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Artist: Nacho Valdes

For you, my friend, ….. I have written the “Holy Rosary” so that you and I may learn how to become absorbed in prayer when we are praying to Our Lady.
Don’t allow yourself to be disturbed by the sound of words as you meditate on the thoughts I set before you: do not read them aloud, for then they would lose their intimacy.
On the other hand, pronounce the Our Father and the Hail Marys of each decade clearly and without haste. In this way you will always gain more from this practice of love of Mary.                       

And don’t forget to pray for me. 

Holy Rosary, by St Josemaria.​    

T H E    H O L Y     R O S A R Y

Say the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament:
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… repeat three times
Spiritual Communion
I wish, my Lord, to receive you with the purity, humility and devotion with which your most Holy Mother received you, with the spirit and fevour of the saints.

SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

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.
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.

HAIL MARY (3 times)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are you amongt 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.


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.



MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
JOYFUL MYSTERIES (Monday and Saturday)
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of our Lord
4. The Presentation
5. The finding of the Child Jesus in the temple

SORROWFUL MYSTERIES (Tuesday and Friday)
1. Agony in the Garden
2. Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowning with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion and death of our Lord on the Cross

LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (Thursday)
1. Baptism of the Child Jesus
2. The Wedding feast at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the call to conversion
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist

GLORIOUS MYSTERIES (Sunday)
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and our Lady
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation of our Lady Queen of heaven

Recitation of the decade:
Our Father…
10 Hail Marys…
Glory Be…
O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

At the end of the five mysteries say the Hail Holy Queen 

HAIL HOLY QUEEN
Hail Holy Queen mother of mercy, hail our life our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee to 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.
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 Christ our Lord. Amen.

LITANY (with the three recent invocations of Pope Francis added)
V. Lord, have mercy on us.  
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.
V. God, the Father of Heaven.
R. Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world.
R. Have mercy on us.
V. God, the Holy Spirit
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Holy Trinity, One God
R. Have mercy on us.

V. Holy Mary                        R. Pray for us
Holy Mother of God
Holy Virgin of virgins

Mother of Christ
Mother of the Church
Mother of mercy
Mother of divine grace

Mother of hope
Mother most pure
Mother most chaste
Mother inviolate
Mother undefiled

Mother most amiable
Mother most admirable
Mother of good counsel
Mother of our Creator
Mother of our Savior

Virgin most prudent
Virgin most venerable
Virgin most renowned

Virgin most powerful
Virgin most merciful
Virgin most faithful

Mirror of justice
Seat of wisdom
Cause of our joy

Spiritual vessel
Vessel of honor
Singular vessel of devotion

Mystical rose
Tower of David
Tower of ivory
House of gold

Ark of the covenant
Gate of Heaven
Morning star

Health of the sick
Refuge of sinners
Solace of migrants
Comforter of the afflicted
Help of Christians

Queen of Angels
Queen of Patriarchs
Queen of Prophets
Queen of Apostles

Queen of Martyrs
Queen of Confessors
Queen of Virgins
Queen of all Saints

Queen conceived without Original Sin
Queen assumed into Heaven

Queen of the most holy rosary
Queen of Families
Queen of Peace.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Grant we beseech thee, O Lord our God, that we thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal happiness, through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

For the needs of the Church and the nation:
Our Father….. Hail Mary…. Glory Be…

For the Bishop of this diocese and his intentions:
Our Father….. Hail Mary…. Glory Be…

For the Holy Souls in purgatory
​Our Father….. Hail Mary…. .May they rest in peace. Amen.

About the Rosary

The word rosary comes from Latin and means a garland of roses, the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Virgin Mary.

The Holy Rosary is an ancient Christian prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, asking her to pray for all her children in our time of need.
While praying each decade of the rosary, try to contemplate the mysteries by putting yourself in the scene as one more character.

 

​H O W     T O      P R A Y      T H E      R O S A R Y

To begin
​On the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles’ Creed. Then, on the first large bead and the three smaller beads that follow, for an increase in the virtues of faith, hope, and charity:
Our Father…
Hail Marys
Glory Be…

The Mysteries
There are 4 sets of mysteries, each made of 5 episodes (called decades) in Jesus’ life which we can  contemplate with our Mother Mary, while praying the Rosary: the joyful mysteries (traditionally prayed on Mondays and Saturdays) at the beginning of Jesus’ life, the luminous mysteries (Thursdays) of His public ministry, the sorrowful mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays) of His Passion, and the glorious mysteries (Sundays and Wednesdays), beginning with His Resurrection from the dead.

The Decades
The Rosary is divided into 5 decades. Begin each by announcing the  mystery, and use the beads of the Rosary (1 large bead and 10 small) to count the prayers.
Each decade is a moment to contemplate an episode in the life of our Lord, beside our Lady.

Recitation of the decade:
Our Father…
10 Hail Marys…
Glory Be…
O My Jesus…

Say the Hail Holy Queen…

Litany of Loreto is traditionally prayed at the end of the Rosary. The one here includes the new invocations to our Lady recently added by Pope Francis.