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New To This...Help Please

by Bob

A woman's voice seems to be leading the prayers. Do I say the Hail Mary along with her and then respond with the group or do both parts? If I only respond then I would be saying an entire Rosary and not a single Hail Mary. That doesn't seem right??!?!?

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Pray Along With The Responses
by: The Rosary Team

That is an excellent beginner question and your confusion makes perfect sense.

When the Rosary is recited in public, there is usually a leader with the rest of the group praying the responses. The Hail Mary in it's entirety is said by both the leader and the group. The prayer is split in the middle.

When praying along with an audio Rosary, most people respond with the group and allow the voice to lead the Rosary. When you are only responding with the second half of the Hail Mary prayer which begins, "Holy Mary Mother of God..." you are completing the Hail Mary prayer that was started by the leader so you are in effect saying all 53 Hail Marys. The same goes for the rest of the prayers.

2nd Question Related To 1st
by: Bob

The response of the group is "Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners...." etc., which isn't listed in any of the listed prayers here or elsewhere and as b4 the group never gets to say a Hail Mary. I guess that better explains my confusion? Thanks for your patience.

The Group Finishes The Hail Mary
by: The Rosary Team

Again no problem, thank you for the question.

The answer to the original question does address this second question, but just to be clear...

The Hail Mary Prayer when prayed as a group Rosary is prayed in this manner"

"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. / Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen."

Above is the Hail Mary prayer in its entirety with a / breaking the leader's part and the group's response.

When praying alone, pray the whole Hail Mary prayer yourself.

The other Rosary prayers are divided in like manner.

Hope that clarifies it for you.

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