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Pray the Rosary

Pray the Rosary with Monsignor Peter Dunne. 

Play or download the Rosary led by Monsignor Peter Dunne, Spiritual Director for Spirit Catholic Radio.

DownloadNameListen Online Length
downloadThe Glorious Mysteries - Final

27:50 min
downloadThe Joyful Mysteries - Final

27:28 min
downloadThe Luminous Mysteries - Final

28:03 min
downloadThe Sorrowful Mysteries - Final

28:17 min


About the Rosary

"The Rosary of the Virgin Mary": Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II 

Before the Rosary was what it is today, people had often used pebbles, strings of beads or knotted ropes to keep track of their prayers. The Blessed Mother Mary gave the rosary to St. Dominic Guzman in 1206 and instructed him to teach people to use the rosary as a way to meditate on the gospel of our salvation. She told St. Dominic: "Make clear to them the mysteries of their religion, the divine truths that God has revealed but that they cannot understand. Teach them to picture in their minds the events of my Son's life."

St. Dominic was able to help people envision Jesus' life, death and resurrection in their own way by meditating upon the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the rosary. In 2002, Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous mysteries (or Mysteries of Light) that encouraged people to also focus on Jesus' public ministry.

Pope John Paul II carefully pointed out that the rosary, "clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christ-centered prayer." The rosary is not a tool to worship Mary. Catholics do not worship Mary.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (971): "The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship. The Church rightly honors the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of 'Mother of God,' to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers ad needs ... This very special devotion ... differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration. The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an 'epitome of the whole Gospel,' express this devotion to the Virgin Mary."

How to Pray the Rosary

A few notes before you get started:

  • The whole rosary is composed of 20 decades. Each decade is recited in honor of a mystery (listed below) in Our Lord's life and that of His Blessed Mother. 

  • It is customary to recite five decades at a time while meditating on one set of mysteries.

  • Decades may be separated if the entire chaplet is completed on the same day.

  • Each mystery may be meditated bead by bead for every "Hail Mary" of the decade.

  • The Rosary may seem like a repetitive prayer; instead, think of it as two sweethearts who say many times to each other the words "I love you ..."

  • 54-day Rosary Novena

Start the Rosary

  1. While holding the crucifix, begin the Rosary as with all prayers "In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" while making the Sign of the Cross and recite the Apostles' Creed.
  2. Recite the "Our Father" on the first large bead.
  3. Recite a "Glory Be" on the next large bead.
  4. Recall the first mystery of contemplation and recite the "Our Father" on the large bead.
  5. On each of the 10 smaller beads (also referred to as a decade), recite a "Hail Mary" while reflecting on the mystery.
  6. After completing a decade of the Rosary, recite the "Glory Be" and "Fatima Prayer" on the next large bead.
  7. Each succeeding decade of the Rosary is prayed in a similar manner: recall the next mystery of the Rosary, recite the "Our Father," 10 "Hail Mary's" while reflecting on the mystery, the "Glory Be" and "Fatima Prayer."
  8. When the fifth decade has been completed, the Rosary is customarily concluded with the "Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen)" and the Sign of the Cross.

"The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the entire world." - Pope John XXIII

Mysteries of the Rosary

"My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady at Fátima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God." - Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fátima

Joyful - Mondays and Saturdays (can also be said on Sundays during Advent & Christmas)
  1. The Annunciation

  2. The Visitation

  3. The Nativity

  4. The Presentation

  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Sorrowful - Tuesdays and Fridays (can also be said on Sundays during Lent)

  1. The Agony in the Garden

  2. The Scourging at the Pillar

  3. The Crowning With Thorns

  4. The Carrying of the Cross

  5. The Crucifixion

Glorious - Wednesdays and Sundays

  1. The Resurrection

  2. The Ascension

  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit

  4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luminous - Thursdays

  1. The Baptism in the Jordan

  2. The Wedding at Cana

  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom

  4. The Transfiguration

  5. The Institution of the Eucharist

The 15 Promises from the Virgin Mary to Those Who Recite the Rosary

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.

  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell. It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies. 

  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

  5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

  6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.

  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

  8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.

  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.

  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.

  12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during and at the hour of death.

  14. All who recite the Rosary are my children and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.

  15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Reminder: These promises mean that by faithfully and devoutly praying the Rosary, Our Lady will obtain for us the necessary Graces to obtain said promises. It is still up to each individual soul to respond to those Graces in order to obtain salvation.