The Holy Rosary

How to pray the Holy Rosary

1. In the Name of the Father….

2. Act of contrition: ” O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.”

3. A Creed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

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.

4. Mysteries: after announcing each mystery of the day, pray one Our Father, ten Hail Marys and a Glory be.

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.”

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.

Glory: “Glory 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.”

Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturdays)

1. The Incarnation of the Son of God.

2. The Visitation of Our Lady to her cousin Saint Elizabeth.

3. The Birth of the Son of God on the portal of Bethlehem.

4. The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of Our Lady.

5. The Child Jesus lost and found in the Temple. 

Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

1. The Baptism of Christ in Jordan.

2. The Self-Revelation of Christ at the Weddings of Cana.

3. The proclamation of the Kingdom of God inviting to conversion.

4. The Transfiguration of the Lord.

5. The institution of the Eucharist, a sacramental expression of the Easter Mystery.

Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)

1. The Lord’s Prayer in the Garden.

2. The scourging of the Lord.

3. The Crowning of Thorns.

4. Jesus carrying His cross.

5. The Crucifixion and Death of the Lord. 

Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)

1. The Resurrection of the Lord.

2. The Ascension of the Lord.

3. The coming of the Holy Spirit on Mary Most Holy and the Apostolic College.

4. The Assumption of Our Lady in body and soul to heaven.

5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen and Lady of all that is created.

At the end of each mystery it is said: :


“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.”

5. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Lord, have mercy on us.
  • Christ have mercy on us.
  • Lord have mercy on us.
  • Christ hear us,
  • Christ graciously hear us,
  • God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us
  • God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
  • God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us
  • Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us
  • Holy Mary, pray for us.
  • Holy Mother of God,
  • Holy Virgin of Virgins,
  • Mother of Christ,
  • Mother of the Church,
  • Mother of Divine grace,
  • Mother most pure,
  • Mother most chaste,
  • Mother inviolate,
  • Mother undefiled,
  • Mother most amiable,
  • Mother admirable,
  • Mother of Good Counsel,
  • Mother of our Creator,
  • Mother of our Savior,
  • Mother of mercy,
  • Virgin most prudent,
  • Virgin most venerable,
  • Virgin most renowned
  • Virgin most powerful,
  • Virgin most merciful,
  • Virgin most faithful,
  • Mirror of justice,
  • Seat of wisdom,
  • Cause of our joy,
  • Spiritual vessel,
  • Vessel of honor,
  • Singular vessel of devotion,
  • Mystical Rose,
  • Tower of David,
  • Tower of ivory,
  • House of gold,
  • Ask of the Covenant,
  • Gate of Heaven,
  • Morning star,
  • Health of the Sick,
  • Refuge of sinners,
  • Comforter of the afflicted,
  • Help of Christians,
  • Queen of angels,
  • Queen of Patriarchs,
  • Queen of prophets,
  • Queen of apostles,
  • Queen of martyrs,
  • Queen of confessors,
  • Queen of virgins,
  • Queen of all Saints,
  • Queen conceived without original sin,
  • Queen assumed into heaven,
  • Queen of the most Holy Rosary,
  • Queen of families,
  • Queen of peace,
  • Maternal intercessor of all graces,
  • Our Lady of the Encounter with God,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

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.

  • For the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, to gain the indulgences granted (Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory).
  • For the blessed souls of purgatory (Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory).
  • For those who belong to the Queenship of Mary (Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory).

6. A Hail Holy Queen to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

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 sigh, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate thine eyes of mercy toward us and after 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 worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

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