How to pray the rosary with a child

In continuing with my passing on the faith to your Catholic kids series, today I am talking about how to start incorporating praying the rosary with your kids and in your home. Praying the rosary is a beautiful Catholic devotion, and obviously worthy of passing onto the next generation. How do we do this? Well I believe that in order to make an impression on children, we need to make things relevant and appealing to them and also on their level, but without watering it down. And what better time to focus on the rosary than in October, the month dedicated to the rosary!

How to pray the rosary with a child

With the rosary, I also think it’s a great idea to start the children early, and have it as part of your home and your routine for as long as they can remember. There is no wrong time to start praying the rosary as a family. The time is now! So let’s take a look at how to accomplish praying the rosary with littles.

Also, be sure to check out my video here with tips for starting kids on the rosary.

Ideas For Praying The Rosary With Kids

  1. Don’t expect a longer attention span from your child than is developmentally appropriate for their age and/or personal situation. That is just a recipe to frustrate everyone. It might be better to start small and build up their habit of paying attention. Think of this as a zero depth entry into a pool rather than jumping straight off the high dive.
  2. Start by teaching your children the prayers in the rosary. Of course, hearing the prayers repetitively during the rosary will help with this process, but sometimes they just learn to say the sounds they hear without actually understanding what words they are praying. I recommend prayer copy work when they are a little older to make sure they are actually getting all the words.How to pray the rosary with a child
  3. Have a variety of rosaries for children to choose from. Kids love digging through the rosary basket and finding something sparkly, colorful, or whatever is appealing to them. Make sure to have some child friendly ones, and put the ones you would rather they didn’t use somewhere else before the choosing begins. I have had waaaaaay too many of my beautiful rosaries snapped by children! Lol.
  4. Display your rosaries prominently in the home, such as on hooks or in an easy to get to location in the living room. Perhaps they would work well somewhere near your home altar. Don’t hide them away under a bushel basket!
  5. Work to have good associations with rosary time. So when I am starting preschoolers on the rosary, I allow them to hold it however they like as long as they aren’t swinging it around in a manner that might hurt someone. So if they want to wear it like a necklace, I let them. I will instruct them as to what bead to hold, but if they don’t hold that one, that’s ok. It will come with time.
  6. Set a prayerful atmosphere. This could involve turning on some music, turning off the lights, and perhaps even lighting some candles.
  7. Pray the rosary around your children, even when you aren’t expecting them to participate. This sets a good example, and again, when they are older and ready they will begin joining in. Their season is coming- they won’t be little forever.
  8. Start by praying just one decade at a time. I used to pray one decade of the rosary with my children each time we got in the car. This worked beautifully because they were strapped with with nowhere to go- a perfectly captive audience lol. Bedtime, or breakfast time could also be a great time to incorporate praying one decade of the rosary. Be creative in thinking about where this could fit into your family life.
  9. Move onto praying a shortened version of the rosary. You may try saying just 3 Hail Mary prayers per decade while still teaching your littles. This may give more of an authentic “rosary feel” rather than just saying 1 decade. You can increase the number of Hail Mary prayers you say slowly as the children learn the habit of attention.
  10. Eventually, try praying one family rosary per week. My mom did this when I was little, rotating the mysteries each week, and it really made me familiar and comfortable with the rosary. You could also try incorporating the rosary once a month before the family attends confession together.

Bonus Tip For Praying The Rosary With Kids…

Just pray it. In the end, if the kids just are not “there yet” in the praying of the rosary, just pray it anyway in their presence and enjoy their joyful noises they are making to the Lord.

Oct 21, 2020 1:00:00 PM | by Kate Towne

How to pray the rosary with a child

Kate Towne shares her family’s strategy for praying the Rosary with children.

October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the entire month of October is dedicated to the Rosary as well. As I told my boys just the other day, the Rosary is a weapon — that’s how powerful it is! In fact, during his Wednesday audience on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis called the Rosary “ a weapon that protects us from evil and temptation .”

Since becoming a mother, I’ve really tried to incorporatethe Rosary into our daily family life — it gives me a great deal of comfort to think of my boys being given this tool that will help them always, through any crisis and in any circumstance. However, I’m sure that anyone who has tried to pray a family Rosary with small children knows that it can be one of the worst things ever. Though of course we know the graces are abundant, it’s more like the graces you get from a pilgrimage where you miss the plane and your luggage doesn’t arrive and your shoes give you blisters and you spend the whole first day on your pilgrimage jet-lagged and throwing up, and the rest of it with a roommate you don’t get along with, and less like the graces you receive on a retreat where you have your own room and lots of lovely quiet prayer time and everything and everyone is serene and respectful and you can really feel the holiness of heaven washing over you.

I’ve tried many things over the years to make it easier to pray the Rosary together and easier to keep up with (the latter follows the former for us, for sure), and we’ve had a fair amount of success with these things:

Find the best location and circumstances

After trying many other ways, the very best way I’ve found of praying the family Rosary without losing my mind is to pray it while taking a ride in the van. This is the best advice I can give about making the family Rosary doable.

My children have assigned seats in the van, carefully considered so as to reduce the possibility of conflict. Their seat belts prevent a good amount of “getting in each other’s business and space.” The passing scenery provides a nice distraction (especially since we usually go after dinner—we’ve seen some amazing sunsets on our Rosary rides) and being out of the house helps everyone feel refreshed (especially if we’ve been mostly inside all day).

Give the children a role

Whether in the van or at home, we also have each child lead one decade of the Rosary, which helps keep them focused on the Rosary and is the best way for them to learn how to pray it. As each child gets to about kindergarten age, I offer them the opportunity to lead a decade. It has taken some of them longer than others to feel comfortable with it, but currently all my children but the baby are up to leading a decade — since there are six of them, each night we skip one of them (I go in age order); if there are any missing, then my husband or I fill in.

Pick a time that works and try to stick to it

Another thing that’s really helped me make sure the Rosary gets done is not waiting for a time when everyone can make it (within reason). In the past, one of the reasons we might not get the Rosary prayed is because I was waiting for everyone to get home from their various evening activities, which didn’t always work with dinner and bedtimes. Since school started last month, I’ve set 5:30 as Rosary time, no matter who’s home. My ideal is for us to say it together, but praying it in un-ideal circumstances (and less-than-perfectly) is absolutely better than not praying it at all.

In his October 7 audience, Pope Francis noted, “ In her apparitions, Our Lady often exhorted the recitation of the Rosary, especially in the face of looming threats to the world … Even today, in this time of the pandemic, it is necessary to hold the Rosary in our hands and pray for us, our loved ones and all people. ”

If you don’t already do so, consider trying to work the Rosary into your daily routine! ( Visit USCCB.org for more information on praying the Rosary .)

I’d love to hear any tips and tricks you have with how to say the Rosary with small children!

Download and print how to pray the rosary for kids. Children can use these printable pages to learn how to pray the rosary with simple illustrated instructions & directions.

Prayers of the Rosary.

MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

THE 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 rose again from the dead . He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He shall come again 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 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.

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: 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.

FATIMA PRAYER: Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

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 vale 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. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be madenworthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
O GOD, WHOSE only-begotten Son by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that by 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.

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“The Rosary, a simple and easy prayer, helps me to be at times a child again, and of this I am not in the least ashamed.” —Pope John Paul I

How to pray the rosary with a child

A Guatemalan man prays the Rosary with his daughter at the Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Dec. 27, 2018. (photo: Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images)

Teaching your children to pray the Rosary is a gift that returns innumerable blessings. The simplicity of the prayer affords quick memorization and repetition — perfect for children. Similarly, that same simplicity makes for a prayer that can be repeated while focusing on contemplative matters: great for spiritual maturity as we grow. This is why the Rosary is an effective prayer for every age. But the prayer must also be taught. Deciding how you will teach the Rosary to your children requires a sensible evaluation. I have some suggestions based on personal experience, and the experience of my friends.

