How to Pray a One Decade Rosary

  • Begin with the Sign of the Cross. Recite the Apostles' Creed.
  • Pray 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be while holding the Cross.
    • Announce 1st Mystery.
    • Pray 1 Our Father while holding the center knot/bead.
    • Pray 10 Hail Marys on each of the 10 knots/beads.
    • Pray 1 Glory Be at the medal or center knot/bead.
    • Repeat 4 times, by announcing the next Mystery and praying 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, & 1 Glory Be.
  • Finish by praying Hail Holy Queen. And make the Sign of the Cross.

Prayers of the Rosary

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.

Our Father

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.

The Hail Mary

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
now and at the hour of our death.

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.

Hail Holy Queen (The Salve Regina)

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to you 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 your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.



Joyful Mysteries (Mondays, Saturdays)

The Annunciation - Fruit of the mystery: Humility

The Visitation - Fruit of the mystery: Love of Neighbor

The Nativity Fruit of the mystery: Poverty

The Presentation in the Temple - Fruit of the mystery: Purity of Heart and Body

The Finding in the Temple - Fruit of the mystery: Devotion to Jesus


Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays, Fridays)

The Agony in the Garden - Fruit of the mystery: Obedience to God’s Will

The Scourging at the Pillar - Fruit of the mystery: Mortification

The Crowning with Thorns - Fruit of the mystery: Courage

The Carrying of the Cross - Fruit of the mystery: Patience

The Crucifixion and Death - Fruit of the mystery: Sorrow for our Sins


Glorious Mysteries (Wednesdays)

The Resurrection - Fruit of the mystery: Faith

The Ascension - Fruit of the mystery: Hope

The Descent of the Holy Spirit - Fruit of the mystery: Wisdom

The Assumption - Fruit of the mystery: Devotion to Mary

The Coronation of Mary - Fruit of the mystery: Grace of a happy death


Luminous Mysteries (Thursdays)

The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan - Fruit of the mystery: Openness to the Holy Spirit

The Wedding Feast at Cana - Fruit of the mystery: To Jesus through Mary

Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God - Fruit of the mystery: Conversion

The Transfiguration - Fruit of the mystery: Desire for holiness

The Institution of the Eucharist - Fruit of the mystery: Adoration


To learn more about praying the rosary, visit the US Conference of Catholic Bishops page


Updated 12/21/2022