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How to Pray the Rosary (an Easy Method in 4 Simple Steps)

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    Introduction

    The Rosary is one of the greatest prayers ever assembled. At one time, I did not know this to be true. After having started praying this prayer as a non-Catholic, I have experienced more blessings than I could count. If you are looking for the same thing, the Rosary is where to find it. No Joke.

    I believe everyone needs the same help I have received from my daily devotion to the Rosary. If you are interested in obtaining this kind of help, read on.  This article addresses how to learn and pray the Rosary.

    The key to understanding the Rosary is to start with the basic structure and add prayers and decades as we progress.

    I am a living testament to the power of the Rosary. Not only have I recovered completely from health issues when I coded on a golf course after suffering from a widow-maker heart attack,  but my life has enriched beyond all my imagination.  Believe me.  I would never have started this website if I did not wholly believe in what I say here.  Thank you for selecting this method so you can learn how to pray the Rosary.

    Terminology

    Terminology

    A couple of terms you need to be familiar with before we start are mysteries and decades.

    Mystery

    A mystery is a major topic or theme in the life of Jesus.  There are four mysteries in total, but the minimum is to pray one mystery daily.   The four mysteries are listed below:

    Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation to Mary through Finding Jesus at age 12

    Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony in the Garden through The Crucifixion

    Glorious Mystery – The Resurrection through the Coronation (Rev.12)

    Luminous Mystery – Events assembled by John Paul II in 2002

    Decade

    What is a Decade?

    A decade is an event, or biblical story, contained in a mystery.  There are five (5) decades in each mystery. 

    Two terms are all we have to learn.  One is a mystery, and the other is a decade.

    How to pray the Rosary - The Four Steps

    There are four steps to understanding and using the Rosary, in my opinion. They are listed below.

    1 – Understanding the Structure and Format of the Rosary

    2 – Add in the Prayers

    3 – Add in the Decades  

    4 – Getting Started

    First Step - Understanding the structure and format of the Rosary

    Opening Prayers

    Five Decades

    Closing Prayers

    We need to be aware that there are three sections before moving on. There are opening prayers.  These are said at the beginning of every Rosary, regardless of the mystery.  The opening prayers never change, and seven (7) of these are said at the beginning of every Rosary.

    There are the five decades that are events or stories in the life of Jesus, and these are always different. Four accompanying prayers follow each decade.

    There are closing prayers at the end.  The four (4) prayers that make up the closing prayers are found at the end and never change.

    Everything else in the Rosary comes under one of these three sections.  That is why we need to know what they are.

    Second Step - The Prayers are added.

    Three Sections with the prayers added

    Opening Prayers Section
    Request Prayer
    In the Name of the Father
    Apostle’s Creed
    Our Father (Lord’s Prayer)
    3 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Five Decades and Accompanying Prayers Section

    Decade Event 1
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Decade Event 2
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Decade Event 3
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Decade Event 4
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Decade Event 5
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Note: four prayers follow each decade, as we mentioned above. They are 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, 1 Glory Be, and 1 Fatima Prayer. To complete the decades, these will be said five times.

    Closing Prayers Section
    The Hail Holy Queen (or Salve Regina)
    In the Name of the Father
    A Prayer to God to obtain what the Rosary promises
    Fatima Prayer # 2

    The hardest part is complete if you understand the sections above and the prayers that belong to them.

    Third Step - The Decades are added.

    (We use the Joyful Mysteries here to demonstrate the Complete structure or format)

    Opening Prayers Section
    Request Prayer
    In the Name of the Father
    Apostle’s Creed
    Our Father (Lord’s Prayer)
    3 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Five Decades and Accompanying Prayers Section
    Decades

    The Annunciation of Mary (Luke 1: 26-38)
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Luke 1: 39-56)
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    The Nativity Of Jesus (Luke 2: 1-20)
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2: 21-40)
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2: 41-52)
    Our Father
    10 Hail Mary’s
    Glory Be to the Father
    Fatima Prayer

    Closing Prayers Section
    The Hail Holy Queen (or Salve Regina)
    In the Name of the Father
    A Prayer to God to obtain what the Rosary promises
    Fatima Prayer # 2

    Fourth Step - Getting Started – A Most Important Step

    Click on this link to access our Rosary Prayer Guides. Please download these word documents and print them. The printed output should be close to sixty pages. They are essential, so you can start praying this prayer as soon as possible.  It is crucial to start.

    Now that we understand the structure and how the Rosary works, we will take the downloaded Word documents and use them each time we pray and read from them just like a priest does. He does not have everything memorized, and we don’t need to learn every prayer until we are familiar with them when they are prayed in public and in private. You can memorize them later if you like. But the important thing now is to start now and do it every day. It will absolutely change your life.

    Roasry Beads

    Blue Bead Rosary from Medjugorje
    Blue Bead Rosary from Medjugorje

    The purpose of rosary beads, although they come in all different flavors and price ranges, is to keep up with where you are without losing count.  It usually takes a few times praying it to get the hang of this.  The important thing is to start.  Below is a brief video explaining how to use them.

    There is also a page here on how to pray the rosary using beads.

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