The rosary is one of the oldest and most popular prayers in the Catholic faith.

Pope Francis described it as the most beautiful prayer that we can offer to the Virgin Mary.

“It is a contemplation of the stages of the life of Jesus the Saviour with his Mother Mary and it is a weapon that protects us from evil and temptation,” he said.

The intention of praying the Rosary is to enter into the four mysteries (the joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries) of Jesus’ life.

Praying the Hail Mary repeatedly helps us to quietly reflect on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and as we do so “the loving face of God Himself, whom we are called to contemplate in eternity, is increasingly revealed to us,” he said.

The rosary begins with the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed, an Our Father, three Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be. Then there are five decades which each begin and end with an Our Father and Glory Be, and have ten Hail Mary’s in between. The rosary can be prayed alone or in a group.

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