The Rosary is the story of the New Testament.
Through the beads we follow the life of Mary & Jesus. We follow
Mary from the day the Archangel Gabriel came to ask her to become
the Mother of Christ, to the day she was crowned Queen of heaven.
We follow Jesus from the moment the Holy Spirit came down on Mary,
through his childhood, his cruel death on the cross, the joy of
Easter when he rose from the dead, to the day he ascended to heaven
The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer
because within it lies the awesome story of our salvation. With
the Rosary we mediate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow & the
glory of Jesus. It’s a simple prayer, humble so much like
Mary. It’s a prayer we can all say together with Her, the
Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite her to pray for us.
Our Lady always grants our request. She joins her prayers to ours.
Therefore it becomes even more useful because what Mary asks She
always receives. Jesus can never say no to whatever his mother
asks for. In every apparition the Heavenly Mother has invited
us to say the Rosary as a powerful weapon against evil, to bring
us to true peace.
With your prayers together with Your heavenly
Mother, you can obtain the great gift of bringing about a change
of hearts & conversion. The Rosary is such a tremendously
powerful weapon against Satan, that armed with the Rosary in our
hearts, and the beads in our hands, we can even stop wars.
During the Month of May we ask parishioners and
especially families to recite the Rosary in honour of our Blessed
Mother. Mary waits for your prayers. If you speak to her she always
listens. She is our mother. When you pray the Rosary, begin by
telling Mary what you would like her to use your prayers for—and
then think about the stories that are hidden in the beads.
In Oct 2002 Pope John Paul 11 added the ‘Mysteries
of Light’ to the Holy Rosary, calling us to pray the rosary
daily; for our families—and world peace.
There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in
the Rosary and these are divided into the Five Joyful Mysteries,
the Five Mysteries of Light, the Five Sorrowful Mysteries and
the Five Glorious Mysteries.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles'
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 into hell;
the third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the
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.
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the
6. Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating
on the Mystery.
7. Say the "Glory be to the Father."
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.
After the Rosary:
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!
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises
Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death,
and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal
life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries
of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate
what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same
Christ Our Lord. Amen.
After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed
Virgin Mary at Fatima:
"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 your mercy."
As suggested by the Pope John Paul II the Joyful mysteries are
said on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful
on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday
(with this exception: Sundays of Christmas season - The Joyful;
Sundays of Lent - Sorrowful)