The purpose of the Rosary is to help us pray and also helps us remember the wording of some of our most used prayers. The Rosary is made up of a string of about 60 beads (or knots), with each bead representing a particular prayer to be said.
The Rosary is also a sign of showing the 20 Mysteries surrounding Jesus. The mysteries are now place in to four groups of five Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries. It is a tradition in the Church that you pray one of the four sets of mysteries of the Rosary, per day. The traditional days are as follows:
Mondays and Saturdays: the Joyful Mysteries
Tuesday and Fridays: the Sorrowful Mysteries
Wednesdays and Sundays: the Glorious Mysteries
Thursdays: the Luminous Mysteries
- Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”
- Say the “Our Father”
- Say three “Hail Marys” for Faith, Hope, and Charity
- Say the “Glory Be”
- Announce the First Mystery and then say the “Our Father”
- Say ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the Mystery
- Say the “Glory Be” (Optional: Say the “O My Jesus” prayer requested by Mary at Fatima)
- Announce the Next Mystery; then say the “Our Father” and repeat these steps (6 through 8) as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
- Say the closing prayers: the “Hail Holy Queen” and “Final Prayer”
- Make the “Sign of the Cross”