How to Pray the Rosary

Nobody could explain this better than Pope John Paul II in his guidelines on 

How to Pray the Rosary:

1. The announcement of the mystery with the proclamation of a Biblical Passage

2. Silence. Listening and meditation are nourished by silence.

3. The "Our Father". In each of the mysteries, Jesus always leads us to the Father.

4. The ten "Hail Mary's". The repetition of a Hail Mary in the Rosary gives us a share in God's own wonder and pleasure.

5. The Glory be. The "Gloria", the high-point of contemplation, has to be given due prominence in the Rosary.

6. The Fatima prayer "prayer to Jesus requested by Mary" immediately follows the Glory Be.

Rosary Diagram how to Pray the Rosary Beads

  1.    Start with the Crucifix. Make the Sign of the Cross followed by The Apostles Creed.
  2. Move to the first Pater bead after the Crucifix. Say an Our Father (for the intentions of the Pope). 
  3. For each of the next 3 beads say a Hail Mary (Faith, Hope and Charity) . Then close with The Glory Be. 
  4. While meditating on the first mystery, take hold of the next bead and say the Our Father. Then skip over the rosary centre 
  5. Say one Hail Mary for each of the next 10 Ave beads. Then say the Glory Be followed by the Fatima Prayer. 
  6. While meditating on the second mystery take hold of the next bead and say the Our Father.
  7. Say one Hail Mary for each of the next 10 Ave beads, ending with the Glory Be and Fatima Prayer
  8. While meditating on the 3rd mystery take hold of the next bead and say the Our Father
  9. Say one Hail Mary for each of the next 10 Ave beads, ending with the Glory Be and Fatima Prayer 
  10. While meditating on the fourth mystery take hold of the next bead and say the Our Father. 
  11. Say one Hail Mary for each of the next 10 Ave beads, ending with the Glory Be and Fatima Prayer 
  12. While meditating on the fifth mystery take hold of next bead say the Our Father. 
  13. Say one Hail Mary for each of the next 10 Ave beads, ending with the Glory Be and Fatima Prayer 
  14. While holding the center say the Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina) 
  15.  Follow with any customary prayers in your area. (St Michael Prayer, Prayer after the Rosary) 
  16. Make the Sign of the Cross. 


Prayers of the Rosary

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; 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

"This Creed is the spiritual seal, our heart's meditation and an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure of our soul."

Saint Ambrose

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. 

 â€Å“The Lordâ€â„¢s Prayer is truly the summary of the whole gospelâ€Â, the â€Å“most perfect of prayersâ€Â. It is at the centre of the Scriptures. It is called â€Å“The Lordâ€â„¢s Prayerâ€Â because it comes to us from the Lord Jesus, the master and model of our prayer. CCC 2774, 2775

  The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed are 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.

 â€Å“Mary is full of grace because the Lord is with her. The grace with which she is filled is the presence of Him who is the source of all grace.â€Â CCC 2676 

Rosary Beads for Prayer

The 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, world without end. Amen.

 â€Å“The Glory be. The "Gloria", the high-point of contemplation, has to be given due prominence in the Rosary.â€Â Blessed Pope John Paul II

Fatima Prayer 

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

  Sr. Lucia states that "The correct form is the one I have written in my account of the apparition of July 13: 'O my Jesus, pardon us, and save us from the fire of hell; draw all souls to heaven, especially those most in need.'" This version does not have the commonly-added phrase "of thy mercy" at the end of it.â€Â  

Our Lady of Fatima Prayer

  Hail Holy Queen. 

Hail! Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail! our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this veil of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement! O loving! O sweet Virgin Mary! 

Pray for us, O Most Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Prayer After The Rosary

 O God, whoâ€â„¢s 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