The
Essential Rosary

...illuminated

introduction

let us share greetings
thanks and love

The rosary consists of twenty decades, including all four sets of Mysteries, beginning with the five Joyful Mysteries, and continuing through the five Luminous Mysteries, and the five Sorrowful Mysteries, and concluding with the five Glorious Mysteries.

Most people pray only five decades of the Rosary on any given day. The Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays, The Luminous Mysteries on Thursdays, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays and Sundays.

It is customary to announce the name of the Mystery you are praying, before beginning to recite the prayers that accompany its meditation.

We have placed at the beginning of each Mystery a Biblical passage, a light version of the Scriptural Rosary. We have placed at the end of each Mystery's decade a prayer by Caryll Houselander. You may omit these if you choose to pray the essential Rosary. Or as an aid to your meditation, include them - silently or aloud - in the order in which we have placed them.

We have placed this large illustration here to show clearly how to follow the sequence of prayers as you pray 5 decades, holding each bead as you say its prayers. Prayers are indicated in each mystery, and at the end. Use the Green menu to find everything you need.

begin

beginning rosary prayer

sign of the cross

in the name of the Father

and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit

amen

apostles’ creed rosary prayer

i believe in God, the Father almighty

creator of Heaven and Earth

i believe in Jesus Christ

His only Son, our Lord

He was conceived

by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the virgin Mary

He suffered under Pontius Pilate

was crucified, died, and was buried

He descended into Hell

on the third day He rose again

He ascended into Heaven and

is seated at the right hand of the Father

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 the life everlasting

amen

our Father rosary prayer

our Father in Heaven

hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come

Your 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

On each of the next three beads,
recite the Hail Mary

hail Mary rosary prayer

hail Mary, full of grace

the Lord is with You

blessed are You among women

and blessed is the fruit of Your womb

Jesus

Holy Mary, Mother of God

pray for us sinners


amen

glory be rosary prayer

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 rosary prayer

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

amen

Joy

let us pray the 1st mystery of joy

greeting prayer ~ annunciation

and the angel answering, said to Mary
the Holy Spirit shall come upon thee
and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee
and therefore also the Holy One who shall be born of thee
shall be called the Son of God
Luke 1:35

-one-

our Father in Heaven...

-ten-

hail Mary, full of grace...

-one-

glory be to the Father...

descend

Holy Spirit of life

come down into our hearts

that we may live...

descend into emptiness

that emptiness may be filled...

descend into the dust

that dust may flower...

descend into the dark

that light may shine in darkness

let us pray the 2nd mystery of joy

thanks prayer ~ visitation

when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary

the infant leaped in her womb

and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

and she cried out with a loud voice, and said

blessed art thou among women

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb

Luke 1:41-42

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

breath of Heaven
carry us on the impulse
of Christ's love
as easily as thistledown
is carried on the wind
that in the Advent season of our souls
while He is formed in us
in secret and in silence
~
the Creator
in the hands of His creatures
as the Host
in the hands of the priest
~
that we may carry Him forth
to wherever He wishes to be
as He was carried by Mary, over the hills
on His errand of love
to the house of Elizabeth

let us pray the 3rd mystery of joy

love prayer ~ nativity

and it came to pass that when they were there
her days were accomplished that she should be delivered
and she brought forth her firstborn son
and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes
and laid Him in a manger
because there was no room for them in the inn
Luke 2:6-7

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

be born in us
incarnate love
take our flesh and blood
and give us Your humanity
take our eyes
and give us Your vision
take our minds
and give us Your pure thoughts
take our feet
and set them in Your path
take our hands
and fold them in Your prayer
take our hearts
and give them Your will to love

let us pray the 4th mystery of joy

poverty prayer ~ presentation

and after the days of her purification were accomplished
they carried Him to Jerusalem
to present Him to the lord
and to offer a sacrifice
according as it is written in the law of the Lord
a pair of turledoves or two young pigeons
Luke 1:41-42

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

by the humility
of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
give us the glory of humility

by the mystery
of innocence
obeying the law
binding upon sinners
make us obedient

by the offering of the poor
the two white doves
in the gentle hands
of the pure Mother of Love
give us the spirit of poverty

let us pray the 5th mystery of joy

care prayer ~ nativity

and having filled the days, when they returned
the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem
and His parents knew it not, and not findinding Him
they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him
aand it came to pass that after three days they found Him
in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors
hearing them and asking them questions Luke 2:43-46

