How To Pray The Family Rosary
The daily practice of
this devotion in the family group, father, mother, and children, will serve to create more harmony in the family and will result in greater peace and contentment. It will further increase piety and a greater spiritual development as well as bring down the
blessing of God and the watchful care of Our Blessed Lady on all who participate in its daily recitation.
It is also simple to say, and the most convenient time so
that all the family might be present is in the evening, probably right after supper. Each member could alternate in leading the prayers.
1. First the Apostles
Creed is said while holding the crucifix. The leader would say: "I believe in God," then all would join in the Creed.
2. The leader would then say the first
half of the Our Father on the large bead and the first part of the Hail Mary on the three small beads followed by the Glory be to the Father, while the others recite the second parts of these prayers.
3. The leader then announces: The Five Joyful (or Sorrowful, or Glorious) Mysteries and the name of the First Mystery.
Then in order, the Our Father is said on each large bead and the Hail Mary on the small beads as above, with the Glory be at the end of each ten Hail Mary's.
Note: Our Lady of Fatima on June 13th, 1917 told the seer Lucia, “After the Gloria Patri (Glory be) of each decade, you will say, ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins! Deliver us from
the fires of hell! Have pity on the souls in purgatory, especially the most abandoned’.” (All Catholics should recite this prayer.)
5. Concluding the last decade with the Hail Holy Queen.
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!
P. Pray for us, O holy mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God! Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the reward 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.
May the divine assistance remain always with us. Amen. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Holy Virgin, with thy loving Child, thy blessing give to us this day (night).
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Prayers which Constitute the Most Holy Rosary
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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 Ghost, 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, sitteth 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 Ghost, the holy Catholic
Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
THE 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 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.
THE HAIL MARY
Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art 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.
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
THE FATIMA ASPIRATION (O my Jesus)
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins! Deliver us from the fires
of hell! Have pity on the souls in purgatory, especially the most abandoned.