"There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."
— Sister Lucy of Fatima
Beginning Your Rosary
- Use the clip to say the Apostles' Creed.
- Use the first knot in the cord to say the Our Father, then, using the beads nearest the clip, say the three introductory Hail Marys. Slide each of the three beads towards the clip as you say each Hail Mary. Finally, use the knot to say the Gloria Patri.
- After you complete these introductory prayers, slide the three beads into position to show which set of mysteries you will be praying: one bead pushed towards the clip shows that you will be praying the Joyful Mysteries, two beads represents the Sorrowful Mysteries, and three beads shows that you will be saying the Glorious Mysteries.
Saying the Decades
- Begin the first decade of the set of mysteries you will be praying by sliding the first of the five beads away from the crucifix and towards the clip. Use this bead to announce the mystery and pray the Our Father.
- Now you are ready to begin the decade of Hail Marys. Slide one of the ten beads away from the crucifix each time you say a Hail Mary.
- When you have finished your decade, use the last knot to say the Gloria Patri and then reset the group of ten beads, sliding them all back towards the crucifix.
- Proceed to the next decade by sliding another of five beads towards the clip.
- In the above illustration, I am praying the fourth Hail Mary, since, in the group of ten beads, there are four pushed away from the crucifix.
- I am praying the second mystery because two of the beads of the group of five beads are pushed away from the crucifix and towards the clip.
- I am praying the Sorrowful Mysteries, since two beads in the group of three beads are pushed away from the crucifix.
- Remember: push the beads away from the crucifix as you pray, because all graces flow from the cross!