How To Pray The Family Rosary
The daily practice of
this devotion in the family group, father, mother, and children, will serve to create more harmony in the family and will result in greater peace and contentment. It will further increase piety and a greater spiritual development as well as bring down the
blessing of God and the watchful care of Our Blessed Lady on all who participate in its daily recitation.
It is also simple to say, and the most convenient time so
that all the family might be present is in the evening, probably right after supper. Each member could alternate in leading the prayers.
1. First the Apostles
Creed is said while holding the crucifix. The leader would say: "I believe in God," then all would join in the Creed.
2. The leader would then say the first
half of the Our Father on the large bead and the first part of the Hail Mary on the three small beads followed by the Glory be to the Father, while the others recite the second parts of these prayers.
3. The leader then announces: The Five Joyful (or Sorrowful, or Glorious) Mysteries and the name of the First Mystery.
Then in order, the Our Father is said on each large bead and the Hail Mary on the small beads as above, with the Glory be at the end of each ten Hail Mary's.
Note: Our Lady of Fatima on June 13th, 1917 told the seer Lucia, “After the Gloria Patri (Glory be) of each decade, you will say, ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins! Deliver us from
the fires of hell! Have pity on the souls in purgatory, especially the most abandoned’.” (All Catholics should recite this prayer.)
5. Concluding the last decade with the Hail Holy Queen.
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, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
P. Pray for us, O holy mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God! Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the reward of eternal life; grant,
we beseech Thee, that, meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the divine assistance remain always with us. Amen. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Holy Virgin, with thy loving Child, thy blessing give to us this day (night).
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.