Praying the Rosary

Praying the Rosary

Praying the Rosary

The Rosary is a prayer firmly rooted in scripture. It begins with the Apostles' Creed which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. As with the crucifix and sacred holy water, rosary beads are one of the most familiar and recognized symbols of Catholicism. According to Catholic tradition, the Rosary was instituted by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. In the 13th century, she is said to have appeared to St. Dominic, given him a set of rosary beads, and asked that Christians pray the Hail Mary, Our Father and Glory Be prayers instead of the Psalms.

The main function of the beads on a rosary is to keep a count of the prayers said and these prayers that are counted on the beads are collectively known as the Rosary. The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in Christian history. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary and these are divided into four sets of five mysteries which correspond to the five decades of the Rosary.

Let us familiarize ourselves with the prayers of the Rosary

1. On the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and then pray the Apostles’ Creed.

2. On the next large bead, say the Our Father.

3. On the following three small beads, pray three Hail Marys.

4. On the chain, pray the Glory Be.

5. On the large bead, meditate on the first mystery and pray the Our Father.

6. Skip the centerpiece medallion, and on the ten beads after that, pray a Hail Mary on each bead; on the chain, pray a Glory Be.

7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 four more times to finish the next four decades.

8. At the end of your Rosary, say the Hail Holy Queen.

We have a selection of beautiful rosaries to help you journey through the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious mysteries. The Rosary helps us to bring to mind our Lord’s incarnation, His passion and death, and His resurrection from the dead. In praying the Rosary, we unite our life more closely to our Lord and implore His graced assistance to live according to the Catholic faith. We also ask for the prayers of our Blessed Mother, who leads all believers to her Son.

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