The Creed: I believe in God
(on first bead on side chain)
Hail Mary (x 3)
(on three small beads on side chain)
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy."
THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
Announce the first mystery (eg. First Joyful Mystery: the Annunciation) and take time for silent reflection on it. Begin the first decade.
(on last bead on side chain)
Hail Mary (x 10)
(on each of the ten small beads)
Announce second mystery (eg. Second Joyful Mystery: the Visitation).
Start again with Our Father on next single bead.
Continue in the same way until Mysteries are completed.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ."
Monday and Saturday: the Joyful Mysteries
Tuesday and Friday: the Sorrowful Mysteries
Wednesday and Sunday: the Glorious Mysteries
Thursday: the Luminous Mysteries
It is also possible to pray all the mysteries in one day.
With the Rosary, the Christian people sit at the school of Mary and are led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love.
To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.
The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary´s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer ... By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord´s life as seen through the eyes of she who was closest to the Lord.
(Rosarium Virginis Mariae – Pope John Paul II)