MY LIFE IN THE ROSARY
Mother M. Angelica

Contents

Announce the mystery
Our Father
Glory Be
Hail Mary (on each bead)
Announce the mystery
Hail Holy Queen
Our Father
Rosary Prayer
Glory Be
Hail Mary (on each small bead)
Our Father
Apostles Creed
Make the Sign of the Cross

The Prayers Of The Rosary

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty from thence He shall come 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 life everlasting. Amen.

The Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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. Amen.

The Hail Mary

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 be to the Father

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

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, O most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement! O Loving! O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


The Five Joyful Mysteries

Scripture—Joyful Mysteries

Annunciation—"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women." [Luke 1:28]

Visitation—"When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary the babe in her womb leapt, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit." [Luke 1:41]

Nativity—"And she brought forth her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes." [Luke 2:7]

Presentation—"According to the law of Moses, they took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord." [Luke 2:32]

Finding of Child—"After three days they found Him in the Temple. He was sitting in the midst of the teachers." [Luke 2:45,46]

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation (Intention: Population and right to life)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

When the darkness of sin covered mankind, your love and humility, kind Mother, turned the face of the Father toward His erring children. Though the message of the Angel was difficult for you to understand, you accepted the Will of God with trust and love.

You questioned neither His Power nor His Wisdom, but asked only how this great Mystery was to be accomplished. We live in a world that does not accept the Father's Wisdom, does not trust in His Providence, does not believe in His Power. We cannot see beyond tomorrow and so the present moment is bereft of the knowledge of His Presence.

Your trust in the Father's Will made the miraculous simple. Why can't we trust His plan in our lives as you trusted Him in yours? Even though the child born to be the Saviour would suffer untold agonies, you never for a moment hesitated in your Fiat. The women of our day fear the future of their unborn children. In an act of misguided zeal they sometimes deprive the Father of the opportunity to manifest His Power, bestow upon us His Goodness and populate the Kingdom with children of light.

Give us a share of your Faith and Hope that we may bow before the Infinite Wisdom of God and accept the treasures He deigns to bestow upon us. Let us leave creation to His Omnipotence, the future to His Providence and mankind to His Wisdom.

Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation (Intention: Aged and Social Justice)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

What impulse of love made you hurry to visit your cousin Elizabeth, kind Mother? At a moment when you had every right to rest in the jubilant news that you would be the Mother of the Messiah you left the place of your exaltation.

No doubt the advanced age of Elizabeth caused you concern. Your compassionate Heart turned toward her. Elizabeth, in her old age, needed the comfort of your youth. The Child in your womb, conceived by the Holy Spirit, began His work of Redemption by sanctifying John.

Your zeal to carry Jesus to others, no matter what the cost, embarrasses us and causes us to blush with shame. We neglect the aged because we are too busy. We permit the Generation Gap to widen because we do not possess the love to bridge the distance. We permit social injustice because we do not wish to be our brother's keeper. Holy Mary, bring Jesus to us through the merits of your visit to Elizabeth. Obtain for us the graces we need to magnify the Lord by our humility in dealing with our neighbor, our concern for the aged, our zeal for social justice and our courage when duty calls for sacrifice.

Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity (Intention: Motherhood, Poverty, Social Ethnic Groups)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

We look with wonder at the Wisdom of God as the Promised Woman gives birth to the Promised Messiah in a cold cave! Deprived of all material things, the Splendor of Heaven entered the world—that work of His hands—in abject poverty.

Jesus and Mary want us to know that their love for us is pure and devoid of any selfishness. The Mother of God says to all Mothers, "Let the dignity of your Motherhood rise above created things and the richness of your love cover your poverty."

Can we ever imagine the ecstasy of Mary as her eyes met the eyes of God in her tiny infant? Can our hearts ever feel the agony as she saw His outstretched arms form a cross? Can we in our finest moments ever fathom such love and pain?

Sweet Mother, we want to take our place with the Shepherds to tell Jesus of our love and gratitude. We want to reach out to the men of all nations just as the Infant reached out to the Wise Men of the East. We want to put aside our prejudice and bigotry and offer the gift of our love to all men.

Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus in the lowly and offer Jesus to the forgotten. Teach us how to be holy, so we may give the Father the glory and Jesus the pleasure of making sinners into saints.

Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation (Intention: Mentally Retarded)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

Kind Mother, did another Magnificat rise to your lips as you walked up the Temple steps to present Jesus to the Father? What must have been your joy as you gave Jesus to Simeon! Were you expecting this man of God to prophesy the great things this Child would accomplish? Did you think he would shout throughout the Temple precincts, "The Lord has come"?

