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How to pray the Rosary

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Feast of Miracle of the Sun
about Our Lady of Fatima

Within Catholicism, The Miracle of the Sun is seen as the fulfillment of a promise by Mary, mother of Jesus, to the shepherd children who said she appeared to them several times before 13 October 1917. According to the children's accounts, Mary, referred to as the “Lady of Fátima”, promised them she would perform a miracle to show people they were telling the truth, and so caused the crowds to see the Sun make "incredible" movements in the sky. Catholics have regarded Mary as a powerful "miracle worker" for centuries, and this view has continued into the present. Various theologians and apologetic scientists have discussed the limits of scientific explanations for the event and proposed possible mechanisms through which divine intervention caused the solar phenomenon.

1) The Fatima Prayer (Decade Prayer)

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

Mary told the children that people should
add this prayer to the end of each decade of
the Rosary.
2) The Pardon Prayer

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee. I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. Amen.

This prayer was given to the children by the
Angel of Peace that visited them in 1916, the
year before Mary appeared to them.
3) The Angel’s Prayer

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

This is another prayer given to them by the
Angel of Peace. There was a Eucharistic
host and chalice suspended in the air, and
the angel led them in kneeling before it and
praying this prayer.
4) The Eucharistic Prayer

Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Amen.

When Mary appeared to the children for the
first time on May 13, 1917, she said, “You will
have much to suffer, but the grace of God
will be your comfort.” According to Sr. Lucia,
a bright light shone all around them, and
without thinking about it, they all started
reciting this prayer.
5) The Sacrifice Prayer

O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [that I do this]. Amen.

Mary gave the children this prayer, as well as
the Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer, on June
13th, 1917. The prayer is meant to be
recited when you are offering up suffering to

Our Lady of the Rosary

I don’t want to overwhelm anyone learning about the Rosary for the first time. There are some very complex religions out there— one being Catholicism. It’s a religion loaded with controversy, scandal, kneeling, and The Rosary.

The Rosary fulfills the spiritual need for reflection and meditation. It’s not a prayer that asks God for a new job or tv. In the meditation zone of saying the Rosary— it’s an immersion into your spiritual interior life.

The Rosary is often said in a group out loud. You can privately say the Rosary all the way through or even let yourself fall asleep while saying the Rosary. Let me just say— reading the book of Genesis will put you to sleep and saying the Rosary at bedtime will put you to sleep. Not judging is a commandment so— definitely there is no judgment on how you say the Rosary.

Another thing I like about the Rosary is that it’s an anxiety relief tool. Some of you know that I walk a lot. It’s primarily habit and a need to burn off anxiety. Frequently, I say the Rosary while walking just to work out all that brewing anxiety. Maybe your anxiety relief is counting— you can carry a rosary and count your way back into reality and nobody will question your beads.

The more I pray the Rosary, I have found there’s no perfect way to say the Rosary other than having a Holy intent. You don’t need to worry about the counting or reciting the prayers perfectly— everything takes time and practice.

Below are some links to the actual Rosary prayers. I definitely recommend at least trying it because the Rosary’s mantra prayer meditation is very similar to current trends in meditation— albeit a very old contemplative Christian form of meditation.


How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary (audio)

Glorious Mysteries

Joyful Mysteries

Sorrowful Mysteries

Luminous Mysteries


By the intercession of St. Michael and
the heavenly Choir of Seraphim, may it
please God to make us worthy to receive
into our hearts the fire of His perfect charity.

Saint Francis’ Sermon to the Birds

My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple raiment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God.

Saint Francis of Assisi - c1220


In honor of Our Lady of the Rosary

Stations of the Cross pdf

Divine Mercy pdf

Chaplet of Saint Michael pdf

How to pray the rosary pdf

The Benedictine Rule
Benedict of Nursia




Further reading— from Joan Chittister
A Little Rule for Beginners

The Long Loneliness
Dorothy Day


Saint Theresa of Avila



Simone de Beauvoir


Death Comes For The Archbishop
Willa Crather



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