You don't need the object to pray the Rosary, but the beads will help you keep track of where you are as you pray. Moreover, the Rosary, as a physical object, is a sacred object, the presence of which in your home or pocket is, in a certain sense, a constant prayer offered to God, through Mary. When we pray the Rosary, we start with the cross, say a prayer, then move on to the first bead and say a prayer, then move to the second bead and say a prayer, and continue in this manner until all of the beads are covered.
Whether we go from left to right, or from right to left probably makes no difference. Note: You will find all of the prayers at the end of this article. The basic configuration of the prayer is simple: the Rosary consists of a Cross, a medal, individual beads, and consecutive beads. For the cross, we pray the Apostles' Creed; for the individual beads, the Our Father, and for the consecutive beads, the Hail Mary. After all of the beads have been covered, it is customary to say some concluding prayers see below , including petitions if the petitions have not already been stated , which can be understood to correspond to the medal.
How To Pray The Rosary
Otherwise, the medal has no corresponding prayers. The Rosary can be divided into three parts: the introduction, the five decades, and the conclusion. The introduction consists of the cross and the four beads following it, which together mean the Apostles' Creed, one Our Father, and three Hail Marys. The five decades each consist of one individual bead and ten consecutive beads -- that is of one Our Father, and ten Hail Marys. The concluding prayers can be any Marian prayer, related prayers, and the petitions for which the Rosary is prayed if the petitions have not already been stated.
See the end of the article for some sample concluding prayers. Each decade is devoted to a particular event in the life of Jesus or of the Virgin Mary.
For the purposes of the Rosary, these are called mysteries. The focus is always on Jesus. But since the Virgin Mary, as the Mother of Jesus, had and continues to have a special relationship with Christ, the Rosary is designed to help us contemplate Christ and His love for humanity through His Mother -- and Our Mother -- on whom He has lavished so much love. Since the Rosary has five decades, each of which corresponds to one mystery, there are five mysteries for each Rosary. Finally, there are three sets of five mysteries: 1 the Joyful Mysteries, 2 the Sorrowful Mysteries, and 3 the Glorious Mysteries.
The custom is to pray each set of mysteries on the days of the week indicated -- but that is just a custom. The Annunciation to Mary 2. The Visitation of Mary 3. The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ 4. The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple 5. The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple.
The Agony of Christ in the Garden 2. The Scourging at the Pillar 3. The Crowning with Thorns 4. The Carrying of the Cross 5. The Resurrection of Our Lord 2. The Ascension of Our Lord 3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles 4. When we pray the Joyful Mysteries, the first decade corresponds to the Annunciation, the second decade to the Visitation, the third, to the Birth of Our Lord, the fourth, to the Presentation at the Temple, and the fifth, to the Finding in the Temple.
When we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries, the first decade corresponds to the Agony of Christ in the Garden, the second, to Scourging of Christ, the third, to the Crowning with Thorns, the fourth, to the Carrying of the Cross, and the fifth, to the Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord. Now we can look at how all of this is put together.
Two different basic approaches have developed, both of which will be covered. Both approaches are equally acceptable, but specific indulgences for the Rosary may require that we follow the local custom. The Introduction: -- kiss the cross, and make the sign of the cross -- at the cross -- say the Apostles' Creed -- at the first individual bead -- say one Our Father -- at each of the three consecutive beads -- say one Hail Mary.
The First Mystery: -- state the First Mystery -- optional: state the prayer intention for this mystery -- at the individual bead -- say one Our Father -- at each of the ten consecutive beads -- say one Hail Mary -- after the 10th, say Glory Be and O My Jesus.
The Second Mystery: -- state the Second Mystery, -- optional: state the prayer intention for this mystery -- at the individual bead -- say one Our Father -- at each of the ten consecutive beads -- say one Hail Mary -- after the 10th, say Glory Be and O My Jesus. The Third Mystery: -- state the Third Mystery -- optional: state the prayer intention for this mystery -- at the individual bead -- say one Our Father -- at each of the ten consecutive beads -- say one Hail Mary -- after the 10th, say Glory Be and O My Jesus.
The Fourth Mystery: -- state the Fourth Mystery -- optional: state the prayer intention for this mystery -- at the individual bead -- say one Our Father -- at each of the ten consecutive beads -- say one Hail Mary -- after the 10th, say Glory Be and O My Jesus. The Fifth Mystery: -- state the Fifth Mystery -- optional: state the prayer intention for this mystery -- at the individual bead -- say one Our Father -- at each of the ten consecutive beads -- say one Hail Mary -- after the 10th, say Glory Be and O My Jesus. Conclusion: -- a Marian prayer -- if desired, a general prayer, such as a prayer to the Holy Spirit -- statement of intentions, if not made earlier the intentions could also be stated at the very beginning Note: The usual concluding prayer in the United States appears to be the Hail, Holy Queen, but other prayers, like the Mamorare of St.
Bernard, are just as suitable. See the end of the article for sample prayers. This method is the same as the first one, with one major exception. Here the mysteries are not announced before each decade but are inserted into every Hail Mary. This is done in the following manner:. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Fruit of your womb, Jesus.
The advantage of this method is that the mystery is stated ten times during the decade, and not just once before it.
In this way, it is easier to focus on the mystery to which the decade is dedicated, and it is easier to reflect on it while praying the decade. In the second method, every Hail Mary has a mystery inserted in the middle, even the three Hail Mary's in the introduction. The mysteries are phrased with a view to incorporating them into the Hail Mary. They are the following:. The First Three Mysteries of the Introduction: 1. Sign up to our daily bulletin, magazine preview and US weekly.
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The Scourging at the Pillar Jesus is lashed with whips. The Crowning With Thorns Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns. The Carrying of the Cross Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him. The Crucifixion Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.
The Ascension Jesus returns to his Father in heaven. The Assumption of Mary At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.