How Do You Pray the Rosary?


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Praying the rosary involves several steps, but the most important include reciting the Apostle's Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be. Most people praying the rosary use a set of rosary beads or chaplet to keep track of the prayers while allowing the mind to meditate.

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How Do You Pray the Rosary?
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The rosary is a Scripture-focused prayer that follows a prescribed order, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Each day, the prayer focuses on five aspects of one of four mysteries of the Catholic faith, such as the five sorrowful mysteries of Jesus' suffering and death. The person praying the rosary meditates on this mystery while reciting the following pattern of prayers. While holding the rosary's crucifix, first make the sign of the cross and recite the Apostle's Creed. With the subsequent four beads, recite the Our Father, three Hail Mary's and the Glory Be. For each of the next five decades or groups of 10 beads, announce the mystery, recite the Our Father, and then repeat 10 Hail Mary's. At the end of each decade, recite the Glory Be. After the last decade, conclude by reciting Hail, Holy Queen.

A beginner's guide to the rosary provided by Catholicity.com includes the specific words to these prayers as well as all 20 mysteries.

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