Here we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary in the Dominican way, with three minutes of gentle music to help us meditate on the Mystery before the Our Father ‘Pater Noster.’ Prayer is not complete without contemplation, just as breathing is not possible without inhaling. Let us follow the example of the Blessed Mother by keeping these mysteries in our hearts.
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How to Pray the Contemplative Dominican Rosary
Below are the instructions for praying the Rosary in the Dominican way with a suggestion on how long to contemplate each of the four Mysteries. If you are praying by yourself, you can say all the parts. If you are praying with someone else, you can take turns saying the parts of the Rosary as shown below. Usually, the Joyful Mysteries are prayed on Mondays and Saturdays, The Luminous Mysteries on Thursdays, The Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
All: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Leader: Lord, Open my lips.
All: And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Leader: God, come to my assistance.
All: Lord, make haste to help me.
Leader: Glory to the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia. (In Lent: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.)
Leader: The Agony in the Garden
Leader: Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
All: Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
All: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
(repeat nine more times)
After the tenth Hail Mary:
Leader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
(Optional Fatima Prayer) All: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Your mercy.
The Leader announces the Second Mystery – The Scourging at the Pillar
(everything is done in the First Mystery and continues the same for the Mysteries of The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning of Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, and the Crucifixion).
Leader: Let us pray.
All: Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail 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 vale of tears. Turn then, 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!
Leader: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God!
All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Leader: Let us pray.
All: 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 by 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.
Leader: May the Divine Assistance remain always with us.
Leader: May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
All: Amen. Leader: And may Almighty God bless us, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen