Rosary Opening Prayers

These are the opening prayers of the Rosary. The Queen of the Holy Rosary prayer is optional, but I personally always include it because that’s the way I learned to pray the Rosary and because it references Fatima.

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Sign of the Cross:

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

Image: Padre Pio, from my friend Rose. Thank you, Rose!

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,

Thou hast deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary. Inspire my heart with a sincere love of this devotion, in order that by meditating on the Mysteries of our Redemption which are recalled in it, I may be enriched by its fruits and obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and of Russia, and the graces which I ask of Thee in this Rosary. (Here mention your request.) I ask this for the greater glory of God, for thine own honor, and for the good of souls, especially for my own. Amen.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Fatima

For those who don’t believe, I pray:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Image: Luca Rossetti da Orta, The Holy Trinity,
fresco, 1738-9, St. Gaudenzio Church at Ivrea (Torino)

For the Holy Father, I pray:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who tresspass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. 

God the Father, by Cima da Conegliano. From Wikimedia, public domain.

For an increase of Faith, Hope, and Charity in our souls and in our world, I pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amoung women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen. (3 times for increase in the virtues of faith, hope and charity.)

The Annunciation, by Orazio Gentileschi, 1623. From WikiArt. Public domain.

The Doxology

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Holy Trinity, by Antonio de Pereda y Salgado. From Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

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Note: The first phase of the Rosary Project is complete: all the Mysteries pages and basic galleries are here now. More to come when the next phase begins. :)