary

The Rosary is a special prayer to the Virgin Mary that helps us think about the mysteries–the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Rosary beads help us count the prayers we say in the rosary.

While saying the rosary, we think of the mystery of the rosary. It is customary to pray the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Thursday; the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday; the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Saturday. Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries on Sunday during Advent; pray the Glorious Mysteries on Sunday during Lent, and pray the Joyful Mysteries on Sunday during the rest of the year.

How to Pray the Rosary

Begin to pray the Rosary with the Sign of the Cross.

While holding the Crucifix, recite the ancient profession of faith, the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes everything that we believe as Catholics.

On the first bead after the Crucifix, say the prayer that Jesus taught us, the Lord’s Prayer.

Say one Hail Mary on each of the next three beads and then pray one Glory Be to the Father.

The next bead begins the first decade of the Rosary. For each decade, announce a mystery, reflect on that mystery and what it means in our lives today. Say the prayer Our Lord taught us, the Lord’s Prayer.

Joyful Mysteries Sorrowful Mysteries Glorious Mysteries Luminous Mysteries
Monday and Saturdays  and Sundays during Advent
Tuesday, Friday, and Sundays during Lent Wednesday and Sundays during the rest of the year Thursdays
The Annunciation The Agony in the Garden The Resurrection The Baptism of Jesus
The Visitation Scourging a the Pillar The Ascension The Wedding at Cana
The Birth of Jesus Crowning with Thorns Descent of the Holy Spirit The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Presentation Carrying of the Cross The Assumption The Transfiguration
Finding in the Temple The Crucifixion The Coronation The Institution of the Eucharist

Pray the Hail Mary on each of the ten beads for each decade. Conclude each decade by saying the Glory Be to the Father.

When you have reached the end of the last decade, finger the medal that connects the beads and pray the Hail Holy Queen.

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