What is a Rosary Prayer
The Rosary prayer is a Catholic doctrine of praying by using the string of knots or beads to count the component prayer. It is, however, more popular to use the cross or knots and beads.
Can one pray without the praying components?
YES, One can pray without the praying components which are, beads, knots, and cross. According to research made, you can easily pray using your hand. However, using the component is preferred and more reliable.
How to use the beads and cross
The rosary prayer is a step-by-step action; it involves reciting each prayer for each bead and another prayer when moving to another bead. The recitation continues when another bead is being picked and holds. The bead easily helps you keep track of where you are.
History of the Rosary prayer
The Rosary can be divided into three parts: the introduction, the five decades, and the conclusion.
However, for newbies and the Catholics, The introduction consists of the cross and the four beads following it, which means the Apostles’ Creed, one Our Father, and three Hail Marys. The five decades each consist of one individual bead and ten consecutive beads — that is, of one Our Father and ten Hail Marys. The concluding prayers can be any Marian prayer, related prayers, and the petitions for which the Rosary is prayed.
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Each decade is devoted to a particular event in the life of Jesus or of the Virgin Mary. For the Rosary, these are called mysteries. The focus is always said to be on Jesus. But since the Virgin Mary, as the Mother of Jesus, had a special relationship with Christ, the Rosary is designed to help us contemplate Christ and His love for humanity through His Mother — and Our Mother — on whom He has lavished so much love through navigating the beads and cross.
Since the Rosary has five decades, each of which corresponds to one mystery, there are five mysteries for each Rosary.
Finally, there are three sets of five mysteries: 1) the Joyful Mysteries, 2) the Sorrowful Mysteries, and 3) the Glorious Mysteries.
Mysteries for Certain Weekdays are thus;
According to the doctrines, many people say the Joyful Mysteries on Mondays, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays, the Joyful Mysteries on Thursdays, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Fridays. However, the Glorious Mysteries are then prayed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Note: The Luminous Mysteries have recently been added, the schedule is as thus:
Monday – Joyful
Tuesday – Sorrowful
Wednesday – Glorious
Thursday – Luminous
Friday – Sorrowful
Saturday – Joyful
Sunday – Glorious
How to recite the Holy Rosary
1. SAY THESE PRAYERS… IN THE NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (As you say this, with your right hand touch your forehead when you say Father, touch your breastbone when you say Son, touch your left shoulder when you say Holy, and touch your right shoulder when you say Spirit.) 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 sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He shall come again 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Amen. 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 vale 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. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen. 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 by 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. ANNOUNCE each mystery by saying something like, “The third Joyful Mystery is the Birth of Our Lord.” This is required only when saying the Rosary in a group. 2. IN THIS ORDER… INTRODUCTION 1. IN THE NAME… 2. I BELIEVE IN GOD… 3. OUR FATHER… 4. HAIL MARY… 5. HAIL MARY… 6. HAIL MARY… 7. GLORY BE… 8. O MY JESUS… THE FIRST DECADE 9. ANNOUNCE… 10. OUR FATHER… 11. HAIL MARY… 12. HAIL MARY… 13. HAIL MARY… 14. HAIL MARY… 15. HAIL MARY… 16. HAIL MARY… 17. HAIL MARY… 18. HAIL MARY… 19. HAIL MARY… 20. HAIL MARY… 21. GLORY BE… 22. O MY JESUS… THE SECOND DECADE 23. ANNOUNCE… 24. OUR FATHER… 25. HAIL MARY… 26. HAIL MARY… 27. HAIL MARY… 28. HAIL MARY… 29. HAIL MARY… 30. HAIL MARY… 31. HAIL MARY… 32. HAIL MARY… 33. HAIL MARY… 34. HAIL MARY… 35. GLORY BE… 36. O MY JESUS… THE THIRD DECADE 37. ANNOUNCE… 38. OUR FATHER… 39. HAIL MARY… 40. HAIL MARY… 41. HAIL MARY… 42. HAIL MARY… 43. HAIL MARY… 44. HAIL MARY… 45. HAIL MARY… 46. HAIL MARY… 47. HAIL MARY… 48. HAIL MARY… 49. GLORY BE… 50. O MY JESUS… THE FOURTH DECADE 51. ANNOUNCE… 52. OUR FATHER… 53. HAIL MARY… 54. HAIL MARY… 55. HAIL MARY… 56. HAIL MARY… 57. HAIL MARY… 58. HAIL MARY… 59. HAIL MARY… 60. HAIL MARY… 61. HAIL MARY… 62. HAIL MARY… 63. GLORY BE… 64. O MY JESUS… THE FIFTH DECADE 65. ANNOUNCE… 66. OUR FATHER… 67. HAIL MARY… 68. HAIL MARY… 69. HAIL MARY… 70. HAIL MARY… 71. HAIL MARY… 72. HAIL MARY… 73. HAIL MARY… 74. HAIL MARY… 75. HAIL MARY… 76. HAIL MARY… 77. GLORY BE… 78. O MY JESUS… CONCLUSION 79. HAIL HOLY QUEEN… 80. O GOD, WHOSE… 81. IN THE NAME… 3. WHILE TOUCHING THESE BEADS TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS… 4. AND SILENTLY MEDITATING ON THESE “MYSTERIES”, OR EVENTS FROM THE LIVES OF JESUS AND MARY… On Monday and Saturday, meditate on the “Joyful Mysteries” First Decade (Steps 9-22): The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-38) Second Decade (Steps 23-36): The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) Third Decade (Steps 37-50): The Birth of Our Lord (Luke 2:1-21) Fourth Decade (Steps 51-64): The Presentation of Our Lord (Luke 2:22-38) Fifth Decade (Steps 65-78): The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) On Thursday, meditate on the “Luminous Mysteries” First Decade: The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13-16) Second Decade: The Wedding at Cana, when Christ manifested Himself (Jn 2:1-11) Third Decade: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15) Fourth Decade: The Transfiguration of Our Lord (Matthew 17:1-8) Fifth Decade: The Last Supper, when Our Lord gave us the Holy Eucharist (Mt 26) On Tuesday and Friday, meditate on the “Sorrowful Mysteries” First Decade: The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-56) Second Decade: Our Lord is Scourged at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26) Third Decade: Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-31) Fourth Decade: Our Lord Carries the Cross to Calvary (Matthew 27:32) Fifth Decade: The Crucifixion of Our Lord (Matthew 27:33-56) On Wednesday and Sunday, meditate on the “Glorious Mysteries” First Decade: The Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord (John 20:1-29) Second Decade: The Ascension of Our Lord (Luke 24:36-53) Third Decade: The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41) Fourth Decade: The Assumption of Mary into Heaven Fifth Decade: The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.