How to Pray the Most Holy Rosary
Begin by making the Sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Then beginning upon the Cross of the Rosary, recite the Apostle's Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Then advance to the bead immediately above the Cross and say 1 Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys (for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity) and then 1 Glory Be:
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,
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 death. Amen.
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.
At this point, you are at the intersection of the Rosary where you begin the circular loop of 5 "decades" of ten beads each separated by a single bead.
2. Offering of Petitions
Pause to offer any intentions, petitions or supplications that you wish to attend your prayers.
3. Praying of the Mysteries
The Most Holy Rosary is composed of 20 different events in Jesus' Life which are called the "Mysteries of the Rosary." These mysteries are grouped into one of four sets which describe the perspective of the meditations. The events are either Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, or Glorious Mysteries. Often only one set of Mysteries (5 decades) is prayed at any given time. It usually takes 20-30 minutes to pray a set of five mysteries of the Rosary devotely.
A person prays the Mysteries of the Rosary by announcing the Mystery, then while contemplating the event of Jesus' Life, recites the Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, and the Glory Be. This completes one "decade"" of the Rosary.
After the Glory Be of each decade the Fátima Prayer may also be said (Pope Pius XII).
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.
4. Concluding Prayers
After the completion of five mysteries (5 decades), or 15 or 20, the following is customarily said:
Hail Holy Queen (or Salve Regina may be sung)
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
(Verse) Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
(Response) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(Verse) Let us pray,
(Response) O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
5. For the Intentions of the Holy Father
Catholics who say the rosary in a group, or, individually before the Blessed Sacrament, may gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, which includes prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.
For the intentions of the Holy Father.
Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.