Praying the Rosary

Praying the Rosary

The Mysteries traditionally adhere to certain days of the week.
Order Prayers of the Rosary
How to Pray the Rosary
  • Begin by making the Sign of the Cross.
  • I offer up this Rosary for __________;
    I do this with full confidence in God's wisdom and unconditional love, because:

  1. Holding the crucifix pray the Apostles’ Creed.
  2. On the first bead pray the Our Father.
  3. On the next three beads pray the Hail Mary.
    • For the gift of Faith from the Holy Spirit:
    • For the gift of Hope from Jesus Christ:
    • For the gift of Love from God the Father:
  4. On the last bead pray the Glory Be.
  5. Announce the first mystery and pray one Our Father
  6. Ten Hail Mary’s
  7. Glory Be
  8. The Fatima Prayer is optional.
  9. Pray the Second Mystery
  10. Pray the Third Mystery
  11. Pray the Fourth Mystery
  12. Pray the Fifth Mystery
  13. Pray the following:
    • Hail, Holy Queen
    • Closing Prayer
    • Finish by making the Sign of the Cross
  • Sign of the Cross

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


  • Apostles’ Creed

    I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.


  • 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. Amen.


  • Hail Mary

    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

    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.


  • Fatima Prayer

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.


  • 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, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

  • Closing Prayer

  • Let us pray. 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 meditating upon 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. Amen

    May the divine assistance remain always with you.

    May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Joyous Mysteries

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.


Pray the Our Father

On the next three beads pray the Hail Mary.
For the gift of Faith from the Holy Spirit
For the gift of Hope from Jesus Christ
For the gift of Love from God the Father

Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

Text Mystery Meditation Bead
Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Lk1:30-34 Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."Lk1:38
The Annunciation
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I ask for the grace to hear You calling me. Help me to say "yes" to whatever it is You have gifted me for, because You have chosen me to be Your partner in ministry. Especially help me to say "yes" to following Your will in the situation I'm currently in, of __________.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’ And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Lk 1:41-45
The Visitation
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I ask for the grace to be a friend and encourager to all those around me. Help me to share in their joys, as Mary did with Elizabeth, and help me to give them Your Love, as Mary still does today, especially with _______.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Lk2:4-7
The Nativity
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I ask for the grace to receive a new birth of Jesus in all the areas of my life that have not totally been given over to Him. Help me to identify those areas and turn them over to You. Right now, I especially ask Jesus to become present in my __________.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel."Lk2:25-32
The Presentation
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I ask for the grace to present Jesus to the people around me, not so much by talking about Him as by the way I live my life. Help me to purify my life so that I can be a better reflection of Jesus' goodness and caring love. Help me to more compassionately let Jesus shine through me, especially when I am around ___________.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"Lk 2:46-49

Finding Jesus in the Temple
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I ask for the grace to seek out and find Jesus whenever my troubles get so distracting that I no longer see Him. Help me to know that He is always present with me, helping me, guiding me, and compassionately loving me, especially in the difficulties of __________.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer.

Pray the Hail Holy Queen and Closing Prayer.

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, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

Closing Prayer
Let us pray. 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 meditating upon 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. Amen

May the divine assistance remain always with you.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Sorrowful Mysteries

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.


Pray the Our Father

On the next three beads pray the Hail Mary.
For the gift of Faith from the Holy Spirit
For the gift of Hope from Jesus Christ
For the gift of Love from God the Father

Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

Text Mystery Meditation Bead

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mt 26:41


The Agony in the Garden
St. Alphonsus said: "He saw Himself affronted by his own disciples. One of them betrays and sells Him for thirty pieces. Another denies Him many times, protesting publicly that he knows Him not; and thus attesting that he was ashamed to have known Him in the past. The other disciples, then, at seeing Him taken and bound, all fly and abandon Him."









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

Pilate said ‘I am innocent of this righteous man’s blood...and having scourged Jesus delivered him to be crucified.’ Mt 27:24, 26


The Scourging at the Pillar
The Blessed Mother told St. Bridget: "Then led to the pillar, My Son stripped Himself, and He Himself stretched His hands to the pillar, which His enemies pitilessly bound. They scourged His Body pure from all spot or stain... His whole Body lacerated with scourges tipped with sharp points turned back, not pulling out, but ploughing up... His Body bruised and beaten to the very ribs so that the ribs could be seen... His very flesh was furrowed with the thongs. My Son stood thus, all bloody, all torn, so that no soundness could be found on him nor any spot to scourge."
For all those times I have hurt others and in so doing have scourged You, my Lord Jesus, I pray...










Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

They stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. Mt 27:28-29

The Crowning with Thorns
For all those times I have let worldly wisdom, hatred, prejudice, materialism and greed, selfishness and carnal desires pierce my thoughts, to You my Lord Jesus, I pray...









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull. Jn 19:17


The Carrying of the Cross
St. Alphonsus said: "So drained of Blood is He and wearied out with His torments ... He can scarcely stand. Behold Him, all torn with wounds.... Look at Him as He goes along, with Body bent double, with knees all of a tremble, dripping with Blood; and so painful is it to Him to walk, that at every step He seems ready to die.
For all those times I have sinned and added to the weight of Your cross, O My Jesus, I pray...










Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Jn 19:25

The Crucifixion
St. Augustine said: "Among all the different kinds of death, there was none worse."
For the power of love You had for me, which kept You on the cross, that I should be healed by that love; for the passionate love You had for me, in which You died so that I might receive eternal life, I pray with inadequate gratefulness...










Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer.

Pray the Hail Holy Queen and Closing Prayer.

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, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

Closing Prayer
Let us pray. 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 meditating upon 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. Amen

May the divine assistance remain always with you.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Glorious Mysteries

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.


Pray the Our Father

On the next three beads pray the Hail Mary.
For the gift of Faith from the Holy Spirit
For the gift of Hope from Jesus Christ
For the gift of Love from God the Father

Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

Text Mystery Meditation Bead

Entering the tomb, they saw a young man and they were amazed. And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here.’ Mk 16:5-6
The Resurrection
As it says in 1 Cor. 15:20-27, "Christ has been raised from the dead.... For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be given life." Pray the "Our Father" slowly, listening to and meaning each word. Give special emphasis to "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." We admit that because of our sinfulness, we inherit death from Adam and we need God's forgiveness. But we enter into Christ's resurrection and receive eternal life as we forgive others, for it is in giving that we receive. Did Mary forgive those who tortured and killed her Son? She held no grudges as she wept at the foot of the cross and then as she held the lifeless body of Jesus in her arms. Her soul proclaimed the resurrection glory of God as she made the decision to forgive.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. Mk 16:19


The Ascension
As it says in Rev. 12:1-10, "She gave birth to a son.... Her child was snatched up to God and His throne.... Now have salvation and power come ... and the authority of Christ the Anointed One." Even though Mary was the mother of Jesus and he respected her authority as a parent, she freely gave herself over to His authority from the moment she said "yes, let it be done to me as the Father wills" and Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy spirit. How fully have we let Jesus be in authority over us? Let us ask the Blessed Mother to help us put aside our own will when it conflicts with His.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

There appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. Acts 2:3


The Descent of the Holy Spirit
As it says in Luke 1:39-56, "Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out ... 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. How does it happen that the mother of my Lord should come to me?'" It is only through the Holy Spirit that we are able to become aware of Mary's presence in our lives. She cares about us as much as our own mothers have and even more, because she was and is full of grace and full of love. She knows each of us by name. She is glad to be asked to pray for us. She wants to help. She is constantly working on our behalf behind the scenes of our everyday trials. To know this more clearly, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal her to us.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

My beloved speaks...to me: ‘Arise, my love, my dove, my fair one, and come away for behold the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.’ Song 2:10-11

The Assumption
"A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet." Because Mary was full of grace, she overcame all temptations to sin. When she reached the end of her earthly life, her full level of holiness enabled her to immediately receive her glorified body, i.e., the restored unaffected-by-sin body like we shall all receive at the Second Coming of Christ. Because Mary did not succumb to death by sinning, her flesh never lost its eternal life, and thus she was "assumed" or transferred bodily to heaven. May her example of holiness assist us in our journey toward heaven. Let us ask her to share with us the grace that helped her to resist sin.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Rev 12:1

The Crowning of Mary
"The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold." As our holy queen, Mary cares for us and intercedes for us to the King. She knows the King's desires intimately, so when we need help in discerning our Father's plan, we can ask her to reveal it to us. When we stray from the Kingdom, she points the way home. We would do well to acknowledge her queenship and her motherly authority over us, obediently trusting her the way a child trusts its Mama.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer.

Pray the Hail Holy Queen and Closing Prayer.

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, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

Closing Prayer
Let us pray. 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 meditating upon 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. Amen

May the divine assistance remain always with you.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Luminous Mysteries

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.


Pray the Our Father

On the next three beads pray the Hail Mary.
For the gift of Faith from the Holy Spirit
For the gift of Hope from Jesus Christ
For the gift of Love from God the Father

Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

Text Mystery Meditation Bead

When Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and behold, a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’ Mt 3:16-17
The Baptism of the Lord
The Lord Jesus came to each of us in our baptisms. When you were baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon you, and the Father said, "This is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased!" Thus, you became the light of Christ to shine in the world. You have been invested with the mission of this light!









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Jn 2:5



The Wedding Feast at Cana
We glow brighter with the light of Christ when we obey the instructions He gives to us. Even when the task doesn't make sense, if we "do whatever" He tells us, He reveals His glory in us and through us.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel. Mk 1:15
The Preaching of the Kingdom
Jesus has proclaimed the kingdom of God to you, and you have said "yes" to the Good News and "no" to sin. Every moment that you live, He is breathing into you the divine power of the Holy Spirit as He sends you forth into a world of sin, and every time you get hurt, He asks you to reveal His light by forgiving the sinners and doing good to them in His name.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

He was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. Mt 17:2
The Transfiguration
The uncreated of light of glory within Christ Jesus is also within you. It's revealed to the world every time you suffer for the sake of loving others and offer your pain to Jesus for their healing and redemption. By doing good when it's difficult, you get purified from your own sinfulness, and your light grows stronger. Thus so closely united to Jesus, you enter into the joy of His resurrection.









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Announce the next Mystery and Pray the Our Father.

[Jesus] took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ [Jesus] took a chalice, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. Mk 14:22-23

The Institution of the Eucharist
In loving all others unconditionally, the way Jesus has given you His love, you enlighten the world. As you humble yourself to serve others, as He serves you, His light spreads, and so the world becomes a better place. You have become Eucharist. With Jesus, you are the light of the world. You make a difference!









Pray the Glory Be, Fatima Prayer.

Pray the Hail Holy Queen and Closing Prayer.

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, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

Closing Prayer
Let us pray. 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 meditating upon 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. Amen

May the divine assistance remain always with you.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.