Ages 0-2

Yes, your sweet baby and early toddler can begin to learn the Rosary from infancy! Sts. Philip Neri and Aloysius Gonzaga’s biographers tell how their mothers would repeat the Rosary while rocking their sweet babies to sleep. In the case of Philip Neri, Antonio Gallonio says that his mother’s repetition of the Holy Family’s names — “Jesus, Mary, Joseph” — caused the first words from his mouth to be those names of the Holy Family. I can say that, without comparing myself to the saint, my current youngest and fourth-born child did in fact make the words and names “God,” “Jesus,” “Mary,” and most recently “Joseph,” before she was 18 months old.

You don’t have to bank on that, but repeating holy words, including prayers, in your baby’s ears will certainly help make the Rosary a familiar and comforting prayer in future years.

Another important suggestion is the use of actual rosaries: as often as you can, let your child become comfortable handling the beads, looking at, and kissing the crucifix. Our children love the Chews Life rosaries. They’re irresistible and almost impossible to break. On that note, just be sure that you monitor your child if they are handling a real beaded rosary — choking hazards should be avoided.

Ages 3-5

They call them “terrible twos” but I will say that all of my kids started their frustrations at 3 years old. Despite their inability to focus, unwillingness to sit still, and lack of interest in much else other than their toys or TV shows, they are watching and they are learning quicker than we can realize. Having kids who have passed through this age group and having tried nearly every method of parenting to help them learn to pray, I will say that the biggest asset to their learning was my patience. I could almost count the amount of steps backward we would have paced if I lost my cool or bought into their false sobs. Ages 3-5 enjoy a huge amount of growth and development, but I think it’s safe to say that parents must set quality expectations that may be unseen for this whole period.

My biggest tip, aside from patience, is to use imagery. Put a small saint card in their hands, or again, an actual rosary. At this age, kids want to hold what their parents (or older siblings) are holding. So let them.

Ages 6-10

There’s a tough turn here for the parent and it’s because the kids are becoming more aware of their freedom, their time and their possessions. As your child matures, your level of patience and the way you handle him must mature too. Of course, keep the family prayer time and show your kids that you enjoy it and make it a priority — kids at this age are desperate for consistent leadership. But there are rules for the parent, too. Do not, under any circumstance, use prayer time as a negotiation tool. Do not quid pro quo prayer time and good behavior in prayer for movies, popcorn or video games. Prayer time is our obligation, not a poker chip. Kids will buy into this system.

At this age, it’s not just about the rules — your child also needs quality communication. So, take time to also talk about prayer and the Rosary — why we do it and how we do it. Over and over, talk with them about what to pray about. In this age range the kids will make their first confession and that means they must have the training to make a solid examination of conscience. The Rosary can be a good opportunity for this. Be sure they know that this aspect of their prayer life is very private, and you’re not there to poke around or make them feel bad.

Somewhere after age 10, perhaps even before, it’s a good idea to begin to arm your child with two things — the mysteries, and a basic defense of the Rosary. The mysteries of Christ are a perfect fit for a child climbing into pre-teen and teen years. They can easily understand their reflective use, and can never outgrow their importance in spiritual contemplations. But on the other side of their spiritual toolkit, they’ll benefit from good apologetics. Cover topics like Marian devotion, intercession of the saints, the effectiveness of prayer and the history of the devotion. They’re good for when there are moment of doubt or questions from others, but most of all they contribute to a wholesome appreciation for the Rosary. And that’s something most adults don’t even have.

Whatever you do, be sure to remain patient, authentic and informative when praying the Rosary with your child.

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The Rosary is a beautiful prayer that helps us to learn and think about the life of Christ, but it can be difficult to pray the Rosary with children, especially little ones.

But it is not impossible!

Below are some tips on how to pray the rosary with young children (that you can build on and adapt for older children) and suggestions on kid-friendly Rosaries resources.

How to Pray the Rosary with Children

1. You don’t have to say the whole thing!

Praying the Rosary, the whole way through even on a quick day, takes at least 15 minutes.

I don’t know about you, but my young ones (Just 4, nearly 3, and 1) do not have a 15-minute attention span.

Heck, my high school students don’t!

That is a long time for them to focus on one thing and be expected to sit, listen, and learn. So, shorten it up and introduce the Rosary in pieces.

Start by making the Rosary a story. Read the mysteries to them like they are a story and start by saying ONE Hail Mary and the Our Father in between each mystery.

We use this book to read the mysteries with our children.

As your children’s attention gets better and they are more confident in what is going to happen, add in some more Hail Mary’s and the Fatima Prayer. Then consider introducing the Apostle’s Creed and the closing prayers.

I encourage you to always talk about all of the parts of the Rosary with your children, but maybe not practice all of them at once.

2. Establish a routine

Children love consistency in pretty much everything!

It helps them to understand what is going on around them, their role in that time, and what will happened next.

Consistency, particularly as it relates to routine and the language used to describe activities or expectation, is incredibly important.

Consistent in Actions

For adding saying the Rosary with your children into your routine begin by deciding on a time that would work best for your children to say the Rosary:

  • Is it before nap or bedtime as a way to slow down
  • After dinner as a transition to evening activities
  • First thing in the morning when they have the best focus

You decide on the best time that works for your children to say the rosary and stick to it!

Give the time you decided a try for a couple weeks and then make a change if you need to. But be sure to give it a minute before you change times, give your child time to adjust.

The time that works best in our house for Mae, is to pray it at bedtime before her stories, so that is what we do. I am still working on finding the right time for Little Dude, and Little Man is still too young so he just kind of sits and listens, but he is being exposed and is learning.

Which brings me to this, you may want to pray the Rosary with your children as a whole family. But to start you may have to split it up a bit. My older two, Little Dude and Mae, love to play and wined each other up so together isn’t always the best.

But the goal is to pray it as a family, so we are working on it and I think we are almost there. Yay!

If you have settled into a time, be sure to keep what you do to prepare for that time consistent.

How to pray the rosary with a child

This repetition and questioning help to get their brains ready for what they are about to do. This tactic also works really well with pretty much anything!

Don’t forget to be excited about what you are saying and what you are about to do! Children aren’t just sponges, they are mirrors that reflect the feelings and attitudes around them.

Also, children love to know what is going to happen and what their role is in that activity. They love jobs and feeling they are important. Take advantage of that willingness and foster a helping heart (not to mention sparing yourself a bit of work).

Consistent in Language

The English language gives us so many beautiful options for the same word – but when trying to help a child learn and practice a new skill, not the best time to expand their vocabulary.

Things can get confusing.

Decide and use the same simple and clear words.

I am a huge book and word nerd, so trust me, my kids get exposure to lots of different words and descriptions, but I scale it back and keep the words simple and clear when it comes to expectations.

As a Catholic parent, you have a duty to lead your children in the ways of the Lord. This is a consent you make during your child’s baptism. However, that aside, as a Catholic parent, you may just be looking for a way to incorporate your kids into praying the rosary. Well, if you’re that person, read along for some of the best perspectives and tips on how to go about this.

Older kids may be a little better when it comes to reciting, but there is no guarantee that the swinging beads will not end up becoming airborne missiles that whack you in the face amidst your Hail Mary prayer. So how to pray the rosary for kids?

What You’ll Learn Today

Can the Rosary Be Adapted to Kids

How to pray the rosary with a child

Before introducing kids to the rosary, you must know some foundational concepts, symbols, and truths about the rosary and kids.

First, you must understand that Our Lady is many things to the Catholic faith, but it is also true that she is a mother. Thus, she understands how to deal with kids and relate with minors at their level of understanding.

Therefore, it should never be a hassle trying to bring kids to understand the rosary. Our Lady is there, stretching out her hand to guide us. Instead of saying the entire rosary, you can also opt for the mini rosary so that everyone feels accommodated.

St. John Paul encourages us with the following words,

“It could be objected that the Rosary seems hardly suited to the taste of children and young people of today…But perhaps the objection is directed to an impoverished method of praying it. Furthermore, without prejudice to the Rosary’s basic structure, there is nothing to stop children and young people from praying it—either within the family or in groups— with appropriate symbolic and practical aids to understanding and appreciation.”

With this kind of encouragement, we can be bold and adopt any or all of the following approaches to praying the rosary with kids.

1. Put Aside the Rosary beads or Get A Kid-Friendly Version

When kids are too young, they may not understand what praying the rosary is all about. In this case, they may mistake the beads for playing items. It is not uncommon to see children whipping the rosary beads around. If this is the case with your children, don’t use the beads during the rosary, just recite the prayers.

