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The Apostle's Creed is said on the Crucifix;
The Our Father is said on each of the Large (Pater) Beads;
The Hail Mary is said on each of the Small Beads;
The Glory Be is said after the three Hail Mary's at the beginning
of the Rosary, and after each decade of Small (Ave) Beads.
The Oh My Jesus follows the Glory Be after each decade only.
devotion, public or private, for the duration of nine days to
gain special graces, is called a Novena. Those who perform it
with a lively hope of having their request granted, and with
perfect faith and resignation if it be refused, may be assured
that Christ will grant some grace or blessing. This requires
an understanding that in His infinite wisdom and mercy, He may
refuse the particular favor which is requested.
originated in imitation of the Apostles who were gathered together
in prayer for nine days from the time of Our Lord's Ascension
(to Heaven) until Pentecost Sunday (the descent of the Holy
practice of saying the Rosary nine times in the form of the
Rosary Novena in petition or thanksgiving, is another
way of heeding Our Lady's request to Pray the Rosary.
54 Day Novena Devotion which originated in 1884 at the Sanctuary
of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompei, consists of the daily recitation
of five decades of the Rosary (one complete Mystery: Joyful,
Sorrowful, or Glorious) for twenty-seven days in petition
and five decades for twenty-seven additional days in thanksgiving.
You will actually be making three Novenas in petition for
a particular favor and three Novenas in thanksgiving
for a particular favor. 1st day say the 5 Joyful Mysteries 2nd day say the 5 Luminous Mysteries 3rd day say the 5 Sorrowful Mysteries 4th day say the 5 Glorious Mysteries 5th day begin again the 5 Joyful Mysteries, etc.
The Family Rosary
Family That Prays Together ... Stays Together. ~Fr.
family Rosary is the Rosary recited aloud together, by as many
of the family and their friends as can be present. Any family
(two or more people) may say the Family Rosary in any suitable
place and at any time.
leader says aloud the first part of each prayer; a second person
or group of persons answers aloud the second part of the prayer.
begin the Family Rosary, all hold the Crucifix of their Rosary
in the right hand and make the Sign of the Cross.
leader begins the Apostles' Creed and proceeds through the rest
of the Rosary as shown on Page 2. The leader announces the Mystery
before each decade. Five decades (one complete Mystery: Joyful,
Sorrowful, or Glorious) should be recited each day.
The Five First Saturdays
Great Promise at Fatima -
Five First Saturdays are intended to honor and to make reparation
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for all the blasphemes and ingratitude
of men. This devotion and the wonderful promises connected with
it were revealed by the Blessed Virgin at Fatima, a small village
in Portugal. Our lady appeared to three children there in 1917,
and one of the little girls, Lucy, tells us that Our Lady said: I promise to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed
for salvation, whoever on the First Saturday of five consecutive
months shall: 1. Confess and Receive Communion.
2. Recite five decades of the Rosary (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful,
or Glorious Mysteries)
3. Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the
fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making
reparation to me.
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 arose again from the
dead; He ascended into Heaven, and 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.
Our Father: 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.
Hail Mary: 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.
be to the Father: 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
Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from
the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those
who are most in need of Your Mercy.
Hail! Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life,
our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished
children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and
weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious
advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our
exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O
clement! O loving! O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy
Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of
After The Rosary:
O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life,
death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of
eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating upon
these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they
promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
When meditating on the mysteries of the most holy
rosary, try to put yourself in the picture. Watch Gabriel make
his announcement to Mary as she humbly accepts God's Will. Imagine
what she's thinking. A young unmarried girl in Israel being pregnant
was no small matter .. it meant death by stoning. Yet Mary trusted
in God and gave her obedient "YES".
along as she travels to her cousin Elizabeth .. a long arduous
journey in those days. Again, her humility abounds as she cares
for her elderly cousin's maternity needs while she herself carries
the Savior of the world!
Mary & Joseph's frustration and weariness as they attempt
to find lodging during a busy time in Bethlehem; having to settle
for an animal shelter for Mary to give birth. Hear the animals
rustling about as the angels sing praises. Watch as the shepherds
are told and as the 3 kings bring gifts, remember Herod's jealousy
over the Child.
to the Law, Joseph and Mary bring the Infant Jesus to the Temple
and hear the prophecies of Simeon and Anna. In humility, they
offer 2 doves for their own purification.
the terror in the hearts of Joseph & Mary upon realizing
that Jesus was not among their caravan after traveling a whole
day. See their Joy in finding Him and the puzzlement of His
Words that He was about His Father's Business.
now, you have an idea of HOW to meditate. Don't just think of
a *sentence* try hard to see and FEEL each mystery. I promise
this will bring Scripture ALIVE for you in a way you couldn't
imagine as well as deepen your relationship with Our Dear Lord
and Our Blessed Mother!
