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How to Pray the Holy Rosary

Rosary Beads


How to Pray The Rosary


1.   (A) - Rosary Cross


Make the Sign of the Cross

Pray the "Apostles' Creed."

2.   Metal Chain before the (B) Bead

State your intention for this Rosary.

3.   (B) - Bead with a White Dot above the Cross


Pray the "Our Father."


4.   (C) – Beads with Red Dots - Cluster of 3


Pray the "Hail Mary" on these three beads while reflecting on the three divine virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love.

5.   Metal Chain before the (D) Bead

Pray the "Glory Be"

Pray the "Oh My Jesus"

6.   (D) Large Bead with a Yellow Dot

Announce the First Mystery – For example, The First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation.

Pray the "Our Father"


Note: Skip the (F) Joiner until the end of the Rosary


7.   (E) 10 small beads with a Reddish Brown Color


The first decade - Pray 10 Hail Marys while reflecting upon the mystery, for example, The Annunciation.

8.   Metal Chain before the (D) Bead

Pray the "Glory Be"

Pray the "Oh My Jesus"

- Move on again to the next decade, which is the second mystery. 

- Announce the Next Mystery – For example, The Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation.

- Pray the "Our Father"

- Pray 10 Hail Marys while reflecting upon the mystery.

- Complete the third, fourth, and fifth decades.

9.   Metal Chain before the Joiner

Pray the "Glory Be"

Pray the "Oh My Jesus"

10.   (F) with a Blue Dot - The Joiner


Pray the "Hail, Holy Queen"

Pray the "O God"

Pray the St. Michael's Prayer

Make the Sign of the Cross

Rosary Prayers


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 to the dead. On the third day, He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sat at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there, 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.


The "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. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


The "Hail Mary"


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you 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.


The "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 send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your 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. Amen.


The "O God"


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 by 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 Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The Mysteries of The Rosary

  1. Joyful Mysteries

(Monday & Saturday)

• The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary

• The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

• The Birth of Jesus

• The Presentation of Jesus

• The Finding of Jesus in the Temple


  2. Luminous Mysteries


• The Baptism of Jesus

• The Wedding at Cana

• The Kingdom of God

• The Transfiguration

• The Last Supper

  3. Sorrowful Mysteries

(Tuesday & Friday)

• The Agony in the Garden

• The Scourging at the Pillar

• The Crowning with Thorns

• The Carrying of the Cross

• The Crucifixion

  4. Glorious Mysteries

(Wednesday & Sunday)

• The Resurrection

• The Ascension

• The Descent of the Holy Spirit

• The Assumption of Mary

• The Coronation of Mary

Related Links

All About Mary

The Life of Mary

Prayers to Mary

The History of The Rosary

The Rosary Promises of Mary

Devotion to the Twin Hearts of Jesus and Mary

All the Rosary Prayers and The Mysteries are at the bottom of this page. 

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