If you want to learn how to say the “prayer of those who triumph over everything and everyone,” then find a quiet place where nobody will interrupt you for about 20 minutes. Kneel down. Take your rosary beads and sign yourself with the cross of Christ, saying as you do, “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Clasp your beads in your hands and recollect yourself, calling to mind that you are in the presence of God and that the Holy Virgin is listening, attentive to you. You are about to say the rosary. Offer her this mystical crown of roses, and offer it for a specific intention. Now hold the crucifix and begin with a firm Act of Faith:

Introduction

At the Crucifix

The following prayers are written as if they were Versicles (V) and Responses (R) in order to show clearly how the rosary is said with others. The first person says the versicle and the second person says the response. If more than two people are saying the rosary, then one person says the versicle, and the others together say the response.

V. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker 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, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

R. I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church: The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.

Move your fingers to the first Pater bead, which is the first bead next to the crucifix.

The First Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Continue to the next bead, which is the first of three Ave beads.

The Three Ave Beads

Ask for Final Perseverance; or for a Good Death; or for Purity; or for Faith, Hope, and Charity.

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

Move to the next Ave bead. Continue in this way to move to the next bead after concluding each prayer with the Amen.

Hail Mary…

Hail Mary…

On the Gloria Bead

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A Third of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries: The Life of Christ

The complete Rosary contains 15 decades of Aves–150 Hail Marys corresponding to 150 Psalms. (If you count the 3 Aves in the introduction, there are 153 total, an interesting number that corresponds to the miraculous catch of 153 fish recounted in the gospel of John.)

It is common to refer to only a third part of the complete Rosary as “one Rosary” because there is a long-standing custom of saying this much every day, cycling through the full Rosary every three days. Even when Our Lady appeared at Fatima, she requested that people say “a third part of the rosary” every day.

The First Decade

Fix your mind on the first mystery of the Rosary–The Annunciation of the Angel St. Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin–and ask for the grace of Humility.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer written here, or some other aspiration. If several people are saying the rosary together, the leader says the first words up to the asterisk (*), and then the others join in.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Second Decade

Fix your mind on the second mystery of the Rosary–The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin to St. Elizabeth–and ask for the grace of Brotherly Love.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Third Decade

Fix your mind on the third mystery of the Rosary–The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ–and ask for the grace of the Love of Poverty.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Fourth Decade

Fix your mind on the fourth mystery of the Rosary–The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple–and ask for the grace of the Spirit of Sacrifice.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Fifth Decade

Fix your mind on the fifth mystery of the Rosary–The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple–and ask for the grace of Wisdom.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

Either continue on to the next five decades, or finish here with the Concluding Prayers. If you want to say more than a third part of the rosary in a day, it is advisable to say five decades at a time at different times of the day.

A Third of the Rosary
The Sorrowful Mysteries: The Passion of Christ

The Sixth Decade

Fix your mind on the sixth mystery of the Rosary–The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden–and ask for the grace of True Contrition for Your Sins.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer written here, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Seventh Decade

Fix your mind on the seventh mystery of the Rosary–The Scourging of Our Lord at the Pillar–and ask for the grace of the Spirit of Mortification.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Eighth Decade

Fix your mind on the eighth mystery of the Rosary–The Crowning with Thorns–and ask for the grace of Contempt for the World.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Ninth Decade

Fix your mind on the eighth mystery of the Rosary–The Carrying of the Cross–and ask for the grace to Carry Your Cross.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Tenth Decade

Fix your mind on the tenth mystery of the Rosary–The Death of Our Savior on the Cross–and ask for the grace of Final Perseverance.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

Either continue on to the next five decades, or finish here with the Concluding Prayers. If you want to say more than a third part of the rosary in a day, it is advisable to say five decades at a time at different times of the day.

A Third of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries: The Resurrection of Christ

The Eleventh Decade

Fix your mind on the eleventh mystery of the Rosary–The Resurrection of Our Lord–and ask for the grace of Faith.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer written here, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Twelfth Decade

Fix your mind on the twelfth mystery of the Rosary–The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven–and ask for the grace of Hope.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Thirteenth Decade

Fix your mind on the thirteenth mystery of the Rosary–The Coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost–and ask for the grace of Zeal.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Fourteenth Decade

Fix your mind on the fourteenth mystery of the Rosary–The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Body and Soul, into Heaven–and ask for the grace of a Tender Devotion to Mary.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

The Fifteenth Decade

Fix your mind on the fifteenth mystery of the Rosary–The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin in Heaven by Our Lord–and ask for Perseverance in Grace.

On the Pater Bead

V. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. R. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

On Each of the 10 Ave Beads

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

After the Last Hail Mary

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Aspiration after the Gloria

Say the Fatima Prayer, or some other aspiration.

O My Jesus, * forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

Conclusion of the Rosary

The 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, 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. Amen.

Collect of the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin

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 hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal life: grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating on the 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 Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.

Obtain the Indulgences

If you are not aware of any unconfessed mortal sin on your soul, and you pray a third of the rosary continuously in a church, in a family, or in a religious community, you may gain a plenary indulgence if you say some prayers for the usual intentions of the Holy FatheR. You may apply the indulgence to the suffering souls in purgatory if you wish.

You do not need to call the Vatican to find out the Pope’s prayer intentions; the usual intentions of the Holy Father have always been defined as the following: 1) The increase of the Catholic Faith; 2) the triumph of Holy Church; 3) the conversion of sinners; 4) peace and concord among Christian princes and rulers; and 5) the uprooting of heresy. No specific prayers are assigned, but it is customary to simply say an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be to the Father for these intentions.