The beginnings of the rosary are found in the early Christian practice of reciting the 150 psalms from the bible, either daily or weekly, as a way of prayer. Those unable to recite the psalms began to recite 150 prayers, mainly the Our Father, 150 times, often using beads to count the prayers.
Make the sign of the Cross and pray the “Apostles Creed” – holding the crucifix.
- Pray the “Our Father” – holding the first bead.
- Pray the “Hail Mary” three times – holding the next three beads.
- Pray the “Glory Be” between the beads.
- Announce the First Mystery (of Joyful, Sorrowful or Glorious mysteries), then recite the “Our Father” – holding the single bead.
- Pray the “Hail Mary” ten times – holding the next ten beads.
- Pray the “Glory Be” to end the First Mystery.
- Announce the Second Mystery, then recite the “Our Father” etc.
The Mysteries of the Rosary
Joyful (recited Mondays and Saturdays)
The Annunciation Luke 1:26-38
The Visitation Luke 1:39-45
The Birth of Jesus Luke 2:1-7
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple Luke 2:22-24
The Finding in the Temple Luke 2:41-52
Sorrowful (recited Tuesdays and Fridays)
The Agony of Jesus in the Garden Matt 26:36-46
The Scourging at the Pillar Matt 27:24-26
The Crowning with Thorns Matt 27:27-31
The Carrying of the Cross Luke 23:26-32
The Crucifixion Luke 23:33-46
Glorious (recited Sundays & Wednesdays)
The Resurrection Matt 28:1-10
The Ascension Luke 24:50-51
The Coming of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-4
The Assumption of Mary Luke 1:46-55
The Crowning of Mary Rev 12:1
Luminous (recited Thursdays)
1. Jesus’ Baptism Matt 3:13-17
2. Wedding Feast of Cana John 2:1-11
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom of God Mark 1:14-15
4. Transfiguration Luke 9:28-36
5. Last Supper Matt 26:26-29
PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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 arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, sits 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 everlasting. Amen
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by 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 our death. Amen
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