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The Holy Rosary

“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world
has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more
satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow
of this world, and open on the substance of the next.  The power of the rosary is beyond description.”

- Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life.
It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings.  There is no more excellent way of praying.”

-Pope Leo XIII

“Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed
Mother.  Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the
world today.  All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”

-St. Padre Pio

RosaryThe widely accepted origin of the rosary dates back to St. Dominic, somewhere around 1214 A.D. The Blessed Mother appeared to St. Dominic with the rosary and instructed him on how it was to be used. St. Dominic was also the founder of one of the largest orders – The Dominicans.

The rosary remains largely misunderstood by many people. Most see it as a tedious recitation of prayers – mostly Marian in nature. It is not. The proper way to view and pray the rosary is to understand that it is fundamentally a meditation on the life of Christ and his Blessed Mother. To fully appreciate the rosary is to relive the mysteries of the life of Christ and of Mary through meditation and reflection while praying it. These mysteries cover the birth, life, miracles and sacrifice of our Lord. The rosary is an incredible sacramental and a great door to God’s graces. It is an insight and an aid to our prayerful petitions as well.

So what’s with all the beads and how do we actually use it? Read on…

 

A typical rosary consists of a crucifix, a set of 5 beads, a medallion, and 5 sets (decades) of 10 beads with a bead in between each decade. Here is the sequence used when praying the rosary:

- (on the crucifix) Sign of the Cross, The Apostle’s Creed
- (first bead) Our Father
- (between the first bead and set of 3 beads) Generally a prayer intention is said here
- (set of 3 beads) A Hail Mary on each bead
- (between the set of 3 beads and the next bead) The Glory Be, typically followed by this prayer : “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.”
- (single bead before the medallion) Announce the 1st mystery followed by an Our Father
- (1st set of 10 beads, counterclockwise from medallion) A Hail Mary on each bead
- (between the 1st set of 10 beads and the single bead) The Glory Be, “Oh my Jesus…”
- (single bead) Announce the 2nd mystery followed by an Our Father
… this is continued until the five mysteries are completed
- (on the medallion) Hail Holy Queen
- (on the crucifix) Sign of the Cross

So what are the mysteries? The mysteries cover the life of Jesus and of His mother Mary. They vary depending on the day.

The Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)
- 1st : The Annunciation (Lk 1:26-38)
- 2nd : The Visitation (Lk 1:39-56)
- 3rd : The Nativity (Lk 2:1-20)
- 4th : The Presentation (Lk 2:22-38)
- 5th : The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2:41-52)

The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)
- 1st : The Agony in the Garden (Mt 26:36-56)
- 2nd : The Scourging at the Pillar (Mk 15:1-15)
- 3rd : The Crowning with Thorns (Mk 15:16-20)
- 4th : Jesus Carries the Cross (Lk 23:26-32)
- 5th : The Crucifixion (Jn 19:17-30)

The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)
- 1st : The Resurrection (Mt 28:1-15)
- 2nd : The Ascension (Acts 1:3-11)
- 3rd : The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-21)
- 4th : The Assumption of the Blessed Mother (Rev 12:1)
- 5th : The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Lk 1:46-55)

The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)
- 1st : The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan (Mt 3:13-17)
- 2nd : The Manifestation of Christ at the Wedding at Cana (Jn 2:1-11)
- 3rd : The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mt 4:12-25)
- 4th : The Transfiguration (Mt 17:1-9)
- 5th : The Institution of the Eucharist (Lk 22:14-20)

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, o poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, o loving, o sweet virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.