To enter into, arguably, one of the Catholic Church's greatest and most sacred devotions as the Most Holy Rosary, one must understand its mechanics. The mechanics also include the prayers that are to be said throughout the Rosary. Make sure also before praying the Rosary to dedicate it for the purpose of holy and spiritual growth, (ex. To come to the Knowledge of the Truth or for the Conversion of Sinners, etc.) THE PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY The Sign of the Cross
The Apostles' Creed
The Our Father
The Hail Mary
The Glory Be
O My Jesus
Concluding Rosary Prayer
Hail Holy Queen
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Keep in mind that the original form of the Rosary that Our Lady gave to St. Dominic reflected only three primary groups, which are:
The Joyful Mysteries: (Mondays, Thursdays)*
1st Mystery: The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)
2nd Mystery: The Visitation (Luke 1:39-56)
3rd Mystery: The Birth of Our Lord (Luke 2:1-21)
4th Mystery: The Presentation (Luke 2:22-38)
5th Mystery: The Finding in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays in Lent)*
1st Mystery: The Agony in the Garden (Matt. 26:36-56)
2nd Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar (Matt. 27:26)
3rd Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns (Matt. 27:27-31)
4th Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross (Matt. 27:32)
5th Mystery: The Crucifixion (Matt. 27:33-56)
The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays)*
1st Mystery: The Resurrection (John 20:1-29)
2nd Mystery: The Ascension (Luke 24:36-53)
3rd Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:1-41)
4th Mystery: The Assumption of Our Lady – Defined as Dogma by the Magisterium
5th Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady - Defined as Dogma by the Magisterium
Notice also that there is an order to the Rosary.
Start first with the Crucifix, make the sign of the Cross
and pray the Apostles Creed for the intentions of the Pope
and for the sake of the Church.
The first bead after the Crucifix,
one this bead you would pray
an Our Father for the intentions of the Pope
and all of the faithful.
We would then continue to the three joined beads
where we pray a Hail Mary on each bead
whilst asking for her Royal and Motherly intercession to obtain growth in the three Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity).
After which we reach the first single primary bead
which is dedicated to the first Mystery of the Rosary.
For the sake of example, let us say that we are focusing on the
first Joyful Mystery which is the Annunciation.
You would focus on this mystery while praying the Our Father.
After which you would pray a Hail Mary
for the next ten beads taking care to reverently meditate
on the Mystery of the previous primary single bead
(ex. The Annunciation).
Some have found this method of prayer difficult as they are trying
to focus on the words of the Hail Mary
while trying to meditate on the Mystery the Hail Mary's are dedicated for.
A good way to accomplish prayerfully reciting the ten Hail Mary's
while meditating on the Mystery at hand,
is to contemplate the face of Mary the Mother of Jesus
as though you are showing her the images of these biblical
moments whilst you pray.
Once you have finished the ten Hail Mary's,
on the chain or rope portion before the
next single primary bead dedicated to the next Mystery
you pray the Glory Be and the 'Oh, My Jesus'
prayer which was revealed to the world at Our Lady's visitation to Fatima,
Portugal in 1917.
You would continue in this way,
meditating and praying every Mystery of that particular group until
you have reached the end of the Rosary
which would be on the chain/rope portion just before
the bead that you first began the Rosary with.
At this point you would pray the Hail Holy Queen,
the St. Michael Prayer,
and the Concluding Prayer.
Now mechanics is only the beginning.
What must be understood is the theological purpose
and spiritual benefits of the Holy Rosary.
In fact, the Blessed Mother herself gave
fifteen promises to those who would pray
the Rosary faithfully everyday:
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 himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he 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 plentitude 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. And thanks to devout and holy saints such as St. Louis De Monfort, we know that if we faithfully
Pray the Rosary daily while meditating on the Mysteries we can gain the following benefits:
1. it gradually brings us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ; 2. it purifies our souls from sin; 3. it gives us victory over all our enemies; 4. it makes the practice of virtue easy; 5. it sets us on fire with the love of our Lord; 6. it enriches us with graces and merits; 7. it supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow-men; 8. And finally, it obtains all kinds of graces from God.