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The Rosary

 

Roses of Prayer

 

for The Queen of Heaven

 

by Rev. Daniel A. Lord, S.J. 

Nihil Obstat Arthur J. Scanlan S.T.D: Censor Liborum 

Imprimatur + Francis J. Spellman, D.D. Archbishop, New York 
 

Flowers for the Queen

Saint Dominic

Praying the Rosary

The Greatest String of Beads

The Way the Rosary is Said

Thinking and Praying 

Days of the Week 

The Indulgences of the Rosary 

A Sure Sign of Predestination

 

 

The Holy Rosary

 

Joyful Mysteries

Annunciation

Visitation

Nativity

Presentation

Finding in the Temple

 

Sorrowful Mysteries

Agony in the Garden 

Scourging

Crowning with Thorns

Carrying of the Cross

Crucifixion

 

Glorious Mysteries

Resurrection

Ascension

Descent of the Holy Ghost

Assumption

Coronation


Luminous Mysteries

Baptism of Jesus

Wedding at Cana

The Proclomation of the Kingdom

The Transfiguration

The Last Supper

Flowers for the Queen

 

Mary is the lovely Mother of the world. She is the beautiful Queen of Heaven. Now the sweetest gift that people give to a mother and a queen is a bouquet of flowers. Mary, since that first Christmas, has been wonderfully good to all her children. So we love to give her roses. Since she is in heaven, it is hard to give her roses from our gardens. Yet we do this when we decorate her shrines. Always we can give her our Rosary, a beautiful bouquet of prayers. So we lay the Rosary in the arms of our Queen and Mother. 

Saint Dominic

 

Like all the great saints, Saint Dominic deeply loved Godís Mother, Mary. He dedicated his splendid priests, the Dominicans, to her. Dominic taught men to love the name of Jesus. He longed to make them know and love the sweet Mother of Jesus. He wanted them to pray to her, to think of her, to recall the wonderful life of Jesus and Mary. Mary loved her son, Dominic. So she gave him a string of beads like a necklace. She taught him how to use it. She asked him to give it to the world. And from that day on, men and women have used the Rosary when they pray to Godís Mother. 

Praying the Rosary

 

Sometimes, when we pray to Mary, we talk to her. Sometimes, when we pray to Mary, we just think about her and her Son. When we use the Rosary, we talk to her and think about her and Jesus at the same time. For our vocal prayers we use the Apostles Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be to the Father. For our mental prayers, we think about the great events in the life of Mary and her divine Son called Mysteries. So when we use the Rosary, we talk to the Blessed Trinity, to Our Father in Heaven, and to Mary herself. And all the while we keep think about the great events that filled the life of Jesus and Mary on earth. 

The Greatest String of Beads

 

Often we call the Rosary our "beads." Almost every Catholic carries these beads in his pocket or in her purse. Little children love to say them with their parents. When Catholics die, usually their beads are twined through their fingers and they are buried with them. Great saints have called their beads a ladder leading up to heaven. But simple, uneducated people loved them too. Today, good Catholics say them when they walk, in street cars, while they wait for friends, at night in their rooms, driving their autos, wherever they have a minute to think of Jesus and talk to Mary. 

The Way the Rosary is Said

 

Most beads are only one-third the full Rosary. The beads start with a crucifix. On this, we recite the Apostles Creed. Then on all the large beads we say the Our Father. At the beginning of the Rosary there is one of these large beads. Following it are three small beads. On each bead we say the Hail Mary. The beads are connected with a chain. When we come to the big space that follows each group of Hail Marys we say the Glory Be to the Father. The beads are grouped in decades called Mysteries; one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, and one Glory Be. On a small set of beads, there are five decades. On a complete Rosary, there are now twenty decades, with the inclusion of the Luminous Mysteries. 

Thinking and Praying

 

We like to say important things over and over again. Our mother loves to hear us say repeatedly, "Mother, I love you!" When a hero passes, the crowds keep shouting, "Hooray! Hooray!" So in the Rosary we repeat the beautiful Hail Mary. Mary loves to think we greet her over and over again. But while we do this, we keep thinking about her and her Son. We pick a scene from her life and the life of our Lord. We think of that while we say one decade. So with our voices we praise and love God and Mary. And all the time, we keep thinking about the things that made her happy, the cruel Passion of Our Lord that made her sad, the glorious events that made her Queen of Heaven. 

Days of the Week

 

So when we start the Rosary, we ask ourselves what day of the week it is. If it is Monday or Thursday, we say, "For the five decades of my beads, I will think of the things that filled Maryís heart with joy." These are the Joyful Mysteries. If it is Tuesday or Friday, we say, "Today I will think of the things that made the heart of our Mother sad." These are the Sorrowful Mysteries. If it is Wednesday or Saturday, we say, "This day I will think only of those things which made Mary deeply happy." These are the Glorious Mysteries. If it is Sunday in Advent and up to Lent, we think of the Joyful Mysteries. During Lent on Sunday we think of the Sorrowful Mysteries. The rest of the year on Sundays we think of the Glorious Mysteries, the Luminous Mysteries are to be said on Thursdays. 

The Indulgences of the Rosary

 

When you get a new Rosary, you should have it blessed (if a priest is available). The Popes have loved the Rosary very much. So they gave priests power to bless the Rosary, and when they do, each bead carries with it an Indulgence. This Indulgence is the remission of the temporal punishment we must suffer for our sins either on earth or in Purgatory. There are various kinds of Rosary blessings and each has a different kind of Indulgence. One blessing is called the Dominican, for the great Saint Dominic who received the Rosary from Mary. Another is called the Apostolic. This is the blessing of the Pope. Another is called the Crosier, which makes us think of the cross on the Rosary. 

