Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you,
O Virgin of virgins,
to you do I come,
before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me.
How to pray the Rosary
To begin the Rosary, you pray the "Apostles Creed" on the crucifix. Then, you pray the "Our Father", three "Hail Mary's" and a "Glory be to the Father" on the beads connecting the crucifix to the rest of the beads. Then, you come to the mysteries (otherwise known as "decades" because they each contain 10 "Hail Mary's"). You start by announcing the title of the mystery. For each mystery, you pray one "Our Father", ten "Hail Mary's and one "Glory be to the Father". After this, you may pray the Fatima prayer. Then, you announce the next mystery and pray it in the same way. When you have completed the five mysteries, add One "Our Father", One "Hail Mary" and one "Glory be to the Father" for the Pope's intentions. Then you may say the "Hail, Holy Queen" prayer. See
Prayers of the Rosary for the prayers.
The Rosary is a prayer that meditates on the mysteries of Christ's life. The complete Rosary consists of four sets of mysteries: the Joyful Mysteries, the Mysteries of Light, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries. Different mysteries are assigned to different days of the week, as follows:
The Joyful Mysteries - Prayed on Monday & Saturday
1 -The Annunciation - The Angel Gabriel announces to Our Lady that she is to become the Mother of Jesus.
2 - The Visitation - Mary goes to help Elizabeth, who marvels at her cousinís faith: "Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Luke 1)
3 - The Birth of Our Lord - Our Lady gives birth to our saviour, Jesus Christ. (Luke 2)
4 - The Presentation in the Temple - Mary & Joseph present Jesus to God and Simeon foretells that a sword will pierce Our Ladyís heart. (Luke 2)
5 - The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple - After searching for three days, Mary and Joseph find him questioning the wise men in the Temple. (Luke 2)
The Mysteries of Light - Prayed on Thursday
1 - The Baptism of Jesus - Jesus is baptised by John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit descended on Him and the Fatherís voice was heard, saying: "This is my Son, the Beloved; He is my Chosen One". (Matt: 3:13-16)
2 - The Wedding Feast of Cana - Jesus changed water into wine; He let His glory be seen and His disciples believed in Him. (John 2:1-11)
3 - The Proclamation of the Kingdom - Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God and worked many signs and wonders, so that people would repent believe the Good News. (Mark 1:14-15)
4 - The Transfiguration - Jesus revealed His glory. His face shone like the sun and His clothes became bright as the light. God the Father claimed Him as His Son and asked us to "Listen to Him". (Matt 17:1-9)
5 - The Institution of the Eucharist - Where Jesus gave us His Body and Blood, to be His Real Presence with us and to nourish and strengthen us in our pilgrimage of life. (Matt 26:17-29)
The Sorrowful Mysteries - Prayed on Tuesday & Friday
1 - The Agony in the Garden - Jesus prays in Gethsemane that the cup of suffering may be taken from Him, but submits in love to the Will of the Father. (Matt 26: 36-56)
2 - The Scourging at the Pillar - Jesus is taken and struck with whips, until all His body bled. (Matt 27:26)
3 - The Crowning with Thorns - Jesus is taken before the soldiers, clothed in a purple robe, mocked and crowned with thorns. (Matt 27: 27-30)
4 - The Carrying of the Cross - Jesus carries the instrument of His death all the way to Calvary. He was comforted by His mother on the way and helped by Simon to carry the cross. (Luke 23)
5 - The Crucifixion - Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies for our salvation. He gave His mother to us when He said, "Behold your mother". (John 19:18-30)
The Glorious Mysteries - Prayed on Wednesday & Sunday
1 - The Resurrection -
"I am the resurrection and the life. If anyone believes in me, even if he dies, he will live"
. Jesus, having spent three days in the tomb, rose from death. (Mathew: 28)
2 - The Ascension - Having appeared to His disciples and many others, in His glorified body, Jesus returned triumphant to the Father. (Luke 24:50-51)
3 - The descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and Our Lady. - While the disciples were at prayer with Our Lady, the Holy Spirit descended on them in tongues of fire, empowering them to overcome their fears and spread the Good News. (Acts:2:1-13)
4 - The Assumption - Our Lady was taken, body and soul into Heaven at the end of her life on earth.
5 - The Crowning of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven - Daughter of the Heavenly Father, Mother of the Son of God, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Our Lady is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.