How to Pray the Catholic Rosary

  • At the crucifix, begin with the Sign of the Cross and say 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. The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, 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 the life everlasting. Amen.”

 

  • On the first large bead say the Lord’s Prayer: “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.”

 

  • Three Hail Mary prayers on the three small beads: “Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.” It is customary to say “I offer these three Hail Marys for the increase in the virtues of faith, hope and charity.”

 

  • On the ten small beads that follow pray ten Hail Marys, followed by one Glory Be Prayer: “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” and the Fatima Prayer: “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.”

 

  • on the large bead, announce the second respective mystery, look at a meditation aid then pray one Our Father.

 

  • On the ten small beads pray another set of ten Hail Marys followed by one Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer. Then pray the decade, as before.

 

  • Continue this pattern of announcing the mystery and praying a decade. Do this for the third, fourth and fifth mystery consecutively followed by one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, one Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.

 

  • After the fifth and final decade has been prayed, after the Fatima Prayer, pray the Hail Holy Queen prayer: “Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, the children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this land of exile. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; lead us home at last and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus: O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”

 

  • Now just as you began, end with the Sign of the Cross.

TO PRAY A DECADE ROSARY, REPEAT FIVE TIMES.