A Sure Sign of Predestination

 

Pope Pius X said: "If you want peace in your heart, in your home, in your country, assemble together every night and say the ROSARY. Many complain that it is tiring repetition Ė that they cannot meditate on the mysteries. Our Blessed Mother gave this advice to St. Dominic: "This is why, before doing anything else, priests should try to kindle a love of prayer in peopleís hearts and especially a love of my rosary. If only they would all start saying it and persevere, God, in His mercy, could hardly refuse to give them His grace. So I want you to preach My Rosary!" 

St. Louis de Montfort said: "I beg of you to beware of thinking of the Rosary as something of little importance Ė as do ignorant people and even several great but proud scholars. Far from being insignificant, the Rosary is a priceless treasure which is inspired by God." He also tells us: "For never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil." 

St. Dominic prayed to Our Lady that she would force the devils, who possessed a man, to reveal the truth about devotion to her. The devils were forced by Our Lady to reveal: "Now that we are forced to speak we must also tell you this: Nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain Godís forgiveness and mercy." 

St. Teresa of Avila tells us how priceless a treasure it is by showing the value and merits of a single HAIL MARY. Shortly after her death, she appeared to one of the sisters of her community and told her that she was willing to return to a life of suffering until the end of time to merit the degree of glory which God rewards one devoutly recited Hail Mary. 

What a wonderful consolation to know that we can be assured of salvation by giving just fifteen minutes a day to praying the Rosary.

 

 

The Holy Rosary

 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 Amen

 

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

 

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 

 

 

 

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    

 

1st

2nd

3rd

 

 

 

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

The 20 Mysteries of the Rosary

 

The Joyful Mysteries

 

First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation

 

When Adam and Eve sinned in Paradise, they lost their right to happiness. But God promised to send His only Son to regain this happiness for them. Out of all the world, God chose Mary to be the Mother of His Son. One day the Angel Gabriel from heaven appeared to her. "Hail, full of grace!" he cried. And he told her that she was to be the Mother of the Most High. Mary answered, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord!" At that moment the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Godís Son, entered the world. This is called the Incarnation. 

 

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 

 

 

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    

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

 

 

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

O My Jesus

 

O my Jesus, 
forgive us our sins, 
save us from the fire of hell,
lead all souls to heaven, 
especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation

 

The Angel Gabriel told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth, though an old lady, was to have a little son. This son was St. John the Baptist. So immediately Mary hurried over the hills to take care of her cousin. When Elizabeth saw her, she cried, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb." Mary answered by singing the Magnificat. Mary stayed with her cousin until John the Baptist was born. She was Elizabethís little nurse and maid servant. When John was born and Elizabeth was strong again, Mary returned to her own home to wait for the birth of her own dear Son, Jesus. 

 

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 

 

 

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    

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

 

 

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

O My Jesus

 

O my Jesus, 
forgive us our sins, 
save us from the fire of hell,
lead all souls to heaven, 
especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

Third Joyful Mystery - The Nativity

 

The proud Roman Emperor ordered all his citizens to pay their taxes in their home cities. So Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary traveled to Bethlehem. Bethlehem was so full of visitors they could not find a place to sleep. So they went out to a little stable in a hill. And there Jesus, the Savior of the world, was born. A glorious star shone in the heavens. Angels sang, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will!" Shepherds came to adore the newborn King. Wise Men from the east brought Him lovely gifts. Mary was deeply happy. She lifted Him high for the world to see. This was the first Christmas. 

 

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 

 

 

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    

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

 

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

O My Jesus

 

O my Jesus, 
forgive us our sins, 
save us from the fire of hell,
lead all souls to heaven, 
especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

Fourth Joyful Mystery - The Presentation

 

All men and women are the children of God. The holy Jews carried each first born son to the Temple and offered him to God. Then in his place, they gave God a lamb or, if they were poor, a pair of pure white doves. So Mary carried her Son to the Temple. She offered Him to God. Then, because she was poor, she offered in His place two white doves. But a great prophet called Simeon saw the Baby and knew this was the Savior of the world. He cried aloud in his joy. And a wise old lady named Anna blessed Him and His dear Mother. Then Mary carried her Son home again. She was His beloved nurse and teacher and protector. 

 

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 

 

 

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    

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

 

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

O My Jesus

 

O my Jesus, 
forgive us our sins, 
save us from the fire of hell,
lead all souls to heaven, 
especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

Fifth Joyful Mystery - The Finding in the Temple

 

The Jewish Temple was Godís house on earth. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem where the Temple stood. Jesus loved His Fatherís house. So when Mary and Joseph returned to Nazareth, their home town, He stayed behind. He knew that God wished Him to stay longer in His Fatherís house. Soon Mary and Joseph found that Jesus was lost. They hurried back to the Temple. For three days and nights they looked everywhere for Him. Finally, they found Him seated among the doctors and priests. He was asking them wise questions and teaching them about the Savior. He did this because this was "His Fatherís business." Then quietly He returned to Nazareth with Joseph and Mary and for the rest of His youth, He was perfectly obedient to them. 

 

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 

 

 

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    

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

 

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

O My Jesus

 

O my Jesus, 
forgive us our sins, 
save us from the fire of hell,
lead all souls to heaven, 
especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

Joyful Mysteries

Sorrowful Mysteries

Glorious Mysteries

Luminous Mysteries

 

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