How to Pray the Rosary
Every Wednesday Night Catholic, we come together to pray the Rosary. If you are unable to join us, here are the instructions to pray the Rosary by yourself.
The Rosary is divided into five decades. Each decade represents a mystery or event in the life of Jesus. There are four sets of "Mysteries of the Rosary" (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious). These four "Mysteries of the Rosary" therefore contain, a total of twenty mysteries. The mysteries are then said on specific days of the week; ince CCM comes together once a week on Wednesdays, we say a different set of mysteries each week. See each set of mysteries below, along with on what to meditate for each in the parentheses.
InstructionsYou can also print these instructions here.
1. (holding crucifix) Make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say the "Hail Mary."
4. Say the "Hail Mary."
5. Say the "Hail Mary."
6 (holding chain). Say the "Glory be to the Father."
7. Announce first rosary mystery, then say the "Our Father."
8. Say ten "Hail Marys" while meditating on the rosary mystery.
9. Say the "Glory be to the Father."
10. Say the "Fatima Prayer."
11. Announce the second rosary mystery, then repeat steps 7-10. Do this for the third, fouth, and fifth mysteries in the same way.
12. After the last "Glory Be" & "Fatima Prayer" following the 5th decade, then say the "Hail, Holy Queen."
The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries
Monday & Saturday
- The Annunciation (Humility)
- The Visitation (Charity)
- The Birth of Our Lord (Poverty, or detachment from the world)
- The Presentation of Our Lord (Purity of heart, obedience)
- The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple (Piety)
The Sorrowful Mysteries
Tuesday & Friday
- The Agony in the Garden (Contrition for our sins)
- The Scourging at the Pillar (Mortification of our senses)
- The Crowning with Thorns (Interior mortification)
- The Carrying of the Cross (Patience under crosses)
- The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord (That we may die to ourselves)
The Glorious Mysteries
Wednesday & Sunday
- The Resurrection (Conversion of heart)
- The Ascension (A desire for heaven)
- The Coming of the Holy Spirit (The Gifts of the Holy Spirit)
- The Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven (Devotion to Mary)
- The Coronation of our Blessed Mother (Eternal happiness)
The Luminous Mysteries
- The Baptism in the Jordan
- The Wedding at Cana
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom
- The Transfiguration
- The Institution of the Eucharist