Hold the beads loosely in your left hand, allowing the cross
to dangle. Gently grasp the cross in your right hand and say your
Move up the chain and lightly grasp the first bead (invitatory
bead) between your thumb and forefinger and say the selected prayer
for your invitatory bead.
Move your fingers up the chain to the next individual bead (the
first of 4 cruciform beads), and say the prayer selected for your
Move up the chain to the first set of 7 beads (you will be going
counterclockwise around the rosary). Grasping the first bead,
say the chosen prayer for the weeks. Repeat on the successive
6 beads, breathing deeply between each bead.
Move to the next cruciform (dividing) bead and say the cruciform
prayer again. Then move to the second “week” of 7 beads. Continue
as before through all 4 weeks.
“Exit” the rosary with a prayer of thanksgiving while holding
the cross, and sit in silence for a few minutes.
of words, combined with the focal point of the beads in your hands,
will help to slow the mind and still the body, leaving you peaceful
Each set of beads is accompanied by a booklet of
prayers that will guide you through each section of the rosary.
Once you are comfortable with your beads, feel free to compose
your own prayers.