The Dominican family follows the medieval custom of beginning the Rosary like the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary—for the Rosary is known as Mary’s prayer.
Let us pray.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
R. Blessed art though amongst women and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
V. Lord, open my lips. +
R. And my mouth will proclaim your praise.
V. God come to my assistance.
R. Lord make haste to help me.
V. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
(Alleluia.) (Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of everlasting glory.)
Now begin the mysteries of the day. Start each decade by announcing the mystery and directing your imagination and attention towards that particular episode in the life of Christ or Our Lady.
It can be useful to follow the announcement of the mystery with the reading of a related scriptural passage, as indicated below. In this way, the Rosary is not merely a matter of recalling information, but of allowing God to speak to us directly through his word.
Ideally this should be followed be a period of silence, in which to reflect upon the scripture passage before moving on to vocal prayer.
Then, proceed to the recitation of the decade. On the large bead say the Our Father. On each of the ten small beads, say a Hail Mary. (Optionally, the appropriate intercessory prayer, provided below, can be added after each Hail Mary, asking for the assistance one of the Dominican members of the communion of Saints to carry our prayers to Mary, our Mother.) Then pray the Glory Be.
Each decade is a contemplation of the life of Our Lord, witnessed by Mary—one aspect of the paschal mystery. In recognition of the connection with Christian life, we should conclude our contemplation of each decade with a prayer for the fruits specific to that particular mystery. Alternatively, a more general prayer may be said according to custom, such as the following:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, draw all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of your mercy.
Mary, mother of grace, mother of mercy, shield me from the enemy and receive me at the hour of my death. Amen.
Mysteries of the Rosary
Mondays and Saturdays
1. The Annunciation (Lk 1, 26-38)
2. The Visitation (Lk 1, 39-56)
3. The Nativity (Lk 2, 1-20)
4. The Presentation (Lk 2, 22-28)
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2, 41-52)
Tuesdays and Fridays
1. The Agony in the Garden (Mt 26, 36-56)
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Is 53, 1-12 / Mk 15, 1-15)
3. The Crowning with Thorns (Mk 15, 16-20 / Mt 27, 27-31)
4. The Carrying of the Cross (Lk 23, 26-32 / Mk 10, 17-21)
5. The Crucifixion (Jn 19, 17-30 / Mt 27, 35-56)
Wednesdays and Sundays
1. The Resurrection (Mt 28, 1-15 / Lk 24, 1-49 / Mk 16, 1-18)
2. The Ascension (Acts 1, 3-11)
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2, 1-21)
4. The Assumption (Rev 12, 1)
5. The Coronation of the Blessed Mother in Heaven (Lk 1, 46-55)
Luminous (Mysteries of Light)
1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan (Mt 3, 13-17 / Mk 1, 4-11)
2. The Manifestation of Christ at the wedding of Cana (Jn 2, 1-11)
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion (Mt 4, 12-25 / Mk 1, 15 and 2, 3-13 / Lk 7, 47-48 / Jn 20, 22-23)
4. The Transfiguration (Mt 17, 1-9 / Lk 9, 28-36)
5. The Institutionalization of the Holy Eucharist (Lk 22, 14-20 / Jn 13, 1)
OPTIONAL INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
(by Jean Jeandron DeCuir)
First Decade: We ask Saint Dominic to carry our prayers to Mary, our Mother.
1. Father Dominic, founder of this family of spiritual brothers and sisters praying before you, pray for us.
2. Father Dominic, beloved son of Blessed Joan of Asa and brother to Blessed Anthony, pray for us.
3. Father Dominic, passionate son of the Virgin Mary, pray for us.
4. Father Dominic, devoted instrument of Mary in promoting her Holy Rosary, pray for us.
5. Father Dominic, unflinching apostle in your apostolic and mission of preaching, pray for us.
6. Father Dominic, mediator of Mother Church in battle against the heresies of your time, pray for us.
7. Father Dominic, unselfish defender and brother to the poor and humble, pray for us.
8. Father Dominic, guileless instrument of God's many miracles, pray for us.
9. Father Dominic, contemporary and spiritual brother of Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
- Father Dominic, incorrupt model in body and spirit, in life and death, pray for us.
