Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary
All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ. Our Lady to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche
Begin with calling to mind (for example) Our Lady of Lourdes holding in Her hands Rosary of Gold and Ivory to remind ourselves that we are in the presence of Blessed Mother, who came to pray with us and for us, and that we kneel next to Our Mother, who will lead us in prayer. Make Sign of The Cross, pray the Apostles Creed holding the Cross or Crucifix. Pray Our Father, 3 Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intentions and person of Holy Father Pope Francis. Then mention your own intentions (or intentions of your own family, or benefactors, or those who do not wish you nor your family so well, intentions of the Holy Church or country or the world), present your troubles, joys and sorrows to compassionate Mother and start meditating on 5,10,15 or 20 Mysteries throughout a day. Pray 5 (for example Joyful) Mysteries consecutively. Begin each Mystery with provided Scripture Reading, then say Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory Be and Fatima Prayer as you move along beads.
Mysteries of the Rosary
There are twenty Mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary. They contain complete Story of the New Testament. Mysteries are divided into:
Joyful Mysteries (Mondays,Saturdays)
And when the angel had come to Her, he said, Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou among women. Luke 1,28
And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb! Luke 1,41-42
And She brought forth Her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for Them in the inn. Luke 2,7
And when the days of Her purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. Luke 2,22-23
And it came to pass after three days, that They found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2,46
Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays)
The Spirit descended like a dove on Him. And a voice came from Heaven, You are my Son, the Beloved; and with You I am well pleased. Mark 1,10
Jesus changed water into wine, the first of His signs, and revealed His Glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2,11
The time is filfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent, and belive in the Good News. Mark 1,15
And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became dazzling white. Matthew 17,2
He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying, This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me. Luke 22,19
Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays, Fridays)
And His sweat became as drops of blood running down upon the ground. And rising from prayer He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping for sorrow. Luke 22,44-45
Pilate then, took Jesus and had Him scourged. John 19,1
And they stripped Him and put on Him a scarlet cloak; and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on His head, and a reed into His right hand. Matthew 27,28-29
And bearing the Cross for Himself, He went forth to the place called the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. John 19,17
And Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit. And having said this He expired. Luke 23,46
Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays, Saturdays)
He has risen, He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him. Mark 16,6
So then the Lord, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God. Mark 16,19
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak. Acts 2,4
And a great Sign appeared in Heaven: a Woman clothed with the Sun, and the moon was under Her feet, and upon Her head a Crown of twelve Stars. Apocalypse 12,1
Thou art the Glory of Jerusalem the honour of our people... the Hand of the Lord has strengthened Thee, and therefore Thou shalt be Blessed forever... Judith 15,9-11
Conclude Rosary with Hail, Holy Queen, Rosary prayer, Prayer to Saint Michael and The Memorare. Offer your prayers, daily crosses, sufferings, sacrifices by saying:
O my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mother of God to children of Fatima
Kiss Cross or Crucifix tenderly, thanking Blessed Mother for this Blessed Time and make the Sign of the Cross.
Indulgences attached to Rosary prayers
An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment for sins, whose guilt is forgiven, which a properly disposed member of the Christian faithful obtains under certain and clearly defined conditions through the intervention of the Church, which, as the minister of Redemption, dispenses and applies authoritatively the treasury of the expiatory works of Christ and the Saints.
An indulgence is partial or plenary according to whether it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.
To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.
Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.
To gain plenary indulgence, in addition to excluding all attachment to sin, even venial sin, it is necessary to perform indulgenced work and fulfil following three conditions:
- Sacramental Confession
- Eucharistic Communion
- Prayer for intentions of Sovereign Pontiff (one Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, though choice of prayer is left to faithful).
Single Confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences; but Holy Communion and the prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father are needed to gain each plenary indulgence.
Three conditions may be fulfilled several days before of after indulgenced work, though it is fitted to receive Holy Communion and pray for Holy Father on the same day the indulgenced work is performed.
If any of the conditions of gaining plenary indulgence is not met, then partial indulgence is obtained.
Under general conditions plenary indulgence can be obtained by:
- recitation of 5 Mysteries of Holy Rosary in Church or Chapel or in family or in religious community
- devoutly joining in the recitation of the Rosary while it is being recited by the Supreme Pontiff and broadcast live by radio or television.
In other circumstances indulgence is partial.