♦How to pray the Rosary
1.At the Crucifix make the Sign of the Cross, then recite the Apostle's 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 rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, is seated 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 life everlasting.
2. Say one Our Father on the first large bead
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.
3. One Hail Mary on each of 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.
4. On the next large bead say One Glory Be,
Glory Be to the Father
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 then say one Our Father
5. On each of the ten small beads recite one Hail Mary while contemplating on the Mystery
6. On each large bead say the Glory be, and then pray the prayer of the Angel of Fatima
O My Jesus
O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.
Announce the next Mystery then recite one Our Father. Repeat steps 5 and six for all five decades of the Rosary
(say the Mystery, one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, one Glory be, O my Jesus)
7. At the end of the last decade recite the Glory Be and the O my Jesus, followed by 'Hail Holy Queen'
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, O most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement!, O loving!, O sweet Virgin Mary!
V: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R: 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 life; grant, we beseech Thee, that 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.
♦A good Method:
Before beginning: ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray well, put yourself for a moment in the presence of
Before beginning a decade, pause for a moment or two - depending upon how much time you have - and contemplate the mystery that you are about to honor in that decade.
Always be sure to ask of Almighty God, by this mystery and through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, one of the virtues that shines forth most in this mystery or one of which you stand in particular need.
Take great care to ask for some special grace
Ask God's help in cultivating one of the great Christian virtues or in overcoming one of your sins.
Avoid the pitfall a lot of people make when saying the Holy Rosary which, is to have no intention other than that of getting it over as quickly as possible!
It is really pathetic to see how most people say the Holy Rosary—they say it astonishingly fast and mumble so that the words are not properly pronounced at all. We could not possibly expect anyone, even the most unimportant person, to think that a slipshod address of this kind was a compliment and yet we expect Jesus and Mary to be pleased with it! Small wonder then that the most sacred prayers of our holy religion seem to bear no fruit, and that, after saying thousands of Rosaries, we are still no better than we were before!
I beg of you to temper the speed which comes all too easily to you and pause briefly several times as you say the Our Father and Hail Mary. I have placed a cross at each pause, as you will see:
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.
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.
St. Louis de Monfort