Praying the Rosary
The Rosary is very nearly a perfect form of Christian prayer, being a devotion both to Our Blessed Mother and to her son, Jesus. It takes only about 15-20 minutes a day to say one set of mysteries, and the benefits are tremendous: stronger families, peace of heart, spiritual understanding.
The 15 Promises of the Rosary
Download the following two documents to guide you in saying the Rosary:
How to Pray the Rosary
The Holy Rosary of Our Lady, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary
(print double-sided, then crease in the middle to make a booklet)
Pray the Rosary online with people from all over the world:
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
This is a prayer to implore God's mercy upon the world, in reparation for the sins of humanity. Jesus gave it to St. Faustina, a Polish nun who lived during the 1930's, as a way for people to do penance for their sins and those of others. It is prayed on standard Rosary beads and many people pray it right after praying the Rosary.
Optional Opening Prayers
Our Father, Hail Mary and the Apostle's Creed
- You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
- (Repeat 3 times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
For each of the five decades
- (On each “Our Father” bead of the rosary, pray) Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
- (On each of the 10 “Hail Mary” beads, pray) For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Optional Closing Prayer
- (Repeat 3 times) Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
- Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
Meditation for the
Year of Mercy
"Be merciful as the Father is merciful." Would you like to grow in mercy in your life? Everyone we know merits mercy. How can we make it an active force in our lives? Use the following meditation: