Our Lady of Fatima
The word ‘Rosary’ comes from Latin and means ‘garland of roses’. The Rosary is a devotion in honour of our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary and contemplates the life of Christ through the eyes of Mary. It is a most beautiful devotion and I can attest to it delivering many graces to those who pray it.
It is understood St Dominic gave us the Rosary as we now know it, after being moved by a vision of Our Lady; and he and Blessed Alan de la Roche revealed fifteen promises by Our Lady for those who pray the Rosary. They are as follows:
These promises were further emphasised to the world when Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima in the early twentieth century and told them to pray the Rosary often for poor sinners and poor souls and for peace in the world.
So now, let’s say it!!
Saying the Rosary:
1. Take your Rosary beads and use the Crucifix to bless yourself ‘In the name of the Father….’
2. Then, still on the Crucifix, say the Apostles Creed.
Section 2 – These prayers are for the Holy Father’s prayer intentions
1. On the very first bead (closest to the Crucifix), say an Our Father
2. Then on the next three beads say a Hail Mary on each bead
3. On the next bead say a Glory Be.
Section 3 – This is the main part of the Rosary. Select the appropriate set of Mysteries (below) and then proceed as follows:
1. On the first bead of each decade say an ‘Our Father’; then say a ‘Hail Mary’ on each of the following ten beads; then say one ‘Glory Be’; and finally, say the Fatima prayer.
2. You then continue in this manner until you have said 5 decades, covering each mystery of the relevant set of Mysteries.
3. Finish your Rosary by saying the Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina), the Final Prayer (both set out below) and making a sign of the Cross with your Crucifix.
4. You have said your Rosary!! Just wait for the graces to flow!!
Here are the prayers if you aren't sure of them....
The Apostles Creed: 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 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, 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 Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
The 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.
The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art 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. Amen.
The Glory Be (Doxology): Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The Fatima Prayer: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.
Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina): 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 veil 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 clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
V: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Final Prayer: O God, by the life, death and resurrection of Your only begotten Son, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech thee that by meditating on these mysteries of the most Holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
In saying your Rosary, contemplate these mysteries for each decade (selecting the appropriate set of mysteries for the day on which you say your Rosary):
The Joyful Mysteries (Monday, Saturday): The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday, Friday): The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning of Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, The Crucifixion.
The Glorious Mysteries (Sunday, Wednesday): The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven.
The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday): The Baptism in the Jordan, The Wedding Feast at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and Repentance for Sin, The Transfiguration, The Institution of the Holy Eucharist.