Praying The Rosary: Part 1, Introduction

As I state before, the Rosary is praying the Gospel where we meditate on events of Jesus’s life.  It is more than repetitive Hail Mary’s.

The Rosary begins as all prayer should begin with invoking the most Holy Trinity:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  

We bring to God our prayers and intentions for this Rosary we are about to pray and pray The Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come 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 life everlasting. Amen.

After the Apostles Creed we pray for the intentions of the Pope and pray The Lord’s Prayer:

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. Amen.

Upon conclusion of The Lord’s Prayer we pray for an increase in Faith, Hope, and Charity followed with three Hail Mary’s:

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.

We conclude the introduction of the Rosary as with each decade of the Rosary with the Glory Be giving honor and thanks to the Trinity:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen. 

and the Fatima prayer seeking forgiveness:

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins.  Save us from the fires of hell.  Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy Mercy.  Amen. 


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