Alternative Rosary and Prayers for Monday


Prayers Before the Rosary



Sign of the Cross:


In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.


Prayer for the Protection of the Family


O God of goodness and mercy,
to Your fatherly guidance we commend our family,
our household and all our belongings.
We commit all to Your love and keeping;
Fill this house with Your blessings
even as You filled the holy House of Nazareth with Your presence.  

Keep far from us, above all else,
the blemish of sin,
and may You alone reign in our midst by Your law,
by Your most holy love
and by the exercise of every Christian virtue.
Let all of us obey You, love You and set ourselves
to follow in our own life Your example,
that of Mary, Your Mother
and our Mother most loving,
and that of your blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.  

Protect us and our house from all evils and misfortunes,
but grant that we may be ever resigned to Your divine will
even in the sorrows which it shall please You to send us.
Finally give unto all of us the grace to live in perfect harmony
and in the fullness of love toward our neighbor.
Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life
the comfort of Your holy Sacraments at the hour of death.
O Jesus, bless us and protect us.  

O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy,
defend us against the wicked spirit,
reconcile us with Your Son,
commit us to His keeping,
that so we may be made worthy of His promises.  

Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Savior,
guardian of His holy Mother,
head of the Holy Family,
intercede for us,
bless us and defend our home at all times.  

Saint Michael,
defend us against all the evil cunning of hell.  

Saint Gabriel,
make us understand the holy will of God.  

Saint Raphael,
preserve us from all sickness and from every danger to our lives.  

Our holy Guardian Angels,
keep our feet safely on the path of salvation both day and night.  

Our holy Patrons,
pray for us before the throne of God.  

Yea, bless this house,
O God the Father,
who has created us;
O God the Son,
who has suffered for us upon the holy Cross,
and You, O Holy Spirit,
who has sanctified us in holy Baptism.
May the one God in three Divine Persons
preserve our bodies,
purify our minds,
direct our hearts
and bring us all to everlasting life.  

Glory be to the Father,
glory be to the Son,
glory be to the Holy Spirit!

  Amen.


Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima


Queen of the Holy Rosary,
you have deigned to come to Fatima
to reveal to the three shepherd children
the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary.
Inspire my heart with a sincere love of this devotion,
in order that by meditating on the Mysteries
of our Redemption which are recalled in it,
I may be enriched with its fruits
and obtain peace for the world,
the conversion of sinners and of Russia,
and the favour which I ask of you in this Rosary.


(Here mention your request.)


I ask it for the greater glory of God,
for your own honour,
and for the good of souls,
especially for my own.
Amen.





The Most Holy Rosary



Sign of the Cross


In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.


Opening Prayers



Apostle’s Creed:


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 rose again from the dead.
He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty;
from there He will 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.


Lord’s Prayer:


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.


For an increase in the virtues of faith, hope and charity, we pray:



An Act of Faith (optional)


O my God, I firmly believe
that You are one God in three Divine Persons,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
I believe that Your Divine Son became man and died for our sins,
and that He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches,
because You revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

Hail Mary…


An Act of Hope (optional)


O my God, relying on Your infinite goodness and promises,
I hope to obtain pardon of my sins,
the help of Your grace, and life everlasting,
through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Hail Mary…


An Act of Charity (optional)


O my God, I love You above all things,
with my whole heart and soul,
because You are all-good and worthy of all love.
I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You.
I forgive all who have injured me,
and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God,
Have mercy on me, a sinner.

Hail Mary…


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 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary


Recite the Mystery:

The Joyful Mysteries
Mondays and Saturdays; also Sundays during Advent, Christmastide and the Epiphany.
The Luminous Mysteries
Thursdays.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
Tuesdays and Fridays; also Sundays during Lent.
The Glorious Mysteries
Wednesdays and Sundays, except Sundays during Advent and Lent.


Optionally, pray for the fruits of the Mystery through the intercession of the Virgin Mary.

Then, again optionally, read a Scripture passage pertinent to the Mystery for contemplation.


Our Father….

Hail Mary….

(Pray ten times while meditating on the Mystery.
Optionally, include the expansion on the Holy Name of Jesus suggested for that Mystery; i.e., the person praying says “and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, who (insert expansion). Holy Mary…”. This is based on St. Louis de Montfort's recommended method of praying the Rosary.


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.


Optional Prayers After Each Decade



Prayer of Fatima


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.


Prayer for Eternal Rest


In November and Rosaries for the Dead: The ‘Eternal Rest’ prayer is often prayed in place of the Fatima Prayer during the month of November (especially after dusk on All Saints Day and on All Souls Day) and during Rosaries prayed for the dead, such as at Funeral Vigils. Start by dedicating the prayer.