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

through Mary
seeking her lost son
may we be given grace

always to seek for the Christ-child
and always to find Him

let us find Him in all children
the helpless, the sick
and in all who have a child's needs

the simple, the aged
in all who serve
and are trusting and poor
in all who are lonely or homeless

let us too become as little children
to find the Divine Child
in our own hearts

light

let us pray the 1st mystery of light

baptism prayer ~ awakening

then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan

and John said, i need to be baptized by You
yet You come to me
and Jesus answered, let it be so to fulfill all righteousness

and when Jesus had been baptized
the heavens were opened to Him

and John saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove and alighting on Him
and a voice from heaven said, this is my Son

the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased
Matthew 3:13-17

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

one among the many
from infancy in Nazareth
His hidden life awakens
called to the place of shepherd John
by the waters of the Jordan
son of David, the people's gospel
sinless, pure, lamb of God
cleansed
Jesus, on the wings of a dove rising
divine mercy by Heaven proclaimed
o Savior, cleanse our sacred waters
Messiah, teach the good life for all

as mountains’ ages roll into the seas
each saved soul His mission reveals
His children, He favors
His blessings, our journey
disciples now, to His house we are called

let us pray the 2nd mystery of light

wedding prayer ~ miracle

on the third day in Cana of Galilee

Mary and Jesus and his disciples, were invited to a wedding

six thirty gallon jars of the Jewish rites of purification

the wine was spent, and Jesus sighed, My hour is yet to come

so Mary told the servants, do as He tells you

and when Jesus said, fill the jars with water, they did
 so
and the water became wine

Jesus did this, the first of many signs

and His disciples believed in Him

John 2:1-11

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

to Cana Jesus did proceed
with Mother Mary and friends

to gift a marriage hallowed

and there in celebration of drink and union
before God He blessed the love of all

and the apostles filled
with drink and mirth
and the hours passed until Mary sighed

we have no wine, our cups have run dry

as servants scattered in confusion

Mary told all to do as He says
so humble, His reply
“My time has not yet come”
yet Jesus could not refuse His mother
so, from jugs filled with water
at His command, their fluid blushed
and those with Mary at Cana
declared His wine the best

let us pray the 3rd mystery of light

kingdom prayer ~ proclaim

you are the light of the world
a city built on a hill cannot be hid
no one after lighting a lamp puts it under
but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all
in the same way, let your light shine before others
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father in heaven
Matthew 4:14-16

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

who was this man from Galilee

whose gaze would pierce the fisherman's soul

who gives up all to answer His call

with a simple request, come follow Me
He preached a gospel of peace and love

that weakness be blessed and humble exalted

He healed the sick and forgave our sin

in the name of His Father all was complete

He was a man of parables and prayer

who taught us to open our hearts to God

to live in the present, with tomorrow's darkness
to love God the most, with each other, sharing

good shepherd He seeks the lost to find them

with the bread of life and manna from heaven

our burdens He lightens

for paradise in peace is the path He shares
for us to see what life could be

without the world that leads us astray

to carry our cross, not count the cost

to love our enemies as we love our friends, He binds us

let us pray the 4th mystery of light

strength prayer ~ transfiguration

it is good for us to be here
let us make three dwellings
one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah
while he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them
and they were terrified as they entered the cloud
then from the cloud came a voice, saying
this is my Son, my Chosen, listen to Him
Luke 9:33-35

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

On Tabor Mountain

God revealed Himself

showing the glory of His Son
enrobed in a glowing miracle of light

and for Peter, James and John there were

Elijah prophet and Moses lawgiver

and all were speaking with the One

and God spoke, saying

this is My Beloved Son, obey Him!

And Jesus brought calm, saying
come rise My brothers

for all is well

you have seen My glory

and you will understand

where I go now

and for My suffering

your humble spirits

will shed no tear

let us pray the 5th mystery of light

church prayer ~ eucharist

for as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup
you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes
whoever, therefore, eats the bread
or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner
will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord
examine yourselves, and only then
eat of the bread and drink of the cup
Corinthians 11:26-28

