Praying in set rather than improvised prayers is not necessarily heaping up vain repetitions (Mt 6:7). In the Garden of Gethsemane, our Lord Jesus prayed multiple times to the Father using the same words (Mt 26:44). And in Rev 4:8, the angels “never cease to sing ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty’.” Just as a husband doesn’t say to his wife, “I told you I love you once already, at the beginning of our marriage,” but says “I love you!” often, hopefully, many times every day, so sincere and devout, repetitious prayer to God – in time-honored phrases better than any we could ever improvise – is never wasted. We are guided in praying meaningfully and devoutly in the Mysteries of the Rosary, meditating on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ and His mother.
- Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed.”
- Say the “Our Father.”
- Say three “Hail Marys” (for Faith, Hope and Divine Love).
- Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
- Announce the First Mystery; then say the “Our Father.”
- Say ten “Hail Marys,” while meditating on the Mystery.
- Say the “Glory be to the Father.” Say the “O My Jesus.”
- Announce the Second Mystery; then say the “Our Father.”
- Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
The Sign of the Cross (1 Cor 1:23; 1 Cor 2:2; Luke 9:23; Gal 3:1): (Holding your thumb, index finger, middle finger of your right hand together while tucking the ring finger and pinky finger toward your palm, to signify the Holy Trinity), touch your forehead as you say “In the name of the Father”; touch your breastbone or top of your belly as you say “and of the Son”; touch your left shoulder, then right shoulder, as you say “and of the Holy Spirit, Amen”.
The Apostles’ Creed : I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead; the third day He arose again. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come 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 life everlasting. Amen.
The Our Father (Mt 6:9-13): 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. The Hail Mary (Biblical references below): Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, (bow your head) Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be to the Father (Mt 28:19): (Make the Sign of the Cross, as above) 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 fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who have most need of Thy mercy.
Hail, Holy Queen (1 Kings 2:17-20): (Closing Prayer, after the “O My Jesus” prayer of final Mystery) 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 valley 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 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. Amen. (Close with the Sign of the Cross.)