For our departed loved ones (or state a name), especially for the holy souls in Purgatory, we pray:
Eternal rest grant unto him/her (them), O Lord;
and let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them).
May he/she (they) rest in peace.
Amen.


Prayer of the Miraculous Medal:


O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you,
and for all who do not have recourse to you,
especially for the enemies of the Holy Church,
and for those recommended to you.
Amen.


The Joyful Mysteries



The First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most humble Daughter,
grant me the grace of humility
and complete trust in you.


In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God
to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin engaged to a man
whose name was Joseph of the house of David.
The virgin’s name was Mary.
The angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you will name him Jesus.”
Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
The angel said to her,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born will be holy;
he will be called Son of God.
And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age
has also conceived a son;
and this is the sixth month for her
who was said to be barren.
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
(Lk 1:26*-27,30-31,35-38)


Our Father…

Hail Mary with expansion on the Holy Name of Jesus (10 times):
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy wombJesus
who humbled himself and became man for our salvation.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


Glory be…
O my Jesus…
or:Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord…
O Mary, conceived without sin…


The Second Joyful Mystery – The Visitation


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most joyful Spouse,
grant me the grace of charity toward my neighbor
and grateful recognition of Your love for the world.


In those days Mary set out and went with haste
to a Judean town in the hill country,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the child leaped in her womb.
And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
and exclaimed with a loud cry,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And why has this happened to me,
that the mother of my Lord comes to me?
For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting,
the child in my womb leaped for joy.
And blessed is she who believed
that there would be a fulfillment
of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.
(Lk 1:39-45,56)


Our Father…

Hail Mary with expansion on the Holy Name of Jesus (10 times):
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy wombJesus
who sanctifies all things and causes them to rejoice.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


Glory be…
O my Jesus…
or:Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord…
O Mary, conceived without sin…


The Third Joyful Mystery – The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most blessed Mother,
grant me the grace of detachment from things of this world,
poverty of spirit, and love for the poor.


While [Mary and Joseph] were [in Bethlehem],
the time came for her to deliver her child.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son
and wrapped him in bands of cloth,
and laid him in a manger,
because there was no place for them in the inn.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for see — I am bringing you good news
of great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David
a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
(Lk 2:6-11)


Our Father…

Hail Mary with expansion on the Holy Name of Jesus (10 times):
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy wombJesus
born in poverty and born for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


Glory be…
O my Jesus…
or:Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord…
O Mary, conceived without sin…


The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The Presentation in the Temple


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most immaculate Mother,
grant me the grace of sacrifice,
and purity of mind, body, heart and will.


When the time came for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
[Mary and Joseph] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem
whose name was Simeon;
this man was righteous and devout.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he would not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Guided by the Spirit,
Simeon came into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him what was customary under the law,
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God,
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”
(Lk 2:22,25*-32)


Our Father…

Hail Mary with expansion on the Holy Name of Jesus (10 times):
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy wombJesus
who was dedicated to the will of God.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


Glory be…
O my Jesus…
or:Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord…
O Mary, conceived without sin…


The Fifth Joyful Mystery – The Finding of Jesus in the Temple


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most devoted Mother,
grant me the grace of obedience, true wisdom,
and the zeal of finding You in my life.


Now [Jesus'] parents went to Jerusalem every year
at the feast of the Passover.
And when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to custom;
and when the feast was ended,
as they were returning,
the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.
His parents did not know it.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting among the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions.
And all who heard him were amazed
at his understanding and his answers.

And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him:
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge and piety.
And he will be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord.
(Lk 2:41-43,46-47; Is 11:2-3)


Our Father…

Hail Mary with expansion on the Holy Name of Jesus (10 times):
Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy wombJesus
who teaches us the wisdom of the Father.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


Glory be…
O my Jesus…
or:Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord…
O Mary, conceived without sin…


Aspiration for the Grace of the Mysteries


Grace of the Joyful Mysteries,
come down into our souls
and make them truly blessed
through faith and obedience.


Concluding Prayers



Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina):

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 up 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.

V. Pray for us, o Holy Mother of God,
R. that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
V. Make me worthy to praise you, O holy Virgin.
R. Give me strength against your enemies.
V. Blessed be God in His Saints.
R. Amen.


Let us pray:


O God, whose only begotten Son,
by His life, death and resurrection
has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life.
Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on 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.

V. May the divine assistance remain always with us.
R. Amen.
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. And may Almighty God bless us: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
R. AMEN.


Sign of the Cross


In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.