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

Jesus, bless this bread and break it

give thanks to Your Father


share with us Your Body

that our hunger may feed Your eternal life
Lord, take Your cup and fill it

so that we will remember Your words

share with us Your blood covenant

so that we may live and not be condemned

from this last supper

let us take our hunger and thirst

and in Your intimacy seek eternal salvation

and in Your peace encounter Heaven on Earth
give to us Your gift

bread and wine, body and blood


give to us Your strength

you will not endure Your pain alone

sorrow

let us pray the 1st mystery of sorrow

agony prayer ~ passion

and He was withdrawn
away from them a stone's cast
and kneeling down He prayed, saying
Father, if You will, remove this chalicee from Me
yet not My will, but Yours be done
and there appeared to Him
an angel from Heaven, strengthening Him
and being in agony, He prayed longer
Luke 22:41-43

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

by Your fear and heavy heart

in Gethsemane

You comfort the oppressed

and those who fear

by Your loneliness

facing the Passion

while the Apostle’s slept

You comfort those who face evil alone

while the world sleeps

by Your persistent prayer

in anguish of anticipation

You strengthen

those who shrink from the unknown

by Your humility

taking the comfort of angels
You give us the grace to help

and to be helped by each other

to comfort You
Jesus Christ

let us pray the 2nd mystery of sorrow

scourge prayer ~ modesty

then, therefore, Pilate took Jesus
and scrourged Him John 19:1

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

Lord
mocked and scourged at the pillar
when Pilate made his pitiful effort
to compromise
by scourging innocence

Christ, so gentle to
weakness and folly in men
make us patient
with the lash and whip
of circumstance
with the bruising of life
the thong for our own shoulders
made by our own weakness
malice and stupidity

help us to accept it
as our just due
not complaining
but with dignity
and the humility
of Your mighty will

let us pray the 3rd mystery of sorrow

thorn prayer ~ courage

then soldiers of the governor
taking Jesus into the hall
gather all their force around Him
and stripping Him
they put a scarlet cloak about Him
and pleating a crown of thorns
they put it upon His head
and a reed in His right hand
then bowing knee before Him
they mocked Him saying, hail king of the Jews Matthew 27:27-29

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

Christ crowned with thorns
give us the courage to think
to sift and measure and weigh
to wrestle with the angel
and if needs be
to enter into darknes
disillusion and doubt
in our search for truth

illuminate our minds
though our eyes are blinded
by Your bright ray

crown us, your servants
with the only crown fitting
for vassals of the Lord of light
crown us, Lord
with Your crown of thorns

let us pray the 4th mystery of sorrow

burden prayer ~ patience

and bearing His own cross, Jesus went forth
to that place which is called Calvary
but in Hebrew, Golgotha John 19:17

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

Lord, let us take up the cross
the heavy load of our sins
our pride and materialism and greed

we all share the responsibility
of lifting that weight
from the backs of the innocents
who are crushed under it

let our communion with You
and with one another
be proved by our will to suffer
so that all our hands
lifting the bitter wood together
may lighten our burden
make us Cyrenian before You
Christ, through the ages
bearing our cross

let us pray the 5th mystery of sorrow

crucifixion prayer ~ denial

and it was the third hour
and they crucified him Mark 15:25

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

nail our hands
in Your hands
to the cross

make us take and hold
the hard thing

nail our feet
in Your feet
to the cross
that we may never
wander awy from You

make our promises and vows
nails that hold us fast
so then even our dead weight sin
dragging down the nails of our last weakness
may not separate us from You
but may make us one with You
in Your redeeming love

glory

let us pray the 1st mystery of glory

resurrection prayer ~ faith

and the angel answering, said to the women
fear not, for i know that you seek Jesus
who was crucified
He is risen, as He said
come and see the place
where the Lord was laid
Mattew 28:56

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

seed of eternal life
sown by love's flowering
in the heavy clay of our hearts
rise in us
to be our soul's spring

by the risen feet of Christ
walking upon the delicate grass
by the wakened hands of Christ
touching the cool petals of flowers
by the opened eyes of Christ
looking with joy
on all created things

on the path of our Lord
teach us to wonder
and to walk upon our Earth
aware of Earth's loveliness
aware of the Being of God
in all that is

let us pray the 2nd mystery of glory

ascension prayer ~ hope

and when Jesus had said these things
while they looked on
he was raised up
and a cloud received Him out of their sight
Acts 1:9