If you expected great things to be pronounced, was your heart torn by the realization that this Child was a sign of contradiction—destined for the rise and fall of many?

You did not fall beneath this bitter-sweet experience. The plan of God may not have been to your liking but you accepted it with all the love of your pure Heart.

Obtain for all parents, whose retarded children are specially chosen, like Jesus, to accomplish hidden works for the glory of God, the same courage you manifested in the Temple.

The Child of your womb was destined to be great but how few recognized that greatness. Give the parents of these special children a deep realization of the power of their suffering. Let the suffering rise to heaven as a sweet smelling incense for the salvation of souls. Let the beauty of their souls, hidden from the eyes of men in this life, shine like bright stars in the glory of the Father's Kingdom.

Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Intention: Family Life and Youth)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

Kind Mother, we cannot conceive the agony of your pure Heart as you looked for your Child for three days. The unspeakable torture of wondering what you had done wrong must have pierced your soul to its very core.

Even the joy of finding Him was mixed with the wonder of why it happened. Today, dear Mother, many families are torn with the grief of those who stray from the right path. Your Son was found in the Temple of the Lord, but our loved ones are often lost on the highways of sin and evil.

Though the place in which we find them is different, the agony is the same.

Obtain for our families a deeper union with the Trinity. Make the father head, the mother heart, and the children members of one another. When the sword of separation in mind, heart or ideals tears the family apart, grant that the healing balm of love may find them in the Temple of God's Will, listening to His voice speaking of harmony in the depths of their souls.


The Five Sorrowful Mysteries

Scripture—Sorrowful Mysteries

Agony—"Jesus came with them to Gethsemane and He began to be saddened and exceedingly troubled." [Matt. 26:36,37]

Scourging—"Pilate then took Jesus and had Him scourged." [Jn. 19:1]

Crowning—"And plaiting a crown of thorns they put it upon His head and a reed in His right hand." [Matt. 27:29]

Carrying of Cross—"And bearing the Cross for Himself, He went forth to the place called The Skull." [Jn. 19:17]

Crucifixion—"And when they came to the place called The Skull they crucified Him." [Luke 23:33]

First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden (For the ability to do God's Will and to accept the cross)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

My Jesus, You told Your Apostles many times that You looked forward to the final hour of Redemption, and yet as you foresaw the sufferings to come you shuddered with fear and anguish of soul.

You asked the Father to let this chalice pass and you received a refusal. My future looms before me at times, dear Jesus, and I tremble with fear and trepidation. I have implored the Father many times to grant me a favor or release me from a cross and His answer has often been "No."

Why should I question His Wisdom in my regard when He refused His Own Son because the good of mankind was at stake? Help me to do the Father's Will with Your generosity and to accept a negative reply with Your love.

It is the mental anguish and uncertainty that tears my soul apart and I often question His love for me.

Your example of resignation, acceptance and love makes me realize that the Father has my life in His hands and nothing happens to me that is not for my good.

Give me the confidence to ask for what I think I need, the humility to wait for His Will, and the faith to accept a refusal. Let my suffering be Redemptive, let my will be one with God's and my life a sacrifice of love.

Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar (To overcome the weaknesses that strip us of grace and lead us to unfaithfulness)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

The pain of this suffering often escapes me, dear Jesus, I forget that this incident was not only painful but humiliating. Each stroke of the whip made you wince with pain and the gaze of the onlookers made You feel like "a worm and no man."

Were You thinking of us today as we travel the road of immorality, dope, alcohol and unfaithfulness? Did Your divine eyes see the immodesty, perversion, and fornication through the centuries?

Did the thought of how easily men strip themselves of grace for gross pleasure give You the courage to receive one more blow of the lash, one more wound and one more sneer?

Did the tears of unrequited love stream down Your cheeks as You saw so many laughingly going to perdition?

Surely, my Jesus, this scourging made reparation for more than the sins of the flesh. Were the welts that began to bleed suffered for those who tear off the garments of love and clothe themselves in the rags of dissension and disobedience?

Was not one lash marked, "Rudeness" and another "Hate"? And when the scourging finally ended, did Your eyes see some Blood trickling down and stepped upon as if in derision?

We are sorry, dear Jesus. Cover us all with this Precious Blood and heal our many wounds. Let modesty and purity be our goal and harmony our motto.

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns (To overcome pride, worry and resentments, and for an increase in faith)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

My Jesus, I often think my portion of the cross is more than I can bear. It seems to me that I am the recipient of superfluous suffering. My thoughts are empty of reasoning and my heart is cold. If I remembered that You were crowned with thorns after You were scourged, I would be silent in the Presence of Divine Wisdom.

My pride, stubbornness and lack of faith tagged each thorn as it pierced Your Sacred Head. My desire for the glory of this world to the exclusion of spiritual realities tightened the branches around Your Head.

My lack of confidence in Your Mercy and the lukewarmness of my love braided this instrument of torture into a wreath of unspeakable pain.

Were the tiny thorns that pricked Your Head the worries I permit to choke Your Word from my mind? Were the resentments I cherish in my memory the reed that struck Your Head? And when the spittle ran down Your Face, did my arrogance make You cry?

Oh, Jesus, let me never forget Your love for me and the reparation You offered the Father for my sake. Let my soul magnify the Lord by humility of heart, purity of mind, and a gentle spirit.

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross (To obtain courage in sickness and sorrow)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

You loved me enough, dear Jesus, to take upon Your bleeding shoulders the wood of Your Cross. My love for You is wanting for I find physical pain difficult to bear, sorrow oppressive and tragedies cruel.

You have asked that I take whatever the Father permits in my life and follow in Your footsteps, and yet I often think the Cross was meant only for You and not for me.

I thought Redemption meant freedom from pain, but I know now, as I see this heavy beam on Your back, that Your Redeeming Cross gave value to my pain. Your footsteps in the coarse ground cushioned the path for my feet. Your Cross cut a ridge in the earth for my cross to rest in. Your Presence cleared the air of hopelessness and showed me the way. Your acceptance took away the curse and bestowed a blessing.

Help me, my Jesus, to carry my cross with joy, ever keeping my eyes on the Father's Will. Grant that I may not waste time deciding which cross comes from You and which comes from my neighbor. Let me accept all from You, realizing that some crosses correct me, some release me, some prevent me from a life of sin, others are redemptive, and still others lead to repentance.

May our cross be one cross, dear Jesus, that together we may glorify the Father and save souls.

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion (To forgive and love unselfishly)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be the Father ]

You gave Your life for me when I was a sinner. You loved me, dear Jesus, before I saw the light of day or felt the gentle breeze upon my cheek.

You have suffered and died for me, hounded and pursued me, inspired and drawn me. Your love is totally unselfish, and though I rejoice that I am the recipient of such love, I cannot love unselfishly in return.

You forgave Your enemies and looked away as Your friends deserted You. Is it not strange, dear Jesus, that I still find forgiveness hard and mercy impossible? What is lacking in my life that makes forgiving my neighbor difficult? Is the fact that I cannot forgive myself a factor in my lack of mercy towards others?

Help me, Jesus, to see Your loving gaze as it looked up to the Father with abandonment, at the thief with mercy, and at Your Mother with love.

Grant that I may forgive my enemies and abandon myself to the Father's Will. Let me commend my life and my eternity to His care. Let zeal for the salvation of souls make my soul thirst for sacrifice and let the thought of paradise enlighten my path.

Give me the grace to persevere to the end, and when the journey is over and I have fought the good fight, let the Angels sing the last verse of my earthly song: "It is finished."


The Five Glorious Mysteries

Scripture—Glorious Mysteries

Resurrection "He is not here, but has risen. Behold the place where they laid Him." [Luke 24:6; Mark 16:6]

Ascension—"And He was taken up into Heaven and sits at the Right Hand of God." [Mark 16:19]

Descent of Holy—"And suddenly there came a sound from Spirit Heaven...and there appeared to them parted tongues...and they were filled with the Holy Spirit." [Acts 2:2, 3, 4, 11]

Assumption—"Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear, for the King shall desire your beauty. All glorious is the king's daughter as she enters; her raiment is threaded with spun gold." [Ps. 44:11, 12, 14]

Coronation—"And a great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." [Rev. 12:1]

First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection (To remember the joys to come and to persevere to the end)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

The joy of Your Resurrection fills my soul with exultation and the realization that my body, too, will rise some day. Like Your Five Wounds, my suffering will also shine for all to see. The Wisdom of the Father will be glorified forever as all men see how His plan and will in my life marked out the glory that would be mine for all eternity.

All the trials, sufferings, heartaches, and disappointments will seem as nothing compared to the glory Your sufferings merited for me. They shall all seem like a dream, and the vision of Your face will fill my soul with exquisite joy.

My soul, reunited to my body, will be perfect as Yours is perfect. No evil tendencies will ever again disturb it, no weakness mar its beauty, no separations grieve my soul, no sickness or tears shatter my peace, no regrets cloud my mind.

My memory, like Yours, dear Jesus, will be filled with good things, my intellect will understand the greatest mysteries, my will, ever united to You, will never again experience the pain of rebellion.

I will love and be loved by everyone and nothing will be impossible for me. The Father will be ever at my side and together with You, dear Jesus, I will roam freely in love of the Spirit forever and ever.

Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension (To rise above the things of this world)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

Dear Jesus, I find the day You ascended to the Father a sad day. It resembles my soul when, after experiencing Your Presence, it is plunged into a state of dryness. Like the Apostles I tend to stand still and look up in the hope that I will once again experience the joy of Your Presence.

When this happens, my Lord, remind me of the Angels' admonition, "Why do you stand here idle looking up to Heaven?"

This dryness of soul is something I must work with and not against. Help me to realize that when I feel Your Presence You are consoling me, but when I do not feel that Presence and I continue a life of love and virtue, I am consoling You.

Teach me to prefer consoling You to being consoled, and give me the light to exercise my Faith when all seems dark.

I want to rise above the demands of my emotions and have the courage to live in spirit and truth. Grant me the Faith that is always aware of the invisible reality, the Hope that trusts in Your promises, and the Love that seeks not itself.

Third Glorious Mystery: Descent of the Holy Spirit (To increase in Love and Divine Indwelling)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

Mary and the disciples were locked in the Upper Room praying in a spirit of expectation, and the Spirit of the Lord came in the form of fire over the heads of each one.

At that moment, timid men became strong, fearful men became courageous, ignorant men became enlightened, and simple men became powerful.

Men who lacked the courage to defend their Lord ran out into the streets and proclaimed His Name. Imperfect men, finite and frail, healed the sick, cast out demons, and raised the dead.

These were the men who traveled without money, yet made all men rich. They had no place to rest their heads yet ever lived in their Father's House. They were unlearned, yet spoke many languages.

The spoke of forgiving enemies, and drew men to repentance. They labored and received no pay, yet piled up treasure in the Kingdom.

Holy Spirit, give me an increase of Your Gifts and the grace that assures Your Presence in my soul. Give me an awareness of the Divine Indwelling, a realization of how much the Father loves me, and transform my soul into a perfect image of Jesus.

Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption (To possess a deep awareness of the glory to come)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

Mary, my Queen and Mother, I rejoice that your pure body—the Ark of the Covenant before His Birth, and a Temple of the Lord at His Resurrection—rose from death in anticipation of the General Resurrection.

It is a comfort to know that you are in Heaven as my Mother with all the love and concern your dignity demands. You know the dangers of this life, you know the temptations of the Enemy, you know the weaknesses of the flesh. Help me to withstand these dangers until Jesus calls me to Himself.

Teach me, kind Mother, to keep my body pure, my mind undefiled, and my heart detached. Let your Assumption into Heaven give me the assurance and courage to be a Christian in word and deed.

Fill my mind with the knowledge of your Son's life, a compassion for His sufferings, and a zeal for His Kingdom.

Let my life be patterned after His life, and my Faith and Hope be as deep as yours. I want to stand beneath my cross exercising the same stamina with which you stood beneath His. I want my love and zeal to endure any pain and make any sacrifice. Intercede with your Son on my behalf and teach me to be like Him. Let me rise above the things of this world so my thoughts may be with you in Heaven.

Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation (To one day be united to God in His Kingdom)

[ Recite 1 Our Father—10 Hail Marys—1 Glory be to the Father ]

Dear Mother, the Justice of God was not satisfied with reuniting your body and soul so you would be able to imitate Jesus in the Kingdom. Your Divine Son, King and Lord, deigned to crown you, as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

On earth you were the unknown and unheralded Mother of Jesus. Your humility astonished the Angels and confused the proud demons. It is truly just that now your greatness be manifested to all God's children.

Your one desire is to lead us to Jesus, and your one prayer is for our salvation. I am grateful for your care and sorry for my negligence.

Your Coronation gives me assurance that one day I too shall be crowned with glory. God will wipe away every tear from my eyes and bestow upon me the light of glory.

Your heart was pierced with Seven Sorrows during your earthly pilgrimage. Now—twelve stars circle your head and the moon is under your feet (Rev. 12:1). Obtain for me, dear Mother, the grace I need to one day enter His Kingdom and be crowned with the crown of holiness.

In order to recite the entire fifteen Decades, the following may be rotated according to days:

Joyful Mysteries—Monday, Thursday, and Sunday Advent to Lent

Sorrowful Mysteries—Tuesday and Friday and Sunday of Lent

Glorious Mysteries—Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday Easter to Lent


Indulgences

A Plenary Indulgence is granted if Rosary is recited in a church, family group, or Religious Community.

A Partial Indulgence is granted in other circumstances.


(Taken from Enchiridion of Indulgences)


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