How to Say the Rosary

Diagram of How To Pray the Rosary
(Feel free to print or circulate this diagram.  If you would like the pdf please email and I will email it to you.  I could not figure out how to post the pdf.) One of the children from our Children's Rosary drew the picture of Mary and colored the beads. 

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.)
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.

Fruits of Each Mystery and 
When to Say Them:
On Monday and Saturday, meditate on the “Joyful Mysteries”
First Decade: The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-38) FRUIT: HUMILITY Second Decade: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) FRUIT: LOVE OF NEIGHBOR Third Decade: The Birth of Our Lord (Luke 2:1-21) FRUIT: POVERTY Fourth Decade: The Presentation of Our Lord(Luke 2:22-38) FRUIT: OBEDIENCE
Fifth Decade: The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) FRUIT: JOY IN FINDING JESUS
On Thursday, meditate on the “Luminous Mysteries”
First Decade: The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13-16) FRUIT: OPENNESS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Second Decade: The Wedding at Cana, when Christ manifested Himself (Jn 2:1-11) FRUIT: TO JESUS THROUGH MARY Third Decade: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15) FRUIT: REPENTANCE AND TRUST IN GOD Fourth Decade: The Transfiguration of Our Lord (Matthew 17:1-8) FRUIT: DESIRE FOR HOLINESS Fifth Decade: The Last Supper, when Our Lord gave us the Holy Eucharist (Mt 26) FRUIT: ADORATION
On Tuesday and Friday, meditate on the “Sorrowful Mysteries”
First Decade: The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-56) FRUIT: SORROW FOR OUR SINS Second Decade: Our Lord is Scourged at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26) FRUIT: PURITY Third Decade: Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-31) FRUIT: COURAGE Fourth Decade: Our Lord Carries the Cross to Calvary (Matthew 27:32) FRUIT: PATIENCE Fifth Decade: The Crucifixion of Our Lord (Matthew 27:33-56) FRUIT: PERSEVERANCE
On Wednesday and Sunday, meditate on the “Glorious Mysteries”
First Decade: The Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord (John 20:1-29) FRUIT: FAITH Second Decade: The Ascension of Our Lord (Luke 24:36-53) FRUIT: HOPE Third Decade: The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41) FRUIT: LOVE OF GOD Fourth Decade: The Assumption of Mary into Heaven FRUIT: GRACE OF A HAPPY DEATH Fifth Decade: The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth FRUIT: TRUST IN THE INTERCESSION OF MARY

Other posts you may enjoy:
How to start a Children's Rosary
Pope Francis and the Rosary
A lesson from Our Lady of Lourdes


  1. Sometime ago I read somewhere there was a rosary for children that instead of the 10 Hail Mary's only 3 were prayed.
    the rest of the rosary was the standard way. Is there such a rosary?

    1. My mother did this version with us when we were younger. Once we were older and our attention span grew, we did the traditional rosary.