Alternative Rosary and Prayers for Thursday


Prayers Before the Rosary



Sign of the Cross


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


The Divine Praises


Blessed be God.
Blessed be His holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Consoler.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.


Heart of Jesus


May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
be praised, adored, and loved
with grateful affection, at every moment,
in all the tabernacles of the world,
even to the end of time.
Amen.


Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary


My dearest Mother Mary,
behold me, your child,
in prayer at your feet.
Accept this Holy Rosary,
which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima,
as a proof of my tender love for you,
for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart,
and for this special favour
which I earnestly request in my Rosary:

(State your intention(s) here...)

I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son.
If you will pray for me,
I cannot be refused.
I know, dearest Mother,
that you want me to seek God’s holy Will concerning my request.
If what I ask for should not be granted,
pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.

I offer you this spiritual “Bouquet of Roses” because I love you.
I put all my confidence in you,
since your prayers before God are most powerful.
For the greater glory of God
and for the sake of Jesus,
your loving Son,
hear and grant my prayer.

Sweet Heart of Mary,
be my salvation.





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 Luminous Mysteries



The First Luminous Mystery – The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most faithful Spouse,
grant me the grace of openness to Your guidance
and faithfulness to my baptismal vows.


John the Baptist appeared in the desert
proclaiming a baptism of repentance
for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him
in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
And this is what he proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the holy Spirit.”
Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water
he saw the heavens being torn open
and the Spirit, like a dove,
descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”
(MK 1:4-5,7a,8-9*,10-11)


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
who washes away our sins and renews us through the Holy Spirit.
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 Luminous Mystery – The First Miracle at the wedding Feast of Cana


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most benevolent Mother,
grant me the grace of fidelity and generosity in your service,
so as to be transformed from the common to the finest.


There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
When the wine gave out,
the mother of Jesus said to him,
“They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her,
“Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?
My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants,
“Do whatever he tells you.”
Now standing there were six stone water jars
for the Jewish rites of purification,
each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
Jesus said to them,
“Fill the jars with water.”
And they filled them up to the brim.
He said to them, “Now draw some out,
and take it to the chief steward.”
When the steward tasted the water that had become wine,
and did not know where it came from
the steward called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Everyone serves the good wine first,
and then the inferior wine
after the guests have become drunk.
But you have kept the good wine until now.
Jesus did this,
the first of his signs,
in Cana of Galilee,
and revealed his glory;
and his disciples believed in him.
(Jn 2:1*,3-8*,9*-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
who manifested his power at your intercession in Cana.
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 Luminous Mystery – The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the Call to Conversion


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most merciful Daughter,
grant me the grace of trusting in your mercy,
awareness of your kingdom within us,
and true repentance.


From that time Jesus began to proclaim,
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus went throughout Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues
and proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom
and curing every disease
and every sickness among the people.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted
for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
(Mt 4:17,23,25,5:-2-10)


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 leads us to Heaven and a deeper understanding of His mercy.
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 Luminous Mystery – The Transfiguration of our Lord


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most radiant Mother,
grant me the grace of spiritual courage
and the desire for holiness.


Jesus took with him Peter and John and James,
and went up on the mountain to pray.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his face shone like the sun,
and his clothes became dazzling white.
Suddenly they saw two men,
Moses and Elijah, talking to him.
Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good for us to be here;
let us make three dwellings,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking,
suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them,
and from the cloud a voice said,
“This is my Son, the Beloved;
with him I am well pleased;
listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this,
they fell to the ground
and were overcome by fear.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Get up and do not be afraid.”
(Lk 9:28; Mt 17:2; Lk 9:30,33*; Mt 17:5-7)


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
transfigured and shining as white as light.
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 Luminous Mystery – The Institution of the Holy Eucharist in the Last Supper


Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Your most loving Mother,
grant me the grace of a deep and intimate love for You
in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,
where You give us Your body and blood.


Then [Jesus] took a loaf of bread
and when he had given thanks,
he broke it and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body,
which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
Then he took a cup,
and after giving thanks
he gave it to them, saying,
“Drink from it, all of you;
for this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins.”

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats of this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life,
and I will raise them up on the last day.”
(Lk 22:19; Mt 26:27-28; Jn 6:51,54)


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 gave us his Body and Blood.
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 Luminous Mysteries,
come down into our souls
and make them actively reflect
Christ, our Light.


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 Most Holy Name of Jesus


VersicleResponse
Lord, have mercy,Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy,Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy,Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, hear us,Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us,Jesus, 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.
Jesus, Son of the living God,have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father,have mercy on us.
Jesus, brightness of eternal light,have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of glory,have mercy on us.
Jesus, sun of Justice,have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary,have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable,have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable,have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God,have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the world to come,have mercy on us.
Jesus, angel of great council,have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful,have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient,have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient,have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart,have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of chastity,have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us,have mercy on Us.
Jesus, God of peace,have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of life,have mercy on us.
Jesus, model of virtue,have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous for souls,have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God,have mercy on us.
Jesus, our refuge,have mercy on us.
Jesus, father of the poor,have mercy on us.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful,have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd,have mercy on us.
Jesus, true light,have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal wisdom,have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite goodness,have mercy on us.
Jesus, our way and our life,have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of the Angels,have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs,have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles,have mercy on us.
Jesus, teacher of the Evangelists,have mercy on us.
Jesus, strength of Martyrs,have mercy on us.
Jesus, light of Confessors,have mercy on us.
Jesus, purity of Virgins,have mercy on us.
Jesus, crown of all Saints,have mercy on us.
Be merciful,spare us, O Jesus.
Be merciful,graciously hear us, O Jesus.
From all evil,deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin,deliver us, O Jesus.
From Your wrath,deliver us, O Jesus.
From the snares of the devil,deliver us, O Jesus.
From the spirit of fornication,deliver us, O Jesus.
From everlasting death,deliver us, O Jesus.
From the neglect of Your inspirations,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the mystery of Your holy Incarnation,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your Nativity,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your Infancy,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your most divine Life,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your labors,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your agony and passion,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your cross and dereliction,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your sufferings,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your death and burial,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your Resurrection,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your Ascension,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your institution of the most Holy Eucharist,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your joys,deliver us, O Jesus.
Through Your glory,deliver us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,have mercy on us, O Jesus.


V. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.


Let us pray:


O Lord Jesus Christ, You have said,
“Ask, and you shall receive,
seek, and you shall find,
knock, and it shall be opened to you.”
mercifully attend to our supplications,
and grant us the grace of Your most divine love,
that we may ever love You with all our hearts,
and in all our words and actions,
and never cease to praise You.  

Give us, O Lord, a perpetual fear
and love of Your holy name,
for You never fail to govern those
whom You have solidly established in Your love.
You, Who live and reign forever and ever.

Amen.


Anima Christi


Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Separated from Thee, let me never be.
From the evil one, protect me.
At the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me to come to Thee,
that with Thy saints I may praise Thee,
for all eternity.
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.