"For the rigorous, but very rich, work of contemplating the face of Christ along with Mary, is there a better way than the praying of the Rosary?"
"How much peace would flow into family relationships if the family would begin again to pray the Rosary!"
The Joyful Mysteries (Mondays and Saturdays)
1. The Annunciation - Humility - Luke 1:26-38
2. The Visitation - Love of Neighbor - Luke 1: 39-56
3. The Nativity - Poverty of Spirit - Luke 2:1-20
4. The Presentation - Purity - Luke 2:21-38
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple - Obedience - Luke 2:41-52
The Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays)
1. The Baptism in the Jordan - Gratitude for Faith
II Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 3:17
2. The Wedding Feast of Cana - Fidelity
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God - Desire for Holiness
Mark 1:15, Mark 2:3-13; Luke 7:47- 48, John 20:22-23
4. The Transfiguration - Spiritual Courage
5. The Institution of the Eucharist - Love of Our Eucharistic Lord
Luke 24:13-35 - I Corinthians 11:24-25
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays)
1. Agony in the Garden - God's Will Be Done
Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46
2. Scourging at the Pillar - Mortification of the Senses
Matthew 27:26, Mark 15:15, John 19:1
3. Crowning with Thorns - Reign of Christ in Our Heart
Matthew 27:27-30, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:2
4. Carrying of the Cross - Patience
Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:17
5. Crucifixion - Pardon of Injuries
Matt. 27:33-56, Mark 15:22-39, Luke 23:33-49, John 19:17-37
The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays)
1. The Resurrection - Faith
Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29
2. The Ascension - Christian Hope
Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost - Gifts of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption - To Jesus through Mary
5. The Coronation - Grace of Final Perseverance
Prayers of the Rosary
The Apostles' 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; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and is seated 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. Amen.
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.
The Hail Mary:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are 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:
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 most in need of Thy mercy.
Hail Holy Queen:
Hail! Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your 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.
Prayer After The Rosary
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 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.
The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to “set out into the deep” (duc in altum!) in order once more to proclaim, and even cry out, before the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), “the goal of human history and the point on which the desires of history and civilization turn”.
The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love.......
The Rosary is a Catholic devotion derived from the Latin word rosarium, meaning a “garland of roses,” originally referring to a spiritual bouquet of prayer given to Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ. Specific prayers are repeated on the rosary beads while both vocal prayer and meditative contemplation are combined. In addition to the Apostles Creed and Hail Holy Queen, the repeated prayers are the Our Father, Hail Mary, Fatima Prayer, and Glory Be (see below).
During each group of ten beads, or a “decade”, one of twenty Mysteries of the rosary is the subject of meditation (see below). Each mystery is an event from the life of Jesus Christ or His mother, Mary, and all but two are found in the Bible, or Sacred Scripture. The four groups of mysteries are the Joyful, Luminious, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries.
"Madonna of the Rosary"
(with Mysteries of the Rosary)
by Lorenzo Lotto, 1539 - Oil on canvas
Church of San Nicolo - Cingoli, Italy
Here's a lovely one-page guide from New Advent to help you pray the rosary easily: