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Pray The Rosary-A Marian Retreat

“With the Rosary, the Christian people sit at the school of Mary, are led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ, and to experience the depth of his love.” Saint Pope John Paul II

A Self Directed Retreat

By praying the Rosary, we gaze upon the life, ministry, passion, and resurrection of Jesus as Mary did, thus opening us up to receiving the mystery of the Trinitarian life. In praying the Rosary, we remember Christ, learn from him, unify with him, pray to him, and proclaim him with Mary.


1. Read the Mystery to Understand and construct the scene in your mind. (See)

2. Read the Mystery a second time to Imagine the scene. Hear what they say as they interact. (Listen)

3. Read the Mystery a third time to pay attention to what the persons are doing in the scene.(Consider)

The Mysteries

Moving through the life of Christ and Mary we begin in the Joyful, moving through the Luminous in Jesus' ministry, onto the Sorrowful of His passion and death, coming to meet Him in Glorious joyful resurrection and the crowing of His Blessed Mother Mary. It is here is enter into each Mystery with attending to all their joys and sorrows as we walk along with Mary as she points to the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation Mystery: Luke 1:26-38

The Visitation Mystery:Luke 1:39-56

The Nativity: Luke 2:1-21

The Presentation in the Temple: Luke 2:22-40

The Finding in the Temple Mystery: Luke 2:41-52

Baptism of Jesus: Matt 3:13-17

Wedding of Cana: John 2:1-12

Proclaiming the Kingdom: Luke 4:16-21

Transfiguration: Luke 9:28-36

Institution of the Eucharist: Luke 22:7-39

Agony in the Garden: Matt 26:36-39

Scourging at the Pillar: John 19:1

Crowning with Thorns: Matt 27:27-29

Carrying of the Cross: John 19:17

The Crucifixion: Luke 23:44-46

The Resurrection: Luke 24:1-12

The Ascension: Acts1:6-12

Descent of the Holy Spirit: Acts 2:1-13

The Assumption: Luke: 1:46-48

The Coronation: Rev 12:1-6

The steps to praying the Rosary are:

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”

  2. Say the “Our Father”

  3. Say three “Hail Marys” for Faith, Hope, and Charity

  4. Say the “Glory Be”

  5. Announce the First Mystery and then say the “Our Father”

  6. Say ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the Mystery

  7. Say the “Glory Be” (Optional: Say the “O My Jesus” prayer requested by Mary at Fatima)

  8. Announce the Next Mystery; then say the “Our Father” and repeat these steps (6 through 8) as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.

  9. Say the closing prayers: the “Hail Holy Queen” and “Final Prayer”

  10. Make the “Sign of the Cross”

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

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. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from there he will 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

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.

Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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 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.

Oh My Jesus O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

Hail Holy Queen Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our hope. To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward 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. Amen.

Final Prayer Let us pray. 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.


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