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)
The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Presentation of our Lord
Finding Jesus in the Temple
Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays)
The Baptism in the Jordan
The Wedding at Cana
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Institution of the Eucharist
Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays, Fridays)
The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
Jesus Carried the Cross
The Crucifixion of our Lord
Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays, Sundays)
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth
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.