Praying the Rosary
Praying the Rosary links us to God, Our Lady and persecuted Christians carrying their cross.
Staff in our UK office gather regularly in our Lady Chapel to pray the Rosary together. We invite you to pray for persecuted and suffering Christians around the world – but of course you should not forget to pray for your own intentions, too.
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About the Rosary
The Rosary is a prayer to Mary which follows the story of the New Testament. Each Mystery we pray calls on us to focus our thoughts on a different event in the lives of Mary and Jesus. When you pray the Rosary, begin by telling Mary, the Mother of Christ, what you would like her to use your prayers for.
How to Pray the Rosary
The Rosary uses some well-known prayers. If you are not familiar with the Rosary, why not download the prayers and then follow the simple instructions? You can pray along with the video on this page, or download our recordings and use them on your MP3 player.
- Begin your prayers by making the sign of the cross, then pray the Apostles' Creed.
- Next recite one Our Father, three Hail Marys and a Glory Be.
- Pray a decade of the Rosary – one Our Father followed by 10 Hail Marys and one Glory Be, and concluding with the Fatima Prayer
- When you finish your chosen number of decades, finish with one Hail, Holy Queen and one Prayer to Saint Michael. Usually, five decades are prayed at a time.
- Conclude with the sign of the cross.
The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Rosary is made up of 'decades' – each decade relates to one Mystery (an event in the lives of Mary and Jesus). A different set of Mysteries is prayed each day. Each Mystery represents an important event in the life of Jesus or Mary, and you are invited to meditate on these events whilst you pray.
The video and audio file on this page changes each day to reflect the mystery which is traditionally prayed that day, shown in our table:
|Sunday||Glorious Mysteries||Joyful Mysteries||Sorrowful Mysteries|
|Thursday||Mysteries of Light (or Joyful Mysteries in the traditional Rosary)|