The rosary is a simple prayer for Christians to pray, which is common practice among Roman Catholics (as I soon will be), and some Protestants pray it as well. Actually, anyone can pray it, but if you want absolution from your sins, you have to go through a priest. Anyway, the rosary is a devotional prayer presented to St. Dominic (founder of the Dominican Order) through a vision from Our Lady (the Blessed Virgin Mary) in the early 13th century.
It consists of 4 divine Mysteries that cover the life of Christ (with 5 events in each Mystery) and that of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The first is the Joyful Mysteries, which cover five events of the birth and infancy in the early life of Christ. It begins with the Annunciation, in which the angel Gabriel tells the Blessed Virgin Mary (who was immaculately conceived from St. Anne and born without sin; also an eternal virgin) she is to be with child that Jesus is to be born from her womb due to the Holy Spirit coming over her to make her pregnant with God the Son.
The next Mystery is the Luminous, covering the events of Christ’s ministry, and then the Sorrowful (the suffering and death of Jesus), and finally the Glorious, which include the ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, and concluding with her coronation in Heaven as the Holy Queen of Heaven (Queen Mother; not God’s ‘bride’; described in the Book of Revelation).
Now, to the important part; how to pray the rosary? Well, first you make the sign of the cross and say the Apostles’ Creed. Second, you say an Our Father; third, three Hail Mary’s, fourth, say a Glory Be; fifth, announce the First Mystery (the first event in whatever Mystery you are praying as described above); sixth, say an Our Father; seventh, say 10 Hail Mary’s; eighth, a Glory Be and the Fatima prayer; ninth, repeat 6-8; tenth, say a Hail Holy Queen prayer, and end with the Concluding Prayer.
If you unaware of any of these terms or prayers, the Our Father is the Lord’s Prayer; the Hail Mary is from Scripture in which the angel Gabriel visits Mary; the Glory Be is “Glory be the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit”; the Fatima prayer was given to the children and later declared saints from the children who had a vision of Our Lady (the Blessed Virgin Mary) and she told the children to tell the people to add this to the rosary prayer – “Lord, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, and leads all souls to Heaven especially those in need of Thy mercy. Amen.” I could list the Hail Holy Queen and the Concluding Prayer, but if you want to learn to pray the rosary, it is easy to find via a Google search or by visiting any Catholic parish.
Those that pray the rosary are also given special protection, graces, build virtue, allow good works to flourish, and obtain divine mercy. Those that pray it devoutly and focus on the Mysteries will not meet misfortune; sinners shall be converted, and receive all the Sacraments; at death, will discover the light of God and find great glory in Heaven. Whatever you ask for while praying the rosary will be obtained; those who propogate the rosary will aided in all in the necessities; those who recite it will have the entire Celestial Court at their disposal; those who recite it will be the beloved children of Our Lady; it is a sign of predestination. These are all the promises of those who pray the rosary from Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.
The 4 Mysteries of the Rosary:
– The Annunciation (Luke 1:28)
– The Visitation (Luke 1:41-42)
– The Nativity (Luke 2:7)
– The Presentation (Luke 2:22-23)
– Finding Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:46).
– Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:16-17).
– Wedding at Cana (John 2:5-7).
– Proclaiming the Kingdom (Matthew 10:7-8).
– The Transfiguration (Luke 9:29, 35).
– Institution of the Eucharist (Luke 22:19-20).
– The Agony in the Garden (Luke 22:44-45)
– The Scourging at the Pillar (John 19:1).
– Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:28-29).
– Carrying of the Cross (John 19:17).
– The Crucifixion (Luke 23:46).
– The Resurrection (Mark 16:6).
– The Ascension (Mark 16:19).
– Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4).
– The Assumption (Judith 15:9-10).
– The Coronation (Revelation 12:1).