Dominicans & the Rosary
How to Pray It
Mysteries of the Rosary
The Fatima Prayer
V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you!
R. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
V. Lord, open my lips (using your thumb, mark a cross over your lips)
R. And my mouth shall proclaim your praise!
V. God, come to my assistance (make the sign of the cross)
R. Lord, make haste to help me!
V. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Then pray the Mysteries...
After the last Mystery, pray the Hail Holy Queen. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be prayed afterwards, especially during Marian feasts and on our Lady's Saturday. After which, it is continued this way:
V. Pray for us, O 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 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.
I. The Joyful Mysteries (Mon & Sat)
A. The Annunciation
B. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
C. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
D. The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
E. The Finding of Jesus at the Temple
II. The Luminous Mysteries (Thu)
A. The Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River
B. The Wedding at Cana
C. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
D. The Transfiguration of Jesus
E. The Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist
III. The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tue & Fri)
A. The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane
B. The Scourging of Jesus at the pillar
C. The Crowning with thorns
D. The Carrying of the cross
E. The Crucifixion and death of our Lord
IV. The Glorious Mysteries (Wed & Sun)
A. The Resurrection of Jesus
B. The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven
C. The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mother Mary and the Apostles
D. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
E. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
The Fatima Prayer is not a traditional part of the Rosary. This is because it is a more recent addition, owing to the fact that our most Blessed Mother, appearing in Fatima, Portugal in 1917, taught this prayer to the three little shepherd children. There is nothing, however, that prevents us from adding this prayer to the Rosary after each mystery. It is very important that we beg God's mercy, pray for the conversion of the world, and for the relief of the souls in purgatory.
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 your mercy!