Second Decade: We ask Saint Catherine of Siena to carry our prayers to Mary, our Mother.
1. Sister Catherine, our spiritual sister in the charism of Dominic, pray for us.
2. Sister Catherine, virgin, mystic, and visionary, pray for us.
3. Sister Catherine, gifted daughter of Christ with whom you shared your heart, pray for us.
4. Sister Catherine, joyful embracer of the stigmata of our Lord, pray for us.
5. Sister Catherine, nurse to those stricken by plagues, leprosy, and cancer, pray for us.
6. Sister Catherine, minister to condemned prisoners, pray for us.
7. Sister Catherine, spiritual daughter of your confessor, Blessed Raymond of Capua, pray for us.
8. Sister Catherine, peacemaker, prophet, and Doctor of the Church, pray for us.
9. Sister Catherine, tireless supporter of the Roman papacy against it enemies in the Great Schism, pray for us.
10. Sister Catherine, faithful recorder of our Lord's intimate conversations with you in the Dialogue, pray for us.
Third Decade: We ask Saint Martin de Porres to carry our prayers to Mary, our Mother.
1. Brother Martin, our spiritual brother in Dominic, pray for us.
2. Brother Martin, patron saint of interracial justice, pray for us.
3. Brother Martin, child of humble birth and giant among saints, pray for us.
4. Brother Martin, contemporary and friend of Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.
5. Brother Martin, humble instrument of God's supernatural gifts and miracles, pray for us.
6. Brother Martin, caretaker of the poor, the orphaned, and the African slaves, pray for us.
7. Brother Martin, lover and protector of all of God's creatures, great and small, pray for us.
8. Brother Martin, possessor of spiritual wisdom beyond all limits, pray for us.
9. Brother Martin, model of deep, personal penance, pray for us.
10. Brother Martin, champion of the humble, pray for us.
Fourth Decade: We ask Saint Rose of Lima to take our prayers to Mary, our Mother.
1. Sister Rose, virgin, mystic, and visionary, pray for us.
2. Sister Rose, humble, recluse and devoted daughter, pray for us.
3. Sister Rose, secret sufferer of your great beauty, pray for us.
4. Sister Rose, spiritual sister of Saint Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
5. Sister Rose, holy instrument against the earth's fury, pray for us.
6. Sister Rose, spiritual sister of your contemporary, Saint Martin de Porres, pray for us.
7. Sister Rose, survivor of temptations, loneliness, and sadness, pray for us.
8. Sister Rose, beloved daughter of God, author of countless miracles, pray for us.
9. Sister Rose, patroness of Latin America and the Philippines, pray for us.
10. Sister Rose, first American to be canonized by Mother Church, pray for us.
Fifth Decade: We ask Saint Thomas Aquinas to take our prayers to Mary, our Mother.
1. Brother Thomas, most scholastic son of Father Dominic, pray for us.
2. Brother Thomas, holy priest and Doctor of the Church, pray for us.
3. Brother Thomas, chaste servant and "Angelic Doctor," pray for us.
4. Brother Thomas, humble master of theological and philosophical studies, pray for us.
5. Brother Thomas, greatest theological master of Christianity, pray for us.
6. Brother Thomas, servant of God, gifted with visions, ecstasies, and revelations, pray for us.
7. Brother Thomas, scholar who opened our natural reasoning to discover God, pray for us.
8. Brother Thomas, fruitful preacher of the Word, who declined all offers of priestly promotions, pray for us.
9. Brother Thomas, author of the great Summa Theologica, pray for us.
10. Brother Thomas, patron of all universities, colleges, and schools, pray for us.
Conclusion of the Holy Rosary
Hail, holy queen, Mother of mercy,
hail 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.
V. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
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 do 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.
V. May the divine + assistance remain always with us.
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
V. May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit descend upon us and remain with us always.
There is also a custom of ending the Rosary with prayers for the intentions of the holy Father, the whole Church, the (arch)bishop of the diocese, and the holy souls in purgatory. The following prayers are suggested:
For the Intentions of the Pope and the needs of the Church and of the nation:
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.
For the (arch)bishop of this diocese and his intentions:
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.
For the Holy Souls in Purgatory:
Our Father. Hail Mary. May they rest in peace.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,