How to Pray the Holy Rosary by Thom Gorman ©http://www.OurOnlineReligiousStore.com published 10/24/2015
The Traditional Way to Pray the Dominican Holy Rosary (Standard Five Decade Rosary)
Praying the Holy Rosary follows a procedure of saying certain prayers at prescribed points. It is important to meditate on one of the four groups, of five holy mysteries, prescribed for that day, while reciting the Rosary. Start by holding the Crucifix between your thumb and the side of your first finger of either hand, while you make the sign of the cross, with your right, reciting “In the Name of the Father, and the Son, And the Holy Spirit, Amen”. Then proceed with the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed (Credo), as follows:
Move your fingers to the first bead and recite the Our Father Prayer (Pater Noster), as follows:
“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.”
At each of the next three beads recite a Hail Mary (Ave Maria), which is said this way:
“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.”
Move your fingers on to the fifth bead and say the Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri) as follows:
“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.”
Then introduce the group of Glorious Mysteries for that day’s meditation. Move to the first outstanding bead or the rosary’s center if there is no Our Father bead, announce the particular first mystery and pray the Our Father Prayer, followed by one Hail Mary at each of the next ten beads. Close the first decade (one Our Father Prayer bead and ten Hail Mary beads) with a Glory be to the Father.
At the next Our Father Prayer bead (which will always be somewhat different than the Hail Mary beads) you now announce the second mystery, Say the Our Father Prayer then ten Hail Marys and one Glory Be.
This is the procedure that you will follow through all five decades of the Holy Rosary and all five mysteries.
You have now come to the center of the Holy Rosary (a bead or plate-like piece that joins all three strands of beads) and say our concluding prayers:
The Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, 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 toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
Let us pray
This ends the most common recitation of the Holy Rosary.
P.S. Different groups may have additional closing prayers, like those to Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Mother or a call and response, often with additional prayers, might be the practice during a group recitation of the Holy Rosary
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