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The Rosary

The Rosary is said on Rosary beads as an aid to counting. The prayer is at once both contemplative and vocal, ie, short prayers are repeated over and over while meditating on one of the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.

You begin by making the sign of the Cross.

Then holding the crucifix, you recite the Apostles' Creed, followed by an Our Father on the large bead, a Hail Mary on each of the three small beads, and then a Glory be to the Father on the chain between the third small bird and the medal.

You then commence one of the sets of five mysteries, moving around the beads. At the beginning of each decade, you state the intentions for which you are praying that decade, you state what the particular mystery is and then you commence on the prayers while thinking about that mystery: one Our Father on the large bead, one Hail Mary on each of the ten small beads and then one Glory be to the Father on the chain between the last small bead and the next large bead.

In obedience to Our Lady's request at Fatima, you then say the Fatima prayer:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell
lead all souls to heaven
especially those in most need of thy mercy

You then continue with the next decade.

On completion of the fifth decade, you recite the Hail, Holy Queen.

The fifteen mysteries are divided into three groups: the Joyful, the Sorrowful and the Glorious.

If you pray the Rosary regularly (Our Lady asked us to pray the Rosary daily at Fatima) then you should seriously considering joining one of the many associations whose members promise to pray the Rosary daily. St Louis de Montfort in his book The Secret of the Rosary tells us that when we pray the Rosary with others, we do not pray with the strength and receive the graces of only that one Rosary. No, if we pray with one other person, then it is as if both of you had said two Rosaries. If you pray with 100 others, then it is all 100 had said 100 Rosaries each!

So consider joining the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary, which has 400,000 members and has existed for over 400 years! You can join the Confraternity on-line! Go to the The Rosary Centre for more details and an enrolment form to submit.

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