Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "The rosary is the
book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of
love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which
initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the
education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close
upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next.
The power of the rosary is beyond description."
How To Pray the Rosary:
While the rosary and the
indulgences attached to it by the Church essentially concerns the
decades and the meditation upon the mysteries only, the following is a
customary way of preparing for the rosary and concluding it.
Start by making the sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Then recite the Apostle's Creed:
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 rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth 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
Then say 1 Our Father, 3
Hail Marys (for
the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity) and then 1 Glory Be:
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
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.
2. The Rosary Proper
The Rosary is essentially
the decades and their associated mysteries, and only these must
be prayed to "pray the rosary", either in satisfaction of Our
Lady's requests, or, to gain the indulgences attached to praying the
The traditional Rosary is divided into three parts, each having five
mysteries: Glorious, Joyful and Sorrowful. In his apostolic letter The
Rosary of the Virgin Mary, Pope John Paul II proposed a new set of
mysteries, which he called the Luminous, and which concern the period of
the public life of Our Lord. For those who wish to say all 20 decades at
once during the course of a day, they may be said in the following
order: Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious.
For those who wish to say
only 5 decades per day, the Holy Father proposed the following schedule:
For those who prefer to
follow the traditional order of the days it is:
While meditating on the Mysteries, recite:
One Our Father
10 Hail Marys (small beads) and 1 Glory Be (before the
next large bead) to make a complete decade of the rosary.
After each decade the Fátima
Prayer may also be said (Pope Pius XII).
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to
heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.
3. Concluding Prayers
After the completion of five mysteries
(5 decades), or 15 or 20, the following is customarily said:
Queen (or Salve Regina may be sung)
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 us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O
clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
(Verse) Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
(Response) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(Verse) Let us pray,
(Response) O God, whose only begotten
Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the
rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while
meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, that we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what
they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
4. For the Intentions of the Holy Father
Catholics who say the rosary in a group, or,
individually before the Blessed Sacrament,
may gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, which includes
prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.
For the intentions of the Holy Father.
Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.