by Victor Hoagland, C.P.

How to pray the Rosary

Rosary beadsLook at a Rosary. It's made up of tiny beads that go around a circle. The beads in the circle are divided into five groups, for each of the five mysteries. Each group has ten beads that tell you to say the prayer The Hail Mary ten times. Each group begins with one bead that tells you to say the prayer The Our Father once.

The Rosary has a Cross on it to remind you of Jesus who loved you so much that he died on the Cross for you.

On any day, you can pick the five mysteries you want to think about. On Sunday, when we remember that Jesus rose from the dead, you may want to say the Glorious Mysteries. On Friday, which is the day we usually recall Jesus dying on the Cross, you may want to say the Sorrowful Mysteries.

Around Christmas time, when Jesus' birth is recalled, you may want to say the Joyful Mysteries. Or, you can go through the mysteries in order: the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries.

At this Web site, we give you little sentences from the Bible to put before each Hail Mary, to help you remember the story told in that mystery.

The sentences are often from the Bible story the mystery recalls: for example, the story of the angel telling Mary she was going to be the mother of Jesus.

As you begin the Rosary, you can say the Apostles' Creed, which is a prayer that sums up the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries all together.

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