Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Rosary

1. Make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles Creed

2. Pray the Our Father

3. Pray three Hail Marys for an increase in Faith...

4. an increase in Hope...

5. an increase in Love...
and then, Glory be to the Father...

6. Announce the First Mystery (see all the Mysteries below)
While meditating on the First Mystery, pray the Our Father

7. Continue to meditate on the First Mystery while praying 10 Hail Mary's
After this decade (10 Hail Mary's), pray the Glory be and recite the Fatima prayer:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy.
8. Announce the Second Mystery
While meditating on the Second Mystery, pray the Our Father

9. Continue to meditate on the Second Mystery while praying 10 Hail Mary's
After this decade (10 Hail Mary's), pray the Glory be and recite the Fatima prayer:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy.
10. Announce the Third Mystery
While meditating on the Third Mystery, pray the Our Father

11. Continue to meditate on the Third Mystery while praying 10 Hail Mary's
After this decade (10 Hail Mary's), pray the Glory be and recite the Fatima prayer:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy.
12. Announce the Fourth Mystery
While meditating on the Fourth Mystery, pray the Our Father

13. Continue to meditate on the Fourth Mystery while praying 10 Hail Mary's
After this decade (10 Hail Mary's), pray the Glory be and recite the Fatima prayer:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy.
14. Announce the Fifth Mystery
While meditating on the Fifth Mystery, pray the Our Father

15. Continue to meditate on the Fifth Mystery while praying 10 Hail Mary's
After this decade (10 Hail Mary's), pray the Glory be and recite the Fatima prayer:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy.
16. Pray the Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O Queen of the most holy Rosary. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Prayer 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. V. May the divine assistance remain always with us. R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
In closing, make the Sign of the Cross.


Joyful Mysteries
(Monday, Saturday, Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from Epiphany until Lent)

1. The Annunciation
I Desire the Love of Humility
Think of the humility of the Blessed Virgin when the Angel Gabriel greeted her with these words: "Hail full of grace". (Luke 1:26)

2. The Visitation

I Desire Charity Toward My Neighbor
Think of 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)

3. The Nativity
I Desire Poverty of Spirit, Detachment from the Things of the World, Contempt of Riches, Love of the Poor
Think of 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)

4. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
I Desire a Spirit of Sacrifice and Obedience
Think of Mary's obedience to the law of God in presenting the Child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:22)

5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
I Desire Zeal for the Glory of God
Think of 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)


Sorrowful Mysteries
(Tuesday, Friday, Daily from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday)

1. The Agony in the Garden
I Desire True Repentance for My Sins and Conformity to the Will of God
Think of Our Lord Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, suffering a bitter agony for our sins. (Matthew 26:36)

2. The Scourging at the Pillar
I Desire a Spirit of Mortification
Think of the cruel scourging at the pillar that our Lord suffered; the heavy blows that tore His flesh. (Matthew 27:26)

3. The Crowning with Thorns
I Desire Moral Courage.
Think of 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 27:27)

4. The Carrying of the Cross
I Desire the Virtue of Patience
Think of the heavy Cross, so willingly carried by our Lord, and ask Him to help you to carry your crosses without complaint. (Matthew 27:32)

5. The Crucifixion
I Desire the Grace of Final Perseverance
Think of the love which filled Christ's Sacred Heart during His three hours of agony on the Cross, and ask Him to be with you at the hour of death. (Matthew 27:33)


Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesday and Sundays from Easter until Advent)

1. The Resurrection
I Desire a Strong Faith
Think of 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)

2. The Ascension
I Desire the Virtue of Hope and a Desire for Heaven
Think of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, forty days after His glorious Resurrection, in the presence of Mary and His disciples. (Luke 24:36)

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
I Desire Zeal for the Glory of God and the Virtue of Wisdom
Think of 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)

4. The Assumption of Mary
I Desire the Grace of a Holy Death
Think of the glorious Assumption of Mary into Heaven, when she was united with her Divine Son.

5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
I Desire a Greater Love for the Blessed Virgin Mary
Think of the glorious crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven by her Divine Son, to the great joy of all the Saints.


Luminous Mysteries
(Thursday)

1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
I Desire Openness to the Holy Spirit and the Grace to Live Out My Baptismal Promises
Think of the voice that came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17)

2. The Miracle at Cana
I Desire to do All things through the Mother to the Son, Doing Whatever Jesus Says
Think of how 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)

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
I Desire Repentance and Trust in God
Think of how 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)

4. The Transfiguration
I Desire to Become a New Person in Christ, I Desire Holiness
And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. (Matthew 17:2)

5. The Institution of the Eucharist
I Desire Devotion to Eucharistic Adoration and Active Participation at Mass
Think of the Lass Supper. 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 26:26)


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