The Rosary

The Prayer of the Rosary can be prayed individually or as a group. .  It is Christ centred, scriptural and contemplative and is one of the most powerful prayers against the forces of evil and the powers of darkness.


Who Can Pray the Rosary?
Anyone who knows six easy prayers and chooses to meditate on the twenty mysteries.


Mysteries of the Rosary:

 The Rosary is divided into four groups of mysteries – with each mystery having five decades. Each decade expresses an action of Jesus’ life.  For every action in Jesus’ life a responding action of grace occurs.
The mystical blessings associated with each decade are released when we reflect on the scriptural verse or meditate on the image.  As we pray the ten Hail Mary’s multitudes of angels bring God’s blessings for our prayer requests.

Different mysteries are prayed on different days.

The Six Prayers are as follows

1. Apostles Creed Prayer:
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, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; form 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.

2.  Our Father 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.

3. Hail Mary Prayer:
 Hail Mary full of grace, The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art those 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.

4. 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. Amen.

5. Fatima Prayer:   (optional) O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

6. 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 valley 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!  

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:  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

Joyful Mysteries   (Monday & Saturday) 
Begin the Rosary by praying the Apostles Creed- One Our Father – three Hail Marys & a Glory Be ---

Announce the First Joyful Mystery

The Annunciation
And when the angel had come to her, her said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women.”  (Luke 1:28)              

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery   HUMILITY
        
Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  


Announce Second Joyful Mystery     
The Visitation
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb”. (Luke 1:41-42)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery   LOVE OF NEIGHBOUR     

  •  Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  


Announce Third Joyful Mystery     
The Birth of Jesus
She gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn. (Luke 2:7)
Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery SPIRITUAL POVERTY    

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer


Announce Fourth Joyful Mystery     
The Presentation of Jesus
When the day came to purify them according to the Law of Moses, the couple brought Him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord, “Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord. (Luke 2:22-23)
Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery OBEDIENCE 

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  

 
Announce Fifth Joyful Mystery     
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
On the third day they came upon Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery JOY IN FINDING JESUS  

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  

 
Conclude with the 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 valley 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!
 
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:  O God who’s 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.

Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday & Friday)  
Begin the Rosary by praying: the Apostles Creed- One Our Father – three Hail Marys & a Glory Be ---

Announce the First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony in the Garden  
In His anguish He prayed with all the greater intensity, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. Then He rose from prayer and came to His disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted with grief (Luke 22:44-45)          

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery:  SORROW FOR SIN    
        
Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  


Announce Second Sorrowful Mystery    
The Scourging at the Pillar
Pilate’s next move was to take Jesus and have Him scourged.
(John 19:1)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery   PURITY    

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  

Announce Third Sorrowful Mystery     
The Crowning with Thorns
They stripped off His clothes and wrapped Him in a scarlet military cloak.  Weaving a crown out of thorns they fixed it on His head, and stuck a reed in His right hand. (Matthew 27:28-29)
Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery COURAGE  

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  


Announce Fourth Sorrowful Mystery    
The Carrying of the Cross
…. Carrying the cross by Himself.  He went out to what is called the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha) (John 19:17)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery   PATIENCE    

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  

 

Announce Fifth Sorrowful Mystery     
The Crucifixion
Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, “Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit.”  After He said this, He expired. (Luke 23:46)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery COURAGE

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  


Conclude with the 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 valley 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!
 
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:  O God who’s 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.

 Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday & Saturday)  
 Begin the Rosary by praying: the Apostles Creed- One Our Father – three Hail Marys & a Glory Be ---

Announce the First Glorious Mystery
The Resurrection                           
There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified:  He has risen, He is not here. See, here is the place where they laid Him. (Mark 16:6)
Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery: FAITH                 
Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer

Announce Second Glorious Mystery
The Ascension
Then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into Heaven and took His seat at God’s right hand. (Mark 16:19)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery.  HOPE

Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  

Announce Third Glorious Mystery    
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
 All were filled with the Holy Spirit.  They began to speak foreign tongues as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. (Acts 2:4)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery LOVE OF GOD

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  


Announce Fourth Glorious Mystery
The Assumption
You are the glory of Jerusalem! You are the joy of Israel! You are the highest honour of our people! God has approved of what you have done. May you be blessed by the Lord Almighty forever and ever? (Judith 15:9)
Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery. GRACE OF A HAPPY DEATH

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  

Announce Fifth Glorious Mystery
The Coronation
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelation 12:1)
Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery:  TRUST IN MARY’S INTERCESSION.

Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  

Conclude with the 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 valley 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!
 
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:  O God who’s 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.


Announce the First Light Mystery

The Baptism of Jesus      
And when Jesus was baptised …  suddenly the heavens opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and resting on Him, and a voice from heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  (Matthew 3:16-1)
 Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery OPENESS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
        
Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer

Announce Second Light Mystery
The Wedding at Cana  
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”  …  Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.”  And they filled them up to the brim.  (John 2:5-7)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery. TO JESUS THROUGH MARY
Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  

Announce Third Light Mystery
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
“And preach as you go, saying, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.  You received without pay, give without pay.”  (Matthew 10:7-8)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery. : REPENTENCE AND TRUST IN GOD
Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer  


Announce Fourth Light Mystery
The Transfiguration
And as He was praying, the appearance of His face was altered and His clothing became dazzling white.  And a voice came out of the cloud saying, “This is My Son, My chosen; listen to Him!”  (Luke 9:29, 35)

Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery. DESIRE FOR HOLINESS
Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer

Announce Firth Light Mystery
The Institution of the Eucharist
 
And He took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My Body which is given for you; do this in memory of Me.”  …  And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant sealed in My Blood.  (Luke 22: 19-20)
Pause and reflect on the fruit of this mystery. ADORATION

Try to place yourself “into” the scene of each particular mystery. Imagine the sights, smells, sounds and emotions that would have been there.

  • Pray Our Father
  • Ten Hail Marys
  • Glory Be…
  • Fatima Prayer

Conclude with the 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 valley 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!
 
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:  O God who’s 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.


Prayer  Comment :  
Visit Rosary Meditations for Healing.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit prompts us to contemplate on just one Rosary scene for our healing.  To dwell upon the desired grace and meditatively pray Hail Mary’s