When they get to an age where they can understand a few things including the ability to follow direction, you can get them a kid-friendly rosary that is durable enough to withstand abuse. Examples include the cord rosary some of which are handmade with colored knotted cords.

2. Begin with a Decade

A decade of rosary contains 12 prayers recited with 10 beads. It takes about 5 minutes to say the decade. Remember each decade is related to an event in the life of the Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ. The decades are also called mysteries and ensure you spend time to meditate on a different mystery each time.

For instance, if you devote a session to the Joyful Mysteries, you’ll be meditating on the Annunciation to Mary, the Visitation of Mary, the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple and the Finding of Our Lord in the Temple. The short spans will take care of the kid’s limited attention.

3. Make the Decade Shorter

Each decade comprises 10 Hail Mary prayers. Now, with kids, you may not make it through all the Hail Mary’s. the best way is to shorten the decade and recite only about three Hail Mary’s instead.

This will give your children an awesome introduction into the mysteries as well as the rhythm of the rosary.

4. Get Pictures to Help You Illustrate

Kids love pictures and hence be sure to tap into them to give the kids clarity into the mystery that you are meditating on. You can get pictures in a book or download them from online resources.

Looking at the pictures, one per bead, the children can understand and learn the prayers. You can also put together pictures all by yourself is that works for you.

5. Use Edible Rosaries

Anything from candy to marshmallows to raisins to cupcakes, the possibilities of edible rosaries are endless. Just ensure that your food choices are healthy for your children. Edible rosaries bring fun, good memories, cements the idea that praying the rosary is part of our daily lives much like food is.

After reciting each payer, the kids can eat the bead. This is more like a treat to them and fuels them along.

6. Introduce Music into the Rosary

One of the reasons why kids love cartoons though they may not be following the theme or storyline is the music. You can use that as well during the rosary. Aim for gentle meditative background music as a preface to each mystery. Ensure that it is not so much of a traditional song as this may turn off the kids. Choose music that blends in some contemporary vibes.

How to Hold A Rosary While Praying?

How to pray the rosary with a child

Holding the rosary right while praying is super important and the earlier you teach your kids, the better it will be for their devotion now and later in life. With your fingers bent and kept close together, make a sign of the crucifix, and proceed to say the Apostles Creed.

As you pray the Apostles Creed, hold the cross in your hands and reflect on the image of crucifixion to help you meditate. With the crucifix in an upright position, let the beads drape to the left of the cross with the rest falling off in a circle right below your fingers.

In readiness to say the first prayer of the rosary – the Lord’s Prayer, hold the first rosary bead against the index finger. Once done with reciting Our Father, use your thumb to push the bead upward right over your finger. Do the same for the next three beads as you recite Hail Mary.

When you come to the end, hold the pendant while reciting Hail Holy Queen. The pendant or chain links all the beads.

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Historically the Rosary is a simple alternative to the Liturgy of the Hours. If you couldn’t read or afford the book, these prayers allowed for the lay or common man to enter into contemplative, daily prayer reflecting over the life of Christ. Right now, three-fifths of my house cannot read. Yes, they enjoy being read to and have a better grasp of Scripture at 4 years old than I had at 18, but there is something powerful in being able to pray at the same level as Mommy and Daddy, the same prayers in the same way.

Now let’s clarify we have a four-year-old, almost 2-year-old, and a 2-month old, so our house is anything but quiet, still, and contemplative. They are incredible and bring significant meaning to my life, but honestly, most moments are chaos! So how do we bring joy into the crazy, and incorporate prayer into our family life?

Raising Catholic Kids

When we got married, this was one of our biggest concerns. We both didn’t come from religious families or a strong foundation of Biblical or Church teachings. Family prayer wasn’t a thing, so how were we to do something we hadn’t experienced?

Although I have much to learn and am growing daily and being sanctified through these little ones, over the last nine years of marriage and five years of motherhood, I have learned that your example speaks volumes! It is through my prayer life, the way I talk, handle overwhelming situations, and live that matters. They do what you do, not what you say to do. They mimic and learn from your example and witness. Not every moment will be perfect, but they will see our effort to love them, our God, and each other.

You are not a failure if you have not been praying the Rosary as a family. Just choosing to open this article and read these ideas shows you have a heart for growing in holiness. And when you start if it doesn’t go well, again this is not an indication that you are an incompetent unfaithful family.

When these whispers come in and stop us before we even get started, they are lies from the devil. God loves our joyful chaos, our hot mess trying. He knows we are not perfect. We are merely spiritual children. But he adores our efforts, and each day we get better, stronger, and more faithful. He can make us and our family prayer life new.

Leading Your Family

The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 2685 states, “The Christian family is the first place of education in prayer. Based on the sacrament of marriage, the family is the “domestic church” where God’s children learn to pray “as the Church” and to persevere in prayer. For young children in particular, daily family prayer is the first witness of the Church’s living memory as awakened patiently by the Holy Spirit.” The Rosary is an incredible tool to create Saints and to take up our responsibility in our domestic mission.

God has given us an amazing responsibility as parents. Our job is to have the overarching vision for our family to get to heaven, and then develop a family culture that helps nurture and grow our children in light of this vision. We can’t force our kids to go to heaven. The best we can do is lead them to heaven. You know a true leader because at the end of the day they are standing right beside you in the journey of attaining that vision.

Why the Rosary Is the Perfect Family Prayer

Again it doesn’t require reading, and you can memorize all the prayers at a very young age. Yet, these prayers and especially the mysteries tell a story. It is familiar, repetitive, and always accessible no matter where you are. It’s a gateway to Scripture and a deep relationship with Christ. There is great power in the Rosary, especially in praying it as a family!

Resources

Check out our favorite Catholic kid resources here: https://kit.co/totheheightsministry/raise-your-kids-catholic and our favorite Rosary specific resources here: https://kit.co/totheheightsministry/rosaries

In this video, we break down our Top 7 tips for praying a Family Rosary! Make sure you listen until tip seven because it’s the most important one!

Top 7 Tips For Praying A Family Rosary

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Introduction To The Rosary For Children
(This lesson plan is free of charge. Please feel free to distribute and share.)
Rosaries.com has created an “Introduction To The Rosary” lesson plan for children that you may find beneficial for your Religious Education/RCIA programs, or parents who wish to teach their children how to pray the Rosary at home. The lesson plan includes videos, handouts, and a PowerPoint presentation. Please watch this brief four minute video introducing this lesson plan.

  • This lesson plan is designed to be completed in one Catechism/Religious Education class period.
  • This “Introduction To The Rosary Lesson Plan” has three components:
    1. Show to your class, this 5 minute “Introduction To The Rosary” video provided here.
      • Video Introduction to the Rosary for children’s classes
    2. Lead the students in a brief overview of the video and the handouts provided here.
      • Handouts for children’s classes
    3. Pray the Rosary together with your class while simultaneously showing this PowerPoint presentation which leads the class bead by bead with the correct Rosary prayers in the correct order, and matches the handouts they are given. The instructor slides are also available in PDF format. (PDF Instructor Slides)

(Optional) If You Are In Need Of Rosaries

The lesson plan is designed to be cost free for both students and instructors, however, if you, as the instructor, wish to provide rosaries to hand out to students, we have several inexpensive options.

When starting to teach children how to pray the rosary, especially young preschoolers, you may want to begin with a game plan in mind! I have a special set of rosaries that I use when teaching Catholic ABC’s to preschoolers, and they look something like this…

How to pray the rosary with a child


So to start with an introduction of the rosary with kids, I have a special classroom set of rosaries that I use. I actually did string this set of rosaries myself, and you can see my directions on how to make a rosary here, but you can also easily find and order a set that would work as well if you don’t want to make them, and I will show you how to alter them yourself.

How to pray the rosary with a child

What To Look For In A Starting Rosary For Kids:

  1. All The Hail Mary beads are 1 color
  2. All The Our Father beads are 1 color, but a different color than the Hail Mary beads
  3. Mark the Glory Be Knots (I will explain this further in a moment)

So the basic idea behind the “starter rosary” for Catholic preschoolers is that all 6 “Our Father” beads on the rosary are 1 color, and all 53 “Hail Mary” beads on the rosary are another color. I personally like white to represent the Our Father, and blue to represent Mary, but really any 2 colors could work.

