DEVOTIONS AND EVENTS
THE HOLY ROSARY
The Rosary is a Meditation using the mind and imagination to consider a truth, the will to love it and form resolutions to live it. In this way the heart, mind, and soul of the Christian is formed according to the Gospel examples of the Saviour and His First Disciple, His Mother.
“Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world”
(Our Lady of Fátima).
“My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God”
(Sister Lucia, one of the children of Fátima).
“The Rosary is the compendium of the entire Gospel”
(Pope Paul VI quoting Pope Pius XII).
“How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening” – after the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours his “favourite prayer”
(Pope St John Paul II).
“The Rosary – a priceless treasure inspired by God.”
St. Louis de Montfort.
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
- The Annunciation .
- The Visitation .
- The Nativity .
- The Presentation .
- The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES
- The Baptism in the Jordan.
- The Wedding at Cana .
- Proclamation of the Kingdom .
- The Transfiguration .
- Institution of the Eucharist
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES .
- The Agony in the Garden .
- The Scourging at the Pillar .
- The Crowning with Thorns .
- The Carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
- The Resurrection .
- The Ascension .
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit .
- The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary .
- The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We start with the Sign of the Cross and Apostles’ Creed.
Then, whilst meditating on the Mysteries we recite: one Our Father (large beads), 10 Hail Marys (small beads) and 1 Glory Be (before the next large bead) to make a complete decade of the rosary.
After each decade the Fátima Prayer may also be said (Pope Pius XII):
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.
After five 5 decades or 15 or 20, the following is customarily said:
Hail Holy Queen (or Salve Regina may be sung)