How to Pray the Rosary

Praying the Rosary is one of the Catholic Church's most popular devotions and enduring images. You may want to dedicate the Rosary to a specific intention, like a sick friend or relative.

You will need

  • At least 20 minutes without interruptions
  • Rosary beads (optional)

Step 1 Begin on crucifix Begin on the crucifix by making the sign of the cross.

Step 2 Say Apostles' Creed Say the Apostles’ Creed, a profession of faith.

Step 3 On the first large bead ... On the first large bead, say an Our Father.

Step 4 On the next three beads ... On each of the next three smaller beads, say a Hail Mary.

Step 5 On the next large bead ... On the next large bead, say a Glory Be.

Step 6 Meditate on the first mystery Meditate on the first mystery. If you’re in a group, the leader will announce it first.

Step 7 Say an Our Father Say an Our Father.

Step 8 Move clockwise Move clockwise to the next decade, or group of ten beads. Say a Hail Mary for each of the next 10 smaller beads.

Step 9 On the next large bead ... On the next large bead, say a Glory Be.

Step 10 Meditate on the second mystery Meditate on the second mystery.

Step 11 Repeat the cycle Repeat the cycle—saying an Our Father, followed by a Hail Mary for each of the 10 smaller beads, followed by a Glory Be, followed by the next mystery—though the fifth decade.

Step 12 After fifth decade ... Once you’ve completed the fifth decade, say the Prayer after the Rosary on the medallion.

Step 13 Make the Sign of the Cross Make the Sign of the Cross.