The Rosary is prayed on Rosary beads, and begins with the Sign of the Cross. Next are the introductory prayers, which consist of The Apostles’ Creed, followed by The Lord’s Prayer, three Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be. After that, pray the five ‘decades’ of the Rosary, relevant to the day of the week. One decade consists of The Lord’s Prayer, ten Hail Mary’s and the Glory Be, whilst meditating on the specific mystery. After the Glory Be and before the next decade begins, pray the Fatima prayer. When the five decades are finished, conclude with the Hail, Holy Queen the Concluding Prayers, any other prayers you would like to add, and finally the Sign of the Cross.
When you pray the rosary you can reflect on some of the mysteries of the life of Mary and Jesus. They are grouped together as the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth:
and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, Our Lord:
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary:
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried:
He descended into hell:
the third day
He rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
from thence He shall come 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 life everlasting.
The Lord’s Prayer
Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by 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 them who trespass against us:
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
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.
O 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.
Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy;
hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, 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,
0 clement, 0 loving, 0 sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, 0 Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God, whose only-begotten Son,
by His life, death and resurrection,
has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life;
grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Originally published by the Catholic Enquiry Centre. Updated for the National Office for Evangelisation (2007).