Prayers After the Rosary



Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto)


VersicleResponse
Lord, have mercy,Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy,Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy,Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us,Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us,Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins,pray for us.
Mother of Christ,pray for us.
Mother of the Church,pray for us.
Mother of Divine Grace,pray for us.
Mother most pure,pray for us.
Mother most chaste,pray for us.
Mother inviolate,pray for us.
Mother undefiled,pray for us.
Mother immaculate,pray for us.
Mother most amiable,pray for us.
Mother most admirable,pray for us.
Mother of good counsel,pray for us.
Mother of our Creator,pray for us.
Mother of our savior,pray for us.
Mother of mercy,pray for us.
Virgin most prudent,pray for us.
Virgin most venerable,pray for us.
Virgin most renowned,pray for us.
Virgin most powerful,pray for us.
Virgin most merciful,pray for us.
Virgin most faithful,pray for us.
Mirror of justice,pray for us.
Seat of wisdom,pray for us.
Cause of our joy,pray for us.
Spiritual vessel,pray for us.
Vessel of honor,pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion,pray for us.
Mystical rose,pray for us.
Tower of David,pray for us.
Tower of ivory,pray for us.
House of gold,pray for us.
Ark of the Covenant,pray for us.
Gate of Heaven,pray for us.
Morning Star,pray for us.
Health of the sick,pray for us.
Refuge of sinners,pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted,pray for us.
Help of Christians,pray for us.
Queen of Angels,pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs,pray for us.
Queen of Prophets,pray for us.
Queen of Apostles,pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs,pray for us.
Queen of Confessors,pray for us.
Queen of Virgins,pray for us.
Queen of all Saints,pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin,pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven,pray for us.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,pray for us.
Queen of families,pray for us.
Queen of peace,pray for us.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,spare us O Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,graciously hear us O Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,have mercy on us.


In Ordinary Time:
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
In October, the Rosary month:
V. Pray for us, O Queen of the most holy Rosary.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
During Advent:
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
From Christmas to the Purification:
V. After childbirth, you remained a pure Virgin.
R. Intercede for us, O Mother of God.
From Candlemass to Holy Week:
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
During Eastertide:
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has risen indeed, alleluia.


Let us pray:


In Ordinary Time


[From the day after Pentecost (or from Trinity Sunday, if Pentecost is celebrated with octave) to the beginning of Advent:]


Grant, we beseech you, O Lord God,
that we, your servants, may enjoy
perpetual health of mind and body;
and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin,
may be delivered from present sorrow,
and rejoice in eternal happiness.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


In October, the Rosary Month


[The Prayer to St. Joseph is often added as a concluding prayer, especially during the month of October (this was recommended by Pope Leo XIII):]


To you, O Blessed Joseph,
we have recourse in our tribulations,
and while imploring the aid of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.
By that love which united you to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God,
and by the fatherly affection with which you embraced the Infant Jesus,
we humbly beseech you to regard graciously
the inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased with His Blood
and to help us in our necessities, by your powerful intercession.

Protect, O most provident Guardian of the Holy Family,
the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
ward off from us, O most loving Father,
all taint of error and corruption;
graciously assist us from Heaven, O most powerful protector,
in our struggle with the powers of darkness;
and as you once rescued the Child Jesus
from imminent peril to His life,
so now defend the Holy Church of God
from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.

Shield each one of us with your unceasing patronage that,
imitating your example and supported by your aid,
we may be enabled to live a good life,
die a holy death,
and secure everlasting happiness in Heaven.
Amen.


During Advent


[From the fourth Sunday before Christmas to Christmas Eve:]


O God, you willed that, at the message of an angel,
your word should take flesh  in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
grant to your suppliant people,
that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God,
may be helped by her intercession with you.
Through the same Christ our Lord. .
Amen.


From Christmas to the Purification


[From Christmas to Candlemass (the Feast of the Presentation), that is through February 1:]


O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary,
you bestowed upon the human race  the rewards of eternal salvation; 
grant, we beg you, that we may feel the power of her intercession,
through whom we have been made worthy  to receive the Author of life,
our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.
Amen.


From Candlemass to the End of the Holy Week


[From Candlemass to Easter (through Holy Week):]


Lord, take away the sins of your people.
may the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us,
for alone and unaided
we cannot hope to please you.
fill our hearts with your love,
and as you revealed to us by an angel
the coming of your Son as man,
so lead us through his suffering and death
to the glory of his resurrection,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
AMEN.


During Eastertide


[From Easter day through Pentecost, and throughout the octave of Pentecost if it is celebrated:]


God our Father, you give joy to the world
by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary,
bring us to the happiness of eternal life.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
AMEN.


Prayer for the Holy Father


Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
give to Your shepherd, Pope [name],
a spirit of courage and of right judgement,
a spirit of knowledge and of love.  

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care,,
may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and as vicar of Christ,
build Your church into a sacrament of unity,
love, and peace for all the world.

  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.


Closing Invocations

[You may replace the word “Filipino” in the following with your family name.]

V. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
R. Keep the Filipino family.
V. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
R. Save the Filipino family.
V. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
R. Bless the Filipino family.


Sign of the Cross


In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.