The traditional aid
used for the recitation of the Rosary is the set of beads. Here
the first thing to note is the way the beads converge upon the Crucifix, which
both opens and closes the unfolding sequence of prayer. The life and prayer of
believers is centred upon Christ. (Rosarium Virginis Mariae – Pope John Paul
The Creed: I
believe in God
(on first bead on
Mary (x 3)
(on three small beads
on side chain)
(on last bead on side
THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
first mystery (eg. First Joyful Mystery: the Annunciation) and take time for
silent reflection on it. The relevant passage from Scripture may be read. It is
also possible to sing a suitable hymn and/or pray for a specific intention (eg.
Begin the first decade.
(on medal that joins
large chain with side chain)
Mary (x 10)
(on each of the ten
(on larger single
Announce second mystery (eg. Second Joyful Mystery: the
Start again with Our Father on same bead as Glory be.
Continue in the same way until Mysteries are completed.
Fatima Prayer may also be said at
the end of each decade/mystery
Jesus, forgive us our sins,
us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those who most need thy mercy.
People usually pray one set of mysteries each day. There is a tradition
of praying the different mysteries on specific days of the week:
Monday and Saturday: the Joyful Mysteries
Tuesday and Friday: the Sorrowful Mysteries
Wednesday and Sunday: the Glorious Mysteries
Thursday: the Luminous Mysteries
is also possible to pray all the mysteries in one day. Another suggestion is to
take one mystery each day, thus praying the Rosary over a twenty day period.
With the Rosary, the Christian people sit at the school of
Mary and are led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to
experience the depths of his love.
recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of
Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary´s own experience, is an
exquisitely contemplative prayer ... By its nature the recitation of the Rosary
calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to
meditate on the mysteries of the Lord´s life as seen through the eyes of she who
was closest to the Lord.
Mariae – Pope John Paul II)
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