How to Pray the Latin Rosary

The holy rosary is one of the most popular prayers for Catholics. And praying the Rosary in Latin can be extra rewarding for people who want to feel an added connection to the tradition of the Catholic Church. In recent …

The holy rosary is one of the most popular prayers for Catholics. And praying the Rosary in Latin can be extra rewarding for people who want to feel an added connection to the tradition of the Catholic Church.

In recent years there’s been a resurgence of traditionalism within Catholicism. Many people are exploring more traditional ways of praying and reading scripture. One way that has become popular is to pray the rosary using traditional Latin prayers.

The Rosary has a long tradition going back to Saint Dominic and the 1571 Battle of Lepanto.

I would encourage you to pray the rosary in the way that works best for you. However, if you can build a daily habit of praying the Rosary, we’re certain you’ll grow faith and won’t regret a thing.

How to Pray a Rosary – Order of the Prayers

It can take a few times to get the order of the Rosary right. Don’t worry if you make a mistake. After a few attempts, you’ll have the order of the rosary memorized. But if you need a refresher or a guide on the order of the prayers, it is below. The Latin Rosary is similar to the English version in structure and order.

  • Sign of the cross

  • Apostle’s Creed

  • Our Father

  • Three Hail Marys

  • Glory Be

  • First Decade

    1. Our Father

    2. Ten Hail Marys

    3. Glory Be

    4. Fatima Prayer (optional)

  • Second Decade

    1. Our Father

    2. Ten Hail Marys

    3. Glory Be

    4. Fatima Prayer (optional)

  • Third Decade

    1. Our Father

    2. Ten Hail Marys

    3. Glory Be

    4. Fatima Prayer (optional)

  • Fourth Decade

    1. Our Father

    2. Ten Hail Marys

    3. Glory Be

    4. Fatima Prayer (optional)

  • Fifth Decade

    1. Our Father

    2. Ten Hail Marys

    3. Glory Be

    4. Fatima Prayer (optional)

  • Hail Holy Queen

  • Concluding Prayer (optional)

Mysteries of the Rosary

Along with the prayers of the Rosary, it’s tradition to meditate on specific parts of the gospel for each decade of the rosary. In this way, the Rosary becomes a great tool to remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And it is particularly helpful for people who are new to the faith to both pray and be catechized.

Sorrowful Mysteries – The Sorrowful mysteries encourage us to pray and meditate on the events surrounding the death of Jesus. The five mysteries are The Agony in the Garden, Scourging at The Pillar, Crowning of Thorns, Carrying the Cross, and Jesus’ Crucifixion and Death. The Sorrowful Mysteries are typically prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Glorious Mysteries – The Glorious Mysteries teach us about the events of Jesus’ Resurrection and Mary’s Assumption into Heaven. They are Glorious because they tell us how God has defeated death. The five mysteries are The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, The Decent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of Mary, and Mary’s Coronation. The Glorious Mysteries are typically prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Luminous Mysteries – The Luminous mysteries tell the story of Jesus’ ministry. These are the newest mysteries of the Rosary and were added to “fill in the gaps” of Jesus’ life, ministry, and miracles. The five mysteries are The Baptism of the Lord, The Wedding at Cana, Proclaiming the Kingdom of God, The Transfiguration, and the Institution of the Eucharist. The Luminous Mysteries are typically prayed on Thursdays.

Joyful Mysteries – The Joyful Mysteries tell the story of Jesus Christ’s birth and childhood. They are Joyful because they are about Jesus’ arrival on earth. The five Joyful Mysteries are The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Birth of Jesus, The Presentation of Jesus, and Finding Jesus in the Temple. The Joyful Mysteries are typically prayed on Mondays and Saturdays.

Prayers of the Rosary in Latin

Rosary outline

Sign of the Cross (Signum Crucis)

In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

The Apostle’s Creed (Symbolum Apostolicum)

Credo in Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, creatorem caeli et terrae. Et in Iesum Christum, Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum, qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus et sepultus. Descendit ad inferos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis. Ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dextram Dei Patris omnipotentis. Inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.

Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem, remissionem peccatorum, carnis resurrectionem, vitam aeternam. Amen.

Our Father (Pater Noster)

Pater noster, qui es in caelis: Sanctificetur nomen tuum: Adveniat regnum tuum: Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra.

Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie: Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Hail Mary (Ave Maria)

Ave Maria, gratia plena: Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Glory Be (Gloria Patri)

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Fatima Prayer (Oratio Fatima)

Domine Iesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, salva nos ab igne inferiori, perduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim eas quae misericordiae tuae maximae indigent.

Hail, Holy Queen (Salve, Regina)

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae; vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.
R. Ut digni efficamur promissionibus Christi.

The following prayer may be added after the “Hail, Holy Queen”:

Deus, cuius Unigenitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectionem suam nobis salutis aeternae praemia comparavit: concede, quaesumus; ut, haec mysteria sacratissimo beatae Mariae Virginis Rosario recolentes. et imitemur quod continent, et quod promittunt, assequamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Prayers of the Rosary in English

Prayers of the Rosary in English

Sign of the Cross

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

The Apostle’s Creed

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; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by 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.

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.

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, world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

Hail, Holy Queen

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 to we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley 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.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

The following prayer may be added after the “Hail, Holy Queen”:

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 by meditating upon 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.

Common Questions about Praying the Rosary

Is it OK to pray the Rosary in Latin?

Yes! People can pray the rosary in any language they want. Catholics today pray the Rosary in their native languages. However, many people feel a traditional connection to praying the Holy Rosary in Latin.

Why pray the Latin Rosary?

During the past century, millions of faithful people have requested the Blessed Virgin Mary to intervene through rosary prayers. When rosary prayer has been translated into Latin, it is a universality we remind ourselves of.

What does Rosary mean in Latin?

The Rosary in Latin is the same as the Rosary in English. In fact, the Rosary was originally said in Latin because that was the church’s official language when Saint Dominic first developed the Rosary. So by saying the Rosary in Latin, you’re more closely praying what the originators of the rosary prayed.

Has the Rosary Ever Changed?

Yes! The Rosary and much like the Hail Mary has undergone a few changes over the centuries. One of the biggest changes to the Rosary happened in the last one hundred years. They added a new mystery-the Luminous Mysteries. To learn more about the Hail Mary check out a brief history of the Hail Mary.