Praying the Rosary

Praying the rosary is meditating on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His mother.

Praying the Rosary

The rosary is one of the oldest christian prayers where we gather around the mother of Jesus to meditate and contemplate the life of her son Jesus.

Every rosary is composed of a cross with beads and decades.

One decade refers to one bead used to pray Our Father (Pater) and ten beads used to pray hail Mary (ave) .

Sometimes a tenner is used.

A tenner is made with only ten Aves or Hail Mary beads and a Pater or Our Father bead, easy to conceal in the pocket or hand.

So when we pray 10 hail Marys, we always start with our father.

The Rosary begins with the cross and credo (act of faith). Followed by a Pater and three Aves in honor of the Holy trinity. And the mysteries of the day for each decade of the rosary.

Pray for Us, Oh Holy Mother of God

that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray

The Sign of the cross

In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit Amen

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;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will 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.

Amen.

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

We salute Mary, bride of the Holy Spirit with a Hail Mary

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.

Amen.

We salute Mary, mother of Jesus with a Hail Mary

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.

Amen.


We salute Mary, Daughter of the Heavenly Father with a Hail Mary

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.

Amen.

We end with Gloria

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 without end.

Amen.

Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy amen

We pray the first decade with the first Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

And the angel said unto her: Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

We pray one Our Father , 10 hail Marys, Gloria and 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

– 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. Amen. (10x)

– 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

– O most holy (O sanctissima) o most loving (o piissima) Sweet Virgin Mary! (dulcis Virgo Maria!) Beloved Mother, undefiled (Mater amata, intemerata) Pray the Almighty for us (Ora pro nobis Deo)

We pray the second decade with the second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

We pray one Our Father , 10 hail Marys, Gloria and 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

– 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. Amen. (10x)

– 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

– O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Immaculate Mary!

Praying the rosary is meditating on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His mother.
Praying the rosary is meditating on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His mother.

– O most holy (O sanctissima) o most loving (o piissima) Sweet Virgin Mary! (dulcis Virgo Maria!) Beloved Mother, undefiled (Mater amata, intemerata) Pray the Almighty for us (Ora pro nobis Deo)

We pray the third decade with the Third Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Jesus

Mary brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.

We pray one Our Father , 10 hail Marys, Gloria and 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

– 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. Amen. (10x)

– 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

– O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy Mercy. Of the Father’s love begotten were the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega. He the source, the ending of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see evermore !

We pray the fourth decade with The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

And when the time came, they brought him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.

We pray one Our Father , 10 hail Marys, Gloria and 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

– 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. Amen. (10x)

– 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

-O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Hail, star of the sea (Ave, Maris Stella) Nurturing Mother of God (Dei mater Alma) And ever Virgin (atque semper Virgo) Happy gate of Heaven (Felix cœli porta) Ave

We pray the fifth decade with The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers and asking them questions And all who heard him were astonished at his understanding and his answers.

We pray one Our Father , 10 hail Marys, Gloria and 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

– 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. Amen. (10x)

– 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

– O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

In may, month of Mary

Bring flowers of the fairest
Bring flowers of the rarest
From garden and woodland and hillside and vale
Our full hearts are swelling
Our glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest rose of the vale
O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May
O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today
Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May

Explanation

Learn the prayers by heart and meditate the content of the mysteries. Mary is the first christian. We meditate with her and contemplate the mysteries of Jesus life .

  • The Joyful Mysteries
    focus on the joyful events related to the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. (Monday)
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries
    focus on the sorrowful events related to the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. (Tuesday and Friday)
  • The Glorious Mysteries
    focus on the glorious events related to the Resurrection and the reigning of Christ in heaven with Our Lady. (Wednesday and Saturday)
  • The Luminous Mysteries or mysteries of light
    (added by Pope St. John Paul II) focus on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. (Thursday and Sunday)

Meditate on the mysteries of the rosary based upon the days of the week.

For example, on Mondays we pray the Joyful Mysteries.

With each of the five decades of the rosary we focus on one of the five events that comprise the Joyful mysteries as shown above.

Meditating on the life of Christ with the prayers of the Holy Rosary through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Maryis a sure way of growing in faith and in your understanding of the faith, deepening your relationship with Christ, increasing in holiness and virtue, and avoiding sin.

Source

We meditate on the events and mysteries of the life of Jesus with the Bible, the Word of God. Food for thought and faith. In doing so we deepen our understanding of Jesus words and actions. It is not acquired in one day. We get a better understanding of what His life means to us. And we come to understand the things of God. How infinite they are, how great and beyond understanding.

Jesus was born more than 2000 years ago, but now here He is, present in our lives. We can see beautiful signs in nature. How God created everything and how you can marvel at creation, inwardly, in your heart. It goes infinitely deeper. Go into nature and walk in His Creation with all creatures. Become one withe the most Holy.

God gives infinite joy, even when you are having a hard time. Praying the Rosary can help you experience how God holds you, how Mary is always by your side. The mother of Jesus given to us as our mother, our spiritual heaven, always there for us to hold our hands .

Let us pray, and let us  pray the rosary with others.

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