If you have ever wondered whether you are praying the Rosary correctly, you are probably not alone. Here are the step by step instructions on how to pray the Rosary.
Praying The Rosary
Start by holding the crucifix and make the sign of the cross while saying “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Begin with the Apostle’s 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; on 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 there 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.
On the single bead above the cross, pray 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.
In the next group of beads (3), pray the Hail Mary:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.
Afterward, say the Doxology:
Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
On the following bead, announce the first divine mystery of contemplation. Then on the next set of beads (10) you will pray the Hail Mary.
After praying the Hail Mary on the previous 10 beads, pray the Doxology on that single bead as well as:
O my Jesus, have mercy on us. Forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Take all souls into heaven, especially, those most in need of thy mercy. Amen.
On the same bead announce the next mystery and pray the Our Father. This will bring you to the send group of 10 beads at which you will pray the Hail Mary while meditating the mystery.
You will continue to mediate the other mysteries the same way. End your prayer with the Glory Be To The Father, O My Jesus, the Our Father and Hail Holy Queen:
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, 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.
End with the sign of the cross.