The Queen of Prayer: The Holy Rosary

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The Most Holy Rosary

The word Rosary means "Crown of Roses". Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the most important one. The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the awesome story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we meditate the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It's a simple prayer, humble so much like Mary. It's a prayer we can all say together with Her, the Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite Her to pray for us. Our Lady always grants our request. She joins Her prayer to ours. Therefore it becomes ever more useful, because what Mary asks She always receives, Jesus can never say no to whatever His Mother asks for. In every apparition, the heavenly Mother has invited us to say the Rosary as a powerful weapon against evil, to bring us to true peace.

Who Can Pray the Rosary

Anyone who knows six easy prayers can pray a Rosary; you will also need to know twenty Mysteries to meditate upon as you pray. You do not have to be a Catholic.

The Order of Prayers

The Rosary begins with the sign of the cross with the words "In the Name of the Father, of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen." Then follows the Apostles Creed (1), followed by one Our Father (2), three Hail Mary (3) (traditionally offered for an increase in faith, hope, and charity for those praying the Rosary), a Glory Be (4), and, if desired, the Fatima Prayer (4) Next come five mysteries (I-V), each consisting of the announcement of the mystery, one Our Father (2), ten Hail Mary (3), a Glory Be (4), and, if desired, the Fatima Prayer (4). Conclude with the Hail Holy Queen (5). Please say a few extra prayers after the Hail Holy Queen for the Pope.

Most Holy Rosary

Rosary Beads

If you do not have Rosary beads, it is perfectly okay to count with your fingers. Counting beads frees your mind to help you meditate.

Prayers for Praying the Rosary

The Apostle's Creed (1)

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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come 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 (2)

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 (3)

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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 (4)

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.

Fatima Prayer (Optional) (4)

O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

Hail Holy Queen (5)

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!

Leader: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,
All: That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

(Optional)

Leader: Let us pray.
All: 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.

Prayer for the Holy Father (for private devotion)

Leader: Upon this Rock He will build His Church...
All: ...and the jaws of death shall not prevail against her.

Leader: O Mother of the Redeemer...
All: ...Living Tabernacle of the Eucharist, and Luminous Rose of Heaven, with humble confidence we ask you to bestow upon the Holy Father all the graces and blessings reserved for him by the Holy Trinity from all eternity. Amen.

Leader: Help his friends...
All: ...convert his enemies.

Leader: Saint Joseph...
All: ...pray for us. Amen.

The Twenty Mysteries

Here is a brief listing and description of all twenty Mysteries.

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The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation (I): The Archangel Gabriel "announces" to Mary that she shall conceive the Son of God.

The Visitation (II): Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist.

The Nativity (III): Jesus is born. Hallelujah!

The Presentation (IV): Mary and Joseph "present" Jesus in the Temple where they meet Simeon.

The Finding in the Temple (V): After losing Him, Mary and Joseph find young Jesus teaching the Rabbis in the Temple.

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The Luminous Mysteries

The Baptism in the Jordan (I): The voice of the Father declares Jesus the beloved Son.

The Wedding at Cana (II): Christ changes water into wine, His first public miracle.

The Proclamation of the Kingdom (III): Jesus calls to conversion (cf. Mk 1:15) and forgives the sins of all who draw near to Him.

The Transfiguration (IV): The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ.

The Institution of the Eucharist (V): Jesus offers the first Mass at the Last Supper with His apostles, establishing the sacramental foundation for all Christian living.

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The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden (I): Jesus sweats water and blood while praying the night before His passion.

The Scourging at the Pillar (II): Pilate had Jesus whipped.

The Crowning with Thorns (III): Roman soldiers crown Jesus' head with thorns.

The Carrying of the Cross (IV): Jesus meets His mother and falls three times on the way up Calvary.

The Crucifixion (V): Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies before His mother and His apostle John.

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The Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection (I): Jesus rises from the dead.

The Ascension (II): Jesus leaves the Apostles and bodily "ascends" to heaven.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit (III): The Apostles receive the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire in the upper room with Mary.

The Assumption (IV): Mary is taken bodily (assumed) into heaven by God at the end of her life here on earth.

The Coronation (V): Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Mysteries for Certain Weekdays

Traditionally, many people say the Joyful Mysteries on Monday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday, and start again with the Joyful Mysteries on Thursday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Friday. The Glorious Mysteries are then prayed on Saturday and Sunday. Now that the Luminous Mysteries have recently been added, the schedule is:

Monday - Joyful
Tuesday - Sorrowful
Wednesday - Glorious
Thursday - Luminous
Friday - Sorrowful
Saturday - Joyful
Sunday - Glorious

Try to place yourself "into" the scene of the particular mystery as you pray, imagining the sights, smells, sounds, and emotions that Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and other participants experienced during the actual events.

It is also okay to meditate on the meaning of the words of the prayers as you pray them, or even to meditate on the person for whom you are offering the Rosary.

