How to Pray the Rosary





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Published on Jan 31, 2008

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Praying the Rosary is one of the Catholic Church's most popular devotions and enduring images. You may want to dedicate the Rosary to a specific intention, like a sick friend or relative.

Step 1: Begin on crucifix
Begin on the crucifix by making the sign of the cross.

Step 2: Say Apostles' Creed
Say the Apostles’ Creed, a profession of faith.

Step 3: On the first large bead ...
On the first large bead, say an Our Father.

Rosary beads are actually optional. You can also use your fingers to keep track of where you are.

Step 4: On the next three beads ...
On each of the next three smaller beads, say a Hail Mary.

Step 5: On the next large bead ...
On the next large bead, say a Glory Be.

Step 6: Meditate on the first mystery
Meditate on the first mystery. If you’re in a group, the leader will announce it first.

Step 7: Say an Our Father
Say an Our Father.

Step 8: Move clockwise
Move clockwise to the next decade, or group of ten beads. Say a Hail Mary for each of the next 10 smaller beads.

Step 9: On the next large bead ...
On the next large bead, say a Glory Be.

Step 10: Meditate on the second mystery
Meditate on the second mystery.

Deepen the experience by saying the prayers slowly and really reflecting on the mysteries.

Step 11: Repeat the cycle
Repeat the cycle—saying an Our Father, followed by a Hail Mary for each of the 10 smaller beads, followed by a Glory Be, followed by the next mystery—though the fifth decade.

Step 12: After fifth decade ...
Once you’ve completed the fifth decade, say the Prayer after the Rosary on the medallion.

Step 13: Make the Sign of the Cross
Make the Sign of the Cross.

Did You Know?
Prayer beads are used in Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.


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