Rohārio — Rosary
Pray the Rosary
The Rosary is both one of the oldest and most popular prayers in the Catholic tradition. A meditative prayer it is entered into by repeating a cycle of prayers. It can be prayed alone or with others
The intention of praying the Rosary is to enter into the events (mysteries) of Jesus' life. Praying the Hail Mary repeatedly helps the prayer to quietly reflect on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
How to pray the Rosary
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Saint John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous.
The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.