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

Christ
ascended into Heaven
You bear the wounds
of the whole world
in Your hands and feet
and in Your heart

they plead for us
shining like stars
before the secret face of God

by Your five wounds
purify our five senses
lift up our hearts, into Heaven

while You draw downn
God's mercy to us
in Your glorified Body
let us draw our people up to You
showing our wounds to the world
scored on our grey dust
in the bright crimson
of Your love

let us pray the 3rd mystery of glory

descent prayer ~ wisdom

and suddenly there came a sound from Heaven
as of a mighty wind coming
it filled the house where they were sitting
and there appeared to them parted tongues
that were flames of fire
that touched every one of them
and they were filled with the Holy Spirit Acts 2:2-4

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

come down upon us
Spirit of God
Spirit of wisdom and peace and joy
come as a great wind blowing
sweep our minds into a storm of light

be in us as bright fire burning
forge our wills
into shining swords of flame

purify our hearts
in the crucible of change

quench our thirst
in the fire of love
shape our tepid nature
and be in us the stream of life
flowing into the warm humanity of Christ

let us pray the 4th mystery of glory

assumption prayer ~ happiness

my soul does magnify the Lord
and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior
because He has regarded the humility
of His handmaid
for behold, from henceforth
all generations shall call me blessed
Luke 1:46-48

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

Mother of Christ
we rejoice in you
created to be the wheat
for the Bread of life

when the dark winds and the rain
drove the harvest field
to a storm of gold
locked in His love
you were unique to God
among the multitudinous wheat
the chosen grain for the Host

now, the red sheaves are bound
the grain sifted and threshed
the wheat in the bread

now, the Creator's hands
that sheltered you like a fended flame
reach down from a Heaven of cloudles blue
receiving you into eternal light

let us pray the 5th mystery of glory

crowning prayer ~ devotion

and a great sign appeared in Heaven
a woman
clothed in the sun
and moon under her feet
and on her head
a crown of twelve stars
Revelations 12:1

-one-
our Father in Heaven...
-ten-
hail Mary, full of grace...
-one-
glory be to the Father...

Mary,
Immaculate Love
we bless you

because, though rooted as we are
in Earth
you opened your heart to God
expanding and opening wide
to the heat of the sun
and in your sinless heart
you opened our hearts
to the light

we are crowned in you
Queen of Heaven
crowned with stars
by the hands of Christ

conclude

prayers

hail Holy Queen

hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy

our life, our sweetness, and our hope

to You do we cry

poor banished children of Eve

to You do we send up our sighs

mourning and weeping

in this valley of tears
turn then most gracious advocate

Your eyes of mercy toward us

and after this our exile show unto us

the blessed fruit of they 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

prayers

invocation

o God, whose only Son

by his life, death and resurrection

has purchased for us

the rewards of eternal life

grant, we ask You
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

prayers

sign of the cross

in the name of the Father

and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit

amen

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prayers

all rosary prayers

prayers of completion

sign of the cross

in the name of the Father

and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit

amen

apostles’ creed rosary prayer

i believe in God, the Father almighty

creator of Heaven and Earth

i believe in Jesus Christ

His only Son, our Lord

He was conceived

by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the virgin Mary

He suffered under Pontius Pilate

was crucified, died, and was buried

He descended into Hell

on the third day He rose again

He ascended into Heaven and

is seated at the right hand of the Father

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 the life everlasting

amen

our Father rosary prayer

our Father in Heaven

hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come

Your 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 rosary prayer

hail Mary, full of grace

the Lord is with You

blessed are You among women

and blessed is the fruit of Your womb

Jesus

Holy Mary, Mother of God

pray for us sinners


amen

glory be rosary prayer

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 rosary prayer

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

amen

hail Holy Queen

hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy

our life, our sweetness, and our hope

to You do we cry

poor banished children of Eve

to You do we send up our sighs

mourning and weeping

in this valley of tears
turn then most gracious advocate

Your eyes of mercy toward us

and after this our exile show unto us

the blessed fruit of they 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

invocation

o God, whose only Son

by his life, death and resurrection

has purchased for us

the rewards of eternal life

grant, we ask You
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

sign of the cross

in the name of the Father

and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit

amen

meditations

all rosary meditations

prayers of contemplation

joy 1st mystery
greeting prayer ~ annunciation

descend

Holy Spirit of life

come down into our hearts

that we may live...

descend into emptiness

that emptiness may be filled...

descend into the dust

that dust may flower...

