The Dominican Rosary
The Dominican family follows the medieval custom of beginning the Rosary like the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary—for the Rosary is known as Mary’s prayer.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
R. Blessed art though amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
V. Lord, open my lips. +
R. And my mouth will proclaim your praise.
V. God come to my assistance.
R. Lord make haste to help me.
V. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
(Alleluia.) (Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of everlasting glory.)
Now begin the mysteries of the day. Start each decade by announcing the mystery and directing your imagination and attention towards that particular episode in the life of Christ or Our Lady.
It can be useful to follow the announcement of the mystery with the reading of a related scriptural passage, as indicated below. In this way, the Rosary is not merely a matter of recalling information, but of allowing God to speak to us directly through his word. Ideally this should be followed be a period of silence, in which to reflect upon the scripture passage before moving on to vocal prayer.
Then, proceed to the recitation of the decade. On the large bead say the Our Father. On each of the ten small beads, say a Hail Mary. (Optionally, the appropriate intercessory prayer, provided below, can be added after each Hail Mary, asking for the assistance one of the Dominican members of the communion of Saints to carry our prayers to Mary, our Mother.) Then pray the Glory Be.
Each decade is a contemplation of the life of Our Lord, witnessed by Mary—one aspect of the paschal mystery. In recognition of the connection with Christian life, we should conclude our contemplation of each decade with a prayer for the fruits specific to that particular mystery. Alternatively, a more general prayer may be said according to custom, such as the following:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, draw all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of your mercy.
Or: Mary, mother of grace, mother of mercy, shield me from the enemy and receive me at the hour of my death. Amen
Mysteries of the Rosary
Joyful :Mondays and Saturdays
1. The Annunciation (Lk 1, 26-38)
2. The Visitation (Lk 1, 39-56)
3. The Nativity (Lk 2, 1-20)
4. The Presentation (Lk 2, 22-28)
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2, 41-52)
Sorrowful: Tuesdays and Fridays
1. The Agony in the Garden (Mt 26, 36-56)
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Is 53, 1-12 / Mk 15, 1-15)
3. The Crowning with Thorns (Mk 15, 16-20 / Mt 27, 27-31)
4. The Carrying of the Cross (Lk 23, 26-32 / Mk 10, 17-21)
5. The Crucifixion (Jn 19, 17-30 / Mt 27, 35-56)
Glorious : Wednesdays and Sundays
1. The Resurrection (Mt 28, 1-15 / Lk 24, 1-49 / Mk 16, 1-18)
2. The Ascension (Acts 1, 3-11)
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2, 1-21)
4. The Assumption (Rev 12, 1)
5. The Coronation of the Blessed Mother in Heaven (Lk 1, 46-55)
Luminous (Mysteries of Light) Thursdays
1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan (Mt 3, 13-17 / Mk 1, 4-11)
2. The Manifestation of Christ at the wedding of Cana (Jn 2, 1-11)
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion (Mt 4, 12-25 / Mk 1, 15 and 2, 3-13 / Lk 7, 47-48 / Jn 20, 22-23)
4. The Transfiguration (Mt 17, 1-9 / Lk 9, 28-36)
5. The Institutionalization of the Holy Eucharist (Lk 22, 14-20 / Jn 13, 1)
Conclusion of the Holy Rosary
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 vale 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.
V. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
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 do us the rewards of eternal life; grant we beseech thee, that 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.
V. May the divine + assistance remain always with us.
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.