Offering Intentions

Practically everyone who prays the Rosary "offers" the Rosary to God and Our Lady for an intention. Some people offer particular intentions before each decade. You can ask God to grant you a favor, heal a sick person, or convert a sinner. Some people offer the same intention every day -sometimes for years on end- especially when asking the Father for the conversion of a particular person. Intentions are as varied as the people who pray.

Ask for big and small gifts. Be bold! In this sense, the Rosary is an exchange of gifts between friends.

It is widely known that Our Lady answers seemingly impossible intentions to those who are first beginning to pray the Rosary. This is her way of drawing you closer to Her and to Jesus. If you are praying your first Rosary, or returning to the Rosary after years of not talking to Our Lady, ask for something big, spectacular, "impossible." She'll often surprise you.

Meriting a Plenary Indulgence

The Catholic Church, exercising its authority to "bind and loose on heaven and earth," and in perfect accord with God's Mercy, has set the following conditions for the granting of a plenary indulgence for those who pray the Rosary:

  • Be in a state of grace - that is your soul is free from mortal sin.
  • Be free from attachment to - that is, not in the habit of - venial sin.
  • Go to confession several days before or after praying the Rosary.
  • Receive Holy Communion on the day you pray the Rosary.
  • Say a prayer for the Pope.

By fulfilling these simple (but often difficult) conditions, you merit the grace to release one soul from Purgatory. While we are free to ask God to apply this grace to a particular soul, God can do as He pleases, according to His Will and Mercy. You can also ask God to apply this special grace to your own soul. A plenary indulgence will relieve the temporal punishment due to sin (it will not absolve the sin or cause the sin to be forgiven).

Sources: www.theholyrosary.org & www.catholicity.com

Origin of the Holy Rosary

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Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary Rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and followed by a closing prayer.

Divine Mercy Chaplet

Make the Sign of the Cross (1)

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

Opening Prayers (2)

St. Faustina’s Prayer for Sinners (Optional)

O Jesus, eternal Truth, our Life, I call upon You and I beg Your mercy for poor sinners. O sweetest Heart of my Lord, full of pity and unfathomable mercy, I plead with You for poor sinners. O Most Sacred Heart, Fount of Mercy from which gush forth rays of inconceivable graces upon the entire human race, I beg of You light for poor sinners. O Jesus, be mindful of Your own bitter Passion and do not permit the loss of souls redeemed at so dear a price of Your most precious Blood. O Jesus, when I consider the great price of Your Blood, I rejoice at its immensity, for one drop alone would have been enough for the salvation of all sinners. Although sin is an abyss of wickedness and ingratitude, the price paid for us can never be equalled. Therefore, let every soul trust in the Passion of the Lord, and place its hope in His mercy. God will not deny His mercy to anyone. Heaven and earth may change, but God's mercy will never be exhausted. Oh, what immense joy burns in my heart when I contemplate Your incomprehensible goodness, O Jesus! I desire to bring all sinners to Your feet that they may glorify Your mercy throughout endless ages. (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 72)

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

(Repeat three times:)

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!

Our Father (3)

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 (4)

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.

The Apostles’ Creed (5)

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; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come 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.

The Eternal Father (6)

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade (7)

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Repeat for the remaining decades

Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the great bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following small beads.

Conclude with Holy God (8)

(Repeat three times)

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Closing Prayers (8)

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

(Optional)

O Greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, today all mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to Your mercy — to Your compassion, O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. Gracious God, do not reject the prayer of this earth's exiles! O Lord, Goodness beyond our understanding, Who are acquainted with our misery through and through, and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, we implore You: anticipate us with Your grace and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, that we may faithfully do Your holy will all through our life and at death's hour. Let the omnipotence of Your mercy shield us from the darts of our salvation’s enemies, that we may with confidence, as Your children, await Your [Son’s] final coming — that day known to You alone. And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: through His merciful Heart, as through an open gate, we pass through to heaven (Diary, 1570).

Sources: www.thedivinemercy.org & www.praydivinemercy.com

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The Chaplet of the Precious Blood of Jesus

This devotion draws a person closer to Jesus and His holy wounds.

During those times in our lives when we do not feel God’s love, it is most beneficial to meditate on Jesus’ crucifixion and the many wounds he suffered out of love for us. It freshens in our minds the great pain Jesus endured and the profound depth of His love.

One way to enter into Jesus’ Passion is to meditate on the wounds He received and the blood that poured forth from those wounds. It is an ancient devotion in the Church, one that has roots in the New Testament. For example, in the First Letter of John we read, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

Here is a short guide to a beautiful devotion to Jesus’ Passion called the “Chaplet of the Precious Blood.” It contains powerful prayers that can be prayed using an ordinary rosary.

Make the sign of the cross.

On the first large bead, recite the Apostles’ Creed.

