How to Pray the Rosary

The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

The 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, Amen. 

The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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, 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. 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. 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.


Rediscover the Rosary – How to Pray the Rosary

Step 1: While holding the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles’ Creed.
Step 2: On the first large bead, pray the Our Father, typically for the intentions of the pope.
Step 3: On the next three small beads, pray the Hail Mary. These Hail Marys are often prayed for an increase in faith, hope and love.
Step 4: In the space after the third Hail Mary, pray the Glory Be.
Step 5: On the next large bead, pray the Our Father.
Step 6: On each small bead in the decade, pray the Hail Mary.

Step 7: In the space after the 10th bead, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.
Step 8: Pray the Hail, Holy Queen and the Rosary Prayer.
Step 9: While holding the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross.


Rediscover the Rosary

Our world is full of noise, busyness, and people competing for our attention. Amid all the chaos and confusion, we yearn for peace and clarity. God wants us to be happy, he wants us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, and he wants us to take one step closer to him each day. The Rosary is a spiritual exercise designed to help us hear the voice of God more clearly in our lives.

Today: In a journal, on a piece of paper, or on your phone, take five minutes today to make a list of all the sources of “noise” in your life – anything that might be distracting you from the peace and clarity you long for.


Rediscover the Rosary – The Seasons of Life

There are different seasons in our lives. There are different seasons in our spiritual journeys. The Rosary has played varying roles in my life and in my spirituality, but it has always had a place. When I have had the desire, discipline, or grace to pray the Rosary, it has always borne fruit. The Rosary teaches us how to just be, and that is not a small or insignificant lesson. In some ways, it is the perfect prayer for busy people in a busy, noisy, confused world.

Today: Think about what season of life you are in. Describe the season of your spiritual journey. Growing in awareness of where you are now is a great starting point for this program.


Rediscover the Rosary – Beyond the Prayers

There is more to praying the Rosary than just saying the prayers. Anyone can say the Rosary—just teach them the words and they can rattle them off. But authentic prayer requires mindfulness and intentionality. There are many ways to pray the Rosary. You may choose to focus on a word or a phrase. Another way to pray the Rosary is with the Scriptures. I also find it very fruitful to offer each decade for a person or a special intention. But whatever you choose, remember: the mind can only focus on one thing at a time. Trying to focus on more

than one thing at a time most likely will make the Rosary an exhausting exercise.

Today: Reflect on the different ways that you can go deeper than just saying the prayers of the Rosary and choose one way to start.