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Saint Dominic receives the Rosary from the Blessed VirginThe Rosary is a talk to the Blessed Virgin Mary about the life of her son, Jesus, and that of her own. The Rosary beads were given by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic in 1214. However, it is thought that the format of praying 150 Aves and 5 Pater Nostas and Glorias goes back to the very early church as a means of centemplative prayer for those who could not read or understand the Office of the Church. Each of the 150 Aves was prayed a little like chanting the 150 psalms of the early church in the Office. At that time it was called the Psalter of Jesus and Mary. When the Blessed Virgin gave the prayer to Saint Dominic she likened every prayer to a rose, hence the name Rosary.

How to Pray the Rosary

Check out the links below to learn how to pray the Rosary and each of the Four Mysteries.

1. The Joyful Mysteries with pictures and bible text and said on Mondays and Saturdays 
The Annunciation

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke 
(1, 26-39)
The Visitation

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke 
(1, 40-48)
The Nativity

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke 
(2, 6-12)
The Presentation 
in the Temple

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke 
(2, 22-35)
The Finding of our Lord in the Temple

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke 
(2, 41-50)


2. The Luminous Mysteries with pictures and bible text and said on Thursdays
The Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Matthew 
(3, 13-17)
The Wedding Feast 
at Kana

Readings from the Gospel according to St. John (2, 1-12)
Jesus proclaims the coming of the kingdom of God

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke (15, 3-7)
The Transfiguration

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke (9, 28-36)
The Institution 
of the Eucharist

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke 22: 7-20)

3. The Sorrowful Mysteries with pictures and bible text and said on Tuesdays and Fridays
Agony in the Garden

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke (22, 39-44)
The Scourging 
at the Pillar

Readings from the Prophet Isaiah 
(53, 3-7)
The Crowning 
with Thorns

Readings from the Gospel according to St. John (19, 1-5)
The Carrying 
of the Cross

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke (23, 27-32)
The Crucifixion

Readings from the Gospel according to St. John 
(19, 17-18; 25-27)

4. The Glorious Mysteries with pictures and bible text and said on Wednesdays and Sundays
The Resurrection

Readings from the Gospel according to St. John (20, 10-18)
The Ascension

Readings from the Gospel according to St. Luke (24, 50-53)
The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Readings from the Gospel according to St. John (14, 15-19)
The Assumption

Readings from the Gospel according to St. John (14, 1-6)
The Coronation

Readings from the book of the Apocalypse 
of St. John the Apostle (12, 1-6)