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DAILY MASS READINGS
The Little Office of Our Blessed Lady
MARTYR OF THE DAY
THE HOLY ROSARY
Each Mystery of the Rosary corresponds to a specific virtue. As you pray the mystery, beseech our Lord through our Lady to grant you that virtue. See below for instructions on how to pray the Rosary.
I. THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES (Monday, Thursday, and Saturday):
- The Annunciation: Humility
- The Visitation: Charity
- The Birth of Our Lord: Poverty, or detachment from the world
- The Presentation of Our Lord: Purity of heart, obedience
- The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple: Piety
II. THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES (Tuesday and Friday):
- The Agony in the Garden: Contrition for our sins
- The Scourging at the Pillar: Mortification of our senses
- The Crowning with Thorns: Interior mortification
- The Carrying of the Cross: Patience under crosses
- The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord: That we may die to ourselves
III. THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES (Wednesday and Sunday):
- The Resurrection: Conversion of heart
- The Ascension: A desire for heaven
- The Coming of the Holy Ghost: The Gifts of the Holy Ghost
- The Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven: Devotion to Mary
- The Coronation of our Blessed Mother: Eternal happiness
HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY
The Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a prayer given to St. Dominic in 1214 by Mary, and today this is said by saying certain prayers, typically kept track of by using Rosary beads. Here is how to say the Rosary:
STEP 1: Make the sign of the Cross:
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
STEP 2: Say the “Apostles’ Creed”:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will 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.
STEP 3: Say an “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.
STEP 4: Say three “Hail Marys” (for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity):
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 death. Amen.
STEP 5: Say a “Glory Be”:
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.
STEP 6: Begin the Decade by announcing the first mystery of the day, and say an “Our Father.”
STEP 7: Say ten “Hail Marys” while reflecting on the mystery.
STEP 8: Conclude the Decade with a “Glory Be” and the “Fatima Prayer”:
Fatima Prayer: O My Jesus, forgive our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven especially those that most need your divine mercy.
STEP 9: Continue the Rosary by announcing the next mystery and repeating steps 6–8 for the remaining mysteries of the day.
STEP 10: Conclude the Rosary with the “Hail Holy Queen” and the “prayer to St. Michael the Archangel”:
All: 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. Amen.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
— That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
All: 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, meditating on 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.
All: Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, and be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. And may God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
For an interactive presentation on how to pray the Rosary, click here.