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;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come 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.

After that, say the following prayer:

May the Precious Blood that flows out from the Sacred Head of Our Lord Jesus Christ cover us now and forever. Amen.

For each decade of beads, there is a different wound of Jesus to meditate on.

1) The Nailing of the Right Hand of Our Lord Jesus.

Say the following prayer:

By the Precious Wound in Thy Right Hand and through the pain of the nail which pierced Thy Right Hand, may the Precious Blood that pours out from there, convert many souls and save sinners of the whole world. Amen.

Remaining on the same bead, pray an Our Father and Hail Mary.

Then on the small beads pray, “Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Save us and the whole world.”

At the end of each decade pray the “Glory Be...”

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

2) The Nailing of the Left Hand of Our Lord Jesus

Say the following prayer:

By the Precious Wound in Thy Left Hand and through the pain of the nail which pierced Thy Left Hand, may the Precious Blood that pours out from there relieve Souls in Purgatory and protect the dying against the attacks of evil spirits. Amen.

Repeat the same sequence as the first mystery.

3) The Nailing of the Right Foot of Our Lord Jesus

Say the following prayer:

By the Precious Wound in Thy Right Foot and through the pain of the nail which pierced Thy Right Foot, may the Precious Blood that pours out from there cover the foundation of the Catholic Church against the plans of the evil spirit and evil men. Amen.

Repeat the same sequence as the first mystery.

4) The Nailing of the Left Foot of Our Lord Jesus

Say the following prayer:

By the Precious Wound in Thy Left Foot, and through the pain of the nail which pierced Thy Left Foot, may the Precious Blood that pours out from there protect us from the plans and the attacks of evil spirits and their minions. Amen.

Repeat the same sequence as the first mystery.

5) The Piercing of the Sacred Side of Our Lord Jesus.

Say the following prayer:

By the Precious Wound in Thy Sacred Side and through the pain of the lance which pierced Thy Sacred Side, may the Precious Blood and Water that pours out from there cure the sick, bring repentance to the dying, and bring us to eternal happiness with God. Amen.

Repeat the same sequence as the first mystery.

At the end of the Chaplet, pray these prayers.

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 towards 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, Oh holy Mother of God;
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, we honor, worship and adore Thee. Heal the wounds our souls and wash away the sins of the whole world. O Precious Blood, have mercy. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Pray for us.
St. Joseph,
Pray for us.
St. Peter and St. Paul,
Pray for us.
St. John at the foot of the Cross,
Pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalene,
Pray for us.
All ye Saints and Angels,
Pray for us.

Source: aleteia.org

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Rosary of Provision

(For times of scarcity and famine)

My beloved people, My Rosary of Mercy, together with the Rosary of Provision, will be of great help to you in the times of scarcity and famine that are approaching. Do them in faith, and ask for My provision, and heaven will send you the Manna for each day. Again I say unto you, do not fear. I am your Refuge, Livelihood, Shelter, and above all, I am your God. Come to Me, all of you who are tired and weary, so that I can relieve you. (Matthew 11, 28)

O infinite Mercy of God, who you care for the people of good will, the needy, the widows and orphans and meet their material and spiritual needs, open the pantries of heaven and in the Name of the Father, (blessing) in the Name of the Son, (blessing) and in the Name of the Holy Spirit, (blessing) send me the provision I need to fulfill My needs for this day. (make request). Creed and Our Father.

On the large beads: I can have grace and mercy even in times of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

On the small beads: In the Name of the Triune God, Divine Mercy, provide me. 10 times

At the end of each decade, an Our Father is prayed and you start as at the beginning. O infinite Mercy of God ...... and so on until the end of the five decades. At the end of the rosary, pray Psalm 136. Everyone who does this Rosary with faith and devotion will not lack daily bread. It is the promise of Jesus of Mercy.

Introduction to the Holy Rosary

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Psalm 136 (DRV)

Psalm 136 (RSV)

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The Bleeding Holy Face of Jesus

of Cotonou in the State of Benin in West Africa

Twice a picture of the Holy Face bled in Cotonou, Benin, on February 17 and March 15, 1995. In February 1995, an 18 x 24 cm framed picture of the Holy Face began to bleed in Cotonou, West Africa. The doctor, summoned in haste, could not take a sample when he arrived because the blood had already clotted. 13 witnesses attended the event, during which a voice spoke:

"I will come again, and the doctor will be able to complete his examination."

Glass tubes were placed ready to collect blood in case of a repetition of the blood flow on the image. On March 15, 1995, at about 5 p.m., the Holy Face again began to bleed profusely. Blood could be collected. In fact, so much blood flowed from the image that the features of the Holy Face were barely visible. When a glass tube was quarter full, a voice said:

"It is enough. I will fill it up myself."

