Fifteen Promises Of The Rosary: Pray Faithfully for Grace
Fifteen Promises of the Rosary
As you may have read on our rosary history page, St. Dominic & Blessed Alan were strong advocates of promoting the rosary and the special graces that came along with this holy devotion. Through St. Dominic and Blessed Alan, it is widely accepted that our Blessed Mother Mary granted fifteen promises to all those who recite the rosary.
Our favorite promise is #1 on the list – Signal Graces! These are signs sent by God to help us make the right decisions in life. By praying the rosary, not only are you promised signs, but you are promised divine assistance with all aspects of your life.
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary will be a powerful armor against hell. It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. Those who recommend themselves to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death, the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son, Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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 arose 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 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.
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.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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 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.
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 do we send 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. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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 thy mercy. Amen.
Let Us Pray
O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of everlasting life, grant, we beseech Thee, that 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.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in our day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through this world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Rosary Meditation: The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Mysteries of the Rosary are events that occurred during the lives of Jesus and Mary. When praying the rosary, the Mysteries are the visuals that we meditate on as we recite each rosary decade (a group of 10 Hail Mary prayers). Meditation is what makes the rosary such a powerful devotion. With meditation, we add substance to our prayers and better align ourselves to a Higher Power.
Rosary prayers must include meditation! When you first learn how to pray the rosary, you may be more concerned about memorizing the prayers than you are about remaining focused on your meditation. This is perfectly normal. However, once you understand the basics of how to pray the rosary, it becomes time to focus your attention towards improving your ability to meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary during prayer. Rosary recitation without meditation is not nearly as effective than with meditation. To experience the full benefits and potential of praying the rosary, meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary is absolutely essential.
There are 20 total Mysteries broken out into four different groups: Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Glorious Mysteries, and Luminous Mysteries. Most people limit their rosary prayers to one set of Mysteries per day by following the typical rosary schedule. However, if you can meditate on more than five Mysteries a day it would be great! The more you pray the better – but obviously not everyone has time to meditate on all 20 Mysteries a day. Therefore, pray the rosary and meditate on at least five Mysteries a day. Once you see the benefits of praying the rosary with meditation, you may want to meditate on all 20 Mysteries of the Rosary!
First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation to Mary
The Angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women…You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus…Mary answered, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”
Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation
Mary Meets With Elizabeth
Elizabeth was filed with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy.”
Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity
The Birth of Jesus
And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for Mary to be delivered were fulfilled. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothing and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation
When the days of her purification were fulfilled they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…Simeon blessed them and said to his Mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted; and thy own soul a sword shall pierce.”
Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus In the Temple
Jesus In the Temple
After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…And He returned with His parents to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are used during meditation on Tuesdays and Fridays. These rosary mysteries are also used for meditation on the Sundays during the season of Lent.
First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony In the Garden
Agony in the Garden
Kneeling down, He began to pray, “Father if it be your will, take this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done”…In His anguish he prayed even more intensely, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.
Second Sorrowful Mystery: Scourging At the Pillar
Scourging At the Pillar
Pilate released Barabbas to them. Jesus, however, he first had scourged; then he handed Him over to be crucified.
Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning With Thorns
The Crowing With Thorns
Weaving a crown of thorns they fixed it on his head, and placed a reed in His right hand. To make fun of Him they knelt before Him saying: “Hail, King of the Jews.” They spat on Him, and took the reed and kept striking Him on the head.
Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus Carries the Cross
Matthew 27:31, Luke 23:26
When the soldiers had finished mocking Him, …they led him away to crucify Him. On the way they laid hold of a certain Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and upon him they laid the cross to bear it after Jesus.
Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion of Jesus
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him …Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”…There was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour…and Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”.
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are used during meditation on Wednesdays. In addition, these rosary mysteries are also used for meditation on Sundays from Easter until Advent.
First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection
The Resurrection of Jesus
And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, for it was very large…On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting at the right side who said to them, “Do not be afraid. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is risen, He is not here. Behold the place where they laid him.”
Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension
Jesus Ascends into Heaven
Then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven, and took His seat at God’s right hand.
Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Descent of the Holy Spirit
And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speck in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak.
Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption
Mary Ascends Into Heaven
cf.. Songs 2:10; 4:7
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!…You are all beautiful, my beloved, and there is no blemish in you.
cf.. Judith 15:9
You are the glory of Jerusalem…you are the splendid boast of our people.
Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation
Queen of Heaven
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are used during meditation on Thursdays. These Rosary Mysteries are sometimes referred to as the “Mysteries of Light”.
First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism of Jesus
Baptism of Jesus
Matthew 3:13, 16
“Jesus comes to John to be baptized…On coming up out of the water the heavens were opened and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and came upon Him.”
Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding At Cana
The Wedding At Cana
“Fill those jars with water,” Jesus ordered, at which they were filled to the brim. “Now,” He said, “take some out and take it to the waiter in charge.”
Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom
Proclamation of the Kingdom
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall have their fill.”
Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration
Transfiguration of Jesus
“Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain by themselves, and he was transfigured before them.”
Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist
Institution of the Eucharist
“Jesus took bread…and gave it to his disciples saying: ‘Take this and eat it, this is My Body’…and taking the chalice: ‘Drink of this, for this is My Blood of the New Testament, which shall be shed for many unto the remission of sins.”