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Catholic Rosary Prayers

Here you will learn all about Catholic Rosary prayers, with biblical meditations to inspire, uplift and bring your heart closer to Jesus.

The main Rosary prayers are:

By praying the Catholic Rosary and meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, you will also deepen your understanding of the Bible and the Catholic faith. What is the meaning of the Rosary beads you may be still wondering.

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The primary prayer of the Catholic Rosary is the Hail Mary Prayer or the Angelic Salutation. This is a prayer composed of the words of the Angel Gabriel when he appeared to Mary to ask her to be the mother of Jesus.

A Rosary is an arrangement of stringed beads into five decades that are used to keep track of prayers as you meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary.

Each decade contains one Our Father Prayer and ten Hail Mary Prayers.

Until recently there were only 15 mysteries of the Catholic Rosary prayer.

Five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary learn more...

Five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary learn more...

Five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary learn more...

  • The Resurrection - Three days after Jesus is crucified, He raises gloriously from the dead...

  • The Ascension - After promising to send a Helper, Jesus ascends into heaven upon a cloud...

  • Descent of the Holy Spirit - The promised Helper, descents on the apostle and Mary and appears as tongues of fire on the first Pentecost...

  • The Assumption - Mary is taken into heaven, body and soul...

  • The Coronation - Mary is crowned by Jesus as queen of heaven and earth...

Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary in 2002, making a total of 20 mysteries of the Catholic Rosary, which means that it is now a 20 decade Catholic Rosary prayer instead of a 15 decade Catholic Rosary prayer.

Five Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary learn more...

  • Baptism of Jesus - Jesus is baptized by His cousin John the Baptist in the River Jordan...

  • Wedding at Cana - Jesus performs His first public miracle by changing water into wine at a wedding feast. He was prompted to do so by Mary...

  • Proclaiming the Kingdom - Jesus goes about preaching and proclaiming the coming to the Kingdom of God, forgives sinners and asks all to convert their hearts back to God...

  • Transfiguration of Jesus - Jesus takes Peter, James and John up onto Mount Tabor and suddenly, Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus. Jesus' appearance changes into dazzling white as He reveals His divinity...

  • Institution of the Eucharist - At the Last Supper, Jesus turns bread and wine into His body and blood. He makes the apostles His first priests and gives them the power to do the same in memory of Him...

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The Sign Of The Cross

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Apostles Creed

Catholic Rosary Prayers

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 power of 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 rose 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.

Our Father Prayer- The Lord's Prayer

Catholic Rosary Prayers

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.

Hail Mary Prayer (The Angelic Salutation)

Catholic Rosary Prayers

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.

Glory Be Prayer (The Doxology)

Catholic Rosary Prayers

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.

Hail Holy Queen Prayer

Catholic Rosary Prayers

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 vale of tears; turn, then most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards 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.

Fatima prayer

Catholic Rosary Prayers

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those in most need of thy mercy.

Saint Michael Prayer

Catholic Rosary Prayers

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and the snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

From the Breviary

Catholic Rosary Prayers

Let us pray, O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life death and Resurrection, has purchased for us the reward of eternal salvation. Grant we beseech Thee that while 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.

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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary

Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood. The most joyful event in all of human history is the Incarnation or when God became man and dwelt among us read more...

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
What a gift the the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are. Meditating on these Mysteries of Light bring even deeper understanding of the public life of Jesus. They fill in the blanks between Jesus' childhood and His suffering and death on the cross. Therefore read more...

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus loves you. He suffered and died for you. "Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13. You are loved by Jesus read more...

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead, making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious events as you pray the Rosary prayer will keep your faith alive and strong read more...

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Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. Amen.
-From the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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