descend into the dark

that light may shine in darkness

joy 2nd mystery
thanks prayer ~ visitation

breath of Heaven
carry us on the impulse
of Christ's love
as easily as thistledown
is carried on the wind
that in the Advent season of our souls
while He is formed in us
in secret and in silence
~
the Creator
in the hands of His creatures
as the Host
in the hands of the priest
~
that we may carry Him forth
to wherever He wishes to be
as He was carried by Mary, over the hills
on His errand of love
to the house of Elizabeth

joy 3rd mystery
love prayer ~ nativity

be born in us
incarnate love
take our flesh and blood
and give us Your humanity
take our eyes
and give us Your vision
take our minds
and give us Your pure thoughts
take our feet
and set them in Your path
take our hands
and fold them in Your prayer
take our hearts
and give them Your will to love

joy 4th mystery
poverty prayer ~ presentation

by the humility
of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
give us the glory of humility

by the mystery
of innocence
obeying the law
binding upon sinners
make us obedient

by the offering of the poor
the two white doves
in the gentle hands
of the pure Mother of Love
give us the spirit of poverty

joy 5th mystery
care prayer ~ nativity

through Mary
seeking her lost son
may we be given grace

always to seek for the Christ-child
and always to find Him

let us find Him in all children
the helpless, the sick
and in all who have a child's needs

the simple, the aged
in all who serve
and are trusting and poor
in all who are lonely or homeles

let us too become as little children
to find the Divine Child
in our own hearts

light 1st mystery
baptism prayer ~ awakening

from infancy in Nazareth
, His hidden life awakens
son of David, God's child
the people's gospel
, one among many

sinless, pure, lamb of God
Messiah, cleansed

He teaches the good life for all

a shepherd, John and the healer, Jesus
each soul saved His mission revealed
mountains, the ages rolling into the seas

o Savior, from sacred waters
you rise on the
 wings of a dove
divine mercy by Heaven proclaimed

His children, He favors
His blessings, our journey
disciples now, to His house we are called

light 2nd mystery
wedding prayer ~ miracle

To Cana Jesus comes

with Mother Mary and friends

to gift a marriage hallowed

in celebration of drink and union

before God He blessed the love of all

spoke duties and graces

protected and guided

life’s joy and woe for all to share as One.
as His Mother Mary stops

servants worried and confused

apostles full of drink and mirth, uncaring

now suddenly their cups run dry
we have no wine, Mary sighs

and as mothers know, when it is time to go
she tells all to do as He says
so humble, His reply, “My time has not yet come”

yet Jesus could not refuse His mother
so, from jugs filled with water
at His command, their fluid blushed
and those with Mary at Cana declared His wine the best

light 3rd mystery
kingdom prayer ~ proclaim

who was this man from Galilee

whose gaze would pierce the fisherman's soul

who gives up all to answer His call

with a simple request, come follow Me
He preached a gospel of peace and love

that weakness be blessed and humble exalted

He healed the sick and forgave our sin

in the name of His Father all was complete

He was a man of parables and prayer

who taught us to open our hearts to God

to live in the present, with tomorrow's darkness
to love God the most, with each other, sharing

good shepherd He seeks the lost to find them

with the bread of life and manna from heaven

our burdens He lightens

for paradise in peace is the path He shares
for us to see what life could be

without the world that leads us astray

to carry our cross, not count the cost

to love our enemies as we love our friends, He binds us

4th mysterylight
strength prayer ~ transfiguration

On Tabor Mountain

God revealed Himself

showing the glory of His Son
enrobed in a glowing miracle of light

and for Peter, James and John there were

Elijah prophet and Moses lawgiver

and all were speaking with the One

and God spoke, saying

this is My Beloved Son, obey Him!

And Jesus brought calm, saying
come rise My brothers

for all is well

you have seen My glory

and you will understand

where I go now

and for My suffering

your humble spirits

will shed no tear

light 5th mystery
church prayer ~ eucharist

Jesus, bless this bread and break it

give thanks to Your Father

and share with us Your Body

that our hunger may feed Your eternal life

Lord, take Your cup and fill it

so that we will remember Your words

share with us Your blood covenant

so that we may live and not be condemned

from this last supper

let us take our hunger and thirst

and in Your intimacy seek eternal salvation

and in Your peace encounter Heaven on Earth.

