Faithful Shepherd Council 7604

Knights of Columbus – Eagan, Minnesota

How to Pray the Holy Rosary

"What actually is the Rosary? A compendium of the Gospel. It brings us back again and again to the most important scenes of Christ's life, almost as if to let us "breathe" his mystery. The Rosary is the privileged path to contemplation. It is, so to speak, Mary's way. Is there anyone who knows and loves Christ better than she?"
- Pope John Paul II, October 7, 2003
Marion icon: 2002
  1. Make a Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostles' Creed."
  2. Say the "Our Father."
  3. Say three "Hail Marys."
  4. Say the "Glory Be."
  5. Announce the first Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
  6. Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating on the Mystery.
  7. Say the "Glory Be," then say the "Fatima Prayer."
  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.
  9. Say the "Hail Holy Queen."

printable rosary guide

Prayers of the Holy Rosary

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; 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.

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 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.

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.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

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, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

V. Pray for us, Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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 you, that we who meditate on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the blessed Virgin Mary, may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Below you will find a guide for the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary along the days for each. Also included is a key attribute or lesson which is the focus of the Mystery being prayed (The Marian Press rosary guide refers to these attributes as "fruits") and a meaningful short prayer.
Much thanks to our brother Dan Becker who helped develop this page and provided much information.


(Mondays and Saturdays)
  • Annunciation - Humility
    "Mary received with deep humility the news of the Angel Gabriel that she was to be the Mother of the Son of God. Grant that I may always accept the will of God with humility like Mary's."
  • Visitation - Love of Neighbor
    "Mary showed true charity in visiting Elizabeth and remaining with her for three months before the birth of John the Baptist. Grant me the grace to support and love my neighbor like Mary."
  • Nativity - Poverty
    "Mary lovingly accepted the poverty of the stable, although she was to give birth to our God and Redeemer. Grant me the grace to endure poverty like the Holy Family when I long for richer things."
  • Presentation - Obedience
    "Mary and Joseph observed the law of God in presenting the Child Jesus in the temple. Help me to grow in the virtue of obedience."
  • Finding in the Temple - Joy in Finding Jesus
    "Mary was filled with sorrow at the loss of Jesus, her Son, and overwhelmed with joy in finding Him in the temple surrounded by the teachers. Obtain for me the joy of staying close to Jesus."


(Tuesdays and Fridays)
  • Agony in the Garden - Sorrow for Sin
    "Jesus, You suffered a bitter agony in the Garden of Gethsemane because of our sins. Lead me to prayer in my time of need and grant me true contrition for my sins."
  • Scourging at the Pillar - Purity
    "Jesus, You remained pure of heart even when Your flesh was torn and scourged by those who hated You. Help me to grow in the virtue of purity even when I suffer."
  • Crowning with Thorns - Courage
    "Jesus, You patiently endured the pain from the crown of sharp thorns that was forced upon Your head. Grant me the strength to have moral courage to follow You."
  • Carrying of the Cross - Patience
    "Jesus, You willingly carried Your Cross for love of Your Father and all people. Grant me the forbearance and patience to carry my cross in difficult moments."
  • Crucifixion - Perseverance
    "Jesus, You bravely endured torture on the Cross and gave up Your life for the salvation of all humankind. Grant me peace of mind, body, and spirit, and the grace of perseverance in adversity."


(Wednesdays and Sundays)
  • Resurrection - Faith
    "Jesus, You rose from the dead in triumph and remained for forty days with Your disciples, instructing them and encouraging them. Grant me the desire to always have faith in You, my Risen Lord."
  • Ascension - Hope
    "Jesus, You instilled in the disciples the virtue of hope in life everlasting and commanded them to carry Your Gospel throughout the world. As You sit at the Father's right hand in heaven, grant me the grace to grow in the virtue of hope and inspire me to lead others to You."
  • Descent of Holy Spirit - Love for God
    "Jesus, Your disciples received the Holy Spirit to foster their love for You. Grant that I may show my love for You by proclaiming the Good News of salvation."
  • Assumption - Grace of a Happy Death
    "Mary, you were assumed body and soul into heaven by the power of God, and united with your Divine Son, Jesus. Obtain eternal happiness with Him for me."
  • Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Trust in Mary's Intercession
    "Mary, you humbled yourself before God and you were crowned Queen of Heaven. Bless me with the love of the Holy Trinity and intercede for me in Heaven."


  • Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan - Openness to the Holy Spirit
    "Jesus, at Your Baptism, You remained open to the Holy Spirit and were filled with the power of God to begin Your public ministry. Through my Baptism and Confirmation, may I remain ever open to the Spirit of God in my life."
  • Manifestation of Jesus at the Wedding at Cana - To Jesus Through Mary
    "Mary, you know my needs and the needs of all your spiritual children so well. When life is hard and I face a difficult situation, please pray to Jesus on my behalf. Help me to follow your counsel by doing whatever He tells me."
  • Proclamation of the Kingdom of God - Repentance and Trust in God
    "Lord Jesus, You came as the Light into the world, proclaiming the Good News. With great boldness and power, You dispelled the darkness of sin, death, and the Evil One in the world. Help me to repent of my own sin and to trust more in You."
  • Transfiguration of Jesus - Desire for Holiness
    "Lord Jesus, You revealed Your glory to encourage the disciples to fix their eyes upon the hope of glory when faced with trials. Help me, Lord, to fix my eyes upon You in the glory of Heaven. Fill me with the desire to become a saint."
  • Institution of the Eucharist - Adoration
    "Lord Jesus, as I am nourished by your Body and Blood in Holy Communion, help me to be transformed more and more into Your image. And may I spend time adoring You – Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity – in the Most Blessed Sacrament."