Optional closing prayers.*
Table of Contents – Opening Prayers
Hail, Holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy, 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.
V. 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 meditating on 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. Amen.
Note: After praying the Fifth Glorious Mystery and the Hail, Holy Queen above, you may want to pray the traditional Litany of Loreto instead of the optional closing prayers I’ve included here and in the Twitter threads.
Sub tuum praesidium
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls.
O Angel of God,
my Guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this night be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, and to guide. Amen.
Prayer of St. Gertrude for the Holy Souls
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood Of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, sinners everywhere, in the Universal Church, within my own home and in my own family. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph After the Rosary (by Pope Leo XIII, a request by the USCCB)
The USCCB has asked the faithful to add the Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary during the Year of St. Joseph. I’ve added the prayer on a separate page and will be adding more about him as time goes on.
May the Divine Assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
*The closing prayers that I’ve posted here are optional. There are many different ways of beginning and ending the Rosary. For that matter, there are many different ways of praying the Rosary itself, and some of the prayers have various versions, too. What I’m offering in this project is the way I learned it and the way I’ve adapted it over time, especially during the months I posted the Rosary threads on Twitter. Feel free to use any part of it you like and ignore what you don’t. And God bless you for praying the Rosary to end the culture of death! May His peace be with you and yours, always. Amen.