The Rosary - Praying with Beads

The Rosary is a traditional Catholic devotion used very widely for meditating on events from the life of Christ and Our Lady, his mother. You can use beads, or pray the devotion without them using your fingers to mark each prayer.

Make the Sign of the Cross and holding the Crucifix say 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; 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.

On the first bead say the Lord’s Prayer

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.

On the next three beads say three "Hail Marys"

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.

On the next bead say the "Glory be to the Father"

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.

To demonstrate we can use the 'joyful mysteries' as an example. We will begin with 'the Annunciation'; say the Bible reading out to yourself.

Say the Lord’s Prayer; place yourself in the middle of The Joyful Mysteries: Mondays and Saturdays

Decade One: The Annunciation: Luke 1.26-39

Decade Two: The Visitation: Luke 1.40-48

Decade Three: The Nativity: Luke 2.6-12

Decade Four: The Presentation in the Temple: Luke 2.22-35

Decade Five: The finding of our Lord in the Temple. Luke 2.41-50

The Luminous Mysteries: Thursdays

Decade One: The Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan:Matthew 3.13-17

Decade Two: The wedding at Kana: John 2.1-12

Decade Three: Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God: Luke 15.3-7

Decade Four: The Transfiguration: Luke 9:28-36

Decade Five: The Institution of the Eucharist: Luke 22.7-20

The Sorrowful Mysteries: Tuesdays and Fridays

Decade One: Agony in the Garden: Luke 22: 39-44

Decade Two: The scouring at the pillar: Isaiah 53:3-7

Decade Three: The crowning with thorns: John 19:1-5

Decade Four: The carrying of the cross: Luke 23:27-32

Decade Five: The Crucifixion: Luke 19: 12-18 / 25-27

The Glorious Mysteries: Wednesdays and Sundays

Decade One: The Resurrection: John 20: 10-18

Decade Two: The Ascension: Luke 24:50-53

Decade Three: The descent of the Holy Spirit: John 14:15-19

Decade Four: The Assumption: John 14:1-6

Decade Five: The Coronation: Revelation: 12:1-6

After you have finished your meditation, pray:

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 us the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O Loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us Mother of God, that we may 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 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