How You Alter The Preschool Rosary

This is where a little bit of customization comes in. Wherever the “Glory Be” prayers are prayed on the knots, take just a little bit of fingernail polish and color the knots for the kids.

How to pray the rosary with a child

Now, each area of the rosary is marked clearly for the kids, almost like a “key” to the rosary prayers.

Purchasing A Classroom Set Of Rosaries

If you don’t want to string your own set of classroom rosaries (and I don’t blame you… it took me a little bit to make my set lol) then you can order a set of plain plastic rosaries like these (which actually are available in blue) and paint the “Our Father” beads also yourself with a different color of nail polish. There are only 6 Our Father beads per rosary, so this is reasonable and affordable to do. Just make sure you get rosaries that are all the same color and not a multi color pack or this method of teaching will not work. Paint the Our Father beads one color and the Glory Be knots a different color.

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How I Start Preschoolers On The Rosary Prayers

In Catholic ABC’s (my Catholic preschool curriculum book) I explain how to use these beginner rosaries during final prayers at the end of class. All the preschoolers gather around the prayer table, set it up themselves, and then each child receives a rosary.

My rule for preschoolers holding a rosary is… no swinging it around like a helicopter! This is because someone might get hurt. That’s it. If they swing the rosary, they lose it and can try again the following day or week when we pray together again. If they want to wear the rosary like a necklace, I let them. I explain to them that it is not a necklace, but as long as they’re not swinging it around I am ok with how they hold it.

After setting up the prayer table with the kids and having them all bless themselves with holy water, I light the candle on the prayer table and call the children up one at a time to get their rosary, then they return to their spot on the circle.

How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

I tell all the children that we will begin by praying the “Our Father” prayer together, and that I want everyone to hold a white bead for that. I wait while they find and hold a white bead, and then we pray together. Then I explain to the children that next we will prayer a “Hail Mary” prayer, and that they need to find and hold a blue bead while we pray that prayer. When we are finished with that, I tell them to find a hold a pink knot, and while we hold that knot we are going to prayer a “Glory Be” prayer together, and then we do.

When we are all finished, I help them to make the sign of the cross, and return the rosaries to my rosary bag. That’s it! Blow out the prayer table candle and class dismissed!

October 19, 2015 By Dianna Kennedy · Disclosure: This Post May Contain Affiliate Links.

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Does the thought of praying the Rosary with your children seem a little daunting? Think that nailing Jello to the wall might be a bit easier?

Never fear. Praying the Rosary with your children isn’t as hard as it may seem at first glance. Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for you to make these prayers a part of your family life.

How to pray the rosary with a child

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Tips for Saying the Rosary with Your Children

Start Out Slowly

Before you can begin praying the Rosary with your children, there are a few prayers they’ll need to learn. To begin, they’ll need to know the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.

Take a look at these prayers every Catholic child should know to get you started.

Once you’ve taught your little ones the basic prayers of the Rosary, it’s time to put them all together. Set aside some time when your children are well rested and fed, then walk through a decade of the Rosary with them.

Patience and repetition are key. They’re not going to be perfect the first time through, but I guarantee after a few months, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much they know.

How to pray the rosary with a child
Listen to the Rosary

My children are a little rambunctious, so I have to capitalize on moments when I have a captive audience.

We listen to these Rosary CDs in the car – even my youngest children enjoy chiming in.

How to pray the rosary with a child
Provide Kid Friendly Rosaries

In our house, you’ll find quite a few Rosaries — glass beaded, wooden, plastic, twine, and even silicone ones safe for teething babies.

By having enough Rosaries on hand for everyone in the house, I’m preventing issues over little ones who can’t share. I’m also making this sacramental a familiar piece of our Catholic home.

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Strength in Numbers

When it comes to praying the Rosary, the more the merrier. My children seem to be more attentive when we’re saying the Rosary as a group. Consider inviting another family over for a Rosary playgroup, or get to Mass early to participate in the Rosary with your parish.

Hands on Rosary Helps

For our little ones, having a hands on approach to saying the Rosary seems to be the best approach.

We love to work on Rosary crafts together as a family during our Morning Time.

How to pray the rosary with a child

It’s easy to keep little hands busy with these Rosary playdough mats, or with these free Rosary coloring books.

We also use these printable Rosary cards with our children. I printed and laminated a set for each of the kids. We’re able to see a picture of the Mystery, discuss the virtue associated with the Mystery, and even read the Scripture references together.

How to pray the rosary with a child

The little children love playing with these cards while we are at Mass. They’re the perfect size to slip into a diaper bag or purse. You can punch a hole in them and put them on a ring for an easy way to keep them together.

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Monday and Saturday – The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation in the Temple
  5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Thursday – The Luminous Mysteries

  1. The Baptism of Jesus
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist

Tuesday and Friday – The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

Wednesday and Sunday – The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption
  5. The Coronation of Mary

How to Pray the Rosary

How to pray the rosary with a child

  1. Begin by making the Sign of the Cross. Then say the Apostles Creed.
    1. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    2. 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 arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sits 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.
  2. On the first bead, pray the Our Father.
    1. 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.
  3. Next, pray one Hail Mary on each of the three smaller beads.
    1. 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.
  4. Pray the Glory Be.
    1. Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
  5. On the next big bead, meditate for a moment on the Mystery of the Rosary for the first decade, and pray the Our Father.
  6. Pray one Hail Mary on each of the ten smaller beads.
  7. After the ten Hail Marys, pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.
    1. Fatima Prayer: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
  8. Repeat steps five through seven for all five decades of the Rosary.
  9. After the fifth decade, recite the Hail Holy Queen.
    1. 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. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us Pray: O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; 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.
  10. Conclude with the Sign of the Cross.

History of The Rosary

The father of the Holy Rosary is considered to be St. Dominic, to whom the Blessed Mother was to be revealed and ordered to spread this prayer all over the world. It was not, however, the Rosary as it is today.

The rosary became for St. Dominic is an effective weapon in the fight against the Albingens’ heresy. Legend has it that it was during one of his expeditions, during which he fought against this heresy, that the rosary prayer was born. Despite fasting and prayers, the ministry of St. Dominika was not bearing fruit. Then the Mother of God appeared and instructed Dominik not only to preach but to combine them with the recitation of the so-called Psalter of Mary, that is, 150 Hail Mary and 15 Our Father. From then on, St. Dominik interweaved his teachings with a rosary prayer, in which he pondered with the audience the content of the teachings.

The name of the Rosary comes from the Middle Ages. In the mentality of the time, the created world was treated as a book about God, and in nature, spiritual realities were perceived. Flowers played a special role, they symbolized various features. Often flowers were offered to God and loved ones. Prayers were treated as spiritual flowers. And that is why saying the rosary was compared to giving Our Lady of roses. Hence, this prayer was called a wreath of roses, or rosary.

The final shape of the rosary was established in the 15th century thanks to the Dominican Alamus a la Roche (1428-1475). He set the number 150 “Hail Mary” to the pattern of 150 psalms, which he divided into dozens interwoven with the prayer “Our Father”. To spread this prayer, he founded the first rosary fraternity. Thanks to the Dominican Order, the prayer of the rosary became known throughout the Church in the 15th century.

How to Pray The Rosary?

    Sign of Cross and “Apostles’ Creed”.

Three times “Hail Marys”.

“Glory Be”, “O My Jesus”.

First Mystery and “Our Father”.

“Glory Be”, “O My Jesus”.

Next Mystery and “Our Father”.

Repeat steps 5-7.

“Hail Holy Queen”.

