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59 Beads

Why does a rosary have 59 beads? What do they mean? How do the decades work?

First of all, there are 53 Hail Mary beads and 6 Our Father beads. As you pray, you hold one bead at a time, moving from one to the next. So if you're holding an Our Father bead (crystal beads in the diagram below), you pray the Our Father. If you're holding a Hail Mary bead (black beads in the diagram below), you pray the Hail Mary. Those are the basics; 59 prayers. Plus, there are a few additional prayers as shown below (#1, #6, #18, and #22).

The full text of all prayers, in order, is available on my "How To Pray The Rosary" page. Continue here to see what you should hold and when.

Using the diagram below as a reference, follow these steps. Note that #6 and #18 in the diagram are spots where you hold the chain, not a bead.

Always begin with the sign of the cross.

1. Hold the crucifix, pray the Apostle's Creed.
2. Hold the first Our Father bead and pray.
3-5. Hold each of the next three Hail Mary beads and pray on each.
6. Hold the chain (between 5 and 7), pray the Glory Be.
7. Begin the first decade by holding the next Our Father bead. Introduce the first mystery and pray the Our Father.
8. Now skip to the first Hail Mary bead of the first decade, and pray.
9-17. Hold each of the next nine Hail Mary beads, praying on each.
18. Hold the chain (between 17 and 19 below), pray the Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.
19. Continue with the next Our Father bead, introduce the second mystery and pray the Our Father.
20. Hold each of the next ten Hail Mary beads, and continue as you did above.
21. Continue with each of the remaining four decades.
22. After the final decade, hold the centerpiece and pray Hail Holy Queen and O God.

Always finish with the sign of the cross.

rosary diagram

59 BEADS license plate

 

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 God, the Father almighty. He shall come again 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.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

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.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 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.

Hail Holy Queen...

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 vale 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. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 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.

O God...

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 by meditating upon 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.

Sign of the Cross

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