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THE ROSARY AND DIVINE MERCY

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

Begin with: 'Our Father', 'The Hail Mary', 'the Apostles' Creed'. On the OUR FATHER BEADS say the following: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. On the HAIL MARY BEADS say the following: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world. Repeat until all five decades are completed. In conclusion, recite the following three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

How to Pray the Rosary

1.Make the Sign of the Cross and say the "Apostle's Creed."
2.Say the "Our Father."
3.Say three "Hail Marys."
4.Say the "Glory be to the Father."
5.Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
6.Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating on the Mystery.
7.Say the "Glory be to the Father."
8.Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father." Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with the Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner. After the Rosary, the following prayer is commonly said:

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 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. After each decade 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."

As a rule the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday (with this exception: Sundays of Christmas season - the Joyful; Sundays of Lent - Sorrowful)

The Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries:

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

The Sorrowful Mysteries:

1. The Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Jesus in Crowned with Thorns
4. Jesus Carries the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Our Lord

The Glorious Mysteries:

1. The Resurrection of Jesus
2. The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
5. Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth

My Rosary

My rosary is made of beads and chain that binds my soul to God. My rosary is a mystic vine that grows in Heavens sod. The Padres and the Glories are at the start and end, Just as God ever was, and will be to the end. The Aves form a rose bouquet, of white and red and gold, to strew along Our LadyÍs way as each blest bead is told. The Mysteries are lessons learned of lifeÍs true gain and loss, and always at the rosaries end, I find and kiss the Cross.

The Stations of the Cross

A full version of the stations of the Cross online with images is available on this site The Way to the Cross

(The Stations, or Way of the Cross, are a method of meditating upon Christ's Suffering and Death. The meditations given here are according to the method of St Alphonsus de Liguori.)

It is customary before each station to pray: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee; Because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

After each station, it is laudable to say:

1-Our Father, 1-Hail Mary, 1-Glory Be, and
Have mercy on us, O Lord; have mercy on us.

I. Jesus is condemned to death. Pontius Pilate dares to condemn the all-holy Savior to death. No, not Pilate; but my sins have condemned Jesus to be crucified. O Jesus, have mercy on me and remember Thou didst choose to die that I may have eternal life. Let me so live that when I come to die I may find Thee a most merciful Judge, an all-loving Redeemer.

II. Jesus takes up His Cross. Most willingly Jesus accepts and patiently bears His Cross for my sake. Will I refuse to bear my cross for His sake? No, my loving Redeemer, I will no longer seek to evade my cross, but with the Help of Thy Grace I will bear it with Christian patience and resignation and follow Thee always.

III. Jesus falls the first time. Weakened by torments and by loss of blood, Jesus falls beneath His Cross. Alas! More truly was He crushed to earth by the number and enormity of my sins! Good Master, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. I love Thee, infinite Goodness! Help me to hate sin as the only real evil.

IV. Jesus meets His sorrowful Mother. Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, meets Mary, the Queen of Martyrs. Oceans of grief deluge their Hearts as they face each other. They suffer thus for my sins. O Jesus, O Mary, bathe my sinful soul in a sea of true sorrow for my past offenses. In all temptation I will say: 'Jesus, Mary, help me!'

V. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross. Although Jesus seems about to expire, He does not need -- yet accepts -- the help of Simon, since He wills to die on the Cross. Thus does He teach me charity and persever-ance. O Jesus, I too will carry my cross patiently to the end and strive to lighten the cross of my fellow-men.

VI. Veronica wipes the Face of Jesus. Jesus accepts and returns the towel to Veronica. Upon it is left the impress of His adorable Face. Alas! My sins have disfigured Thy holy Countenance. O Jesus, grant me efficacious sorrow that all sin may be erased from my soul and that Thy Grace and Thy divine Image may be stamped upon it forever.

VII. Jesus falls a second time. My feeble resolutions, my oft-repeated sins have crushed Jesus to earth a second time. Such is the malice of habitual sin. O Jesus, grant me true repentance. Let me die a thousand times rather than have the misfortune to fall again into mortal sin! Help me to hate all sin.

VIII. Jesus meet the Women of Jerusalem. The Savior teaches the women not to weep for Him, but for their own sins and the sins of their children. How generous is He! O Jesus, grant that I may understand the true meaning of Thy Passion and be so inflamed with love for Thee that I may shed tears of blood over my past transgressions.

IX. Jesus falls the third time. Consternation fills my soul when I behold the Savior fall a third time beneath the Cross. What is the cause? The incredible obstinacy of sinners who refuse to amend their lives. O Jesus, grant that I may be truly converted and suffer every evil rather than be numbered among such ungrateful sinners.

X. Jesus is stripped of His garments. What a pitiable spectacle is this shameful stripping of Jesus! Ghastly wounds are re-opened. Blood flows afresh. What shame would be mine if the veil were torn from my soul and the world saw my hidden sins! O Jesus, help me to know all my sins and confess them with deep sorrow and true humility.

XI. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. How can I behold the Savior shamefully nailed to the Cross and seek only comfort, wealth, and honors... and even indulge in unlawful pleasures? Jesus Crucified, help me to esteem and practice true Christian mortification that I may love only Thee and renounce the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

XII. Jesus dies on the Cross. Jesus, my God, dies on the Cross for me. I have done nothing for Him. I too must die! O my Crucified Savior, grant that I may so live in the future that I may have no cause to fear a sudden and unprovided death. Jesus, for Thee I live. Jesus, for Thee I die!

XIII. Jesus is taken down from the Cross. The lifeless Body of Jesus now rests in the arms of Mary. What anguish is hers as she thinks of the many souls for whom her Son shed His Precious Blood in vain! What joy to know that so many are redeemed! O my Savior, preserve me from Hell. O sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

XIV. Jesus is laid in the tomb. Like Jesus, I too must lie in the grave. But Jesus rises in triumph on the third day. My buried Jesus, grant eternal rest to all who sleep in death. Have mercy on me and grant me the grace to rise to a new spiritual life, that dying to myself now, I may rise gloriously with Thee on the Last Day.

Having finished the Way of the Cross, it is commendable pray for our Holy Father, the Pope.

Basic Prayers
Prayers to Our Lord
Marian Prayers and Devotions
Various Prayers

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