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Mysteries of The Rosary

Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation. Fruit of the Mystery: Humility
  2. The Visitation. Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbour
  3. The Nativity. Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty, Detachment from the things of the world, Contempt of Riches, Love of the Poor
  4. The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Fruit of the Mystery: Gift of Wisdom and Purity of mind and body (Obedience)
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple. Fruit of the Mystery: True Conversion (Piety, Joy of Finding Jesus)

Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden. Fruit of the Mystery: Sorrow for Sin, Uniformity with the Will of God
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar. Fruit of the Mystery: Mortification (Purity)
  3. The Crowning with Thorns. Fruit of the Mystery: Contempt of the World (Moral Courage)
  4. The Carrying of the Cross. Fruit of the Mystery: Patience
  5. The Crucifixion and Death of our Lord. Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance in Faith, Grace for a Holy Death (Forgiveness)

Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection. Fruit of the Mystery: Faith
  2. The Ascension. Fruit of the Mystery: Hope, Desire to Ascend to Heaven
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit. Fruit of the Mystery: Love of God, Holy Wisdom to know the truth and share it with everyone, Divine Charity, Worship of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption of Mary. Fruit of the Mystery: Union with Mary and True Devotion to Mary
  5. The Coronation of the Virgin. Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance and an Increase in Virtue (Trust in Mary’s Intercession)

Luminous Mysteries

Pope John Paul II, in his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (October 2002), recommended an additional set called the Luminous Mysteries (or the “Mysteries of Light”)

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. Fruit of the Mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit, the Healer.
  2. The Wedding at Cana. Fruit of the Mystery: To Jesus through Mary, Understanding of the ability to manifest through faith.
  3. Jesus’ Proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Fruit of the Mystery: Trust in God (Call of Conversion to the Messiah)
  4. The Transfiguration. Fruit of the Mystery: Desire for Holiness.
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist. Fruit of the Mystery: Adoration.

When Are The Mysteries of Rosary Prayed?

The rosary can be prayed in its entirety, all four parts, but each of them is assigned to different days of the week:

  • Joyful Mysteries of the rosary – prayed on Monday and Saturday,
  • Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary – prayed on Tuesday and Friday,
  • Glorious Mysteries of the rosary – are prayed on Wednesday and Sunday,
  • Luminous Mysteries of the rosary – recited on Thursday.

All Prayers

Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father:

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.

Hail Mary:

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.

Glory be:

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.

O my Jesus:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

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 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.

As the Month of the Rosary, October is a great month to introduce and encourage children to pray the Rosary. Children may feel that the rosary can be a complex and overwhelming prayer. Through the eyes of a child they have to remember several prayers, learn what order to pray them in, how many times to pray them and sit through 15-20 minutes of repetitive prayer. For an elementary aged child this is a challenge. Here are some ten tips to help motivate and encourage a love of the rosary in your child or students life.

How to pray the rosary with a child

1. Purchase online or at your local Catholic bookstore a booklet with the words of the prayers used in the Rosary. If you are the creative type you can make your own.

2. Review the mechanics of praying the rosary; which prayers, when and how many times. You may also find an illustration of the rosary that points out the prayers to be helpful.

3. Explain why we pray the rosary. We have been asked by our Heavenly Mother herself to pray this prayer. Let them know that the purpose of the rosary is to meditate on the mysteries of Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection so that we may draw closer to Him.

4. Before beginning the rosary explain to them that the rosary is a sacramental and deserves respect and reverence throughout the prayer.

5. When praying with multiple children plan a way for them to take turns reciting the prayers. This could be having each child pray a decade or in larger group settings turns can be taken saying a Hail Mary.

6. Use the beginning of each mystery as an opportunity to give an overview of that event. Remember, the rosary is the Gospel in the form of a prayer.

7. Do not rush. If a child has a question on a particular mystery, take the opportunity to use that as a teaching moment. Use this as a faith building experience.

8. Don’t set your bar too high. When dealing with younger children and those just learning the rosary you may only be able to get through one decade. That’s ok! Remember with younger children the goal is introduce them to a lifelong commitment of praying the rosary. Baby-steps will lead them to walking and eventually running.

9. Do not get overwhelmed. If things don’t seem to go the way they should find an ending point. Pick the rosary back up the next day on that days mysteries and start anew.

10. Praying with children can be difficult. Pray for patience and guidance and invite the Holy Spirit to guide your through each prayer session.

Always remember, teaching kids to pray the rosary is about instilling in them a greater love of Jesus and a better understanding of his life. They will also grow in their devotion to Mary his mother and ours. It can be difficult at times when working with young children, but the rewards are eternal!

How to pray the rosary with a child

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (As you say this, with your right hand touch your forehead when you say “Father,” touch your breastbone when you say “Son,” touch your left shoulder when you say “Holy,” and touch your right shoulder when you say “Spirit.”)

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 rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and 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.

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.

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 will be forever. Amen.

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 vale 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.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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How To Pray The Rosary For Children

Author : Kathryn Marcellino
language : en
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Release Date : 2020-11-26

How To Pray The Rosary For Children written by Kathryn Marcellino and has been published by this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2020-11-26 with Juvenile Fiction categories.

“How to Pray the Rosary for Children with Color Art for the 20 Mysteries” has large full-color art masterpieces mostly by famous artists. There is art and a brief reflection for each mystery and a Bible reference to look up if desired. The mysteries are important events from the lives of Jesus and his mother Mary. While designed as a simple rosary book for kids, it can be used by those of any age while praying as a help in visualizing the mysteries. It includes instructions on how to say the rosary and the prayers of the rosary. Also included are sections on how the rosary is a Bible-based prayer and ideas for praying the rosary with children. The back cover has the art masterpieces for all twenty mysteries for a quick reference.

Praying The Rosary With Your Child

Author : Mary Donze
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 2001-11

Praying The Rosary With Your Child written by Mary Donze and has been published by this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2001-11 with Religion categories.

Praying the Rosary with Your Child helps parents and other adults introduce children to the joy and comfort of a time-honored Catholic prayer. Each mystery of the rosary is presented along with a brief meditation and a reflection on how to apply the lesson of the mystery in daily life. Complete with the text of each rosary prayer and instructions on how to pray the rosary, this pamphlet will be a source of spiritual joy to both children and adults. Pamphlet This item is not returnable.

Child S Guide To The Rosary

Author : Elizabeth Ficocelli
language : en
Publisher: Paulist Press
Release Date : 2009

Child S Guide To The Rosary written by Elizabeth Ficocelli and has been published by Paulist Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009 with Juvenile Nonfiction categories.

Discusses the function of the rosary, including the rosary prayers, and details the stories of Jesus Christ’s life and that of his mother, Mary.

I Pray The Rosary

Author : Margaret Rose Scarfi
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 2005-01-01

I Pray The Rosary written by Margaret Rose Scarfi and has been published by this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2005-01-01 with Mysteries of the Rosary categories.

Bright illustrations and child-friendly language introduce the rosary to young hearts and hands. I pray the rosary! Offers children a simple, loving way to meditate on the lives of jesus and mary.

How To Pray The Traditional Rosary For Children

Author : Elizabeth Clare Rozycki
language : en
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date : 2021-06-30

How To Pray The Traditional Rosary For Children written by Elizabeth Clare Rozycki and has been published by Independently Published this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2021-06-30 with categories.

The perfect prayer companion and coloring book for traditional Catholic kids. (Does NOT include the Luminous Mysteries added by St. JPII.) Your child can color, pray, and count the “Hail Marys” by following the roses as you recite the Rosary together. Filled with classic images of the Rosary mysteries that can be colored to create a personal Rosary devotional your child will treasure. Perfect for keeping little ones busy during family rosary time. (Ideal for those whose attend the Traditional Latin Mass).

Mysteries Of The Rosary For Children And The Young At Heart

Author : Cheryl Rybarczyk
language : en
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Release Date : 2019-06-25

Mysteries Of The Rosary For Children And The Young At Heart written by Cheryl Rybarczyk and has been published by this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2019-06-25 with categories.

Mysteries of the Rosary for Children and the Young at Heart is a devotional to read as you pray on the Rosary. Readers should read each mystery before reciting each decade of the Rosary. Read of the mysteries of the life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, birthed to Mary. Experience the joyful mysteries, the luminous mysteries, the sorrowful mysteries, and the glorious mysteries of Jesus’s life: from the conception to the nativity to the baptism to the death. This devotional is intended for anyone who prays on the Rosary–children, families, and adults alike. Grow in the faith as you read this poetic telling of the life of Jesus Christ.

