VII. ROSARY

In Regnum Christi, we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in a special way by praying the Rosary in private or as a team, following the tradition of the Church and the exhortations of the popes.

In a calm, loving, and reflective manner, contemplate the main salvific events of Christ’s life, from his virginal conception to the crowning moments of his suffering, death, and resurrection. Contemplate them through the heart of the one who was closest to him on earth.

As you contemplate the mysteries with filial devotion, be sure to add the element of praise in the sequence of the Hail Marys, adoration in the Glory Be, and admiration and petition in the litany, so that the whole Rosary is saturated with trust and love for Mary.

To increase your attention and fervor, present the intentions you feel most deeply in your heart to Mary.

Rosary in Private

Initial Prayer

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

Lord Jesus Christ, true God and man, my Creator and Redeemer, I love you above all else and I am sorry with all my heart for offending you. To make up for my sins, which I firmly intend to confess in due time, I offer my life, my difficulties, and all I do. I hope in your kindness and boundless mercy, and trust that you will forgive me and give me the grace never to offend you again. Amen.

Offer the Rosary for some intention.

The Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)

  1. The incarnation of the Son of God
  2. Our Lady visits her cousin Elizabeth
  3. The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ
  4. The presentation of the Lord in the Temple
  5. The finding of Jesus in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)

  1. The agony in the garden
  2. The scourging at the pillar
  3. The crowning with thorns
  4. Jesus carries his cross
  5. Jesus dies on the cross

The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)

  1. The resurrection of the Lord
  2. The ascension of the Lord
  3. The coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles
  4. The assumption of Mary into heaven
  5. The coronation of Mary, Mother of the Church

The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

  1. The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
  2. Jesus reveals himself to his disciples at the wedding in Cana
  3. The proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  4. The transfiguration of Christ
  5. The institution of the Eucharist

Each mystery consists of one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, and one Glory Be. After the fifth mystery, pray an Our Father and three Hail Marys for the Holy Father’s intentions. Then pray the Hail Holy Queen.

Hail Holy Queen

Hail holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray the Litany.

Litany of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

God our Father in heaven         Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world

God the Holy Spirit

Holy Trinity, one God

Holy Mary                                   Pray for us.

Holy Mother of God

Most honored of virgins

Mother of Christ

Mother of the Church

Mother of divine grace

Mother most pure

Mother of chaste love

Mother and virgin

Sinless Mother

Dearest of mothers

Model of motherhood

Mother of good counsel

Mother of our Creator

Mother of our Savior

Mother of Regnum Christi

Virgin most wise

Virgin rightly praised

Virgin rightly renowned

Virgin most powerful

Virgin gentle in mercy

Faithful Virgin

Mirror of justice

Throne of wisdom

Cause of our joy

Shrine of the Spirit

Glory of Israel

Vessel of selfless devotion

Mystical Rose

Tower of David

Tower of ivory

House of gold

Ark of the covenant

Gate of heaven

Morning Star

Health of the sick

Refuge of sinners

Comfort of the troubled

Help of Christians

Queen of angels

Queen of patriarchs and prophets

Queen of apostles and martyrs

Queen of confessors and virgins

Queen of all saints

Queen conceived without sin

Queen assumed into heaven

Queen of the Rosary

Queen of the family

Queen of peace

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world          Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world          Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world          Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, 

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 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.

The Rosary concludes with the greeting to the Blessed Virgin Mary when it is prayed in the afternoon or evening.

Team Rosary

When praying the Rosary as a team, the leader announces each mystery and the general intention; five of the members – one before each decade – announce the team’s specific intention for that decade.

Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Participants: Amen.

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ,

Participants: true God and man, my Creator and Redeemer, I love you above all else, and I am sorry with all my heart for offending you. To make up for my sins, which I firmly intend to confess in due time, I offer my life, my work, and all I do. I hope in your kindness and boundless mercy, and trust that you will forgive me and give me the grace never to offend you again. Amen.

The prayer leader reads the general intention.

Leader:  We will offer the Rosary for . . .

After each biblical quotation one of the members reads the intention for that mystery.

The Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)

Leader: Today we will reflect on the joyful mysteries.

Leader: The first mystery: The incarnation of the Son of God.

Reader: “‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ said Mary, ‘let what you have said be done to me’” (Luke1:38).

Leader: The second mystery: Our Lady visits her cousin Elizabeth.

Reader: “Mary went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth” (Luke 1:40).

Leader: The third mystery: The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reader: “Mary gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7).

Leader: The fourth mystery: The presentation of the Lord in the Temple.

Reader: “Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22).

Leader: The fifth mystery: The finding of Jesus in the Temple.

Reader: “Three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers” (Luke 2:46).

Leader: Hail Holy Queen and the Litany of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary (cf. pp 3435).

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The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)

Leader: Today we will reflect on the sorrowful mysteries.

Leader: The first mystery: The agony in the garden.

Reader: “In his anguish he prayed even more earnestly” (Luke 22:44).

Leader: The second mystery: The scourging at the pillar.

Reader: “Pilate then had Jesus taken away and scourged” (John 19:1).

Leader: The third mystery: The crowning with thorns.

Reader: “The soldiers twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on his head” (John 19:2).

Leader: The fourth mystery: Jesus carries his cross.

Reader: “Carrying his own cross, Jesus went out of the city to the place of the skull” (John 19:17).

Leader: The fifth mystery: Jesus dies on the cross.

Reader: “They crucified him with two others, one on either side with Jesus in the middle” (John 19:18).

Leader: Hail Holy Queen and the Litany of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary (cf. pp 3435).

* * *

The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)

Leader: Today we will reflect on the glorious mysteries.

Leader: The first mystery: The resurrection of the Lord.

Reader: “Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here, he has risen” (Luke 24:56).

Leader: The second mystery: The ascension of the Lord.

Reader: “As he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven” (Luke 24:51).

Leader: The third mystery: The coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles.

Reader: “Something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:34).

Leader: The fourth mystery: The assumption of Mary into heaven.

Reader: “Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45).

Leader: The fifth mystery: The coronation of Mary, Mother of the Church.

Reader: “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, with twelve stars on her head for a crown” (Revelation 12:1).

Leader: Hail Holy Queen and the Litany of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary (cf. pp 3435).

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The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

Leader: Today we will reflect on the luminous mysteries.

Leader: The first mystery: The baptism of Jesus in the Jordan.

Reader: “And a voice spoke from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on him’” (Matthew 3:17).

Leader: The second mystery: Jesus reveals himself to his disciples at the wedding in Cana.

Reader: “This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him”(John2:11).

Leader: The third mystery: The proclamation of the Kingdom of God.

Reader: “Jesus went to Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come,’ he said, ‘and the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News’” (Mark 1:1415).

Leader: The fourth mystery: The transfiguration of Christ.

Reader: “As he prayed, he was transfigured in their presence: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light” (Luke9:29;Matthew17:2).

Leader: The fifth mystery: The institution of the Eucharist.

Reader: “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever” (John 6:51).

Leader: Hail Holy Queen and the Litany of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary (cf. pp 3435).

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Leader: For the intentions of the Holy Father: Our Father . . .

When Eucharistic Benediction with the Litany of Saints follows the Rosary, omit the Hail Holy Queen and the Litany of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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