How to pray the Most Holy Rosary
When you sit down to pray the Rosary you will meditate on a different Mystery depending on the day. The Joyful Mysteries are said on Mondays and Saturdays. The Luminous Mysteries, or mysteries of light, are said on Thursdays. The Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Glorious Mysteries are said on Wednesdays and Sundays. We will go over all the mysteries together, what to meditate on while reciting the prayers, and what your resolution should be by praying them.
To say the rosary make the sign of the cross and kiss the crucifix. Begin by reciting the “Apostles Creed” on the crucifix then say the “Our Father” on the first large bead. Say three “Hail Marys” on the next three beads followed by one “Glory Be” and one “Oh My Jesus”.
Then announce the first of the five mysteries being contemplated that day. Recite the “Our Father” again on the next large bead followed by ten “Hail Mary”, a “Glory Be”, and an “Oh My Jesus”.
After you have completed all five mysteries say the “Hail Holy Queen” and “Final Prayer”. After you have finished with the Rosary prayers you can say the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
Then you have completed praying the Most Holy Rosary. Let’s go over the all the mysteries now. While praying each “decade” of the Rosary, when done correctly, you will be meditating on a scene from the Gospel announced. Each meditation inspires a resolution to imitate the faith of Mary and Jesus.
The Joyful Mysteries
1.The Annunciation. (Luke 1:26-38)
Meditation: The angel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that God wishes her to become the mother of his son. Mary obays with humility and joy.
Resolution: I will be humble and courteous towards all.
2. The Visitation. (Luke 1:39-56)
Meditation: Mary visits St. Elizabeth who will become mother of Saint John the Baptist. She remains with Elizabeth lovingly for three months.
Resolution: I will help my neighbor in need.
3. The Nativity. (Luke 2:1-14)
Meditation: Jesus Christ the Son of God is born in a stable. His mother places him in a manger. He’s visited by shepherds and Wise men.
Resolution: Christ became man, I will become Christlike.
4. The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:29-32)
Meditation: In obedience to the law of Moses Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the temple at Jerusalem to present him to his Heavenly Father.
Resolution: I will obey the laws of God as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph did.
5. The finding of the child Jesus in the temple. (Luke 2:48-52)
Meditation: On having lost Jesus Mary and Joseph seek him. After three days, they find him in the temple talking to the Learned men.
Resolution: I will fulfill my daily duties.
The Luminous Mysteries
1. Jesus is baptized in the Jordan River (Matthew 3:13-17)
Meditation. Jesus appears in the Jordan and insist that John baptize him. As this occurs the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove as God proclaims, ”This is my beloved son”.
Resolution: As Christ was baptized, I will also submit to his Father’s will.
2. Jesus self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana John 2:1-12
Meditation when Christ changed water into wine we see you marry in guise of a teacher and intercessor as you urged the servants to do what Jesus commands.
Resolution: As Mary tells people to “do whatever he tells you”, I will do what Christ wants of me.
3. Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14;2:17)
Meditation: As Jesus announced the Kingdom, he called all to conversion and forgiveness of sins, saying, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Resolution: I will strive to be worthy to enter Christ's Kingdom through his example.
4. The Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36)
Meditation: The Transfiguration shows the glory of the Godhead shining forth from the face of Christ. Peter, James, and John witness Jesus face and clothes become dazzling with light, as he spoke with Moses and Elijah.
Resolution: God revealed himself to us I will live my life to Christ always.
5. Jesus’ institution of the Holy Eucharist (Mark 26:17-35)
Christ offers bread and wine as symbols of his body and blood instituting a sacrificial memorial of his death and resurrection for the salvation of the world.
Resolution: I will receive Christ regularly at Holy Mass and consecrate myself to him forever.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. Agony in the garden (Matthew 26:38-39)
Meditation: Jesus praise in the garden of Gethsemane. The Thought of his coming sufferings and of our sins causes him to sweat blood.
Resolution: Jesus, I will pray with all my heart.
2. The Scourging (John 19:1)
Meditation: Our Lord Jesus Christ is stripped, bound to a pillar, and cruelly scourged until his innocent body is covered with wounds and blood.
Resolution: Jesus I will keep my body pure.
3. The Crowning of Thorns (Mark 15:16-17)
Meditation: A crown of thorns is pressed into the head of Jesus. His eyes are filled with tears and blood. His executioners mock and spit on him.
Resolution: Jesus, I will banish unclean thoughts.
4. The Carrying of the Cross (Jorn 19:17)
Meditation: Weighed down by the cross, Jesus patiently walks the road to Calvary. Mary makes the stations of the cross with her dying son.
Resolution: I will bear my cross patiently.
5. The Crucifixion (John 19:28)
Meditation: Fastened to the cross by nails, Jesus, after three hours of agony dies in the presence of his Mother.
Resolution: I accept the death God has prepared for me with all the pains that may accompany it.
The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection (Mark 16:6-8)
Meditation: Jesus rises from the dead, glorious and immortal, on Easter Sunday. He conquered death and opens the gates of heaven.
Resolution: I will live with Christ so that I may rise with him.
2. The Ascension (Acts 1:10-11)
Meditation: Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascends, in the presence of his Mother and his disciples into heaven.
Resolution: I will follow the example of Christ on earth, because I hope to be with him in heaven.
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4)
Meditation: Ten days after the ascension, the Holy Spirit descends in tongues of fire upon Mary and the disciples.
Resolution: I will love God and my neighbor.
4. The Assumption (Song of Songs 2:3-6)
Meditation: The Apostles go to the tomb where they had laid the body of the Mother of God. They find that the angels had borne their Queen to Heaven.
Resolution: I will praise Mary through the rosary.
5. The Coronation (Luke 1:51-54)
Meditation: The Mother of God, to the joy of all the angels and saints, is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth by her Divine Son.
Resolution: I will love Mary as my queen and mother.
Our Lady’s Promise
“I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, go to confession and receive Holy Communion, recite the Rosary, keep me company for a quarter of an hour,while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation.”