Rosary Closing Prayers

Optional closing prayers.*

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Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Coronation of the Virgin, by Bernardo Germán de Llórente. From Wikimedia Commons. In the public domain.

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.

1784 processional banner of the Lisbon Holy House of Mercy depicting the Virgin of Mercy protecting all social classes; the first verse of the hymn is quoted underneath. From Wikimedia. In the public domain.

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.

Fall of Rebel Angels, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1619-23. From Wikimedia. In the public domain.

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 host, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls.

Angel of the Guard (Guardian angel protecting child from demon), by Antonio de Pereda. From Wikimedia. in the public domain.

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.

Corrado Giaquinto (Italian 1703–1756) [Baroque, Rococco] St Simon Stock and the Virgin Interceding for Souls in Purgatory. From the Athenaeum. Public domain.

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 of St. Gertrude)

Valley (or Vale) of Tears, by Gustav Doré. From Wikimedia. Public domain. To see a much larger image, see the Wiki page.

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.

Drawing of Padre Pio provided by my friend, @roseOyuma. Thanks, Rose!

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Image: Bible and Rosary. Free image from Morguefile user jclk8888.

Note:

*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 whole thing. What I’m offering in this project is the way I learned it and the way I’ve adapted it over time, especially this summer and fall while posting 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.

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