Make the Sign of the Cross
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Pray the Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will 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.
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.
Pray THREE Hail Mary's for an increase in Faith, Hope, & Charity
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you 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 ever shall be, world without end, Amen.
Announce the first mystery, & pray the Our Father
Pray 10 Hail Mary's while contemplating the mystery
Pray 1 Glory Be, plus the Fatima Prayer and the Holy Spirit Prayer (these are options)
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.
Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well beloved Spouse.
Repeat for the remaining mysteries.
After the five decades pray the Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To You do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to You do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
V: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R: that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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 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.
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary for the intentions of the Pope
The Mysteries of the Rosary
Below you will find suggested virtues and readings for each of the Mysteries of the Rosary. There are many other excellent resources on the web (see links) and in print to assist you here!
(Please note – in some cases, the mysteries prayed on a particular day may vary by season – general guidelines are given here!)
Joyful Mysteries Mondays and Saturdays
1. Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin and the Incarnation of Our Lord.
Virtue: Humility. Reading: Luke 1: 26-33, 38.
2. Visitation of the Blessed Virgin to Her Cousin, St. Elizabeth.
Virtue: Charity. Reading: Luke 1: 39-45.
3. Birth of Our Lord.
Virtue: Poverty. Reading: Luke 2: 6-12.
4. Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Our Lady.
Virtue: Obedience. Reading: Luke 2: 25-32.
5. The Child Jesus Lost and Found in the Temple.
Virtue: Piety. Reading: Luke 2: 41-50.
New Mysteries! Announced by Pope John Paul II in October 2002 – Thursdays
1. The Baptism of Our Lord in the Jordan
Virtue: Rebirth in Christ. Reading: Matthew 3: 13-17.
2. Jesus’ Self Manifestation at the Wedding at Cana.
Virtue: Trust in the Lord. Reading: John 2: 1-11.
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom with the call to Conversion
Virtue: Perseverance. Reading: Mark 1: 14-15.
4. The Transfiguration of Our Lord.
Virtue: Reverence. Reading: Matthew 17: 1-8.
5. The Institution of the Eucharist.
Virtue: Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Reading: Matthew 26: 26-28.
Sorrowful Mysteries – Tuesdays and Fridays
1. The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden.
Virtue: Contrition. Reading: Luke 22: 39-46.
2. The Scourging of Our Lord at the Pillar.
Virtue: Purity. Reading: Mark 15: 6-15.
3. The Crowning of Our Lord with Thorns.
Virtue: Courage. Reading: John 19: 1-8.
4. The Carrying of the Cross.
Virtue: Patience. Reading: John 19: 16-22.
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.
Virtue: Self-Denial. Reading: John 19: 25-30.
Glorious Mysteries – Wednesdays and Sundays
1. Resurrection of Our Lord.
Virtue: Faith. Reading: Mark 16: 1-7.
2. Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven.
Virtue: Hope. Reading: Luke 24: 45-53.
3. Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Our Blessed Mother.
Virtue: Love. Reading: Acts 2: 1-7, 11.
4. Assumption of Our Blessed Mother into Heaven.
Virtue: Eternal happiness. Reading: Luke 1: 46-55.
5. Coronation of Our Blessed Mother as Queen of Heaven.
Virtue: Devotion to Mary. Reading: Revelations 12: 1, and Judith 13: 18-20.