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St Louis De Montfort’s Advice for Praying the Holy Rosary

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St Louis De Montfort was a great Saint and champion of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Rosary. He wrote a book entitled “The Secret of the Rosary” which is excellent spiritual reading for Catholics. In it he urges Catholics to pray the Rosary everyday and to do so devoutly and with their hearts. He asks that we take breaks while praying the Our Father and Hail Mary. He also recommends meditations for each of the 15 Mysteries. The breaks in the Our Father and Hail Mary are indicated by “+” in each prayer. Click this link for the Rosary in Latin.

Prayers (St Louis De Montfort pauses included)

The Our Father – Method of St Louis De Montfort

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.

The Hail Mary – Method of St Louis De Montfort

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

The 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.

The Fatima Prayer

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

Amen

St Louis De Montfort’s method for praying each decade

The Joyful Mysteries

First Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this first decade in honour of Thine Incarnation and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy most Holy Mother, a profound humility.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of the Incarnation, come down into my soul and make it truly humble.

Second Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this second

decade in honour of the Visitation of Thy Holy Mother to her cousin Saint Elizabeth, and we ask of Thee through this mystery and through Mary’s intercession, a perfect charity towards our neighbour.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of the Visitation come down into my soul and make it really charitable.

Third Decade

We offer Thee, O Child Jesus, this third decade in honour of Thy Blessed Nativity, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, detachment from things of this world, love of poverty and love of the poor.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of the Nativity come down into my soul and make me truly poor in spirit.

Fourth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this fourth decade in honor of Thy Presentation in the temple by the hands of Mary, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the gift of wisdom and purity of heart and body.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of the Purification, come down into my soul and make it really wise and really pure.

Fifth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this fifth decade in honor of Thy Finding in the Temple among the learned men by Our Lady, after she had lost Thee, and we ask Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, to convert us and help us amend our lives, and also to convert all sinners, heretics, schismatics and idolaters.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, come down into my soul and truly convert me.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

Sixth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this sixth decade in honor of Thy mortal Agony in the Garden of Olives and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, perfect sorrow for our sins and the virtue of perfect obedience to Thy Holy Will.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of Our Lord’s Agony, come down into my soul and make me truly contrite and perfectly obedient to Thy Will.

Seventh Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this seventh decade in honor of Thy Bloody Scourging and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace to mortify our senses perfectly.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of Our Lord’s Scourging, come down into my soul and make me truly mortified.

Eighth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this eighth decade in honor of Thy cruel crowning with thorns, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a great contempt of the world.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of Our Lord’s crowning with Thorns, come down into my soul and make me despise the world.

Ninth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this ninth decade in honour of Thy carrying Thy Cross and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, to give us great patience in carrying our cross in Thy footsteps every day of our life.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of the carrying of the Cross, come down into my soul and make me truly patient.

Tenth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this tenth decade in honor of Thy Crucifixion on Mount Calvary, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a great horror of sin, a love of the Cross and the grace of a holy death for us and for those who are now in their last agony.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of the Death and Passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, come down into my soul and make me truly holy.

The Glorious Mysteries

Eleventh Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this eleventh decade in honor of Thy triumphant Resurrection and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a lively faith.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the Resurrection come down into my soul and make me really faithful.

Twelfth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this twelfth decade in honour of Thy glorious Ascension, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a firm hope and a great longing for Heaven.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the mystery of the Ascension of Our Lord, come down into my soul and make me ready for Heaven.

Thirteenth Decade

We offer Thee, O Holy Spirit, this thirteenth decade in honor of the mystery of Pentecost, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the

intercession of Mary, Thy most faithful Spouse, Thy holy wisdom so that we may know, really love and practise Thy truth, and make all others share in it.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of Pentecost, come down into my soul and make me really wise in the eyes of Almighty God.

Fourteenth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this fourteenth decade in honor of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Thy holy and Blessed Mother, body and soul, into Heaven, and we ask of Thee, through these two mysteries and through her intercession, the gift of true devotion to her to help us live and die holily.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

Grace of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary, come down into my soul and make me truly devoted to her.

Fifteenth Decade

We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this fifteenth and last decade in honour of the glorious crowning of Thy Blessed Mother in Heaven, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through Her intercession, the grace of perseverance and increase of virtue until the very moment of death and after that the eternal crown that is prepared for us. We ask the same grace for all the just and for all our benefactors.

One Our Father, ten Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father, Fatima Prayer

We beseech Thee, dear Lord Jesus, by the fifteen mysteries of Thy life, death and passion, by Thy glory and by the merits of Thy Blessed Mother, to convert sinners and help the dying, to deliver the Holy Souls from Purgatory and to give us all Thy grace so that we may live well and die well—-and please give us the Light of Thy glory later on so that we may see Thee face to face and love Thee for all eternity. Amen. So be it.

GOD ALONE

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