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The Rosary

The Rosary is the prayer in which we reflect on the main events in the life of Jesus and Mary. The Rosary is a sure means for preserving the home and strengthening the family life. "There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family than daily recitation of the Rosary" (Pius XII).

The Rosary is the effective means of promoting the world peace. May the Rosary become for us a means for family union and growth in genuine Christain love.

"If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, in your country, assemble every night to say the Rosary." St. Pius X

"I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the rosary. Let them continue saying it everyday." --Our Blessed Mother to Lucia at Fatima, October 13, 1917

"The rosary is my weapon." "Our Lady has never refused me a grace through the recitation of the rosary." "Love the Blessed Mother and make her loved. Always recite the rosary." --Padre Pio

How to say the Rosary

The Rosary is a combination of vocal and mental prayer on the mysteries of our redemption. It is composed of twenty decades or mysteries. Each decade consists of the OUR FATHER, ten HAIL MARYS and the GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, and a MYSTERY (TRUTH).

As you recite the vocal prayers, think about the mystery as it applies to you.


Prayers of the Rosary

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

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 burried. He went down 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.

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.

The 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.

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.

The Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who most need your help and mercy.

The 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, 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. Amen.

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 mediating upon these mysteries in 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.

The Rosary Mysteries

Joyful - for Monday and Saturday
1. Annunciation
2. Visitation
3. Birth of Our Lord
4. Presentation of Our Lord
5. Finding of Our Lord

Luminous - for Thursday
1. his Baptism in the Jordan
2. his self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana
3. his proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion
4. his Transfiguration
5. his institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery.

Sorrowful - for Tuesday and Friday
1. Agony of Our Lord
2. Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowning with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. Crucifixion of Our Lord

Glorious - for Sunday and Wednesday
1. Resurrection
2. Ascension
3. Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. Assumption of Our Blessed Mother
5. Coronation of Our Blessed Mother

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, graciously hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual Vessel, , pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of Heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors, pray for us.
Queen of virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.

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

Ant: We fly to your patronage. O Holy Mother of God: despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers. O glorious and Blessed Virgin.

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

Let us Pray

Defend, we beseech You. O Lord by the intercession of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, this your family from all adversity: and being prostrate before You with all our hearts, mercifully protect us from the snares of the enemy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother, to you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.


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