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The Dominican Rosary

The Dominican Rosary begins in a fashion similar to the Liturgy of the Hours, and without the 18th Century additions (the Apostles' Creed, one Our Father, three Hail Marys, one Glory Be and the optional Fatima Prayer). It is often prayed antiphonally - in a call-and-response format.

Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...

Congregation: Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

L: O Lord, open my lips

C: And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

L: God come to my assistance

C: Lord make haste to help me

L: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

C: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever, amen. Alleluia. 


Each set of prayers (One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory Be, One optional Fatima Prayer) comprises one Decade; Five Decades, prayed consecutively is the normal division of a Rosary. (See: Mysteries of the Rosary, Common Rosary). In praying five Decades, the Leader and Congregation parts often alternate - the Congregation prays the Leader part during the second and fourth Decade. If the Optional Fatima Prayer is prayed, it is prayed all together. 

Leader: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Congregation: 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.

L: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 

C: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death, Amen. 

L: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

C: as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever, Amen. 


All: Oh 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, Amen. 


At the conclusion of the fifth Decade, the Leader begins the Hail Holy Queen, and is joined in that prayer by the whole congregation. At the conclusion of that prayer, the Leader asks the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary to pray for those assembled, and the congregation provides the justification of that prayer. 

L: Hail Holy Queen...

All: Mother of Mercy. Hail 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. Oh clement, oh loving, oh sweet virgin Mary.

L: Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us. 

All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 


Finally, all who know the concluding prayer offer that prayer together. The leader concludes the Rosary with three invocations, answered with the Congregation's threefold 'Amen.' 

L: Let us pray...

All: Oh 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, that we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord, Amen. 

L: May the divine assistance remain with us always.

All: Amen.

L: May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

All: Amen.

L: May the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, descend upon us, and remain with us forever.


All: Amen. 

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