The complete Rosary consists of fifteen decades divided into three
Mysteries said on specific days, each containing 5 decades: the Joyful
on Monday & Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday & Friday,
and the Glorious Mysteries, prayed on Wednesday &
Saturday. On Sundays, pray the Joyful during the time between Pentecost and Lent; the
Sorrowful during Lent; and the Glorious Mysteries during Easter.
We begin the Rosary by blessing ourselves with the crucifix, and then following the
small beads above the crucifix, say the "Apostles' Creed," one "Our
Father," three "Hail Marys," and one "Glory to the
Father." We then meditate on the mysteries, say one "Our Father"
and then ten "Hail Mary's," which correspond to the ten smaller beads in
each decade. Each decade is followed by "Glory Be." At the end of the
Rosary, say the "Hail, Holy Queen."
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 sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty,
From thence 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.
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 that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Hail, Mary, full of grace
the Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is thy fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
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.