Life can be a challenge and sometimes we can use a little help. You need not be Catholic to join. You don't have to own a set of Rosary beads. All you need is to prayer.
If you want to say the rosary, or pray but don't know how? Do you like to say the rosary with another person? Stumble over the prayers or feel strange talking to yourself? In these difficult time having faith can see us through.
How to say the ROSARY:
The MYSTERIES of the Rosary:
Making the Sign of the Cross
THE APOSTLE'S CREED
THE OUR FATHER
THE HAIL MARY
THE SALVE REGINA: Hail Holy Queen
and its HISTORY:
SAYING THE ROSARY:
Make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles' Creed."
Say the "Our Father."
Say three "Hail Marys."
Say the "Glory be to the Father."
Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
Say ten "Hail Marys," while thinking about the Mystery.
Say the the Doxology, which is: "Glory be to the Father" and the "O my Jesus." (If you want you can add the Decade Prayer for "Holy Priests.")
Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father" and so on repeating until you get to the Fifth and final Decade of the Rosary.
After the Fifth Decade you say, "THE SALVE REGINA or The Hail Holy Queen. ALL PRAYERS ARE BELOW.
Then the Make the Sign of the Cross once more.
THE PRAYERS (There a other prayers for the Rosary. These are the ones we use)
Making the Sign of the Cross ~
The Sign of the Cross should be said with reverence not rushing through it. It is a prayer.
The prayer: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Using your right hand, you should touch your forehead at the mention of the Father; the lower middle of your chest at the mention of the Son; and the left shoulder on the word "Holy" and the right shoulder on the word "Spirit." Eastern Christians, both Catholic and Orthodox, reverse the order, touching their right shoulder on the word "Holy" and their left shoulder on the word "Spirit."
THE APOSTLE'S 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 by 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 arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth 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. Amen.
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.
Response: > 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.
THE HAIL MARY
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Response: > Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
R> As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
(this prayer is optional and may be said after all Glory Be to the Fathers.....)
O my Jesus, Forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell.
R>Lead all souls into heaven, especially, those most in need of thy mercy. Amen.
(Prayer for Priests):
God, our Father, please send us holy priests, all for the sacred and eucharistic heart of Jesus.
R> all for the sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary, in union with saint Joseph. Amen.
THE SALVE REGINA
(Hail Holy Queen): Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, 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.
R> Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
(Verse) Let us pray,
(Response) O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.V: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
The MYSTERIES of the Rosary
The Rosary prayer focuses on the life of Christ from the Scriptures. There are five decades in the Rosary represented by 10 Hail Mary's called The Mysteries of the Rosary. Each decade expresses an event in the life of Christ.
Joyful Mystery of the Rosary~ said on Monday & Saturday
The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Presentation of our Lord
Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12
Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary~ said on Tuesday & Friday
The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
Jesus Carried the Cross
The Crucifixion of our Lord
Glorious Mystery of the Rosary~ said on Wednesday & Sunday
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Ghost
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth
Luminous Mystery of the Rosary~ said on Thursday
The Baptism in the Jordan
The Wedding at Cana
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The rosary is a form of combined prayer and meditation that has been around for over 1200 years. The origin of the rosary dates back to the ninth century where Irish monks would recite and chant the 150 Psalms of the Bible as a major part of their worship. People living near the monasteries were drawn towards this beautiful and harmonious devotion, and they became very eager to join in with the monks' prayers.
The 150 Psalms of the Bible
Unfortunately, the people were not able to adapt to this form of prayer because the psalms were very hard to memorize and printed copies of the psalms were not readily available. As a result, it was suggested to the people outside the monastery that they recite a series of 150 "Our Father" prayers in place of the psalms.
As this form of devotion became increasingly popular, people started to devise methods in order to keep track of their prayers. At first, 150 little pebbles were placed inside small leather pouches to keep count. Since this method was rather troublesome, a thin rope having 50 knots on it was used instead (it was used three times for a total of 150 prayers). Eventually, the instrument of choice became the use of string with small pieces of wood.
In later years, the Irish monks traveled throughout Europe and brought this form of devotion with them. In some areas, both clergy and lay people began to recite the "Angelic Salutation" (the first part of what we now know as the "Hail Mary") as part of this devotion. The popularity of this prayer led to the adoption of 50 Angelic Salutations being said for each piece of wood or knot on the prayer string.
During the 13th century, Medieval theologians began to interpret the 150 psalms as veiled mysteries about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They began to write a series of Psalters, or praises, in honor of Jesus for each interpretation of the psalms. In addition, 150 Psalters honoring Mary were also composed. In order to fit the existing prayer string, these Psalters were divided into groups of 50 and were referred to as "Rosariums". Although "rosarium" refers to roses and rose gardens, it was used to signify a collection of prayers which could be compared to a bouquet of roses. WRITTEN BY DAN RUDDEN http://www.erosary.com/rosary/about/history.htm
Links to find out more: