Prayer is very vital in any Christian believer's life. Its considered to be the time of communicating to God hence it should be taken seriously. It is important to know how to pray the rosary especially if you are a Catholic Church faithful.
The rosary is very important as the prayers said for the rosary are at the core of the catholic Christian faithful.
How to pray with the Rosary
For you to know how to pray with the rosary, you need to know the prayers to pray and how to pray. The initial step is doing the sign of the cross while at the same time praying the holy trinity prayer. This should be done with your hand on the rosary and in particular you should be holding the crucifix.
How to start the prayer
In the name of the father, the son and of the Holy Spirit. You cannot say you know how to pray the rosary if you cannot do the sign of the cross. Go ahead to make the sign of the cross using your right hand pointing it on your head, chest then left shoulder and finally the right one, systematically. This is while you say the holy trinity.
After you are finished, you proceed to the second prayer. You are still holding the crucifix. The second prayer before commencing praying using circular objects is the Apostle’s Creed. You need to know how to pray in the spirit. You do this in a prayerful mood, with your head down holding the crucifix.
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; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will 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.
Move to the first large circular object after the crucifix
We are in the second part of prayer using the circular objects. The first one directs you to say the Our Father Prayer
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Our father's prayer
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. Amen.
The small circular bead
Look at the sizes. You will notice they are fairly minute compared to the initial one. The minute ones direct you to pray to Mary.
The Hail Mary's prayer
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you 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.
After the three circular objects, you will notice another large circular object. After the pundit with Mary’s portrait, go anti-clockwise. The first large circular object starts the new prayers.
The Glory Be prayer
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.
Now you have to know the mysteries of Christ.After you are done praying the circular objects below the pendant, now say the mystery of the rosary which recall events in the lives of Jesus and Mary
There are three mysteries that are supposed to be mentioned in the different days of the week that you decide to pray the rosary.
- The Joyful(Monday and Saturday)
- The sorrowful(Tuesday and Friday)
- The luminous mystery(Thursday)
The format is quite similar while praying the rest of the parts of the rosary.
On the spaces (also called decades) between a large circular object and the ten small circular objects, you have to pray the mysteries of the Rosary which recall events in the lives of Jesus and Mary . The mysteries are prayed a total of five times. This is how to be prayerful, using the rosary!