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- Kiss the crucifix (opt.); Holding the crucifix, say the Invocation and make the sign of the cross;
Holding the crucifix, say the Apostles Creed
- Holding the first knot, say the Our Father
- On the bead, say the Jesus Prayer
- On the knot, say the Our Father
- Here is where you can reflect on the mysteries
- You can also reflect on something you are facing in your life or on something someone you love is dealing with or on your relationship with God.
- On each of the next ten beads, say the Jesus Prayer
- Holding the knot, say the Doxology
You can repeat steps 4-6 for each mystery, going over the 10 beads.
In place of the Jesus prayer, you can say any prayer from the heart, the pre-Trent Hail Mary, part of the Magnificat, or Martin Luther’s evangelical praise of the Mother of God
- Holding the crucifix, end with the Invocation and make the sign of the cross; kiss the crucifix (opt.)
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Prayers in English
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.
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. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Pre-Trent Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Part of the Magnificat
My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Evangelical praise of the Mother of God
O Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, what great comfort God has shown us in you, by so graciously regarding your unworthiness and low estate. This encourages us to believe that henceforth He will not despise us poor and lowly ones, but graciously regard us also, according to your example.
Prayers in Latin
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.
Credo in Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae. Et in Iesum Christum, Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum, qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus, descendit ad infernos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis, ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis, inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos. Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem, remissionem peccatorum, carnis resurrectionem, vitam aeternam. Amen.
Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo, quia tuum est regnum, potentia et gloria in secula Amen.
Domine Iesu Christe, Fili Dei, miserere mei, peccatoris.
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Pre-Trent Hail Mary
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus Christos. Amen.
Part of the Magnificat
Magnificat anima mea Dominum, et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salvatore meo, quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae. Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes, quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius, et misericordia eius in progenies et progenies timentibus eum.
The five joyful mysteries
The Annunciation (Luke 1: 26-33, 38)
The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-45)
The Nativity (Luke 2: 6-12)
The Presentation (Luke 2: 25-32)
The Finding in the Temple (Luke 2: 41-50)
The five sorrowful mysteries
The Agony in the Garden (Luke 22: 39-46)
The Scourging (Mark 15: 6-15)
The Crowning with Thorns (John 19: 1-8)
The Carrying of the Cross (John 19: 16-22)
The Crucifixion (John 19: 25-30)
The five glorious mysteries
The Resurrection (Mark 16: 1-7)
The Ascension (Luke 24: 45-53)
The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2: 1-7, 11)
The Communion of Saints (1 Cor. 12: 23-27)
The Heavenly Jerusalem (Rev. 21: 1-4, 22-27)