Prayer

How to Pray a Decade of the Rosary

The Rosary is one of the most popular ways for Catholics to pray. The Rosary is made up of fifty Hail Marys. Those Hail Marys are broken down into five groups of ten. These are the five decades of the …

The Rosary is one of the most popular ways for Catholics to pray. The Rosary is made up of fifty Hail Marys. Those Hail Marys are broken down into five groups of ten. These are the five decades of the Rosary. Each one of those groups is called a decade. So when someone refers to a decade of the Rosary, they’re referring to one of those groups.

What is a One Decade Rosary?

A decade of the Rosary isn’t just ten Hail Marys. A Decade of the Rosary starts with an Our Father, then ten Hail Marys, and then followed by a Glory Be. You have the option to add the Fatima prayer after the Glory Be if you want. Most people add the Fatima prayer.

How you would say a decade of the Rosary with a Rosary is pretty simple. Start with the Our Father. Then say a Hail Mary for every bead. There are ten beads. Then when you reach the isolated bead, say the Glory Be and Fatima prayer.

A one decade Rosary is a collection of beads on a chain or string that is a smaller version of a regular rosary. It’s easier to carry than a full length Rosary. To say a full length Rosary on a one decade rosary, it is exactly the same. You would just use the decade over and over for the different decades.

Once you’ve done that, you’ve completed a decade, and you can start the next one in exactly the same way.

Meditating on a part of the Gospel is customary when praying the holy Rosary. The meditations and Gospel stories are grouped together into Mysteries of the Rosary. And you can see those below.

Rosary Prayers

Rosary outline

Sign of The Cross

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

Hail Mary

HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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.

Our Father(The Lord’s Prayer)

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 trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Glory Be

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, a world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer (optional)

O MY JESUS, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

Mysteries of the Rosary

It it typical to mediate on the Gospels while praying the Rosary. The holy Catholic church has provided a guide line for what Gospel stories to meditate on and they grouped them together in mysteries of the Rosary. Every mystery of the Rosary focuses on a moment in the life of Jesus Christ.

Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries are typically prayed on Mondays and Saturdays.

  1. The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary

  2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

  3. The Birth of Our Lord

  4. The Presentation of Our Lord

  5. The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

The Sorrowful Mysteries are typically prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  1. The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden

  2. Our Lord is Scourged at the Pillar

  3. Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns

  4. Our Lord Carries the Cross to Calvary

  5. The Crucifixion of Our Lord

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

The Glorious Mysteries are typically prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

  1. The Resurrection of Our Lord

  2. The Ascension of Our Lord

  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

  4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven

  5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

The Luminous Mysteries are typically prayed on Thursdays. The Luminous mysteries are the newest of all the mysteries and were instituted by Saint Pope John Paul II.

  1. The Baptism of Our Lord

  2. The Wedding at Cana

  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

  4. The Transfiguration of Our Lord

  5. The Last Supper, the institution of the Holy Eucharist

Praying the Rosary Every Day

Daily Rosary

Many people try to make a habit of praying the Rosary every day. It can be a fruitful experience for your peace of mind and for your spiritual life. but it can be hard to find the time to pray a Rosary every day. That’s way many people start with just a single decade.

Over time you can develop a Rosary devotion.

FAQ

How long does it take to say a decade of the rosary?

Praying an entire Rosary takes about 15-20 minutes. A decade is much shorter than that and usually only takes 3-4 minutes.

What is a decade of a rosary?

A Decade of a Rosary is a part of the rosary. There are twelve prayers within a decade, with an optional thirteenth. A decade starts with an Our Father, then ten hail Marys, and then concludes with a Glory Be. There is an optional Fatima Prayer that can be said after the Glory Be that most people will say.

How do you say just a decade of the rosary?

It is very simple to pray just a decade of a Rosary. You start with an Our Father, then ten Hail Marys, and then conclude with a Glory Be. You don’t have to do the Apostles’ Creed or any other of the prayers that start off a full Rosary.

Can you pray the Rosary in Latin?

Yes! Many people like to pray the Rosary in Latin. It often makes them feel more connected to their Catholic heritage and the Catholic tradition. The Rosary was originally said in Latin. See our Article on The Latin Rosary to learn more about how to say the Rosary in Latin.