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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.

Sorrowful Misteries

Offering of the second crown of the Rosary:

Let us pray for the dying.

O most sweet Jesus, God of all consolation! Comfort the pains of poor mortals, help the sick, and be merciful to those who are dying. By Your agony, Your scourging, Your crowning of thorns, Your carrying of the Cross, and Your death on Calvary, have mercy on these poor souls. May Your blood not be shed needlessly for them. Be touched by their extreme need, at this decisive moment, on which all their eternity depends.
And You, O Mary, Consoler of the afflicted, Helper of the Sick, have mercy on Your countless children who at this moment are struggling with death; receive the souls of the dying who at every moment leave this earth and enter into the future life; be their Advocate before the throne of Your divine Son, and pray for us always, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

First Mystery: The Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Let us ask for a perfect contrition of all our sins.

The Agony of Jesus

After the Last Supper, Jesus withdrew to the Garden of Olives with His Apostles, and began to be sad to the point of death; He was bathed in sweat of blood. Strengthened by an Angel, He prolonged His prayer and accepted the chalice of His Passion.
Jesus understands all the horrors, the consequences and the terrible debt of sin. His whole being revolts at the mere thought of what He will have to endure to pay this debt. However, He agrees to take this burden on His shoulders. But we! We treat sin lightly, we do not understand the enormity of it. If we did, we would never dare to commit it.
Let us ask for the grace of sincere conversion for ourselves and for all our brothers and sisters on earth.
I adore You, O Jesus, agonizing in the Garden of Olives, and I am filled with sorrow thinking that I betrayed You as Judas did and abandoned You as the Apostles did, instead of sharing Your sorrows.
Give me the grace, O my God, to drink like Mary from Your cup of bitterness, and grant me the contrition of all my sins.

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 Flagellation of Jesus

Let us ask for the mortification of our senses and the spirit of sacrifice.

The scourging of Jesus

Convinced of Jesus’ innocence, Pilate nevertheless delivers Him to the executioners to be scourged. They bind Him to a pillar and beat Him so cruelly that His body is a living wound.
Jesus suffers in His body. He allows it to be torn to shreds. He sacrifices it totally. And us! We pamper our bodies. Often in our fear of suffering we offend God. Therefore, let us understand that if Jesus accepted the scourging it was largely to teach us that the body must be submitted to the soul and that it must be sacrificed sometimes for the good of the soul.
Let us ask to willingly accept daily privations.
I adore You, O Jesus attached to the pillar. I am penetrated with pain thinking that my sins of impurity have contributed to the horrible torment of Your scourging.
Give me the grace, O my Jesus, to weep like Mary at the sight of the cruel whips that tear Your sacred body, and grant me to overcome my evil inclinations.

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: Jesus is crowned with thorns

Let us ask for mortification of mind and judgment.

Jesus is crowned with thorns

The executioners put a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head, and beat Him with sticks, throw an old red cloak on His shoulders, give Him a reed for a scepter, salute Him as King of the Jews, and make Him suffer thousands of insults.
By the scourging Jesus pays for the sins of the flesh, by the crowning of thorns He wants to make atonement for the sins of the spirit, sins of pride, doubt, selfishness, and human respect. Let us therefore understand that if Jesus has accepted for us the insults of the soldiers, their mockery and contempt, we must likewise accept everything for Him, not be ashamed to be His disciples, and leave aside all human respect when it comes to Him and His teachings.
Let us ask to die to human respect.
I adore You, O Jesus crowned with thorns, and I am filled with pain thinking that I have often stripped You of Your mantle of glory and covered You with opprobrium.
Give me the grace, O my God, to imitate Mary, enduring the greatest humiliations as She did, without complaining. Grant me victory over pride and human respect.

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 Carrying of the Cross

Let us ask to embrace the crosses that God gives us with ardent love.

Jesus carries His Cross

Sentenced to death, Jesus carries the Cross, instrument of His torment, to Calvary. All the people are charging Him with insults. Only Mary, His Mother, a few pious women and a few disciples sympathize with His sufferings.
This man who staggers under the heavy Cross is the Son of God. The crowd ridicules Him. Only a few holy women are crying. Jesus tells them not to weep for Him, but for themselves and their children. Whether we like it or not, the Cross is in our lives. Let us understand that only Jesus can transform it into an instrument of happiness for us.
Let us ask for patience in trials.
I adore You, O Jesus, carrying the instrument of Your martyrdom, and I am filled with pain thinking that You are more burdened by the weight of my sins than by the load of Your heavy Cross.
Give me the grace, O my God, to follow You as Mary did to the summit of Calvary, and to accept in union with Your divine Son all the crosses You will please to send me.

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 Crucifixion and Death of Jesus on the Cross

Let us ask to die to ourselves to live only for God.

Jesus dies on the Cross

Nailed to the cross, between two thieves, Jesus prays for His executioners, promises heaven to one of the criminals, entrusts His Mother to the apostle St. John, and, crying out: “All is accomplished,” He expires. A soldier opens His side with a spear.
Jesus dies to give us life. Sin destroys God and causes us to die. To live and possess God, we must die to sin. Therefore, let us understand that we must destroy it to obtain eternal life, that without the Cross there can be no Resurrection.
Let us ask for the final perseverance, the conversion of sinners, the deliverance of souls from Purgatory.
I adore You, O Jesus, crucified for love of us, between two rebels. I am penetrated with pain thinking that I could drive nails into Your feet and hands and pierce Your Heart with a cruel spear.
Give me the grace, O my God, to imitate Mary, the Virgin of Seven Sorrows, immolating Herself with You at the foot of the Cross. May I finally die to myself and to all earthly things!

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.

"Holy Mass is the greatest of prayers. But we cannot always celebrate it. The Hail Mary, accessible at all times, is a prayer given to us directly from Heaven. It can be recited while working, on our comings and goings, even without taking out a rosary."

Father Mathurin of the Mother of God