“How To Pray The Rosary in 8 Easy Steps”

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The Rosary: An Overview
When you hear the word “Rosary”, what usually comes into your mind is the beaded bracelet that now comes in various sizes and designs. The term actually pertains to both the set of prayer beads, somewhat similar to prayer beads used by Buddhist monks, and a system of set prayers to be recited as the beads are told. The Rosary is a traditional popular devotion in the Roman Catholic Church. It merges vocal (or silent) prayer and meditation—concentrated around sequences of saying the Lord's Prayer followed by ten "Hail Mary" and a "Glory Be to the Father". Each of these sequences is known as a decade. Until the recent addition of five additional Mysteries by Pope John Paul II, the Rosary had been prayed in three parts of five Mysteries distributed within the week. At present, the Rosary can be prayed in four parts, one part each day, with the "Mysteries" being rotated daily.

History of the Rosary
The Rosary came to replace the popular devotional practice that consisted of reciting the 150 Psalms of the Bible in thirds or 50 at a time. Instead of the Psalms, was replaced with the Angelic Salutation, commonly called the “Hail Mary”. The 150 Our Fathers were recited. Over the course of the middle ages, the Lord's Prayer prayers of the Rosary were set by the late 16th century. In 1160 St Rosalia was buried with a string of prayer beads. 1214 marks the traditional date of the legend of St Dominic's reception of the rosary from the Virgin Mary. It was in the early 15th century that a Carthusian, Dominic of Prussia, introduced the mysteries. But it was in 1569 that Pope Pius V established the current form of the original 15 mysteries. From the 16th to the early 20th century, there were no changes in the Rosary until the mid-20th century when the addition of the Fatima Prayer became popular. Visit http://www.IReligiousJewelry.com/ now For a Rosary Discount Coupon.

In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima asks that the Fatima Prayer be added to the Rosary. There were no other changes until 2002 when John Paul II proposed five new Luminous Mysteries as an addition.

Our Lady’s Prayer
Many times in the past, the Mother of the Lord has appeared in various parts of the world and asked for the recitation of the Rosary. She gave it to the world centuries ago in an apparition. It is her favorite prayer for it is essentially a meditation on the life of her Beloved Son. The Rosary is a combination of vocal and mental prayer that entails a reflection on important events in the life of Christ and His Mother.

Just like any other undertaking, you also have to prepare what you need when praying the Rosary. Of course, you have to have a rosary bead and if you’re not very familiar with the prayer, you may use a prayer book as a guide. When you are ready to pray the Rosary, you can follow these 8 simple and easy steps:

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A -- Make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles' Creed".
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 is seated 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.

B -- Say the "Our Father".
The Our Father: 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.

C -- Say three "Hail Maries".
The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed are you 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.

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D -- Say the "Glory be to the Father".
Glory be to the Father: 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.

E -- Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father".
The Mysteries: Joyful Mysteries 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The The The The The Annunciation Visitation Nativity Presentation of Jesus at the Temple Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Sorrowful Mysteries 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The The The The The Agony in the Garden Scourging at the Pillar Crowning with Thorns Carrying of the Cross Crucifixion

Luminous Mysteries 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Baptism of Jesus The Wedding at Cana Jesus' Proclamation of the Kingdom of God The Transfiguration The Institution of the Eucharist

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Glorious Mysteries 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The The The The The Resurrection Ascension Descent of the Holy Spirit Assumption of Mary Coronation of Blessed Virgin Mary

** As suggested by Pope John Paul II, the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday, and the Luminous on Thursday. (Exceptions: Sundays of Christmas season—Joyful Mysteries; Sundays of Lent—Sorrowful Mysteries)

F -- Say ten "Hail Maries", while meditating on the Mystery.

G -- Say the "Glory be to the Father" and the “Fatima Prayer”. Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
The Fatima Prayer: O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, take all souls to Heaven, and help especially those most in need of Your mercy.

** Note: Repeat E and F and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

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H -- Say the “Hail Holy Queen”.
Hail Holy Queen: Hail! Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your 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. Prayer After The Rosary: 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.

** To conclude the Rosary, make the Sign of the Cross.

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