Make the Sign of the Cross (Starting and Ending the Rosary)

In the name of the Father [touch forehead], and of the Son [touch breast], and of the Holy Spirit* [touch left shoulder, then right shoulder].  Amen.

The Apostles' Creed (on the Crucifix)

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in 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. On the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.  From there He will 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 (on the 6 larger or isolated single beads)

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 (on the 53 smaller or grouped beads)

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.

Glory Be (after each decade of 10 Hail Mary prayers)

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.

Fatima Prayer (after each Glory Be)

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.

In November, substitute: Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

Concluding Rosary Prayers

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, 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.

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 by meditating upon 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.

*Some Catholics and other Christians raised in certain Protestant traditions prefer to use Holy Ghost instead of Holy Spirit as a translation of the original Latin; either is acceptable for private prayer, with "Holy Spirit" being used in most public or group recitations of the Rosary.

About Petitions and Variations in Recitation of the Rosary

The Rosary is often prayed in petition for one or more particular needs or graces, whether for yourself or others.  It is customary to state these petitions either at the beginning of the Rosary, or at the start of each decade should you have multiple petitions.  For example, you may wish to pray the Rosary in petition for an increase in the virtue of faith for yourself, or you may assign a different need to each decade (e.g. for success in finding a job, for your family back home, for success and protection in battle, for a child who is ill, etc.). It is also permissible to simply pray the Rosary without any petitions, or to offer it purely in thanksgiving (e.g., for a prayer answered, for a grace or virtue recently received, etc.).  

Please note that different countries and Churches practice different traditions concerning the Rosary's closing prayers.  It is not uncommon to see prayers for the Pope, the Litany of Loreto and/or the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel added before the closing Sign of the Cross.  In private recitation of the Rosary, it is acceptable to add any other desired prayers to the end of the Rosary immediately prior to the closing Sign of the Cross. 

Rosary prayers are also available in French and the original Latin.

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