A Children S Rosary

Author : Kathy O’Neil
language : en
Publisher: Brown Books Kids
Release Date : 2014-08-15

A Children S Rosary written by Kathy O’Neil and has been published by Brown Books Kids this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2014-08-15 with Juvenile Nonfiction categories.

There are so many different forms of prayer that we can use to talk and to listen to God. Can you imagine how happy he is when he hears our voices, and he listens to our hearts? Praying the rosary is a special way of talking to God, Jesus, Mary, and the Saints – all at the same time! A Children’s Rosary will help you and those you love learn how to pray the rosary. This beautifully illustrated book includes all four sets of rosary mysteries — Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious — short reflections for each mystery and a daily rosary prayer schedule. All you need to do is follow the bead colors on the illustrations as you turn each page. Match the colors on the rosary illustrations to the colorful prayers in your book. Following the colors is like following a map¿a prayer map! With the help of A Children’s Rosary, you will soon be able to pray the rosary on your own.

How to pray the rosary with a child

HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY

The rosary is divided into five groups of ten beads called decades. As we pray the rosary we meditate on the events of Our Lord’s life and Passion, which are called Mysteries. The repetition of the prayers assists in this prayerful meditation. The rosary, in essence, is a compendium of the Gospel and leads us, through the intercession of Our Lady, to contemplate Jesus Christ.

Begin by praying the Sign of the Cross.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

1. On the crucifix pray 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 rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He shall come again 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.

2. Begin the rosary with 1 Our Father.
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.

3. Pray three (3) Hail Marys for an increase in the virtues of faith, hope, and love, and follow with a Glory Be.
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, 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.

4. Next, you will begin to pray the Mysteries, or decades, of the Rosary.
It is suggested you focus on the mysteries according to the day of the week you are praying.

Joyful – Monday and Saturday
Glorious – Wednesday and Sunday
Sorrowful – Tuesday and Friday
Luminous – Thursday
[Read details on the mysteries of the rosary]

4a. Announce the first mystery (Ex: “The first Joyful Mystery is the Annunciation.”)
4b. Pray one Our Father

5. Follow with ten (10) Hail Mary’s for each of the 10 beads in the decade
5a. After, pray one (1) Glory Be
5b. Conclude the decade with the Fatima Prayer

O MY JESUS, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen. [Read about the prayers of Fatima here.]

6. Repeat all of step 4 to begin the second decade.

7. Repeat all of step 5 to finish the second decade.

8-13. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining three decades.

14. Lastly, pray the Hail Holy Queen and the concluding prayer.
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 vale 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. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.?R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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O GOD, WHOSE only-begotten Son by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that by 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.

How to pray the rosary with a child

As a Catholic parent or guardian, it is your responsibility to nurture the spiritual growth of your child. You have to inspire and teach your little one, introduce Jesus into their life, and become a model Christian to them. One effective way to plant the seeds of faith in your child’s heart is by teaching them how to pray the rosary, which is an important and powerful prayer.

At our Catholic school, we want to aid you in the overall growth and development of your child with a focus on the spiritual aspect. Here are some ways you can teach your kid how to pray the rosary:

  1. Be understanding and patient

At their age, your child has a short attention span. This is normal, so don’t get frustrated when you feel they have trouble paying attention when praying the rosary. What you can do is to start praying with a shortened version of the rosary and lengthen it eventually until your child learns to stay attentive during prayer.

  1. Dedicate an area in your home to display your rosaries

An effective way to stimulate the curiosity of your little one and get them familiar with rosaries is by dedicating an area in your home to display your rosaries. Remember that your rosaries are more prone to snapping when handled by your child, so it’s best to prepare a variety of rosaries that come in different sizes and eye-catching, child-friendly designs that they can choose from, such as sparkly and colorful.

You can hook your rosaries on the walls or place them near your home altar. Don’t hide them away and leave them to collect dust in the corner of your house.

  1. Pray the rosary around your children

Children tend to follow the actions and habits of adults. If you are serious about teaching your child to pray the rosary, then set a good example of being a prayerful Catholic to your kid. Pray the rosary around them even when you are not expecting them to join you or they are not willing or interested to participate. Eventually, they will start to learn and appreciate the importance of prayer.

  1. Teach your children the prayers in the rosary

Praying the rosary takes more than just memorizing and reciting all the words perfectly. The key to this, especially at a young age, is understanding the words in the prayer. You may provide them with a written copy of the prayer and explain the meaning to them.

  1. Set the atmosphere

As mentioned, children have a small attention span. Help them focus better by getting rid of all distractions and setting a prayerful atmosphere. You may turn off the lights, put on some calming music, or light some candles to create a serene mood.

Conclusion

Teaching your child to pray the rosary is important as it allows your child to communicate with God better. Getting your kid familiar and comfortable with the rosary can be overwhelming at first, but it’s important that you stay patient and committed. This way, you can guide them to establish a strong bond with the Lord and lead a good Christian life. Also, you may enroll them in a reputable Catholic Montessori school to let them learn Catholic faith and teachings.

Let us help you strengthen your child’s relationship with God by enrolling them at St. Aloysius School in New York. Contact us today to learn more about our school!

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Pray the Holy Rosary

Click here for a text version of the Mysteries of the Rosary

Click here for a picture version of the Mysteries of the Rosary

The Rosary is not only a mental prayer, but also a vocal prayer in which we meditate on the virtues of the Life, Death, Passion and Glory of Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary.

The rosary owes its origin to St. Dominic.

It is a humble prayer that many sinners owe their conversion to.

1. Hold the cross of the Rosary in your right hand and bless yourself with the Cross, saying, “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

2. Still holding the Cross, say, The “Apostles’ Creed.”

3. On the first large bead after the Cross, say the Our Father;
On the next three small beads, say the Hail Mary, for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity; after the third Hail Mary, say “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

4. Then announce the first mysteries.
Recite the “Our Father” on the large bead, followed by 10 “Hail Mary’s” on the smaller beads, then say, the “Glory Be” for each decade of the Rosary. There are five decades for each Mystery.

After each Mystery, recite the “Fatima Ejaculation”
” O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell; lead all souls to Heaven especially those who are most in need of Thy Mercy.”

Click here for a picture version of the Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries:
(Said on Mondays and Saturdays, the Sundays of Advent,
and Sundays from Epiphany until Lent)

1. The Annunciation (Humility)
2. The Visitation (Fraternal Charity)
3. The Nativity (Love of God)
4. The Presentation (Spirit of sacrifice)
5. Finding in the Temple (Zeal)

The Luminous Mysteries (Mysteries of Light):
(Said on Thursdays)

1. The Baptism of the Lord (Sacrament of Baptism)
2. The Wedding of Cana (Fidelity)
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom (Desire for Holiness)
4. The Transfiguration (Spiritual Courage)
5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Love of Our Eucharistic Lord)

The Sorrowful Mysteries:
(Said on Tuesdays, Fridays throughout the year;
and daily from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday)

1. Agony in the Garden (True Repentance)
2. Scourging at the Pillar (Mortification)
3. Crowning with Thorns (Moral Courage)
4. Carrying the Cross (Patience)
5. The Crucifixion (Final Perseverance)

The Glorious Mysteries:
(Said on Wednesdays and the Sundays from Easter until Advent)

1. The Resurrection (Faith)
2. The Ascension (Hope)
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Zeal)
4. The Assumption (Happy Death)
5. The Coronation of B.V.M. (Love for Mary)

The Hail Holy Queen (said after the completion of the five mysteries)

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 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!

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. 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 rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that
Meditating upon these mysteries in 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.

For the intentions of the Holy Father, recite one “Our Father,” one “Hail Mary,” and a “Glory Be.”

In the name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Ghost. Amen.

How to pray the rosary with a child

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Our Lady and Saint Joseph Invoked Together in This Year’s Prayer Campaign

How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

A million children praying the Rosary can change the world.

On October 18 this year the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) is once again inviting parishes, kindergartens, schools, and families to join in the annual prayer initiative “A million children praying the Rosary”. It is a prayer campaign for peace and unity throughout the world, which, at the same time, encourages children and young people to seek help and support in God during difficult times, as the international president of ACN, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza explains.

