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MEDITATION OF THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY

From the Manual of Associates of the Perpetual Rosary (Montreal 1956)

Prayers before the Rosary

Before the Rosary

  • We start by making piously the Sign of the Cross, which is the Sign of the Christian:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.

  • Offering of the Rosary

I unite myself to all the Saints and holy Angels who are in heaven, to all the righteous who are on earth, to all the faithful souls who are in this home. I unite myself to You, my Jesus, to praise Your holy Mother with dignity and to praise You in and through Her. I renounce all the distractions that will come to me during this Rosary that I want to say with modesty, attention and devotion, as if it were the last of my life. Amen.

  • The Symbol of the Apostles

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 Church of Jesus Christ, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

  • One Our Father (Prayer taught by Jesus Christ to His Apostles)

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.

  • Three Hail Mary's (Angelical Salutation)

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is Thy Son, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

  • One Glory Be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, and to the Mother of God. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Glorious Mysteries

Offering of the third crown of the Rosary:

Let us pray for the Souls of Purgatory.

O Mary, who knows how to effectively console the afflicted souls on earth, have pity on the poor souls who are imprisoned in the place of atonement, far from heaven. They are deprived of the sight of God and suffer greatly. Poor souls, they are also deprived of Your sight, O You who are their Mother.
These souls beg Your help, O Mary. They call to You as little children call to their mother. They yearn to reach out to You, but the weight of their sins holds them back, for “nothing unclean can enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Blessed and holy Virgin, by the merits of the Resurrection and Ascension, by the Descent of the Holy Spirit, by Your glorious Assumption and Coronation, obtain that all souls come out of Purgatory, shining and pure as Jesus came out of the tomb, and ascend to heaven, radiant as You Yourself have ascended. I especially commend to You my relatives and friends. To all, obtain eternal rest in paradise. Amen.

First Mystery: The Resurrection of Jesus

Let us ask for a strong spirit of Faith.

The Resurrection of Jesus

On the third day after His death on the Cross, Jesus rose by His own power and came out of the tomb full of glory and immortality. He appeared to His Mother, Mary Magdalene, and the Apostles.
“If Jesus has not risen, our faith is in vain.” By this miracle we understand, like the Apostles, that Jesus is truly the Son of God and we know that the religion He taught is truly divine. To continue His work on earth, Jesus founded His Church and promised that “the gates of hell shall never prevail against it”, just as death did not defeat Christ. Let us therefore walk with confidence on the way marked out by Jesus.
Let us ask to recognize God’s action in every detail of our lives.
I adore You, O Jesus coming out of the tomb, triumphant over death and hell. I praise Your Divine Mother for having received Your first visit on the glorious day of Your Resurrection.
Deign, Lord, to grant me a living faith so that I may always walk without failure and without hesitation in the paths that You have traced out to lead me to God.

We recite one 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 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.

We recite ten Hail Mary's.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is Thy Son, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We recite one Glory be to the Father.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, and to the Mother of God.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

At Fatima, Our Lady requested that we recite the following Prayer after each decade:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in the most need of Thy Mercy.

Second Mystery: The Ascension of Jesus

Let us ask for the grace of detachment from the earth
and a ardent desire for Heaven.

For forty days, Our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed the truth of His Resurrection, laid the foundations of His Church, promised the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, and then, before His disciples gathered on the Mount of Olives, He ascended to heaven blessing them.
All life must be a continuous ascent to Heaven. Every step, every gesture, every day should bring us a little closer to our goal. But we will only succeed in ascending and reaching Heaven if we always, like the apostles, fix our eyes on Christ who makes us understand that only Heaven is worthy of our desires. On the condition also, that we take the means He indicates to us to attain it.
Let us ask for the grace to carry out the mission for which God created us.
I adore You, O Jesus, ascending into heaven to enter into possession of Your eternal glory. I praise Your divine Mother for having Her Son placed above the Angels and Saints, at the right hand of the Father.
Deign, Lord, to grant me the grace to endure the pains of exile and to long for heaven, my true Fatherland.

