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