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Pray the Rosary, don’t just say it.
Think of the Mysteries in your mind to meditate.
Feel the Mysteries in your heart to contemplate.

The Order of Praying the Rosary

Bless yourself with the cross and say the Apostles Creed. Move to the first large bead and say the Our Father. On each of the three following beads say the Hail Mary. On the final introductory bead say the Glory Be.

Start the first decade (decade = a group of ten, referring to 10 Hail Marys) by meditating on the first Mystery. On the starting medal say the Our Father. On each of the ten following beads say the Hail Mary. On the chain before the singular bead say the Glory Be. Then add the Fatima Prayer.

Say the rest of the five Decades, each time meditating on one of the Mysteries and following as with the first Mystery, the Our Father on the singular bead, then ten Hail Marys, etc. At the end (optionally five decades or the full 20 decade Rosary), recite the Hail, Holy Queen and, optionally, the St. Michael Prayer and the Memorare.

Indulgences for each Five Decades

Plenary: Once a day when recited in a church or public oratory; also when said in a family, religious community or pious association, on the usual conditions of Confession (one week before or one week after), Communion, and prayer (the same day) for the intention of the Holy Father.

Partial: Several times a day, when said in circumstances different from the aforesaid.

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Prayers of the Rosary


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. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and 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.

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

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. 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.


Auxiliary Prayers Associated with the Rosary

Fatima Prayer

(at the end of each decade, after the Glory Be). O, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy.

Hail Holy Queen

(after the last Glory Be). 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!

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, 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 salvation, 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.


Optional Concluding Prayers 

Prayer to St. Michael. St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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