This year the initiative centers around the person of Saint Joseph, with quotations from the Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” – (“With a Father’s Heart”) written by Pope Francis to mark the Year of Saint Joseph on the 150th anniversary of his proclamation as Patron of the Universal Church, a Jubilee Year which will conclude on December 8 this year. This year’s campaign will encourage children to pray “hand in hand with Our Lady and under the protection of Saint Joseph”. Cardinal Piacenza recalls that Saint Joseph, as Patron of the Universal Church, “is a great example for us of how God can turn all things to good through our prayer, our fidelity and our obedience to His Word”.

Although it was hoped that 2021 would see the end of the coronavirus restrictions, the consequences of the disease are still very severe in many places. Besides, this crisis is not the only threat facing the world. “Hunger, poverty, corruption, terrorism, the profanation of human life and the destruction of creation are affecting millions of people”, Cardinal Piacenza explains. In response, he emphasizes the importance of prayer, and especially the prayer of children, in interceding for “God’s salvation for the world”.

How to pray the rosary with a childOver 509,000 children registered on its ACN webpage alone.

Last year, the campaign “A million children praying the Rosary” beat all records, uniting together children from 136 different countries, including Syria, Iraq, Mexico, Armenia, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for example. Over 509,000 children registered on its ACN webpage alone.

How to pray the rosary with a child

The ACN webpage offers free materials for those praying in parishes, schools, children’s groups and families. As it does each year, the free information pack contains instructions on how to pray the Rosary, short meditations for children on the Mysteries of the Rosary, and an Act of Consecration to Our Lady for children.

This year the posters include Saint Joseph alongside Our Blessed Lady and an additional printed prayer to Saint Joseph which Pope Francis prays each day. The downloadable online information packs are available, together with pictures to color, in 26 different languages. You can find them at: https://acninternational.org/millionchildrenpraying/material/

The origins of the prayer initiative “A million children praying the Rosary” date back to the year 2005 when a group of children was seen praying the Rosary at a local shrine in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, and some of the adults who witnessed the scene were reminded of the words of Padre Pio, who once said: “When a million children pray the Rosary, the world will change.” Since then, the campaign has spread rapidly and become a worldwide phenomenon.

Learning how to pray the Rosary can appear overwhelming at first. Especially for those that aren’t familiar with the rosary prayers. Perhaps you’re familiar with how to say the rosary, but you just want a Rosary guide to readily have on hand so you can look up a Rosary prayer or the specific mysteries for the day. Whichever is the case, we have lots of different printouts that will help guide you along the way, so you can learn, practice, and teach others how to pray the rosary.

How to pray the rosary with a child How to Pray the Rosary – One page color with coded prayers.

Prayers of the Rosary.

BLESS YOURSELF: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (As you say this, touch your forehead with your right hand when you say Father, touch your breastbone when you say Son, touch your left shoulder when you say Holy, and touch your right shoulder when you say Spirit.)

THE 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 rose again from the dead . He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He shall come again 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 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.

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: 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.

FATIMA PRAYER: Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

THE SALVE REGINA: 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 vale 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. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be madenworthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
O GOD, WHOSE only-begotten Son by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that by 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.

MEMORARE: Remember oh most Blessed Virgin Mary that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly untothee, oh virgin of virgins, our Mother. To you do we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. Oh mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer them. Amen.

Want to do a family Rosary, but are nervous about letting your toddler or preschooler around an heirloom rosary? We have these printable rosary cards that work perfectly!

How to pray the rosary with a child

With the family Rosary prayer time, we follow some pretty simple rules. I’m ok with little ones who wiggle and move around, or play with LEGOs and play dough to keep their hands busy. As long as they’re reasonably quiet, they get to stay and help lead prayers.

To help them follow along and learn the virtues of the Rosary, I started brainstorming. I wanted something visual to go along with the prayers, to help form a picture in our minds.

I created these printable Rosary cards – perfect for using during family Rosary time or packing into a bag to keep babies and toddlers occupied during Mass.

You’ll find cards for all 20 Mysteries here, in one easy download. They’re designed to print front to back, with a Mystery on one side, along with a child friendly reflection and Bible verses on the back. Artwork provided by our friends at Drawn 2B Creative.

Mysteries Included

The Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Nativity
The Presentation of Our Lord
The Finding of Lord Jesus in the Temple

The Luminous Mysteries
The Baptism in the Jordan
The Wedding at Cana
Proclaiming the Kingdom
The Transfiguration
Institution of the Eucharist

The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
The Crowning of Thorns
The Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection
The Ascension into Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost)
The Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mary
The Coronation of Our Blessed Virgin Mary

How to pray the rosary with a child

I recommend printing these on cardstock and laminating them for durability. We punch a hole in the upper corner and keep them on a ring, but you could also leave them loose. (you’ll find instructions for printing with your cards.)

I’ve written about our relationship with the rosary before, and will admit that it’s sometimes a struggle. But thankfully, being Catholic, we have the liturgical year, which is beautifully designed, and when lived into, can guide our hearts back to where they belong. October is the month of year dedicated to the rosary. Monday is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. So as I’ve been planning what we’re going to focus on with the kids this year, God has been poking and prodding my heart to get back to the habit of praying a rosary each night with my husband. It really does bear fruit in our marriage, more fruit than if we pray it separately.

(Side bar: I loved Kendra Tierney’s recent blog post about the discipline of praying the rosary being important.)

So as we re-focus in our prayers, we naturally pull our kiddos along with us. This month, I’m making an effort to use the fact that the whole month is dedicated to the rosary to weave it more and more into their daily lives as well as my own. In keeping with that, I thought I’d do a little rosary round-up of the activities and the lessons we’ll be using.

Coloring Pages

Coloring Pages are always a favorite in our house, so we are taking advantage of St. John the Baptist’s AMAZING collection of free coloring pages, and Will and G are each going to make a rosary book. My aim is to cover one mystery a day Monday-Friday for four weeks (so we’ll be starting tomorrow). I’ll read the passage from the children’s Bible and they’ll color the page. Simple, easy, and an effective way to help them learn the mysteries.

Making Our Own Rosaries

Last year G loved this simple pipe cleaner decade rosary activity from Catholic Icing, so we will definitely repeat it. I think William will love it too. G and I will also be venturing into making a full rosary together, using simple pony beads and plastic cord. It’s great counting practice for her, as we’ve been working more and more with big numbers and are starting to learn about multiples (i.e. counting by 10s). I have a feeling that she will also be much more willing to pray on a rosary that she herself created.

Rosaries For Kids

If you’re looking to purchase a rosary for your kids this month, there are several fabulous options out there. All of these are made by Catholic moms, so you can feel good about supporting their families with each purchase.

Chews Life makes the cutest silicone rosaries. I like these much better than the wooden ones as they don’t make such a loud noise when banged on the pew.

Allison over at Smallthingsg8tlove makes absolutely swoonable wall rosaries out of felt balls. How cute would these be on a nursery wall?

We have a wonderful interactive rosary that the kids and I use to start our school day.

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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 prayers of the Rosary

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.

The Five Joyful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Mondays, Saturdays, and, during the season of Advent, on Sundays:

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation in the Temple
  5. The Finding in the Temple

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and, during the season of Lent, on Sundays:

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion and Death

The Five Glorious Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Wednesdays and, outside the seasons of Advent and Lent, on Sundays:

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption
  5. The Coronation of Mary

The Five Luminous Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Thursdays:

  1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana
  3. Jesus’ Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist

How to pray the rosary with a child

Praying the Rosary

Familiarize yourself and/or your group with the prayers of the rosary. See the Importance of the Meeting for the form used in the meetings.

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross.
  2. Holding the Crucifix, say the Apostles’ Creed.
  3. On the first bead, say an Our Father.
  4. Say one Hail Mary on each of the next three beads.
  5. Say the Glory Be
  6. For each of the five decades, announce the Mystery (perhaps followed by a brief reading from Scripture) then say the Our Father.
  7. While fingering each of the ten beads of the decade, next say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery. Then say a Glory Be.
    (After finishing each decade, some say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.)
  8. After saying the five decades, say the Hail, Holy Queen, followed by this dialogue and prayer:

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: O God, whose Only Begotten Son,
by his life, Death, and Resurrection,
has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life,
grant, we beseech thee,
that while meditating on 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.