The doctor who had seen the tube quarter-full noted about 45 min later a tube completely filled without human intervention. The doctor, who had no explanation for these events, was amazed. 12 witnesses witnessed the events. The blood was then analyzed with the result: it was human blood of blood group AB, Rh. positive.

Look at MY bleeding face!

What do I have to say to you?

Do I have anything to say to you any longer?

Do you truly listen to ME anymore?

Do you feel sorry for ME when you see ME bleeding like this? I do it for you.

The Bleeding Holy Face of Jesus

Our Lady begs for help that this Most Holy Face be venerated in all homes through contemplation and prayer. In this way, she can still avert much of the severe judgment.

The Eternal Father speaks:

My children! In the terrible days that will come upon humanity, the Holy Face of My Divine Son will be truly helpful ("a true tear cloth to dry"), for My true children will be hidden behind it. It will be the Holy Face that will be a true offering so that the punishments that I will bring upon humanity will be lessened. In the homes where it is located, there will be light to free oneself from the power of darkness.

In the homes where the Holy Face of My Son is, I will instruct My angels to mark them. - And My children will be saved from what evils will befall this ungrateful humanity. My children, become all true apostles of the Holy Face and spread it everywhere! The more it is spread, the less will be the catastrophe.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus speaks:

Always offer My Most Holy Face to the Heavenly Father, and He will have mercy on you. I ask you all to honor My Divine Face and to give Him a place of honor in your homes, so that the Heavenly Father may shower you with graces and forgive your sins. Little children, make sure that you pray at least a short prayer to the Holy Face of Jesus every day in your homes. Never forget to greet it when you get up - and to ask it for its blessing when you go to rest! In this way you will happily reach the heavenly fatherland.

I assure that all those who have a special love for the Holy Face will always be warned of dangers and disasters. I solemnly promise that all those who spread devotion to My Most Holy Face will be saved from the punishments that come upon humanity. Moreover, they will receive light for the days of terrible confusion approaching the Holy Church. Should they suffer death at the judgment, they will die as martyrs and attain sanctity. Truly, truly, I assure you that those who spread devotion to My Face will attain grace, that no family member will be condemned, and that those who are in purgatory will soon be released from it.

But all must come to Me through the mediation of My most holy Mother.

All the devotees of the Divine Face will receive a great light to understand the mysteries of the last times. In the heavenly fatherland they will be very close to the Savior. All these graces they receive as worshippers of the Holy Face. Do not lose these graces, because it is very easy to lose them.

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Rosary to the Most Holy Face

It is to be prayed like the ordinary (german) rosary, but with the following insertions:

(1) Jesus, Whose most holy face is crowned with bloody sweat of fear.

(2) Jesus, Whose most holy face was cruelly beaten.

(3) Jesus, Whose most holy face was deeply wounded by thorns.

(4) Jesus, Whose most holy face was bowed dying on the cross.

(5) Jesus, Whose most holy face was glorified by the resurrection.

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Short Rosary to the Most Holy Face

(instead of Apostle's Creed)

Holy GOD, holy strong GOD, holy immortal GOD, have mercy on us and on the whole world! Lord, show us Your holy face and we will be saved!

(at the big beads - instead of Our Father)

Heavenly Father, we offer You the infinite merits and sorrows of the most holy Face of Jesus, His precious Blood, His wounds and tears for Your greater glory and for the salvation of our souls.

(at the small beads - instead of Hail Mary, 10 times each)

(1) Most Holy Face, covered with wounds have mercy on us, we cry to You!

(2) Most holy face, covered with blood, have mercy on us, we cry to You!

(3) Most holy face, shedding bitter tears in infinite love, have mercy on us, we cry to You!

(4) Most holy face, covered with scorn and shame, have mercy on us, we cry to You!

(5) Most holy face, silently enduring the most terrible pain - have mercy on us, we cry to You!

Final prayer

O most holy face of Jesus, disfigured by wounds and blood, revelation of divine love and mercy! We adore You through the sorrowful Immaculate Heart of Mary and wish to make reparation to You in the name of and for all souls for all insults inflicted upon You. Grant that we may take upon ourselves the trials and sufferings of our lives in patient love, in order to offer them united with Your infinite sacrifice to the Heavenly Father in satisfaction for the salvation of souls.

Let us, O Lord, who today venerate Your sorrowful face, one day behold Your transfigured face in heaven and eternally praise You with Mary, Your Mother, all the angels and saints. Amen.

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Pray these rosaries with total devotion and if tears of compassion flow from your eyes while contemplating these images, offer them to HIM. He will transform them into precious diamonds.

Sources: www.familie-wimmer.com & adorare.ch

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Rosary Chaplet to St. Michael the Archangel

And the nine Choirs of Angels

Antónia d Astónaco was a Portuguese Carmelite nun who received a revelation from St. Michael the Archangel in 1751.

In an apparition, St. Michael the Archangel informed her that by praying new special invocations, he would be pleased to be honored and glorify God. The nine invocations correspond to the nine choirs of angels and origins of the Rosary to St. Michael the Archangel.

