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Praying The Rosary

Mp3 Audio on the Rosary by Father Vernard Poslusney

Power of the Rosary (Mp3 Part 1)
Power of the Rosary (Mp3 Part 2)
How To Praying The Rosary

Mysteries of the Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary


Our Holy Mother asked us to pray three complete Rosaries each day providing time permits. Some who have a very busy schedule should try to pray at least one Rosary a day. If that is not possible, then at least one decade a day. One completed Rosary may take about 30 – 40 minutes to pray.


Beginning the Rosary

1. Make the Sign of the Cross with the Crucifix on the Rosary while announcing: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Pray the “Apostle’s Creed”

The Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of Heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

2. Pray the “Our Father” on the first large bead.

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. Amen.

3. Pray three “Hail Marys” on the three small beads.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among woman, 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.

4. On the space between the three small beads and the next large bead, there are three prayers:

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.

Fatima Prayer

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of Your mercy.

Appeal to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph I love you. Please save sinners

5. Announce the first Mystery

The Rosary consists five decades. Each decade correspond to a mystery or event in the lives of Jesus and Mary. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious. These Mysteries can prayed on specific days of the week. For example, the Joyful and Luminous Rosaries can be prayed on Mondays and Thursdays, the sorrowful on Tuesday and Fridays and the Glorious on Saturday.

Joyful and Luminous on Sundays falling in January, April, July and October.

Sorrowful on Sundays falling in February, May, August and November.

Glorious on Sundays falling in March, June, September and December.

After announcing the first Mystery (example: “The Annunciation”), pray the “Our Father” on the large bead, then ten “Hail Marys” on the ten smaller beads, while meditating on the Mystery.


Pray the Mysteries

Joyful Mysteries:

The Annunciation

And when the angel had come to her, he said, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:28).

The Visitation

Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:41).

The Birth of Jesus

She gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged (Luke 2:7).

The Presentation

When the day came to purify them according to the Law of Moses, the couple brought him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord. For it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord.” (Luke 2:22).

Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple

On the third day they came upon Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions (Luke 2:46).

Luminous Mysteries:

The Baptism of the Lord

And when Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water, and behold the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16).

The Wedding at Cana

On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with His disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine." (John 2:1-3).

The Proclamation of the Kingdome of God

Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:14).

The Transfiguration

He took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as He was praying, the appearance of His countenance was altered, and His raiment became dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which He was to accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9: 28).

The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

And He took bread, and when he had given thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me." (Luke 22:19).

Sorrowful Mysteries:

The Agony in the Garden

In his anguish he prayed with all the greater intensity, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. Then He rose from prayer and came to his disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted with grief. (Luke 22:44)

The Scourging at the Pillar

Pilate’s next move was to take Jesus and have Him scourged (John 19:1)

The Crowning with Thorns

They stripped off His clothes and wrapped Him in a scarlet military cloak. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they fixed it on His head, and stuck a reed in His right hand (Matthew 27:28).

The Carrying of the Cross

Carrying the cross by Himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull. (in Hebrew, Golgatha) (John 19:17).

The Crucifixion

Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, “Father, into Your hands I commend my Spirit.” After He said this, He expired (Luke 23:46).

Glorious Mysteries:

The Resurrection

“You need not be amazed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified. He has been raised up, He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” (Mark 16:6)

The Ascension

Then after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into Heaven and took His seat at God’s right hand (Mark 16:19).

The Decent of the Holy Ghost

All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them (Acts 2:3).

The Assumption

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under Her feet, and on Her head a crown of twelve stars (Revelations 12:1).

The Coronation

You are the glory of Jerusalem. You are the splendid boast of our people. God is pleased with what You have wrought. May You be blessed by the Lord Almighty forever and ever (Judith 15:9)

7. At completing of the ten “Hail Marys”, pray the three prayers, the “Glory Be”, the “Fatima Prayer” and the “Appeal to the Holy Family”.

8. Continue on with the second Mystery in the same manor (example: “The Visitation”). Follow through with the remainder of the five Mysteries.

9. After the five Mysteries, pray 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 so we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us. And after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. Oh clement, oh loving, oh sweet Virgin Mary!

Pray for us, oh holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christs.