give to us Your gift

bread and wine, body and blood

give to us Your strength

you will not endure Your pain alone

sorrow 1st mystery
agony prayer ~ passion

by Your fear and heavy heart

in Gethsemane

You comfort the oppressed

and those who fear

by Your loneliness

facing the Passion

while the Apostle’s slept

You comfort those who face evil alone

while the world sleeps

by Your persistent prayer

in anguish of anticipation

You strengthen

those who shrink from the unknown

by Your humility

taking the comfort of angels
You give us the grace to help

and to be helped by each other

to comfort You
Jesus Christ

sorrow 2nd mystery
scourge prayer ~ modesty

Lord
mocked and scourged at the pillar
when Pilate made his pitiful effort
to compromise
by scourging innocence

Christ, so gentle to
weakness and folly in men
make us patient
with the lash and whip
of circumstance
with the bruising of life
the thong for our own shoulders
made by our own weakness
malice and stupidity

help us to accept it
as our just due
not complaining
but with dignity
and the humility
of Your mighty will

sorrow 3rd mystery
thorn prayer ~ courage

Christ crowned with thorns
give us the courage to think
to sift and measure and weigh
to wrestle with the angel
and if needs be
to enter into darknes
disillusion and doubt
in our search for truth

illuminate our minds
though our eyes are blinded
by Your bright ray

crown us, your servants
with the only crown fitting
for vassals of the Lord of light
crown us, Lord
with Your crown of thorns

sorrow 4th mystery
burden prayer ~ patience

Lord, let us take up the cross
the heavy load of our sins
our pride and materialism and greed

we all share the responsibility
of lifting that weight
from the backs of the innocents
who are crushed under it

let our communion with You
and with one another
be proved by our will to suffer
so that all our hands
lifting the bitter wood together
may lighten our burden
make us Cyrenian before You
Christ, through the ages
bearing our cross

sorrow 5th mystery
crucifixion prayer ~ denial

nail our hands
in Your hands
to the cross

make us take and hold
the hard thing

nail our feet
in Your feet
to the cross
that we may never
wander awy from You

make our promises and vows
nails that hold us fast
so then even our dead weight sin
dragging down the nails of our last weakness
may not separate us from You
but may make us one with You
in Your redeeming love

glory 1st mystery
resurrection prayer ~ faith

seed of eternal life
sown by love's flowering
in the heavy clay of our hearts
rise in us
to be our soul's spring

by the risen feet of Christ
walking upon the delicate grass
by the wakened hands of Christ
touching the cool petals of flowers
by the opened eyes of Christ
looking with joy
on all created things

on the path of our Lord
teach us to wonder
and to walk upon our Earth
aware of Earth's loveliness
aware of the Being of God
in all that is

glory 2nd mystery
ascension prayer ~ hope

Christ
ascended into Heaven
You bear the wounds
of the whole world
in Your hands and feet
and in Your heart

they plead for us
shining like stars
before the secret face of God

by Your five wounds
purify our five senses
lift up our hearts, into Heaven

while You draw downn
God's mercy to us
in Your glorified Body
let us draw our people up to You
showing our wounds to the world
scored on our grey dust
in the bright crimson
of Your love

glory 3rd mystery
descent prayer ~ wisdom

come down upon us
Spirit of God
Spirit of wisdom and peace and joy
come as a great wind blowing
sweep our minds into a storm of light

be in us as bright fire burning
forge our wills
into shining swords of flame

purify our hearts
in the crucible of change

quench our thirst
in the fire of love
shape our tepid nature
and be in us the stream of life
flowing into the warm humanity of Christ

glory 4th mystery
assumption prayer ~ happiness

Mother of Christ
we rejoice in you
created to be the wheat
for the Bread of life

when the dark winds and the rain
drove the harvest field
to a storm of gold
locked in His love
you were unique to God
among the multitudinous wheat
the chosen grain for the Host

now, the red sheaves are bound
the grain sifted and threshed
the wheat in the bread

now, the Creator's hands
that sheltered you like a fended flame
reach down from a Heaven of cloudles blue
receiving you into eternal light

glory 5th mystery
crowning prayer ~ devotion

Mary,
Immaculate Love
we bless you

because, though rooted as we are
in Earth
you opened your heart to God
expanding and opening wide
to the heat of the sun
and in your sinless heart
you opened our hearts
to the light

we are crowned in you
Queen of Heaven
crowned with stars
by the hands of Christ

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in closing...

