How-to Pray the Holy Rosary: a Guide for Beginners

Rosary, Holy Cross, Black and white.

Begin by making the Sign of the Cross

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

Hold the crucifix and pray the Apostles’ 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; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will 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.

On the first bead pray 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.

On the next three beads pray 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 at the hour of our death. Amen.

Pray the 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 will be forever. Amen.

Announce the first mystery...

(refer to the below schedule for praying the holy rosary) and pray one (1) Our Father, ten (10) Hail Mary’s, the Glory Be, and The 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.

Repeat until the five mysteries are prayed.

After the mysteries are prayed Pray the Hail, Holy Queen.

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 valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Leader: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Leader: Let us pray.

All pray the final prayer: 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 on 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.

Finish by making the Sign of the Cross

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

Rosary Guide

The Four Sets of Mysteries Are Prayed on the Following Days:

The Joyful Mysteries (Recited every Monday and Saturday)

1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:28)
2. The Visitation (Luke 1:41-42)
3. The Nativity (Luke 2:7)
4. The Presentation (Luke 2:22)
5. The Finding in the Temple (Luke 2:46-47)

The Sorrowful Mysteries (Recited every Tuesday and Friday)

1. The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:41)
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:24, 26)
3. The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:28-29)
4. The Carrying of the Cross (John 19:17)
5. The Crucifixion (John 19:25)

The Glorious Mysteries (Recited every Wednesday and Sunday)

1. The Resurrection (Mark 16:5-6)
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19)
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3)
4. The Assumption (Song of Songs 2:10-11)
5. The crowning of Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Revelation 12:1)

The Luminous Mysteries (Recited every Thursday)

1. The Baptism of the Lord (Matthew 3:16-17)
2. The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:5)
3. The proclamation of the kingdom of God (Mark 1:15)
4. The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:2)
5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Mark 14:22-23)

May God give the desires of our hearts and make all our plans succeed.

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