The rosary takes fifteen to twenty minutes to pray. The rosary is a means of grace and has many spiritual benefits. Many saints have encouraged praying the rosary daily. It helps you to grow in virtue, helps you overcome life's problems, and works as a spiritual weapon. Read the 15 promises of the Blessed Virgin Mary to those who pray the rosary.
Begin by praying the Sign of the Cross
1. On the crucifix pray the Apostles Creed.
The rosary begins with 1 Our Father and 3 Hail Marys for an increase in the virtues of faith, hope, and love:
2. On the first rosary bead, pray the Our Father.
3. On each of the next three beads pray the Hail Mary. After the last Hail Mary, pray the Glory Be & the Fatima prayer.
Next you will pray 1 Our Father and 10 Hail Marys for each rosary mystery. You can find the 5 rosary mysteries below.
4. Announce the first mystery, and then pray the Our Father. (Ex: “The first Joyful Mystery is the Annunciation.”)
5. Pray 10 Hail Marys. After the last Hail Mary pray the Glory Be and the Fatima prayer.
6. Announce the second mystery, and then pray the Our Father. (Ex: “The second Joyful Mystery is the Visitation.”)
7. Pray 10 Hail Marys. After the last Hail Mary pray the Glory Be and the Fatima prayer.
Continue to pray 1 Our Father and 10 Hail Marys three more times, announcing the third, fourth, and fifth mysteries before each decade. After the last Hail Mary pray the Glory Be and the Fatima prayer.
Lastly, pray the Hail Holy Queen and the concluding prayer.
The Prayers of the Holy Rosary
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 sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He shall 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.
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, 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.
O MY JESUS, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in
most need of Thy mercy. Amen. [Read about the prayers of Fatima here.]
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 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.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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 by 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.
Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
The Mysteries of the Rosary are designed to help focus our prayer on the life, ministry, and Passion of Our
Lord. Pope Pius XII described the rosary prayer as "the compendium of the entire Gospel." There are four
rosary mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, Luminous) and five parts of each mystery which correspond
to the five decades of the rosary.
The Joyful Mysteries focus on the joyful events related to the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Sorrowful
Mysteries focus on the sorrowful events related to the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. The Glorious
Mysteries focus on the glorious events related to the Resurrection and the reigning of Christ in heaven with
Our Lady. The Luminous Mysteries or mysteries of light (added by Pope St. John Paul II) focus on the life
and ministry of Jesus Christ.
It is recommended that you meditate on the mysteries of the rosary based upon the days of the week. For
example, on Mondays you will pray the Joyful Mysteries. With each of the five decades of the rosary you will
focus on one of the five events that comprise the Joyful mysteries. On Tuesday you will pray the Sorrowful
Mysteries, and so on through the rest of the week. This method was recommended to the faithful by Pope
St. John Paul II.
Meditating on the life of Christ with the prayers of the Holy Rosary—through the intercession of the
Blessed Virgin Mary—is a sure way of growing in faith and in your understanding of the faith, deepening
your relationship with Christ, increasing in holiness and virtue, and avoiding sin.
The JOYFUL MYSTERIES of the Holy Rosary
(suggested to pray on Monday and Saturday)
1. The Annunciation of Gabriel to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
2. The Visitation of Virgin Mary to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56)
3. The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-21)
4. The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple at Jerusalem (Luke 2:22-38)
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem (Luke 2:41-52)
The SORROWFUL MYSTERIES of the Rosary
(suggested to pray on Tuesday and Friday)
1. The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-56)
2. Our Lord is Scourged at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26)
3. Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-31)
4. Our Lord Carries the Cross to Calvary (Matthew 27:32)
5. The Crucifixion of Our Lord (Matthew 27:33-56)
The GLORIOUS MYSTERIES of the Rosary
(suggested to pray on Wednesday and Sunday)
1. The Resurrection of Our Lord (John 20:1-29)
2. The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven (Luke 24:36-53)
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Virgin Mary and the Apostles at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41)
4. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven (Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII 1950)
5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth (Revelation 12:1)
The LUMINOUS MYSTERIES of the Rosary
(suggested to pray on Thursday)
1. The Baptism of Our Lord in the Jordan (Matthew 3:13-16)
2. The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1-11)
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven (Mark 1:14-15)
4. The Transfiguration of Our Lord (Matthew 17:1-8)
5. The Institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper (Matthew 26)