What is the Rosary?


The Rosary is a form of prayer in which the fifteen chief historical events upon which our Faith is based are contemplated.


The Rosary Prayer consists of the Apostles’ Creed, fifteen Pater Noster’s, fifteen Gloria Patri’s, and one hundred and fifty Ave Maria’s. These are divided into three portions, called Chaplets, each Chaplet consisting of five decades (tens). A decade consists of one Pater Noster, ten Ave’s and one Gloria Patri. To each of these decades is assigned one of the principal Mysteries of the life of our Saviour or his blessed Mother, as matter for meditation while the prayers are being said.


For the careful meditation of the devotion, it is necessary to have a string of beads called a “rosary.”


There are several different methods for reciting the Rosary Prayer. The Rosary is most commonly prayed silently by individuals in private; but it can also be prayed in groups.


How to Pray the Rosary


FIRST, hold the cross in the right hand and bless yourself with the cross, saying: “In the Name” &c. Still holding the cross, say the Apostles’ Creed.


On the first large bead after the cross, say the Pater Noster. On the next three small beads, say the Ave Maria three times. After the third Ave, say the Gloria Patri, on the chain.


Then name the mystery upon which you are to meditate; e.g. “The Annunciation of our Lady.” While meditating on this mystery say the Pater Noster on the large bead just before the medal.


Then say Ave Maria ten times on the next ten small beads after the medal.


After the tenth Ave, say the Gloria Patri, on the chain.


Then proceed to the second mystery, saying Pater Noster on the large bead and ten Ave Maria’s with the scriptural sentences on the small beads, ending with Gloria Patri.


Continue in this manner until the set of mysteries appointed for the day has been finished.


At the end of the chaplet for the day, when you reach the medal, recite the Salve Regina (or other appropriate Marian Antiphon) followed by the versicle and the collect.

The Mysteries of the Rosary


THE five “Joyful Mysteries” are (1) The Annunciation of Our Lady; (2) The Visitation of Our Lady to Saint Elizabeth; (3) The Nativity of Our Lord; (4) The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple; and (5) The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. The Joyful Mysteries are said on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the year, and also on the Sundays from Advent to Lent.


The five “Sorrowful Mysteries” are (1) The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden; (2) The Scourging of Our Lord; (3) The Crowning of Our Lord with Thorns; (4) The Carrying of the Cross; and (5) The Crucifixion of Our Lord. The Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year, and also on the Sundays in Lent.


The five “Glorious Mysteries” are (1) The Resurrection of Our Lord; (2) The Ascension of Our Lord; (3) The Descent of the Holy Spirit; (4) The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven; and (5) The Coronation of Our Lady in Heaven. The Glorious Mysteries are said on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, and on the Sundays from Easter until Advent.







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