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Pope John Paul has added a new set of Mysteries.
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Here is a special place to learn to pray the rosary. If there are any questions please don't hesitate to ask them. Write to me, please

What is the Rosary?
The Rosary is a very powerful prayer.  Praying the Rosary is very simple. At first it will seem complicated, but after you pray it a couple of times, it becomes second nature.
The word Rosary has two meanings:
1. The physical object or sacramental comprised of a string of beads, a medal, and a cross.

2. The prayer for which this sacramental is used as a guide.
You don't need the sacramental to pray the Rosary, but the beads will help you keep track of where you are as you pray. Moreover, the Rosary, as a sacramental, is a sacred object, the presence of which in your home or pocket is, in a certain sense, a constant prayer offered to God, through Mary.

To start praying the rosary, bless yourself with the crucifix, kiss it and make a petition then say the Apostle's Creed. Then proceed to the next bead and say the Our Father. Next, there are three beads in a row, say one Hail Mary for each of these. Then on the chain or whatever connects your beads, say the Glory Be and Oh, My Jesus.

Next, it brings you to the end of the short link, you then announce the first mystery, say the Our Father, and on each bead to the right, there are ten beads spaced closely together, say a Hail Mary for each of the beads. On the connecting chain, say a Glory Be and Oh, My Jesus.

Now you have completed a decade of the rosary. You may have a different petition for each decade and if that is the case, announce it before the corresponding mystery and pray the same way with The Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's, the Glory Be and finally Oh, My Jesus. Continue like that, announcing each mystery until you have used all the beads. When you get to the medal, say the Hail, Holy Queen and you are done!

See it's easy.

Each decade is devoted to a particular event in the life of Jesus and His Mother. For the purposes of the Rosary, these are called mysteries. The focus is always on Jesus but since Our Mother, as the Mother of Jesus, had and continues to have, a special relationship with Christ, the Rosary is designed to help us contemplate Christ and His love for humanity through His Mother -- Our Mother -- on whom He has lavished so much love.

Since the Rosary has five decades, each corresponding to a particular mystery, there are five mysteries for each decade. Finally, there are four sets of five mysteries: 1) the Joyful Mysteries, 2) the Sorrowful Mysteries,  3) the Glorious Mysteries, and 4) Luminous Mysteries.

The mysteries are the following:

(The custom is to pray each set of mysteries on the days of the week indicated -- but that is just a custom.)
The Joyful Mysteries:
(Monday and Thursday; and the Sundays from 1st Sunday of Advent until Lent.)

1. The Annunciation to Mary
2. The Visitation of Mary
3. The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ
4. The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
5. The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple

When we pray the Joyful Mysteries, the first decade corresponds to the Annunciation, the second decade to the Visitation, the third to the Birth of Our Lord, the fourth to the Presentation at the Temple, and the fifth to the Finding in the Temple.
The Sorrowful Mysteries:
(Tuesday and Friday; and the Sundays of Lent.)

1. The Agony of Christ in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. The Crowning with Thorns
4. The Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord on the Cross

When we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries, the first decade corresponds to the Agony of Christ in the Garden, the second to Scourging of Christ, the third to the Crowning with Thorns, the fourth to the Carrying of the Cross, and the fifth to the Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.


Glorious Mysteries:
(Wednesday and Saturday; and the Sundays from Easter until Advent.)

1. The Resurrection of Our Lord
2. The Ascension of Our Lord
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles
4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
5. The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth
 

When we pray the Glorious Mysteries, the first decade corresponds to the Resurrection of Our Lord, the second to the Ascension of Our Lord, the third to the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the fourth to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and the fifth to the Coronation of the Virgin Mary.
Luminous Mysteries:
(Thursdays.)
1) Baptism of Christ in the Jordan;
2) Wedding feast at Cana;
3) Announcement of the Kingdom;
4)  Transfiguration
5) Institution of the Eucharist.
 
When we pray the Luminous Mysteries, the first decade corresponds to the Baptism in the River Jordan of Our Lord, the second, to the Wedding Feast at Cana, the third, to the Announcement of the Kingdom, the fourth, to the Transfiguration of Our Lord, and the fifth, to the Institution of the Eucharist.


The Prayers

The Apostle's Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day, He rose again. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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.
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. 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.
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. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be:
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. Amen.
O My Jesus:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy. Amen.
(Note: According to the testimony of the Fatima visionaries, Our Lady herself had requested in one of her apparitions that we pray the O My Jesus prayer at the end of each decade.)
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. 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.

- Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray: 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 Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.


The Fifteen Promises of the Virgin Mary to those who recite the Rosary:
(Revealed to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan):
1) Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.

2) I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

3) The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

4) It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5) The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.

6) Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying themselves to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise them in His justice, they shall not perish by an unprovided death; if they be just, they shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

7) Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8) Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.

9) I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

10) The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

11) You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.

12) All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13) I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

14) All who recite the Rosary are my children, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.

15) Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

"Say the Rosary every day, to obtain peace for the world." -- Our Lady of Fatima, 1917


Like I said, it takes longer to talk about it than it does to pray the Rosary. Only about 15 minutes. It is one of the most powerful prayers there is and I suggest that you pray the Rosary daily. If you have any trouble, please let me know.
Go here for a diagram
Go here for The Scriptural Rosary
Go here for the Perpetual Rosary
God bless you.
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