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The following assumes a standard set of beads (chaplet) is used to count during the recital of the rosary. The chaplet consists of a Cross, a single bead, a set of three beads, a single bead and then a connector to which is attached five ten-bead sets each divided by a single bead.

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The Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Said while making the sign of the Cross by moving the right hand from the forehead to the chest, to the left shoulder, then to the right shoulder.)

Apostle's Creed: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father: 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.

Hail Mary (3 times): Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with Thee. Blessed art thou among 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 to the Father (Prayer of Praise): Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

This completes the common opening portion of the rosary. The prayers that follow are usually dedicated to one of sets of mysteries. The mysteries follow the general pattern of the life of Christ. Start with the hidden life of Christ in the Joyful Mysteries, the public ministry of Christ in the Mysteries of Light, the sufferings of Christ's passion in the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the triumph of Christ's Resurrection in the Glorious Mysteries. Select from below and proceed.

Joyful Mysteries

Often said on Monday and Saturday, the Joyful Mysteries include: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Birth of Our Lord, The Presentation of Our Lord, and The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple.

Mysteries of Light

An optional set of mysteries added to the Rosary by Pope John Paul II on 16 October 2002. Often said on Thursday, the Mysteries of Light include: Christ's Baptism in the Jordan River, Christ's First Miracle at Cana, Christ Preaching, The Transfiguration, and Institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper.

Glorious Mysteries

Often said on Wednesday and Sunday the Glorious Mysteries include: The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Coming of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven, and The Coronation of our Blessed Mother.

Sorrowful Mysteries

Often said on Tuesday and Friday the Sorrowful Mysteries include: The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.


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