St. Michael promises: "Whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their relations."

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The Orders of Prayers

Rosary to St. Michael the Archangel

Begin on the medal (M)

Do an act of contrition. e.g...

Lord, we have greatly sinned against You, Please have mercy on us and Forgive us our wrongdoing and Forgive us for being so disobedient.

And then continue with the following invocation...

Holy Archangel Michael, defend us in battle so that we do not perish on the Day of Judgment.

V. O God, come to my assistance!

A. O Lord, make haste to help me!

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

At the first red bead (1)

(With some rosaries the first red bead is placed in the circle.)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Seraphim, may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (1a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 1st choir of angels.

At the white bead (2)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Cherubim, may the Lord vouchsafe to grant us grace to leave the ways of wickedness and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (2a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 2nd choir of angels.

At the white bead (3)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Thrones, may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (3a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 3rd choir of angels.

At the white bead (4)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Dominions, may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and subdue our unruly passions. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (4a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 4th choir of angels.

At the white bead (5)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Virtues, may the Lord preserve us from evil, an suffer us not to fall into temptation. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (5a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 5th choir of angels.

At the white bead (6)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Powers, may the Lord vouchsafe to protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (6a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 6th choir of angels.

At the white bead (7)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Principalities, may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (7a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 7th choir of angels.

At the white bead (8)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Archangels, may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in good works, in order that we gain the glory of Paradise. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (8a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 8th choir of angels.

At the white bead (9)

By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of Angels, may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory. Amen.

Pray an Our Father...

At the following 3 red beads (9a) pray three Ave Maria... in honor of the 9th choir of angels.

At the white bead (10)

Pray an Our Father... in honor of St. Michael

At the white bead (11)

Pray an Our Father... in honor of St. Gabriel

At the white bead (12)

Pray an Our Father... in honor of St. Raphael

At the white bead (13)

Pray an Our Father... in honor of the Guardian Angel

Conclude with the following prayers

O glorious Prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, protector of souls, vanquisher of rebellious spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence, and enable us through your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O Glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ.

R. That we may be made worthy of His Promises.

Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, Who by a prodigy of Goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, have appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael, the Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we beseech You, to be delivered by his powerful protection from all our enemies, so that none of them may harass us at the hour of our death, but that we may be conducted by him into the august presence of Your Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our Father Prayer

Ave Maria Prayer

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The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

The origin of this precious rosary goes back to the Servite Order. This religious order was founded in the 13th century on Mount Scenario near Florence by seven holy founders. It has gained new popularity following the Marian apparitions in Kibeho, Rwanda.

Apparition in Kibeho, Rwanda

On November 28, 1981, at a time of increasing tension between the Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda, Mary appeared to three young girls at Kibeho College, a secondary school for girls. In one of the most powerful apparitions, Mary shared with the girls an apocalyptic vision of Rwanda mired in violence, horror and hatred. She said that if people did not repent, it would soon be horrific. Retrospectively... and a sign of the authenticity of Mary's apparition, Rwanda descended into civil war and the 1994 Rwandan genocide claimed over 800,000 lives.

Alphonsine, Marie Claire und Anathalie

Alphonsine, Marie Claire and Anathalie

Our Lady asked Marie-Claire to pray the Seven Sorrows Chaplet (in addition to the regular rosary) and to make it known again among the people. Marie-Claire was murdered in 1994 during the genocide in Rwanda.

If you pray and devoutly contemplate the Seven Sorrows Rosary, you will find the necessary strength to repent of your sins and convert your hearts. The world has become deaf and cannot hear the truth of God's word. Today, people are no longer capable of asking forgiveness for the wrong they have committed through sin; they keep nailing the Son of God to the cross.

That is why I have come here. I have come to remind the world - and especially you here in Rwanda, where I still find humble souls and people who are not attached to money or wealth - to listen to my words with an open heart: Pray my Seven Sorrows Rosary to repent of your sins.

Prayer Guide

During one of her apparitions, Blessed Virgin Marie-Claire recommended praying it as often as possible, but especially on Tuesdays and Fridays: Tuesdays, because Our Lady appeared to Marie-Claire for the first time on that day of the week, and Fridays, because Christ was crucified on that day of the week. Our Lady also emphasized that the Seven Sorrows Rosary is meant to complement, and in no way replace, the traditional rosary.

Opening prayer

My God, I offer You this Rosary to glorify You and to honor Your most holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, contemplating and sharing in her sufferings. I humbly ask You to grant me true contrition for all my sins. Grant me wisdom and humility so that I may receive all the indulgences contained in this prayer.

Act of Contrition

My God, with all my heart I repent of all my sins, not only because of the just punishments I deserve for them, but especially because I have offended You, the supreme good worthy to be loved above all things. Therefore, with the help of Your grace, I firmly resolve to sin no more and to avoid the occasions of sin. Amen.

