The Holy Rosary is composed of twenty decades, each decade consisting of the Our Father, ten Hail Marys, and the Glory Be to the Father. Each decade is recited in honour of a Mystery in the life of our Lord and of his Blessed Mother.
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 full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou amongst 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
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, 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 vale 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 merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
The Joyful Mysteries (Monday & Saturday)
1. The Annunciation
The angel said to Mary: Do not fear. you have found favour with God. You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus.
2. The Visitation
Elizabeth cried out: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Who am I that the mother of the my Lord should come to me?
3. The Birth of Jesus
She gave birth to her first born Son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where travellers' lodged.
4. The Presentation in the Temple
Simeon blessed God with these words: "Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace. My eyes have witnessed your saving deed, a revealing light to the Gentiles, the glory of your people Israel."
5. The Finding in the Temple
On the third day they came upon him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
The Mysteries of Light (Thursday)
1. Jesus is baptised in the Jordan
Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. A voice came from heaven: "You are my beloved Son, on you my favour rests."
Mk. 1:9, 11
2. The manifestation of Jesus at the wedding in Cana
Jesus performed the first of his signs at Cana in Galilee. He revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him.
3. Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God, and calls us to conversion
Jesus appeared in Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The Kingdom of God is at hand! Reform your lives and believe in the Gospel."
4. The Transfiguration
Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain. He was transfigured before their eyes.
5. The Last Supper and Institution of the Eucharist
During the meal Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. "Take this and eat it, this is my body."
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday & Friday)
1. The Agony in the Garden
In His anguish he prayed with all the greater intensity, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
Pilate released Barabbas to them. Jesus, however, he first had scourged; then he handed him over to be crucified.
3. The Crowning with Thorns
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they fixed it on his head…Then they began to mock him, saying "All hail king of the Jews!".
4. The Carrying of the Cross
In the end, Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified. Jesus was led away, and carrying his cross by himself, he went out to what is called the place of the Skull.
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
There they crucified him… Jesus said, "It is finished." He bowed his head and delivered over his spirit.
The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday & Sunday)
1. The Resurrection
Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week. He first appeared to Mary Magdalene.
2. The Ascension
Then Jesus led them out to Bethany, and with hands upraised, blessed them. As he blessed them, he left them, and was taken up into heaven.
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles
Suddenly there came a noise like a strong, driving wind…Tongues of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit.
4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven
Christ was raised from the dead, so we too might live a new life. If we have been united with him through likeness to his death, so shall we be through a like resurrection like his.
5. The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin as Queen of Heaven
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.