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The Rosary is a form of prayer in which we say a certain number of Our Fathers and Hail Marys, meditating or thinking for a short time before each decade; that is, before each Our Father and ten Hail Marys, on some particular event in the life of Our Lord. These events are called Mysteries of the Rosary. The string of beads on which these prayers are said is also called a Rosary. The ordinary Rosary beads are of five decades (50 Hail Mary beads + 6 Our Father / Glory Be beads + 3 more Hail Mary beads = 59 beads), which is considered one-third of the whole 15 decade Rosary or one-fourth of the 20 decade Rosary.

See also:
Prayers by Language
English Rosary Prayers, French Rosary Prayers, Italian Rosary Prayers, Spanish (American) Rosary Prayers, Spanish (European) Rosary Prayers, German Rosary Prayers, etc.


How to Pray the Rosary

How to pray the Rosary

1. The Sign of the Cross (Signum Crucis)
2. The Apostles' Creed (Credo)
3. Our Father (Pater Noster)
4. 3 (Hail Mary (Ave Maria)
5. (Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri)
6. Announce the 1st Mystery
7. Our Father
8. 10 Hail Mary
9. Glory Be to the Father / Oh, My Jesus
10. Announce 2nd Mystery
11. Our Father
12. 10 Hail Mary
13. Glory Be to the Father / Oh, My Jesus
14. Announce the 3rd Mystery
15. Our Father
16. 10 Hail Mary
17. Glory Be to the Father / Oh, My Jesus
18. Announce 4th Mystery
19. Our Father
20. 10 Hail Mary
21. Glory Be to the Father / Oh, My Jesus
22. Announce the 5th Mystery
23. Our Father
24. 10 Hail Mary
25. Glory Be to the Father / Oh, My Jesus
26. Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
For the Intentions and protection of our Holy Father:
27. Our Father
27. Hail Mary
27. Glory Be to the Father
28. The Sign of the Cross

Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries

1) The Annunciation
Matthew 1:18-25
Luke 1:26-38
2) The Visitation
Luke 1:39-56
3) The Nativity
Matthew 2:1-12
Luke 2:1-20
4) The Presentation
Luke 2:22-39
5) The Finding in the Temple
Luke 2:41-50

The Luminous Mysteries

1) The Baptism of Christ
Matthew 3:13-17
Mark 1:9-11
Luke 3:21-22
John 1:32-34
2) The Miracle at Cana
John 2:1-12
3) Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom
Matthew 4:12 - 25:46
Mark 1:14 - 13:37
Luke 4:14 - 21:38
John 3:13 - 12:50
4) The Transfiguration
Matthew 17:1-8
Mark 9:1-12
Luke 9:28-36
5) The Last Supper
Matthew 26:26-29
Mark 14:22-25
Luke 22:14-20
John 13:1 - 17:26
1 Corinthians 11:23-29

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1) The Agony in the Garden
Matthew 26:36-46
Mark 14:32-42
Luke 22:39-46
2) The Scourging at the Pillar
Matthew 27:26
Mark 15:15
Luke 23:14-16
John 19:1
3) The Crowning of Thorns
Matthew 27:27-30
Mark 15:16-19
John 19:2-3
4) The Way of the Cross
Matthew 27:31-33
Mark 15:20-22
Luke 23:26-32
John 19:16-17
5) The Crucifixion
Matthew 27:34-56
Mark 15:23-41
Luke 23:33-49
John 19:18-30

The Glorious Mysteries

1) The Resurrection
Matthew 28:1-15
Mark 16:1-13
Luke 24:1-12
John 20:1-18
2) The Ascension
Mark 16:19-20
Luke 24:50-53
Acts 1:9-11
3) The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:1-41
4) The Assumption
Psalm 15 (16):10
1 Thessalonians 4:14-16
Apocalypse 2:11
5) The Coronation of Mary
Judith 15:10-12
Apocalypse 12:1

See also:

Ro"sa*ry, n.; pl. Rosaries. Etym: [ll. rosarium a string of beads, l. Rosarium a place planted with roses, rosa a rose: cf. F. rosaire. See Rose.]

1. A bed of roses, or place where roses grow. "thick rosaries of Scented thorn." Tennyson.

2. (

Defn: a series of prayers (see note below) arranged to be recited in order, on beads; also, a string of beads by which the prayers are counted.
His idolized book, and the whole rosary of his prayers. Milton.

Note: a rosary consists of fifteen decades. Each decade contains ten
Hail Marys - Ave Marias marked by small beads, preceded by a Our Father - Pater Noster, marked by a larger bead, and concluded by a Glory Be to the Father - Gloria Patri.
Five decades make a chaplet, a third part (prior to 1992) of the rosary. Bp. Fitzpatrick.
Five decades now make a quarter of a rosary.

3. A chapelet; a garland; a series or collection, as of beautiful thoughts or of literary selections.
Every day propound to yourself a rosary or chaplet of good works to
Present to God at night. Jer. Taylor.

4. A coin bearing the figure of a rose, fraudulently circulated in Ireland in the 13th century for a penny. Rosary shell (zoöl.), any marine gastropod shell of the genus monodonta. They are top-shaped, bright-colored and pearly.


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