Rosary is divided into five decades. Each decade represents a
mystery or event in the life of Jesus. There are four sets of
"Mysteries of the Rosary" (Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Glorious).
These four "Mysteries of the Rosary" contain, a total of twenty
mysteries, each of which are said on specific days of the week
as noted below.
on Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Advent, and Sundays
from Epiphany until Lent)
Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary I Desire the Love Of Humility
The humility of the Blessed Virgin when the Angel Gabriel
greeted her with these words: "Hail full of grace".
Joyful Mystery - The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth I Desire Charity Toward My Neighbor
Mary's charity in visiting her cousin Elizabeth and remaining
with her for three months before the birth of John the
Baptist. Luke 1:39
Joyful Mystery - The Birth of Jesus I Desire the Love of God
The poverty, so lovingly accepted by Mary when she placed
the Infant Jesus, our God and Redeemer, in a manger in
the stable of Bethlehem. Luke 2:1
Joyful Mystery - The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple I Desire a Spirit of Sacrifice
Mary's obedience to the law of God in presenting the Child
Jesus in the Temple. Luke 2:22
Joyful Mystery - Finding Jesus in the Temple I desire Zeal For The Glory Of God
The deep sorrow with which Mary sought the Child Jesus
for three days, and the joy with which she found Him in
the midst of the Teachers of the Temple. Luke 2:41
The Sorrowful Mysteries
on Tuesdays, Fridays, and daily from Ash Wednesday until
Sorrowful Mystery - Agony of Jesus in the Garden I Desire True Repentance for My Sins
Our Lord Jesus in the garden of Gethsemani, suffering
a bitter agony for our sins. Matthew 26:36
Sorrowful Mystery - Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar I Desire a Spirit of Mortification
The cruel scourging at the pillar that our Lord suffered;
the heavy blows that tore His flesh. Matthew 27:26
Sorrowful Mystery - Jesus is Crowned With Thorns I Desire Moral Courage.
The crown of sharp thorns that was forced upon our Lord's
Head and the patience with which He endured the pain
for our sins. Matthew 27:2
Sorrowful Mystery - Jesus Carries His Cross I Desire the Virtue of Patience
The heavy Cross, so willingly carried by our Lord, and
ask Him to help you to carry your crosses without complaint.
Sorrowful Mystery - The Crucifixion of Jesus I Desire the Grace of Final Perseverance
The love which filled Christ's Sacred Heart during His
three hours' agony on the Cross, and ask Him to be with
you at the hour of death. Matthew 27:3
(Said on Wednesdays, and Sundays throughout
Glorious Mystery - The Resurrection of Jesus I Desire a Strong Faith
Christ's glorious triumph when, on the third day after His
death, He arose from the tomb and for forty days appeared
to His Blessed Mother and to His disciples. John 20:1
Glorious Mystery - The Ascension of Jesus I Desire the Virtue of Hope
The Ascension of Jesus Christ, forty days after His glorious
Resurrection, in the presence of Mary and His disciples.
Glorious Mystery - The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost I Desire Zeal for the Glory of God
The descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles,
under the form of tongues of fire, in fulfillment of Christ's
promise. Acts 2:1
Glorious Mystery - The Assumption of Mary into Heaven I Desire the Grace of a Holy Death
The glorious Assumption of Mary into Heaven, when she was
united with her Divine Son.
Glorious Mystery - The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven
and Earth I Desire a Greater Love for the Blessed Virgin Mary
The glorious crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven by her
Divine Son, to the great joy of all the Saints.
The Luminous Mysteries
(Said on Thursdays throughout the year)
Luminous Mystery - The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved
Son, with whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
Second Luminous Mystery - The Wedding at Cana, Christ Manifested
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in
Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began
to believe in him. John 2:11
Third Luminous Mystery - the Proclamation of the Kingdom
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This
is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:15
Fourth Luminous Mystery - The Transfiguration of Jesus
And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like
the sun and his clothes became white as light. Matthew 17:2
Fifth Luminous Mystery - The Last Supper, the Holy Eucharist
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and
eat; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks,
and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you,
for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed
on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew