The Rosary

The Rosary is a beautiful prayer form which in its completeness consists of meditations on 20 mysteries. Usually, the mysteries are only taken 5 at a time. Beads are used used to help with the counting of the individual prayers.

While the prayers are being said, one should try to meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary or their equivalent thoughts (for examples, humility, patience, charity). The repetition of the prayers alone are not the sole object of saying the Rosary, the important part is having a good intention and desire to think good thoughts.

The Joyful Mysteries are the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Birth of Jesus, the Presentation, and The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

The Sorrowful Mysteries are the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion.

The Glorious Mysteries are the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit,the Assumption, the Crowning of Our Lady Queen of Heaven

The Mysteries of Light are the Baptism of Jesus, the Wedding Feast of Cana, the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God,the Transfiguration, the Institution of the Eucharist

There are variations in some of the prayers said during the Rosary. The audio versions of the prayers below are one of the traditional sequences. This website is intended to introduce interested persons to the saying of the Rosary and to remind or reinforce the saying of the Rosary to others who already practice it. A search of other websites may give more on the details on the origin and practice of saying the Rosary. If this site introduces, reminds, or reinforces anyone in the saying of the Rosary, then it will have been a successful venture.


Join in saying the rosary with the recorded prayers of Brother James A. Petrait, O.S.F.S. Press the PLAY button beneath the prayer in the following sequence (Begin and end with the SIGN OF THE CROSS):

1) CREED once. 2) OUR FATHER once. 3) HAIL MARY three times. 4) GLORY BE TO THE FATHER once. 5) OUR FATHER once. 6) HAIL MARY ten times. 7) GLORY BE TO THE FATHER once. 8) REPEAT steps 5, 6, and 7 five times. 9) HAIL HOLY QUEEN once.

......CREED..................OUR FATHER..............HAIL MARY



A Rosary Walk in Paradise (a new 20 minute flash video)


© 1999-2011, James A. Petrait


Also try these websites:

Rosary on CD

How to Pray the Rosary