How to Pray the Rosary

While holding a Catholic rosary, recite the prayers as indicated in the step-by-step instructions below.

How to Pray the Catholic Rosary

1. The Sign of the Cross and The Apostles’ Creed

In the name of the Father, † and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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 decended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there 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 forgivness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

2. 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.

3. The Hail Mary (three times) followed by a Glory Be to the Father

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.

4. Announce the First Divine Mystery followed by The Our Father

First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary or

First Luminous Mystery – The Baptism of Jesus or

First Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony of Jesus in the garden or

First Glorious Mystery – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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.

5. The Hail Mary (ten times)

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.

6. Fatima Prayer followed by the Second Divine Mystery and The Our Father

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.” (Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)

Second Joyful Mystery – The visitation of Mary to Saint Elizabeth or

Second Luminous MysteryThe wedding of Cana or

Second Sorrowful MysteryThe scourging of Jesus at the pillar or

Second Glorious MysteryThe Ascension of Jesus to Heaven

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.

7. The Hail Mary (ten times)

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.

8. Fatima Prayer followed by the Third Divine Mystery and The Our Father

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.” (Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)

Third Joyful Mystery – The nativity of Jesus in Bethlehem or

Third Luminous MysteryThe proclamation of the Kingdom of God or

Third Sorrowful MysteryThe Crowning with Thorns or

Third Glorious MysteryThe Descent of the Holy Ghost

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.

9. The Hail Mary (ten times)

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.

10. Fatima Prayer followed by the Fourth Divine Mystery and The Our Father

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.” (Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)

Fourth Joyful Mystery – The presentation of Jesus to the Temple or

Fourth Luminous MysteryThe Transfiguration or

Fourth Sorrowful MysteryThe Carrying of the Cross or

Fourth Glorious MysteryThe Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

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.

11. The Hail Mary (ten times)

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.

12. Fatima Prayer followed by the Fifth Divine Mystery and The Our Father

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.” (Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)

Fifth Joyful Mystery – The finding of Jesus in the Temple or

Fifth Luminous MysteryThe institution of the Eucharist or

Fifth Sorrowful MysteryThe crucifixion and death of Jesus or

Fifth Glorious MysteryThe Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth

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.

13. The Hail Mary (ten times)

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.

14. Fatima Prayer followed by The Our Father, Hail Holy Queen and the Sign of the Cross

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.” (Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)

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, 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.

In the name of the Father, † and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.