Order of the Prayers

The rosary consists of seven sets in memory of the seven sorrows of Mary. It is begun like the normal rosary: At the large medal you make the sign of the cross, pray the Apostles' Creed (1), the Glory be to the Father (2) and the Our Father (3). Then three beads follow, each with a Hail Mary (4) prayed, with the insertions of the ordinary (German) Rosary. At the following medal again a Glory be to the Father (2) is prayed. There now also begin the seven sets to the seven sorrows (I-VII) consisting of an Our Father (3) and seven Hail Mary (4), to each of which a mystery is inserted.

Rosenkranz der Sieben Schmerzen Mariens

Insertions at the first three beads

(4.1) ... Jesus, Who increases faith in us.

(4.2) ... Jesus, Who strengthens hope in us.

(4.3) ... Jesus, Who kindles love in us.

Insertions to the Seven Mysteries

(I) ... Jesus, whose suffering was prophesied to you, O Virgin, for your great sorrow by Simeon.

(II) ... Jesus, with whom you, O virgin, fled to Egypt to your great sorrow.

(III) ... Jesus, whom thou didst seek, O virgin, to thy great sorrow, for three days.

(IV) ... Jesus, whom you, O virgin, to your great pain met with the heavy cross.

(V) ... Jesus, under whose cross you stood, O virgin, pierced by pain.

(VI) ... Jesus, whose body was laid in your womb, O virgin, for your great pain.

(VII) ... Jesus, whom you, O Virgin, carried to the grave to your great sorrow.

Concluding Prayer

Mary, who was conceived without sin and suffered for us, pray for us! (repeat three times)

Reflections on the Seven Sorrows

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The First Sorrow of Mary (I)

The prophecy of the aged Simeon (cf. Lk 2:22-35)

The Blessed Virgin Mary brought Jesus to the temple because every firstborn male was to be consecrated to God in the temple; this was in accordance with tradition. In the temple, the aged priest Simeon took the infant Jesus in his arms and his spirit was filled with the Holy Ghost. Simeon recognized in Jesus the promised Savior, held the child up to heaven, and thanked God that he had been granted his wish to have lived long enough to still meet the Messiah.

Now, Lord, you let your servant depart in peace, as you have said, he said. Then he looked at Mary and declared, "But you yourself will have a sword pierced through your soul because of all the suffering that will befall your child.

The Blessed Virgin Mary knew that she had given birth to the Savior of mankind. She immediately understood Simeon's prophecy and believed his words. The grace of giving birth to the Child Jesus had touched her deeply, and yet her heart was heavy with sorrow because she knew what was written about the Savior's agonizing death. Whenever she looked at her Son, she was reminded of the suffering He was to take upon Himself, and that suffering became her own.

- Prayer -

Beloved Mother Mary, for our sake your heart suffered unbearably. Teach us to suffer with you and out of love, and to endure all the suffering that God deems necessary to send us. We want to take suffering upon ourselves and ask you that our suffering, just like yours and like Jesus' suffering, be known to God alone. Do not allow us to show our pain and suffering to the world so that it can do more and serve as an atonement for the sins of the world. To you, Mother, who suffered with the Savior of the world, we offer our suffering and the suffering of the whole world because we are your children. Unite this suffering with your own and with the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ and offer it to God the Father. You are the best of all mothers.

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The Second Sorrow of Mary (II)

The flight into Egypt (cf. Mt 2:13-15)

Mary's heart broke and her soul was full of anguish when Joseph told her what the angel had said to him: that they should get up quickly and flee to Egypt because Herod wanted to kill Jesus. The Blessed Virgin Mary barely had time to decide what to take with her or leave behind. She took the child, left everything else and ran out the door before Joseph because God wanted them to hurry. Then she said, "Although God is all-powerful, He wants us to flee with Jesus, His Son. God will show us the way and we will reach our destination without the enemy catching up with us."

Because the Blessed Virgin was the mother of Jesus, she loved Him above all things. Her heart was deeply saddened when she had to see the hardships to which the infant was subjected, and she suffered greatly because he was freezing and shivering from the cold. Although she herself and Joseph were also exhausted, tired and hungry during the long journey, Mary always thought only of the safety and well-being of her child. She was afraid that the soldiers who had orders to kill Jesus might catch up with her, for she was aware that the enemy was still in Bethlehem. During the flight, her heart was constantly in worry. Moreover, she knew they were headed to a place where they would not receive a friendly welcome.

- Prayer -

Beloved Mother, you have suffered so much. Give us your courageous heart. Give us strength to be as brave as you and to accept out of love the suffering that God sends us. Help us to accept all the suffering that we ourselves have caused as well as the suffering that others inflict on us. Heavenly Mother, you alone purify our suffering so that we can give glory to God for the salvation of our souls.

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The Third Sorrow of Mary (III)

Jesus gets lost in the temple (cf. Lk 2:41-52)

Jesus was God's only begotten Son, but he was also Mary's child. The Blessed Virgin Mary loved Jesus more than herself because he was also God. Compared to other children, he was unique because he was already true God. When the Virgin Mary could not find Jesus on the way back from Jerusalem, the sorrow became so great and she felt so lonely that she thought she could not go on living without him. (She felt the same pain that her Son would later feel when his apostles abandoned him during his suffering.)

As Our Lady searched in anguish for her beloved Child, a bitter anguish rose in her heart. She reproached herself for not having taken better care of him. But it was not her fault; Jesus no longer needed her protection. What actually hurt Mary was that her son had stayed behind without asking permission. Until now, Jesus had always given her joy in everything. Never had he caused trouble for his parents. But she knew that he always did what was necessary, and so it did not even occur to her that he might have acted out of disobedience.

- Prayer -

Beloved Mother, teach us to accept all our sufferings for the sake of our sins and as atonement for the sins of the whole world.

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The Fourth Sorrow of Mary (IV)

Mary meets Jesus on the way to Golgotha (cf. Lk 23:27-31)

Mary saw Jesus alone carrying the heavy cross - the cross on which he was to be crucified. This was no surprise to the Blessed Virgin Mary, for she already knew that Our Lord had to die. She saw how much the many and brutal scourging blows of the soldiers had already weakened her Son, and his agony caused her unspeakable grief.

The soldiers pushed him forward even though he was at the end of his strength. Exhausted, he fell to the ground and could not get up by himself. At that moment, Mary's tender, loving and compassionate gaze met her son's tortured, bloodshot eyes. Their hearts seemed to share the burden; each and every one of his agonies she felt with him. They knew there was nothing they could do but believe and trust in God and offer up their suffering to Him. They could only place everything in God's hands.

- Prayer -

Beloved Mother, you who are bowed down with grief, help us to bear our own suffering with courage and love, that we may bring relief to your sorrowful heart and to the heart of Jesus. May we do this to the glory of God who gave you and Jesus to humanity. Teach us to suffer silently and patiently as you have done. Grant us the grace to love God in everything. O Mother of Sorrows, Most Afflicted of all mothers, have mercy on the sinners of the whole world.

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The Fifth Sorrow of Mary (V)

Mary stands under the cross (cf. Jn 19:25-27)

The Blessed Virgin Mary followed her Son to Golgotha. She was bowed down by anguish and sorrow, but she suffered in silence. She saw him stagger several more times and fall to the ground under the weight of the cross, and she saw the soldiers beat her Son and pull him by the hair to make him get up again.

Although he was innocent, when Jesus arrived at Calvary, he was paraded before the assembled people so that they could laugh at him. Mary wholeheartedly felt the agony and humiliation of her Son, especially when his tormentors forced him to take off what was left of his clothes. The Blessed Virgin Mary suffered horribly as she watched these cruel people crucify her Son on the cross without his clothes, shaming him just to amuse the drooling crowds. (Jesus and Mary felt this shame more deeply than other people because they were holy and without sin).

Our Lady felt unspeakable pain as Jesus was laid on the cross with his arms outstretched. His executioners warbled merrily as they approached him with hammers and nails. They sat on him with all their weight so that he could not move while they struck him on the cross. As they drove the nails through his hands and feet, Mary felt the hammer blows in her heart; the nails penetrated her own flesh as they pierced her Son's limbs. She was close to fainting.

When the soldiers lifted the cross to place it in the hole they had dug, they gave it a deliberate jerk so that the flesh on Jesus' hands shredded under the weight of his body, exposing the bones. Pain shot through his body like liquid fire. He hung stretched out on the cross for three agonizing hours, but the physical agony was nothing compared to the mental pain he endured watching his mother suffer at the foot of the cross. When death finally came, it was a redemption.

- Prayer -

Beloved Mother, Queen of Martyrs, give us the courage with which you yourself endured all your sufferings, so that we may unite our suffering with yours and give glory to God. Help us to keep His commandments and those of the Church, so that the sacrifice of our Lord may not have been in vain and all sinners in the world may be saved.

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The Sixth Sorrow of Mary (VI)

Jesus' body is laid in the womb of His Mother (cf. Jn 19:38-40)

Jesus' friends Joseph and Nicodemus took His body down from the cross and placed it in the outstretched arms of Our Lady. Then Mary washed His body, and she did so with the deepest respect and love because she was His mother: she knew better than anyone else that He was God incarnate who had taken on a human body to become the Savior of all people.

