The rosary has been prayed since the thirteenth century. While meditating on the life of Jesus, one recites the prayers that brings one closer to Him and to His Mother, Mary.
Start by making the sign of the Cross:
Then recite the Creed:
1 'Our Father',
3 'Hail Mary's' for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity;
and then 1 'Glory Be':
The Rosary is divided into three parts, each having five mysteries. While meditating on the Mysteries, recite:
1 'Our Father'
10 'Hail Mary's' and
1 'Glory Be'
for each Mystery.
After each Mystery the 'Fatima Prayer' is said.
All together this makes up one decade.
After the completion of the five mysteries (five decades), the 'Hail Holy Queen' is said
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
For the intentions of the Holy Father, one may recite at this point 1 'Our Father', 1 'Hail Mary', and one 'Glory Be'.
For more on How to Pray the Holy Rosary or to learn about the Rosary in Sacred Scripture, see the EWTN devotionals.
(Mondays and Saturdays, may be said on Sundays during Advent and Christmas):
(Tuesdays and Fridays, may be said on Sundays during Lent ):
(Wednesdays and Sundays):