Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
THE HISTORY OF THE ROSARY
The Rosary is a beautiful prayer. When we pray it we think about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. We pray the Rosary to Our Blessed Mother, Mary, in memory of her son. The Rosary started in the 13th Century with St. Dominic in Spain. Our Lady told him that saying the rosary would help to convert many people; which it did. Our Lady also appeared in 1858 at Lourdes in France, to a poor peasant girl named Bernadette. In 1917, Mary appeared a number of times to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, and taught them the Fatima Prayer. The Rosary is still a strong devotion for many Catholics today.
PRAYING THE ROSARY
“Rosary” means wreath of roses. Think of each Hail Mary you pray as a rose you are giving to her. When you are finished, you will have given Mary a beautiful bouquet of prayers. To pray the Rosary, you begin just like you would any other prayer— In the Name of the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Begin at the cross by reciting The Apostle’s Creed
On the single bead which follows say one Our Father for the Intentions of our Holy Father, the Pope.
On the three beads which follow say three Hail Marys for Faith, Hope and Charity.
On the next bead recite The Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.
This will bring you to the loop which is usually joined to the Cross section with a medallion. At this point you announce the first of the 5 mysteries for that day and recite an Our Father.
On the 10 beads that follow, recite 1 Hail Mary per bead while thinking about the mystery for that decade.
When you get to the single bead, say The Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer. This is the end of the first decade.
You begin the next decade on the same single bead by thinking about the next mystery and reciting one Our Father.
Continue with 10 Hail Marys and then the Glory Be and The Fatima Prayer.
Once you have completed all five decades you say the Hail Holy Queen and finish with the Sign of the Cross.
THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
There are 4 different mysteries of the Rosary and they are usually said on certain days of the week. Each mystery is divided into 5 events from Jesus’ life. As we contemplate each mystery we try to think about the fruit of that mystery. The fruit is the virtue that we would like to achieve with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Joyful Mysteries (Said on Mondays and Wednesdays)
They remind us to be glad for all of the good things we have in our lives.
1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) – Humility
2. The Visitation (Luke 1:39-56) – The Love of Others
3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) – Love of God
4. The Presentation of Jesus (Luke 2:22-38) – Obedience
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) – Faithfulness
The Luminous Mysteries (said on Thursdays) They remind us to follow Jesus every day.
1. The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17) – Obeying God’s Will
2. The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12) – Fidelity
3. Jesus Proclaims the Good News (Mark 1:15) – Desire for Holiness
The Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36) – Spiritual Courage
The Institution of the Eucharist (Matthew 26:26-29) – Gratitude
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Said on Tuesdays and Fridays) They remind us to never give up, even when things are very bad, because God is with us.
1. The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-56) – True Sorrow for Sins
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:20-26) – Purity
3. The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-30) – Spiritual Courage
4. The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:31-33) – Patience
5. The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:34-60) – Help me to serve Jesus all my life
The Glorious Mysteries (Said on Sundays and Wednesdays) They remind us that God has a place for us in Heaven and that by following Jesus we will find out way there.
1. The Resurrection (John 20:1-18) – Faith
2. The Ascension (Acts 1:9-11) – Hope
3. The Holy Spirit Comes (John 20:19-23) – For the grace of the Holy Spirit
4. Mary is assumed into Heaven (John 11:26) – For a happy death in Mary’s arms
5. The Crowning of Mary (Philippians 2:1-11) – Love for Mary
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