How to Pray the Rosary in October

The month of October each year is dedicated to the most Holy Rosary.

The Rosary is five decades of prayer meditating on mysteries based on Scripture. Each decade is made up of first, an Our Father, then ten Hail Mary’s, then the Glory Be, and finally the Fatima Prayer.


The Rosary Prayers

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father beyond all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven; and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Note: There have been differing versions of the Creeds through history. “The Apostle’s Creed” was written later than the Nicene Creed and is used by the Latin Church. It is not in use in the Eastern Churches.

The Rosary Prayers

The “Our Father” (The Lord’s Prayer)

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.

The “Hail Mary” 

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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 Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy Mercy. Amen.

The “Glory Be”

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.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To Thee do we cry poor banished children of Eve, To Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O 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.

L: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God;

R: that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray 

O God Whose Only Begotten Son by His life, death and Resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant we beseech Thee that by meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord.



The Joyful Mysteries

(Monday & Saturday)

First Joyful Mystery

The Annunciation 

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God, and behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus.” Luke 1: 30-33

Second Joyful Mystery

The Visitation

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord, should come to me?” Luke 1:24-43

Third Joyful Mystery

The Birth of Jesus

Mary gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-8

Fourth Joyful Mystery

The Presentation

And when the days of her purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. Luke 2:22-23

Fifth Joyful Mystery

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

And it came to pass after three days, that they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:45-47

The Luminous Mysteries


First Luminous Mystery

Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River

The Spirit descended like a dove on Him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; and with You I am well pleased.” Matthew 3: 16-17

Second Luminous Mystery

Christ’s Self-revelation at the Marriage at Cana

Jesus changed water into wine, the first of His signs, and revealed His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:1-12

Third Luminous Mystery

Christ’s Proclamation of the Kingdom of God with His call to Conversion

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Mark 1:14-15

Fourth Luminous Mystery

Christ’s Transfiguration

And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became dazzling white. Matthew 17:2

Fifth Luminous Mystery

Christ’s institution of the Eucharist

He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19

The Sorrowful Mysteries

(Tuesday & Friday)

First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony in the Garden

And His sweat became as drops of blood running down upon the ground. And rising from prayer He came down to the disciples, and found them sleeping. Luke 22: 43-45

Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging

Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, He delivered Him to be crucified. Mark 15:15

Third Sorrowful Mystery

The Crowning with Thorns

And they stripped Him and put on Him a scarlet cloak; and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on His head, and a reed into His right hand; and kneeling before Him they began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Matthew 27:28-29

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

The Carrying of the Cross

They took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. John 19:17

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion 

Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!” And having said this He breathed His Last. Luke 23:46

The Glorious Mysteries

(Wednesday & Sunday)

First Glorious Mystery

The Resurrection

“Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He has risen, as He said.” Matthew 28:5-6

Second Glorious Mystery

The Ascension

So then the Lord, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God.

Mark 16:19

Third Glorious Mystery

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak. Acts 2:4

Fourth Glorious Mystery

The Assumption

Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep… and so we shall always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

Fifth Glorious Mystery

The Coronation 

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