Mary saw the horrible wounds of the scourging blows Jesus had received at Pilate's house. His flesh was torn and the skin had flaked off his back in strips. His whole body was so battered that he was covered from head to foot with gaping wounds. Mary saw that the wounds from the nails were less severe than those inflicted on Him by the scourging and the weight of the cross. She shuddered at the thought that her Son had carried the heavy, rough wooden cross all the way up to Golgotha. She saw the wreath of bloody wounds that the crown of thorns had left on His forehead, and realized to her horror that many of the sharp thorns had even penetrated deep into His head.

As she looked at her dead son, she knew that His agonizing death had been far worse than any torture used to punish the vilest criminals. As she washed his martyred body, the various stages of his short life appeared before her inner eye: she remembered her first glimpse of his beautiful little face when he had just been born and was lying in the manger, and each subsequent day up to that heartbreaking moment when she gently washed His lifeless body. In relentless agony, she prepared her son and Lord for burial, but she remained brave and strong, becoming the true Queen of Martyrs. While she washed her son, she prayed that it may be granted to all people to pass through the gates of heaven and enter the kingdom of God. She prayed that every soul in the world would be open to God's love, so that the cruel death of her Son would not be in vain, but a blessing for all mankind. Mary prayed for the world; she prayed for each one of us.

- Prayer -

We thank you, beloved Mother, for the courage with which you stood beneath the cross to comfort your dying Child. When our Savior breathed his last, you became the wonderful Mother of us all: you became the holiest Mother of the whole world. We know that you love us more than our own parents. We implore you to intercede for us at the throne of mercy and grace so that we may truly become your children. We thank you for Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, and we thank Jesus for giving you to us. Pray for us, Mother.

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The Seventh Sorrow of Mary (VII)

Jesus is laid in the tomb (cf. Jn 19:41-42)

The life of the Blessed Virgin Mary was so closely united to the life of Jesus that she no longer knew how to go on living without him. Her only consolation was that his death had put an end to his unspeakable suffering. So, with the help of John and the other women, our Sorrowful Mother reverently placed Jesus' body in the tomb and she left Him there, as was the custom. Filled with great sorrow and terrible grief, she left the place. For the first time He was no longer among the living, and her loneliness was a new and bitter source of sorrow. Her heart had been dying since her Son's heart had stopped beating, but she was sure that our Savior would soon rise again.

- Prayer -

Beloved Mother, you who are more beautiful than all mothers, Mother of Mercy, Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all, we are your children and we trust in you. Teach us to see God in all things and all situations and even in suffering. Help us to understand the meaning of our suffering and also the meaning that God wants to give to our suffering.

You yourself were conceived and born without sin and were preserved from all sin, and yet you have suffered more than anyone else. You endured the suffering and agony with love and incomparable courage. You stood by your Son from the moment of His arrest until the moment of His death. You suffered with Him and felt all His agonies and pains with Him. You fulfilled the will of God the Father; and according to His will you became our Coredemptrix with Jesus. Mother, we beseech you: teach us to live as Jesus showed us by His example. Teach us to accept our cross with courage. We trust you, most gracious Mother, to teach us to make sacrifices for all the sinners of the world. Help us to follow Christ and even be willing to lay down our lives for others.

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Closing Prayer

Queen of Martyrs, your heart has suffered so much. I ask you, for the sake of the tears you have shed in these terrible and painful times, to obtain for me and for all the sinners of the world the grace of perfect and sincere repentance. Amen.

The Most Holy Rosary

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Rosary of Love

Revealed to the Seer Consolata Betrone (1903-1946)

Sacred Heart Jesus

At the Beginning

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father

On the Large Beads

Sweet heart of Jesus, be my love! Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation!

On the Small Beads

Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save our souls! (10 times)

On the Last Three Beads

Sacred Hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, make me love You more and more.

History and Origin

Consolata Betrone (1903-1946), an Italian Capuchin nun, was chosen by God to confirm to the world the doctrine of the way of spiritual childhood already taught by Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, giving it now a concrete and easy to be practiced by everyone.

Jesus promises that, every time this Act of Love is pronounced: "Jesus, Mary, I love You! Save souls", a soul will be saved. Repeated all the time everywhere, it attracts a shower of particular graces and, above all, prepares the triumph of divine mercy in the hearts of men as a new Pentecost on a worldwide scale.

You are not capable of great deeds, but you can offer Jesus and Mary, in your hearts, the "Act of Love". Learn how to be a Little Soul.

"Let the little ones come to Me, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven", said Jesus.

Jesus' Promises for every Act of Love:

Every time the Act of Love is uttered, "Jesus, Mary, I love You, save souls!", a soul is saved! It is a pure and perfect act of love, by which one gives to God what pleases Him most: love and souls. It is an act of perfect charity for the unceasing supplication in favor of all souls, those of the Church Militant (that is us, the living) and those of the Church Suffering (the souls in Purgatory). Repeated frequently, at every moment and everywhere, it attracts a shower of particular graces, and, above all, it prepares the triumph of Divine Mercy in human hearts: a new Pentecost on a worldwide scale.

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