How To Pray The Rosary

by pkmcr

The Rosary is an incredibly personal prayer as well as one which can be prayed with others. But what is involved in praying this prayer. Let's look at How To Pray The Rosary.

We were taught How To Pray The Rosary as young Children by our Mother and like many families it was a prayer we would say together.

The Rosary is an important prayer for a Roman Catholic.

It is devoted to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to His Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Many Christians have told of deep and profound experiences whilst praying the Rosary.

Whilst meditating on the joys, sorrows and miracles of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, one can find a path to a deeper more personal relationship with God.

There are many methods of praying the Rosary. However, here is a simple and perhaps more personal step by step way of saying the Rosary. Remember that you can say the Rosary either out loud or quietly. It is a personal prayer and it is your choice.

The day I created this lens was my Mother's Anniversary and this Lens is therefore devoted to her memory.

Dedication

Dedicated To My Late Mother and Father

Both My Mother's and Father's dedication to The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother Of God and Of Us All remains an inspiration.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Starting To Pray The Rosary

Firstly hold the crucifix in your fingers and make the sign of the cross and immediately recite the Apostles' Creed.

I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth.

I believe 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 to the dead.
On the third day, He rose again.
He ascended to 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 life everlasting. Amen.

Move to the first bead and recite the Lord's Prayer or 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. Amen

Move to the antiphon beads (the three beads) and recite three Hail Marys

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 in the hour of our death. Amen.

While meditating using the antiphon beads, try to think of three important virtues of Christianity: Faith, Hope, and Charity. Optionally, you can also incorporate the intentions of the Pope.

Continuing To Pray The Rosary

Move to the chain and recite the Doxology.

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.

Move to the next bead and recite one Lord's Prayer. This begins the first decade. Before beginning the decade, remember to recite the first mystery meditated depending on the day.

Move to the center, a small medallion that separates the first decade from the main part, which consists of five groups of decades, separated by another Lord's Prayer bead between each decade.

Move to the first bead of the first decade and begin reciting the Hail Mary.

After completing the first decade, move to the chain and recite the Doxology. You can also add the Fatima prayer optionally.

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

Continue until you are finished all around the five decades and meditated upon the five Mysteries of the day.

How To Conclude Praying The Rosary

Reach the center/medallion and recite the Salve Regina.

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 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. Amen

Complete the Liturgy of Loreto which recalls the accolades and titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary and asks for her continued intercession

Make the Sign of the Cross.

You can also add prayers before making the sign of the cross. You can add a traditional prayer or a more personal one that you would like to lift up to God.

The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

There are Twenty Mysteries of the Holy Rosary which are significant events or moments in the life of Jesus and Mary.

Originally there were only Fifteen However Pope John Paul II added another Five towards the end of his life. The Twenty Mysteries of the Rosary which are meditated upon while praying the Holy Rosary are grouped into sets of Five and are The Joyful Mysteries, The Luminous Mysteries (the ones which were added by Pope John Paul II), The Sorrowful Mysteries, and The Glorious Mysteries

  • The Joyful Mysteries contemplate the Virginal Conception and Nativity Of Christ, and are said on Mondays and Saturdays.
  • The Luminous Mysteries contemplate Our Lord's Public Ministry, and are said on Thursdays.
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries contemplate Our Lord's Passion, and are said on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • The Glorious Mysteries contemplate Our Lord's Resurrection, and the Birth of the Christian Church, and are said on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Prayers Of The Rosary

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth.

I believe 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 to the dead.
On the third day, He rose again.
He ascended to 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 life everlasting. Amen.

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. Amen

The 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 in the hour of our death. Amen.

The Doxology

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.

My Favorite Catholic Rosary Beads

Aside from religious purposes, Catholic rosary beads hold a special meaning to those who own them and their beauty and design can range from simple and traditional to modern and elaborate.

These beautiful rosary beads are made from top quality olive wood in 8 millimeter ovals and measure 20 inches long. It features a deluxe metal crucifix with "Jerusalem" stamped on the back.

The center of the rosary has the Holy Earth from Jerusalem area and silver Our Father beads have the Jerusalem cross on one side and on the other, Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Everything comes in a beautiful organza bag and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, the Lord's Prayer gift card, and holy soil straight from the Holy Land.

Updated: 12/04/2016, pkmcr
 
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blackspanielgallery on 08/04/2016

When I was a child the Luminous Mysteries were not there, they were added later. One thing I do not think of an proper is praying the rosary during Mass. It was very common when the Mass was in Latin, since people did not understand Latin. But, the Mass is so much more than the rosary as a prayer. Still, there are a few who still have old habits.

Veronica on 08/03/2016

My favourite prayer. If anyone wants sheer peace and meditation time, the Holy Rosary is it.

A lovely post. TY or posting.

frankbeswick on 08/13/2013

The key to understanding the rosary is that it is a series of meditations on the great events of the New Testament. It is a profoundly scriptural exercise.

pkmcr on 08/13/2013

@jptanabe thanks for sharing your perspective which I really appreciate

jptanabe on 08/13/2013

While I've never prayed the rosary, having been raised Protestant, I have to admit the Rosary beads are beautiful, and their sacred meaning makes them very special.

pkmcr on 07/05/2013

@frankbeswick thanks so much for sharing that story and isn't it wonderful how it unites them in a shared experience of prayer

frankbeswick on 07/05/2013

The rosary works wonderfully for many people,who get a massive amount of spiritual benefit from it, [my aged parents in law say five mysteries of it a night] but I must confess that I cannot meditate on the mysteries while saying the words of the set prayers. To each their own pathway.

pkmcr on 07/05/2013

@FrancesSpiegel thanks ever so much for those very kind comments

FrancesSpiegel on 07/05/2013

I'm not Catholic but I read your article - the whole concept is very beautiful and I imagine it brings peace to all those who pray.

pkmcr on 06/11/2013

Thank you. It's a very powerful form of prayer and I appreciate your feedback


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