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Rosary Reference
Rosary Reference

The Most Holy Rosary

A Quick Reference Guide

The Four Mysteries of the Rosary

  1. Glorious (Sunday and Wednesday)

  2. Joyful (Monday and Saturday)

  3. Sorrowful (Tuesday and Friday)

  4. Luminous (Thursday)

Parts of a Rosary

1. crucifix
2. centerpiece (usually an image of Our Lady)
3. one decade

To make a Rosary, you will need...

1 - crucifix
1 - centerpiece
6 - large "Our Father" beads
53 - small "Hail Mary" beads
metal chain, cord, or other material to hold it together

The Glorious Mysteries
  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. Pentecost
  4. The Assumption of Mary
  5. The Coronation of Mary

The Joyful Mysteries
  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation
  5. The Finding in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries
  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

The Luminous Mysteries
  1. The Baptism in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding at Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist

The Fifteen Promises of Mary
to Christians Who Recite the Rosary

As given to St. Dominic and Bl. Alan de la Roche.

1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.

2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.

6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.

9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.

12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.

14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son Jesus Christ.

15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Fun Facts about the Rosary

  • The Rosary was given to St. Dominic by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the early 13th Century, in Prouille, France.
  • The term Rosary comes from the Latin rosarium, which means "garland of roses."
  • The Luminous Mysteries are fairly new, introduced by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
  • A more convenient to carry, ten-decade Rosary is called a chaplet.
  • The Holy Rosary prayed using the standard five-decade sacramental is the most common Devotion recited using beads; though not as popular, there are many other prayers and variations of prayer beads used in the Catholic Church, like St. Faustina Kowalska's Divine Mercy and St. Michael the Archangel's Chaplet.

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