Have you ever found yourself going to Church, holding a Rosary in your hand, and you start chanting a random prayer? If your answer is yes, you don’t need to worry—we’ve all been there, anyway.
The Rosary, in fact, is a Catholic form of prayer in which the faithful uses beads to guide them in their prayer. Called “saying the Rosary” or “praying the Rosary,” it involves a cycle of formal prayers that are recited repeatedly while the faithful remember the significant events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. (Read: Four Little-known Facts About the Holy Rosary)
There’s also another form of prayer that makes use of the Rosary. It is wherein the faithful says a Rosary while thinking about the significant events from the Bible. This form of prayer, called “Mysteries of the Rosary,” follows a traditional list of these events, with one event dedicated for a day.
Start on your journey to praying the Rosary with this simple guide from My Pope Philippines. Start by saying the Apostles’ Creed just once, and repeat the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be several times in each decade of the Rosary.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, 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 and sits 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 Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
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 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, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.