We recite one 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 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.

We recite ten Hail Mary's.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is Thy Son, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We recite one Glory be to the Father.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, and to the Mother of God.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

At Fatima, Our Lady requested that we recite the following Prayer after each decade:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in the most need of Thy Mercy.

Third Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Blessed Virgin and the Apostles

Let us ask for the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The Pentecost

On the day of Pentecost, when the Apostles were gathered in the Upper Room to pray with Mary, a rushing wind rose and the Holy Spirit descended in tongues of fire on each of the Apostles; they spoke in various tongues. St. Peter addresses the crowd and converts a large number of Jews.
There were only twelve of them, and they saved the world. Thanks to these twelve, the shadow of the Cross spreads over the whole earth. But these twelve poor sinners received the Holy Spirit in their souls. From being timid and cowardly, they became the fearless defenders of the Rights of God. What about us? We received the Holy Spirit at our confirmation. Why are we so cowardly in the service of God?
Let us ask for fidelity to God’s inspirations.
I adore You, O Jesus, pouring out Your divine Spirit upon the Apostles and the faithful gathered in the Upper Room. I praise Your divine Mother for having received on this day the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Deign, Lord, to give me the Spirit of light to better know my duties and the Spirit of strength to fulfill them.

We recite one 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 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.

We recite ten Hail Mary's.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is Thy Son, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We recite one Glory be to the Father.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, and to the Mother of God.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

At Fatima, Our Lady requested that we recite the following Prayer after each decade:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in the most need of Thy Mercy.

Fourth Mystery: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

Let us ask for a true Devotion towards our Good Mother Mary.

Retired with the Apostle Saint John, Mary dies in an ecstasy of love. Her body, tabernacle of the Son of God, was not allowed to see the corruption of the tomb. Mary at the moment of Her death was taken up to heaven in body and soul in the midst of the angelic concerts.
From all eternity the Blessed Virgin was chosen to be the temple of God. She opened this temple wide by accepting Her vocation and Her whole life She adorned it with the most beautiful virtues. It is in and through Mary that God comes to man; it is in and through Her that we must go to God. Do we have for Mary, our good Mother, the love and veneration of good children?
Let us ask to imitate the virtues of our good Mother.
I adore You, O Jesus, going to meet Mary to introduce Her into Your heavenly kingdom. I praise Your divine Mother for Her glorious Resurrection and triumphant Assumption above the angelic choirs. May I always find a place under the mantle of Your holy Mother, O my God.

We recite one 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 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.

We recite ten Hail Mary's.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is Thy Son, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We recite one Glory be to the Father.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, and to the Mother of God.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

At Fatima, Our Lady requested that we recite the following Prayer after each decade:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in the most need of Thy Mercy.

Fifth Mystery: The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Let us ask for fidelity to the grace to be one day crowned in Heaven.

Placed by the adorable Trinity above all the angelic choirs, Mary, beloved Daughter of the Father, beloved Mother of the Son, Spotless Spouse of the Holy Spirit, is crowned Queen of heaven and earth.
This mystery represents the crowning of every Christian life. Mary was faithful to God. God gave Her the promised reward. The happiness we seek will be ours forever if we are also faithful. We must think about this. It is minute by minute, hour by hour that the final result is played out.
Let us ask for constancy in effort and perseverance in our good resolutions.
I adore You, O Jesus, crowning the virtues of Mary by making Her sit at Your right hand, on a throne of glory, in the presence of the whole heavenly court.
Deign, Lord, to make me share as Your divine Mother in Your sufferings here on earth, so that one day I may share Her crown in Heaven.

We recite one 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 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.

We recite ten Hail Mary's.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is Thy Son, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

We recite one Glory be to the Father.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, and to the Mother of God.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

At Fatima, Our Lady requested that we recite the following Prayer after each decade:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in the most need of Thy Mercy.

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, O 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.

  • Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
  • That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray. O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating on 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.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.

"Love has only one word and in saying it always, it never repeats it."

Rev. Fr. Henri-Dominique Lacordaire, o.p.