How to pray the Holy Rosary

Chaplet of the Holy Rosary


You can recite the holy Rosary using the Chaplet or beads. But without the beads, fingers are used to keep counts.

Begin with the Sign of the Cross

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

L  Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful,           R. And enkindle in them the fire of thy love.
L. Send forth thy Spirit and they shall be recreated,      R. And thou shalt renew the face of the earth

ALL: Let us pray: O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that in the same spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

L: Thou O Lord shall open my lips,             R: And my tongue shall proclaim thy praise
L; Incline unto my aid O God,                    R: O Lord make haste to help me

L; Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,  R: As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen   

The Creed
L:  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, who was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day, He arose again, He ascended into Heaven, and is sited at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

R: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Our Father
L: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

R: 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
L:  Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

R: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Glory Be
L: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

R  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

(In the first 3 beads recites the Hail Mary
after the third Hail Mary, repeat the Glory be,
before the 1st of the 10 beads (Hail Mary) the relevant mystery for the day will be announced)  

The Mysteries

The 5 Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturday)

1.  Annunciation      

The Archangel Gabriel “announces” to Mary that she shall conceive the Son of God. Luke 1:31, 32

2.  The Visitation    

Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. Luke 1:42, 45

3. The Nativity        

Jesus is born. Luke 2:6, 7

4.  The Presentation

 Mary and Joseph “present” Jesus in the Temple where they meet Simeon. Luke 2:22

5.  The Finding in the Temple  

 After losing Him, Mary and Joseph find young Jesus teaching the Rabbis in the Temple. Luke 2:46, 47

The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays)

1. The Agony in the Garden 

 Jesus sweats water and blood while praying the night before his passion. Matthew 26:36, 39

2. The Scourging at the Pillar 

Pilate has Jesus whipped. Matthew 27:25, 26

3. The Crowning with Thorns

 Roman soldiers crown Jesus’ head with thorns. Matthew 27:28, 29

4. The Carrying of the Cross

 Jesus meets His mother and falls three times on the way up Calvary. John 19:17, 18

5.The Crucifixion

 Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies before His mother and His apostle John. Luke 23:45, 46

The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays)

1. The Resurrection

Jesus rises from the dead. Matthew 28:5, 6

2. The Ascension

Jesus leaves the Apostles and bodily “ascends” to heaven. Luke 24:50-51

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit

 The Apostles receive the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire in the upper room with Mary. Acts 2:3, 4

4. The Assumption

 Mary is taken bodily–assumed–into heaven by God at the end of her life here on earth. Judith 13:18

5. The Coronation

 Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. Revelation 12:1

The Luminous or the Mysteries of Light (Thursday)

1. The Baptism in the Jordan: 

The voice of the Father declares Jesus the beloved Son. Luke 1:10

2. The Wedding at Canaan

Christ changes water into wine, his first public miracle. Luke John 2:11

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom

Jesus calls to conversion (cf. Mk 1:15) and forgives the sins of all who draw near to him. Mark 1:15

4. The Transfiguration

 The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ. Matthew 17:2

5. The Institution of the Eucharist:

 Jesus offers the first Mass at the Last Supper with his apostles, establishing the sacramental foundation for all Christian living Luke 22:19

( The Rosary is concluded by saying the following prayers)

Hail Holy Queen

ALL: Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail our lives, 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!

L: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,

All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

L: Let us Pray:  All: O God who’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 on 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.

  • L.   Most Sacred heart of Jesus     R. Have mercy on us
  • L. Immaculate heart of Mary         R. Pray for us
  • L. St. Joseph                               R. Pray for us
  • L. St. John the Evangelist             R. Pray for us
  • L. St. Louis- Maria de Monfort         R. Pray for us

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy      Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy    Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy      Lord, have mercy
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                                    R.  Pray for us
  • Holy Mother of God
  • Holy Virgin of Virgins
  • Mother of Christ
  • Mother of the Church
  • Mother of divine grace
  • 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 Saviour
  • 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 honour
  • Singular vessel of devotion
  • Mystical Rose
  • Tower of David
  • Tower of Ivory
  • House of Gold
  • Ark of the Convenant
  • Gate of Heaven
  • Morning Star
  • Health of the Sick
  • Refuge of sinners
  • Comforter of the afflicted
  • Help of Christains
  • 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 the family
  • 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
Pray for us, O holy mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us Pray: Grant we beseech thee, O Lord, that we your servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrows and attain to eternal joy, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Simple Catholic Prayer Book.

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