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Introduction to the Holy Rosary

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Introduction to the Rosary

• Name: “a crown of roses”

• Description:
The Rosary is made up of twenty "mysteries" (significant events or
moments in the life of Jesus and Mary), which are grouped into four
series: 5 Joyful, 5 Luminous, 5 Sorrowful, and 5 Glorious.

• History

• A Most Powerful Prayer: Testimonies

• Add to your prayer repertoire/arsenal

Recommended Sources
• http://www.vatican.va/special/rosary/index_rosary.htm
• http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/

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Introduction to the Rosary

Why pray the Rosary today? Some quotes from EWTN:


“Certainly, to grow in holiness and in one's prayer life. The following are a few other reasons why the rosary
should be prayed often, even daily”:
• "Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as
the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary" (Pope Pius IX).
• "Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world" (Our Lady of Fátima).
• "There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family . . . than the daily recitation of
the Rosary" (Pope Pius XII).
• "We do not hesitate to affirm again publicly that we put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the
healing of evils of our times" (Pope Pius XII).
• "No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will
give up the Rosary" (Bishop Hugh Doyle).
• "The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the
entire world" (Pope John XXIII).
• "The Rosary is the compendium of the entire Gospel" (Pope Paul VI quoting Pope Pius XII).
• "Meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary . . . can be an excellent preparation for the celebration of
those same mysteries in the liturgical actions [i.e. the Mass] and can also become a continuing echo
thereof" (Pope Paul VI).
• "My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady at
Fátima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that
Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of
getting closer to God" (Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fátima).
• "How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening" (Pope John Paul II).
• Pope John Paul II has called the Rosary his "favorite prayer," after the Mass and the Liturgy of the
Hours.
• St. Louis de Montfort warns us against both the ignorant and scholars who regard the Rosary as
something of little importance..."the Rosary is a priceless treasure inspired by God."

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Sorrowful Mysteries

Often prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays. During Lent it is also often prayed on
Sundays.

The five sorrowful mysteries reflect on the events of Christ’s Passion, His
twelve hours of suffering before dying on the Cross.

“The Gospels give great prominence to the Sorrowful Mysteries of Christ.


From the beginning, Christian piety, especially during the Lenten devotion of
the Way of the Cross, has focused on the individual moments of the Passion,
realizing that here is found the culmination of the revelation of God’s love and
the source of our salvation.” -- JPII

Shall we begin?

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Opening Prayers
1. Holding the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles Creed.

Sign of the Cross


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit. Amen.
Optional Intentions
We offer this rosary for the following intentions…(describe)
Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and
earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He
was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the
Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the
third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is
seated at the right hand of the Father. 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

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Opening Prayers
2. Say the “Our Father.”

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.

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Opening Prayers
3. Say three “Hail Marys”

For an increase in the virtues of faith, hope, and love:

3 Hail Marys
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.

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Opening Prayers
4. Say the “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.

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First Sorrowful Mystery
Announce the First Mystery, its optional description and its fruit.

The Agony in the Garden Optional Description:


"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he
said to his disciples, 'Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.' And
taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be
sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, 'My soul is very
sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.' And
going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, 'My Father, if it
be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will,
but as you will"' (Mt 26:36-39).
"Such a battle and such a victory become possible only through
prayer. It is by his prayer that Jesus vanquishes the Tempter, both
at the outset of his public mission and in the ultimate struggle of his
agony" (CCC, 2849).

Fruit of this mystery: SORROW FOR SIN

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First Sorrowful Mystery
Then say the Our Father.

The Agony in the Garden


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.

Fruit of this mystery: SORROW FOR SIN

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First Sorrowful Mystery
Say ten “Hail Marys”, while meditating on the Mystery.

The Agony in the Garden


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.

Fruit of this mystery: SORROW FOR SIN

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First Sorrowful Mystery
Conclude the mystery with the Glory be and the Fatima prayer.

The Agony in the Garden 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.

Fatima Prayer
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.

Fruit of this mystery: SORROW FOR SIN

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Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at the Pillar Optional description:


"Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers
plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and
arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up to him, saying,
'Hail, King of the Jews!' and struck him with their hands" (Jn
19:1-3).
"Jesus' sufferings took their historical, concrete form from
the fact that he was 'rejected by the elders and the chief
priests and the scribes' (Mk 8:31 ), who 'handed him to the
Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified' (Mt
20:19)" (CCC, 572).

Fruit of this mystery: PURITY

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Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at the Pillar 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.

Fruit of this mystery: PURITY

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Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at the Pillar


Ten Hail Marys
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.

Fruit of this mystery: PURITY

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Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at the Pillar 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.

Fatima Prayer
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.

Fruit of this mystery: PURITY

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Third Sorrowful Mystery

Crowning with Thorns Optional Description:


"Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the
praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him.
And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and
plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed
in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him,
saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!"' (Mt 27:27-29).
"It is love 'to the end' (Jn 13:1 ) that confers on Christ's sacrifice
its value as redemption and reparation, as atonement and
satisfaction. He knew and loved us all when he offered his life"
(CCC, 616).

Fruit of this mystery: COURAGE

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Third Sorrowful Mystery

Crowning with Thorns


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.

Fruit of this mystery: COURAGE

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Third Sorrowful Mystery

Crowning with Thorns


Ten Hail Marys
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.

Fruit of this mystery: COURAGE

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Third Sorrowful Mystery

Crowning with Thorns 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.

Fatima Prayer
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.

Fruit of this mystery: COURAGE

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Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Carrying of the Cross Optional Description:


"And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who
was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and
Rufus, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place
called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull)" (Mk
15:21-22).
"By accepting in his human will that the Father's will be
done, he accepts his death as redemptive, for 'he himself
bore our sins in his body on the tree' (1 Pt 2:24)" (CCC,
612).

Fruit of this mystery: PATIENCE

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Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Carrying of the Cross 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.

Fruit of this mystery: PATIENCE

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Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Carrying of the Cross


Ten Hail Marys
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.

Fruit of this mystery: PATIENCE

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Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Carrying of the Cross

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.

Fatima Prayer
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.

Fruit of this mystery: PATIENCE

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Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion Optional Description:


"And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there
they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the
left. And Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what
they do' ...
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the
whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed; and the
curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud
voice, said, 'Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!' And having
said this he breathed his last" (Lk 23:33-46).
"'Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures' (1 Cor
15:3)" (CCC, 619).

Fruit of this mystery: PERSEVERANCE

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Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion

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.

Fruit of this mystery: PERSEVERANCE

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Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion

Ten Hail Marys


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.

Fruit of this mystery: PERSEVERANCE

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Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion

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.

Fatima Prayer
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.

Fruit of this mystery: PERSEVERANCE

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Hail Holy Queen
Finish by saying the “Hail, Holy Queen”, and the Sign of the Cross.

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 vale of tears; turn,
then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy
towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy 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.

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