rosary prayers ~ gratitudes

Rosary prayer intentions or meanings follow the traditions of many cultures and religions and church institutions, across thousands of years, in many places, on our planet, Earth. The Holy Roman Catholic institution provides us a Rosary with an inner circle of beads, composed of five groups of ten beads, each Decade of ten being separated by a single bead, so five beads of separation. One bead of separation, the Fatima is larger, and has suspended from it a string of five beads, with a cross dangling on the end. The Fatima is not generally held in recital, as Fatima attaches the cross and joins the external cross to the inner circle, holding that inner circle for the intention of the Holy Mother, Mary, Queen of the Rosary. Fatima opens and closes Her prayerful intentions, by virtue of Her symbolic position, inside of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Special prayers are thus recited for the cross, and for the five beads of the cross. Holding each bead, up to the Fatima. Then special prayers continue, from the Fatima, around the inner circle of The Rosary. Retuning toward the fatima. During concluding prayers, the faithful may gently gather the cross toward the inner circle. The Rosary prayers of the faithfuls are known together as “The Rosary Prayer”. Simply expressed, The Rosary can be spoken by the individual or in a worship group of the faithful, or in a formal religious congregation, such as a church. Environments of worship shape Rosary prayer.

rosary prayers ~ simplicity

We are inspired by the creative efforts of Caryll and of John, to adapt Rosary prayer within the language of poetry. Our Rosary poetry is not a formal religious meditation. Nor does poetry feel like the prayer that we find in the Bible and Catechism. Poems are not memorized oral traditions that have endured millenia of faith. Poetry is used to tell a story of faith, a story intended to enrich the experiences of faith. Poems are what we can call the common people's meditation. Not the hallowed meditation of the Religious, who devote their lives to our Church. Rosary poems are the simple peoples' meditation on the stories, especially the stories that comprise The Mysteries that define and express the birth, struggle and continuation of our simple faith.

We adapt the wonderful words of our simple meditations, to something gentle, informal. Clear, flowing streams of thought. Caryll is the closest some of us have ever read, the closest to our appreciation of flowing spiritual meditation. So Caryll's meditations feel mostly true. John’s rosary poems, on the other hand, feel a little stilted. So we soften John's well intended verse, and that brings us back. To reconsider and adjust the culture expressed by Caryll. We work and rework poems, looking for a greater simplicity. Closer to what forever feels important, for the readers, whom we know, in their faith, define our faith. Yet so many rivers of Faith attach the poetry of life to our worship. And so, in our Rosary poems we can truly celebrate meaningful, inspired and wonderful faith, enriching our simple prayer.

rosary prayers ~ inspiration

Holy Rosary Net has chosen a wonderful book, as its inspiration. The Essential Rosary is a guide for individuals and for groups, for all who pray the rosary. Set beside the powerful traditional prayer elements of catechism, Caryll's meditative catholic poems bring a deeeper understanding of faith. Caryll's personal prayer reflects the human institution of the Church. Meshing poetry intimately into the well-defined ccatechisms of tradition Rosary prayer, meshing as meditation. We add scope to Caryll's meditations, by filtering in the meditative verse of John Gross, adapting both Caryll and John to more relaxed, contemplative, and complex flows of religious ideation. Sophia Institute's publication serves as a fundamental guide. We wait, pending extension of current Internet technology to include features for communication that presently we are developing. For now, there is much we can do with two full galleries, and a good book! Our meditations conform with and flow through millenia of Catholic prayer. So, especially interesting, today's meditations focus on the deeper experience of faith around twenty interactively essential Mysteries of Joy, Light, Sorrow and Glory. Site visitors and readers are encouraged to meditate and pray The Rosary

Special thanks to recently departed John Gross, who wrote prayerful verse for the Mysteries of Light. His poetry inspired, and in may ways enabled my efforts to illuminate Caryll Houselander's work, The Essential Rosary.
“Rosary Meditations”, by John Gross
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Reference

Catholic Resources ~ Print

“The Rosary of the virgin Mary”, Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariea of the Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul II,
to the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, The Papal Estate

Copyright © 2002 Mediaspaul, the Faithfuls’ Guide.

“Handbook for Today’s Catholic, a Redemptoral Catechism” by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine

Copyright © 1978, 1994 Liguori Publications, the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

“The Essential Rosary with prayers”, by Caryll Houselander

Published by Sophia Institute Press, Manchester NH, United States
Copyright © 1996 Sophia Insutute Press, 15 poetic prayers.
Original text 1945, in Massie Ward's Splendor of the Rosary, Sheed and Ward, New York.

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