Rosary – Sundays before Holy Qurbana
The Rosary comes from the Latin word “Rosarium” which means rose garden and is an important and traditional devotion of the Roman Catholic Church.The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the awesome story of our salvation. With the Rosary, in fact, we meditate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It’s a simple prayer that can be recited at any time of the day or night while we are doing any chores. It’s a prayer we can all say together with Mary, the Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite her to pray for us. Our Lady always grants our request. She joins her prayer to ours and takes them to Jesus. Therefore it becomes ever more useful, because what Mary asks she always receives, Jesus can never say no to whatever His Mother asks for just like we can’t say no to anything our mothers ask of us.

The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES. Please see the step-by-step instructions below to say the Rosary.

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles’ Creed.
  2. Say the “Our Father.
  3. Say three “Hail Mary’s.
  4. Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
  5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the “Our Father.”
  6. Say ten “Hail Mary’s,” while meditating on the Mystery.
  7. Say the “Glory be to the Father.”
  8. Announce the Second Mystery; then say the “Our Father.” Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

Ten “Hail Mary’s” from No.6 above is called a “Decade”.
After each decade says the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima:
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.”


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