(A prayer to St. Joseph may also follow.) Conclude the Rosary with the Sign of the Cross.

How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

Joyful Mysteries -Mondays and Thursdays (also Sundays from beginning of Advent until Lent)

O MOST MERCIFUL JESUS, Lover of souls I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, cleanse in Thine Own Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony and who are to die this day. Amen.

HEART OF JESUS, once in agony, have pity on the dying.

O God, I pray for the intentions of the Pope. I ask You to grant him the ability to write well and to speak well so that he might lead Your people well. Grant him the gifts of faith, hope, love, charity, chastity, kindness, wisdom, patience, generosity, courage but most of all that he may be lead away from all heresy so that he might unite Your church and be with You one day in Heaven. Amen

By the Sign of the Holy Cross, from our enemies free us, O Lord, My God.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Apostles Creed

V. 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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

R. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting, Amen.


Three Hail Marys for an increase in the Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity.

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

Meditation: And when the angel had come to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee, blessed art Thou among women.” Luke 1, 28

One Our Father Ten Hail Mary’s.

V. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, relieve the souls in Purgatory, especially those most abandoned” Amen.

Second Joyful Mystery:

Meditation: And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb!” Luke 1, 41-42

Say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s.

V. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, relieve the souls in Purgatory, especially those most abandoned” Amen.

Third Joyful Mystery

The Birth of Jesus

Meditation: And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2, 7

Say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s.

V. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, relieve the souls in Purgatory, especially those most abandoned” Amen.

Fourth Joyful Mystery

Meditation: And when the days of Her purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. Luke 2, 22
Say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s.

V. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, relieve the souls in Purgatory, especially those most abandoned” Amen.

Fifth Joyful Mystery

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Meditation: And it came to pass after three days, that they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2, 46

Say one Our Father and ten Hail Mary’s.

V. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, relieve the souls in Purgatory, especially those most abandoned” Amen.

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! V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan, and all the evil spirits who prowl about the World seeking the ruin of souls.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and, having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength. Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven. Amen.

O GOD, who’s only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards 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.

V. Lord grant us Priests.

R. Lord grant us Priests.

V. Lord grant us many Holy Priests.

R. Lord grant us many Holy Priests.

V. Lord grant us many Holy Priests and Religious Vocations.

R. Lord grant us many Holy Priests and Religious Vocations.

Saint Pius X pray for us.

Saint Joseph pray for us.

Saint Juan Diego pray for us.

Saint Therese the Little Flower, pray for us.

Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.

Saint Rita, pray for us.

May the Divine Assistance remain always with us; and may the souls of the Faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

If you ever find the rosary hard to pray, or hard to commit to regularly, read on to find out our seven most surprising things that happen in your life when you start to pray the rosary more often!

When you’re finished with this article, don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to the rosary, with how-to guides, info on it’s history, and rosary meditations with art!

7 Things That Happen When You Pray The Rosary

1. You Become Less Selfish

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You know how it is when you love someone or something with all your heart, and you feel so passionate about it or them, but it is sometimes just so hard to act on that love? That is how I feel about the rosary. I love it and I love that we were given it as a gift. I truly believe in its power. But laying time aside to pray it? That requires me to sacrifice and give up some time and energy for myself, and ponder on the Mysteries instead. Praying the rosary helps re-orientate ourselves to Christ, who can lift us out of ourselves and our sin, and teaches us again and again the discipline of refraining from indulging our selfishness.

2.You Become More Disciplined

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The more you pray the rosary, the more you want to pray the rosary. The grace of discipline is forged in those times when you quieten your mind to concentrate, pray even when you are tired, or switch your phone for your rosary before bed. These acts of discipline affect all areas of your life. Discipline is like exercise, you can’t just become a marathon runner on your first run. But you can build up to it bit by bit over time. The rosary helps you make those baby-steps towards making God a greater priority in your life. Even those days (or seasons) when you’re not feeling the emotional or spiritual consolations, sticking to the Rosary is a wonderful way to remain faithful, fulfill a duty to God and Our Lady, and follow a “little rule” in your day.

3. Our Lady Reveals Insights

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I know that if you have suffered from a bleak introduction to the rosary as a child, perhaps being forced to pray it by well meaning teachers or parents, and associate it with sheer boredom, it can be hard to understand how the rosary can offer anything beautiful or transcendent while actually praying it, even if you do believe in its powerful after-effects. But I really believe that in praying the rosary often, hidden depths are revealed. In mediating on each of the Mysteries regularly, Our Lady, with Christ, has something to give you. Perhaps it is an insight into an area of your life that you are struggling with. Perhaps it is an epiphany over a particular moment in Christ’s life that will really help you. Maybe it is the experience that can happen deep in prayer that you feel you are actually there in the moment of the Mystery itself. There is always something new to be explored, and always something good to be revealed.

4. You Have More Courage

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When you start to place your trust and your life and even your heart into the hands of Mary through the rosary, you begin to understand how eminently practical, simple and full of solutions she is. She only wants to get us to Christ, and she loves us so much, with the true tenderness of a perfect mother, that we do her a great honour when we give her our problems. Courage begins to burst forth in a life that is always turning again and again to Mary to ask her help and to trust that she will provide. You can have huge amounts of courage when you know that Mary is by your side! St Maximilian Kolbe said: “I see Mary everywhere. I see problems nowhere.”

5. Your Day Proceeds Calmly

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This is what one of our authors said about praying the rosary daily: “It makes my whole day more peaceful, like Mary just is hanging around battling back the bad stuff. Things fall into place easier. I’m more aware of God’s presence.” Praying the rosary doesn’t wipe out suffering in your life, but it does give you a much stronger weapon to battle it with.

6. You Get An Extra Awareness Before the Moment of Temptation

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One of the 15 Promises of the Rosary is that: “it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.” In my experience, when I have prayed the rosary often, I find that the moment before I sin slows down. By that I mean, if I want to procrastinate or gossip for example, I don’t do it automatically. I recognize that those actions begin with a conversation in my head. I have more of an awareness of the temptation before the action, and there is more time for me to consider whether I want to actually do it or not. And in praying the rosary, I start to see my life through a shared perspective with God, and I begin to see what He wants for me is good, and I want it too.

7. You Start to Live Out the Incarnation

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The power of the rosary lies in its simplicity. It is so deceptively simple that it can seem stupid to the intelligent mind. So often we think that we need to find complex, clever, rocket-science-type solutions to solve our complex, clever, rocket-science-sized problems. We stare into the abyss of our issues and wonder how we will find the fix to such a gaping wound. We don’t need to. God came to earth as a tiny, weak and helpless baby born into poverty. The rosary, so deceptively simple that it can be prayed in any circumstances, is the most power weapon of prayer that we have.

“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary.” Sr. Lúcia of Fatima.

That’s our seven gifts that come from praying the rosary regularly, but there are infinitely more! What is your eighth? Share in the comments below!

If you need any more inspiration to pray the rosary more often, check out these resources.

Power In My Hands: Rosary Film

Do You Know The 15 Promises Of The Rosary?

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How to Pray the Rosary? A Step-by-Step Visual Guide

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We talk a lot about the Holy Rosary at Catholic-Link, but today we get down to basics. Presenting a simple visual guide on how to pray the Rosary.

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How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

How to pray the rosary with a child

The Rosary

The rosary itself is composed of 60 beads laced together with a crucifix and a pendant of Mary where the 3 strands meet. We divide the Rosary into 6 segments. The 1st segment is composed of the introductory prayers and that is followed by 5 decades.

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The Sign of the Cross and The Apostles’ Creed

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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 the God the Father Almighty; from there he will come again 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.

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Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Our Father

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.

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

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.

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Intentions

After the introductory prayers and before the mystery is announced the leader of the group may announce an intention for this particular decade. The intention may be a person by name, a group of persons, a prayer for peace and justice, or some other worthy cause, or a prayer for the deceased.

Next, the leader will announce the mystery, for example, “The first sorrowful mystery is the agony in the garden.” All twenty mysteries of the Rosary will follow the same three-step pattern, scripture, reflection and personal experience.

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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 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! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.