“Pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”

These were the words of Our Lady to the three young shepherds of Fatima on 13 May 1917. In each of the six apparitions, She insisted on the necessity of the daily Rosary.

Click here to read about the Origin of the Holy Rosary.

When praying the Rosary it is important to remember to meditate on the life of Our Lord. Each decade or mystery corresponds to an episode in the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ or of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

When praying the Hail Mary it is important to pronounce the Holy Name of Jesus with great reverence. This means that when the Rosary is being prayed in a group, before joining in with the second part of the Hail Mary, those answering the prayers should wait until after whoever is leading has finished the first part. Otherwise the Holy Name of Jesus will not be uttered and meditated upon with due reverence.

At Fatima, Our Lady requested that we pray one Rosary of five decades every day. It is good and praiseworthy to pray more than one Rosary each day if and when possible.

Below is the format of the Holy Rosary and three sets of Mysteries according to the method of Saint Louis de Montfort, a most devout proponent of the Rosary.

The Prayers of the Holy Rosary

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles’ Creed.
  2. Pray the Our Father.
  3. Pray three Hail Marys.
  4. Pray the Glory Be to the Father.
  5. Present your intentions to Our Lady; introduce the title of the First Mystery and begin by praying the Our Father.
  6. Then follow with ten Hail Marys, while meditating on the Mystery.
  7. Conclude the Mystery with the Glory Be to the Father and the Fatima Prayer.
  8. Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 for the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries.
  9. After completing the five Mysteries finish with the Hail, Holy Queen and the Concluding Prayer of the Rosary, and close with the Sign of the Cross.

The Sign of the Cross

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

The Apostles’ 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 rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and is seated 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.

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, world without end. Amen.

The Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy Mercy.

At Fatima, Our Lady requested that this prayer be said at the end of each decade.

Hail Holy Queen

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail 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 toward us and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Concluding Prayer

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 while meditating upon these Mysteries of the Most 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 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries are commonly said on Monday and Thursday (and Sundays in Advent); the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday (and Sundays in Lent); the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays in Ordinary Time.

Additional Prayers

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thine aid, or sought thine intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us. (repeat ‘pray for us’ after each invocation.)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Saviour,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honour,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of angels,
Queen of patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most Holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace,

V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Grant unto us, Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, at all times to enjoy health of soul and body; and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary, ever virgin, when freed from the sorrows of this present life, to enter into that joy which hath no end. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.