“One day, with the Rosary and the Scapular, I will save the world.” (Blessed Virgin Mary)
The Manner of Reciting the Rosary:
On the crucifix say: The 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 arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits 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, Amen.”
On the first bead: The Lord’s Prayer:
“Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be your name; your kingdom come, your 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.”
And on the three smaller beads:
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, JESUS. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen”.
Then conclude with: “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.”
MEDITATION DURING RECITATION OF ROSARY:
While reciting the rosary, one meditates on the mysteries of the redemption of the human race by Jesus, as told in scripture.
THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY:
JOYFUL MYSTERIES (Monday & Saturday)
- The Annunciation of Jesus’ Birth: Begin with the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father and then say 10 Hail Mary’s on the ten beads. Continue this pattern with each of the other mysteries:
- Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth: Our Father & 10 Hail Mary’s
- The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem: Our Father & 10 Hail Mary’s
- Mary and Joseph Present Jesus in the Temple: Our Father & 10 Hail Mary’s
- Jesus, lost and found in the Temple: Our Father & 10 Hail Mary’s
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (Thursday)
- The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan.
- The Wedding Feast at Cana.
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God.
- The Transfiguration of Jesus.
- The Institution of the Holy Eucharist.
SORROWFUL MYSTERIES: (Tuesdays & Fridays)
- Jesus Agonizes in the Garden.
- Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar.
- Jesus is Crowned with Thorns.
- Jesus Carries his Cross.
- Jesus is Crucified on Mt. Calvary.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES:( Sunday, Wednesday)
- Jesus Rises from the Dead.
- Jesus Ascends into Heaven.
- The Holy Spirit Descends on Mary, the Apostles and Disciples.
- Mary is Assumed, Body and Soul into Heaven.
- Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven.
PRAYERS FOLLOWING THE ROSARY:
Hail, Holy Queen…
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry poor banished children of Eve; to you do we lift up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley 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 thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Litany of the blessed virgin
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, 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 Savior, 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.
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 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, O Lord.
Christ, hear us; Christ, graciously hear us.
We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and Blessed Virgin.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God; that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray— Pour forth we beseech you , O Lord, Your grace into our hearts that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen
COMMENTS ON THE RECITATION OF THE ROSARY BY THE SAINTS:
~St. Padre Pio called the Rosary, the “WEAPON” against evil.
~In the Catholic Church this form of prayer/meditation has always focused on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the mysteries in the life of her Son, Jesus.
~St. Dominic, who received the Rosary from the Blessed Virgin calls the rosary a ‘weapon’ when he says: “If the rosary is prayed with fervor, it can defeat armies, destroy heresies and convict hearts in their evil ways.”
~ The Holy Rosary is the easiest school of meditation because it draws body, mind and spirit into an inner place where one can pray even when surrounded by distractions.
~”The Rosary is the Gospel transformed to prayer; it is the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary, his Mother.
~”The rosary is a fortress against evil. It is a sign to Satan that you belong to Our Lady; therefore, you should always carry it on your person. With the rosary you can overcome disease, conquer famine and unseat dictators. All of these things have been accomplished with the rosary in the past in various parts of the world. Continue, then, to pray and have faith in the humble prayer of the rosary.”
~Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR +, says: “It is a school where one learns the basic teaching of the Christian faith. It is a little retreat, enabling and challenging us to think about what we must do for God in return for what He has done for us.”
~When we say the Rosary, we have the words of heaven on our lips, the love of Mary in our hearts, the life of Christ in our thoughts–of these three strands is woven the precious fabric of the Rosary; in these three elements lies its most precious charm.
~The Rosary has a special effectiveness in fostering family unity and love. Every family will follow the pattern of the family of Nazareth–years of intimacy and joy, of responsibility and sorrow, the inevitability of separation and death, a time of reunion when God will wipe away all tears. The joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries have taught them this, almost without their realizing it.” –Apostleship of Prayer: 9/81
~Father Joseph Kentenich, founder of the Schoenstatt Movement, writing from the Dachau Concentration Camp said of the Rosary:
“Let us immerse ourselves into the ocean of love which the Rosary allows us to drink in richly; and let the glowing love of Christ and his Mother inflame our weak sacrificial spirit. Then our lives will soon become a mirror of Christ’s being and living here on earth. In him we will go through the world with strength and kindness as an image of Mary bringing blessings to all.
~The Rosary as a prayer form–a circle of beads with a short prayer that is repeated, is found in all major religions of the world.