What is a Rosary Booklet?
For Catholics, the rosary is a very important part of prayer's life. The rosary is a set of beads that help us to keep track of the prayers that we say. We use the rosary to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ and to ask for Mary’s intercession.
The most common question from new catholics is: how to pray the rosary.
The rosary is made up of five decades, or sets of ten beads. Each decade represents one of the Mysteries of the Rosary. There are four sets of Mysteries: the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, and the Luminous Mysteries. The Mysteries are different events in the life of Jesus Christ that we reflect on while we pray the rosary.
A lot of Catholics, expecially new catholics, like to use a Rosary Booklet when they pray the rosary. A Rosary Booklet contains all of the prayers of the rosary, as well as an explanation of each Mystery. This can be helpful for people who are new to praying the rosary, or for people who want to reflect more deeply on each Mystery.
How to Use a Rosary Booklet
If you have never used a Rosary Booklet before, don’t worry! It’s actually very simple. First, find a comfortable place to sit or kneel. You might want to light a candle to set the mood and to help you focus on your prayer.
Next, open your Rosary Booklet to the first Mystery. Read through the explanation of the Mystery, and then begin saying the prayers associated with that Mystery. On each bead, say one “Our Father” prayer and ten “Hail Mary” prayers. When you get to the end of the decade, say the “Glory Be” prayer.
Repeat this process for each Mystery in your Rosary Booklet. When you finish all five decades, you will say the “Hail Holy Queen” prayer and the “Apostles’ Creed” prayer.
If you are new to praying the rosary, or if you are looking for a way to deepen your reflection on each Mystery, using a Rosary Booklet is a great option! A Rosary Booklet contains all of the prayers associated with each Mystery, as well as an explanation of each event in Jesus’ life that we reflect on while we pray. Using a Rosary Booklet is simple—just find a comfortable place to sit or kneel, light a candle if you’d like, and begin reading and praying through each Mystery.
We have prepared a one page printable rosary guide for you. You can download the PDF and print it at home!