The word Rosary is derived from the Latin word rosarium, meaning crown of roses. It is an essential aspect of the Catholic Church since praying it is in honour of the Virgin Mary. The introductory and final prayers, along with the corresponding five mysteries, complete the praying of the rosary. One decade is a combination of reciting and meditating a sequence of prayers starting with one Our Father, ten Hail Mary’s and one Glory Be. The Fatima decade prayer may also be recited after the Glory Be.
We go through the lives of Jesus and Mary when we pray the Rosary. We follow the birth, childhood and ministry of Christ to His death and resurrection. We also follow Mary’s life from the day the Holy Spirit came down upon her to her coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
The Rosary can be a powerful prayer if it is done with reverence. Meditation and contemplation are key to preventing empty recitation of the prayers.
Joyful Mysteries - Monday and Saturday
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Nativity
- The Presentation
- Finding Jesus in the Temple
Sorrowful Mysteries - Tuesday and Friday
- The Agony in the Garden
- The Scourging at the Pillar
- The Crowning with Thorns
- The Carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion
Glorious Mysteries - Wednesday and Sunday
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit
- The Assumption
- The Coronation
Luminous Mysteries (Mysteries of Light) - Thursday
- The Baptism of the Lord
- The Wedding of Cana
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom
- The Transfiguration
- The Institution of the Eucharist
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Click the link below to view the PDF version of the article “Origin of the Holy Rosary” by Bishop Attila Mikloshazy, S.J. This article appeared in the Martyrs' Shrine Message (Newsletter, Vol.67, No. 2, 2003). Permissions was obtained from Fr. Robert Wong, S.J., Director of the martyrs' Shrine, Midland, Ontario to reproduce this article. Origin of the Rosary (PDF format)
- Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.
- I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.
- The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
- It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities , and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
- The souls which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.
- Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
- Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
- Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
- I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
- The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
- You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
- All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
- I have obtained from my Divine Son that all of the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
- All those who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.
- Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.