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THE PREPARATORY PRAYERS
If the recitation of the Rosary is made as an act of prayer for specific objects, these may be declared here or before the collect that concludes the Preparatory Prayers. All make the Sign of the Cross with the crucifix, as the Leader begins,
remission of sins; And I look for the Resurrection of the dead; And the Life of the world to come. Amen.
If preferred, the Apostles’ Creed may be used instead of the above:
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen. Or Son of Mary, Son of the living God, have mercy upon us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.
On the second bead:
THE FIRST LUMINOUS MYSTERY:
The Baptism of the Lord Holy God, Holy and Mighty One, Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy upon us. Matthew 3:13-17 [On the first bead, all pray,] Our Father, …. [Here may be said:] O Mary, conceived without sin: Pray for us who have recourse unto thee. [On each of the following ten beads:] Hail Mary, full of grace: The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, …who fulfilleth all righteousness: Holy Mary, … Or Son of Mary, … [On the chain:] Glory be …. O, my Jesus, …. Let us pray. Almighty God, who at the baptism of thy blessed Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan didst manifest his glorious Godhead: Grant, we beseech thee, that the brightness of his presence may shine in our hearts, and his glory be set forth in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Light shineth in the darkness : And the darkness hath not overcome it. Each of the remaining mysteries is recited in the same way, using the scripture reference, Hail Mary insertion and collect proper to it.
I B E L I E V E in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: the Resurrection of the body: And the life everlasting. Amen.
On the first solitary bead, all pray:
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace: The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, who is our hope. Holy Mary, … Or Son of Mary, …
On the third bead:
I B E L I E V E in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and the Virgin Mary, And was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father; And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son]; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; I acknowledge one Baptism for the
Hail Mary, full of grace: The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, who loveth us with an everlasting love. Holy Mary, … Or Son of Mary, …
On the chain:
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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Here may be said:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. O, my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; and bring all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy. Amen. Let us pray. O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection, hath purchased unto us the rewards of life eternal: Grant, we beseech thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the faith, we [together with those on behalf of whom we shall do so] may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Mary, conceived without sin: Pray for us who have recourse unto thee.
On the first small bead is said:
Hail Mary, full of grace: The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, who giveth us faith.
THE SECOND LUMINOUS MYSTERY:
The Wedding at Cana John 2:1-11 …who rejoiceth both bridegroom and bride: Let us pray. Almighty and everliving God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom of the New Creation: Grant that we, being obedient to his word, may find in him the fulfillment of all our occasions and so be fitted to share the wedding-feast of his glorious kingdom; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE FIFTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY:
The Institution of the Eucharist 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 …whose flesh is food indeed and whose blood is drink indeed: Let us pray. Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, did institute the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same in remembrance of him, who in these holy mysteries giveth us a pledge of life eternal; the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
SALVE REGINA and Collect
Mary we hail thee, Mother and Queen compassionate; Mary our comfort, life, and hope, we hail thee. To thee we exiles, children of Eve, lift our crying; To thee we are sighing as, mournful and weeping, we pass through this vale of sorrow. Turn thou therefore, O our intercessor, those thine eyes of pity and lovingkindness upon us sinners. Hereafter, when our earthly exile shall be ended, show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of thy womb, O gentle, O tender, O gracious Virgin Mary.
THE MYSTERIES OF
THE THIRD LUMINOUS MYSTERY:
The Proclamation of the Kingdom Matthew 7:24-29; 5:1-11 or 13:44-50 …who hath the words of eternal life: Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, who hast exalted thy beloved Son to be King over all worlds, and hast willed in him to make all things new: Mercifully grant that the kindreds of the earth which are wounded and dispersed by sin may speedily be knit together under his gracious sovereignty; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God; That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
THE CONCLUDING DEVOTIONS
(Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19)
THE FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY:
The Transfiguration of the Lord Mark 9:2-8 …who fulfilleth the Law and the Prophets: Let us pray. O God, who on the mount didst reveal to chosen witnesses thine only-begotten Son wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistering: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may be permitted to behold the King in his beauty, who with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, * and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, * and gross darkness the people: But the LORD shall arise upon thee, * and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, * and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; * they shall not be shut day nor night. They shall call thee; The city of the LORD, * the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; * neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: But the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, * and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; * neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: For the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, * and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. The following may be used in addition to or in place of the forgoing Canticle.
Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, who by the co-operation of the Holy Ghost didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother Mary to become a habitation meet for thy Son: Grant that as we rejoice in her commemoration, we may be delivered by her loving intercession from our present evils and from eternal death; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. Additional devotions may be inserted here. The Rosary is concluded as follows.
Lord, hear our prayer; And let our cry come unto thee.
Let us pray. Almighty God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Son’s Name: We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.
THE PONDERING HEART:
A ROSARY FOR ALL CHRISTIANS