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Holy Rosary - Santo Rosario - Sainte Rosaire

Praying the rosary we contemplate 20 mysteries at the heart of our Christian faith. Each mystery is reflected upon during a decade, made up of 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and 1 Glory Be. There are:

5 Joyful Mysteries: the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation of Jesus & Finding of Jesus in the Temple;

5 Luminous Mysteries: the Baptism of Jesus, Wedding at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, Transfiguration & Institution of the Eucharist;

5 Sorrowful Mysteries: the Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, Crowning with thorns, Carrying of the Cross & Crucifixion;

and 5 Glorious Mysteries: the Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, Assumption of Mary & Coronation of Mary.

The Luminous Mysteries were introduced by Blessed John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae. Blessed John XXIII, Pius XII & Pius XI each wrote an encyclical on the rosary: Grata Recordatio (in 1959), Ingruentium Malorum on Reciting the Rosary & Ingravescentibus Malis (in 1937). Pope Leo XIII wrote 10 encyclicals on the rosary: Supremi Apostolatus Officio on Devotion of the Rosary, Superiore Anno on the Recitation of the Rosary, Vi e Ben Noto on the Rosary & Public Life, Octobri Mense ( in 1891), Magnae dei Matris (in 1892), Laetitiae Sanctae on commending devotion to the Rosary, Iucucnda Semper Expectatione (in 1894), Adiutricem (in 1895), Fidentem Piumque Animum (in 1896) & Diuturni Temporis (in 1898).

Here Totus2us's rosary recordings in English, French, Italian & Spanish are grouped together by mystery (with the full text of the Scriptural Rosary in English). Also included are other Totus2us mp3 reflections on the mysteries, plus quotes from Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
You can download the free mp3 audio recordings individually by right/double clicking on the play buttons

First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation

Primo Mistero Gaudioso - L'Annunciazione
Primer Misterio Gozoso - La Anunciación
Premier Mystère Joyeux - L'Annonciation

Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation

Secondo Mistero Gaudioso - La Visitazione di Maria a Santa Elisabetta
Segundo Misterio Gozoso - La Visitación de nuestra Señora a su prima Isabel
Deuxième Mystère Joyeux - Visite de la Vierge Marie à sa cousine Élisabeth

Third Joyful Mystery - The Nativity

Terzo Mistero Gaudioso - La Nascita di Gesù nella grotta di Betlemme
Tercer Misterio Gozoso - El Nacimiento del Hijo de Dios en el portal de Belén
Troisième Mystère Joyeux - La Naissance de Jésus dans la grotte de Bethléem

Fourth Joyful Mystery - The Presentation of Jesus

Quarto Mistero Gaudioso - La Presentazione di Gesù al Tempio
Cuarto Misterio Gozoso - La presentación de Jesús en el Templo
Quatrième Mystère Joyeux - Jésus est présenté au temple par Marie et Joseph

Fifth Joyful Mystery - Finding Jesus in the Temple

Quinto Mistero Gaudioso - Il Ritrovamento di Gesù nel Tempio
Quinto Misterio Gozoso - El Niño Jesús perdido y hallado en el Templo
Cinquième Mystère Joyeux - Jésus retrouvé dans le temple

1st JOYFUL Mystery

1st JOYFUL Mystery

1st Joyful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of awe. More >

2nd JOYFUL Mystery

2nd JOYFUL Mystery

2nd Joyful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of joy. More >

3rd JOYFUL Mystery

3rd JOYFUL Mystery

3rd Joyful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the spirit of poverty. More >

4th JOYFUL Mystery

4th JOYFUL Mystery

4th Joyful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of reverence. More >

5th JOYFUL Mystery

5th JOYFUL Mystery

5th Joyful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of wisdom. More >

1st LUMINOUS Mystery

1st LUMINOUS Mystery

1st Luminous Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of faith. More >

2nd LUMINOUS Mystery

2nd LUMINOUS Mystery

2nd Luminous Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of obedience. More >

3rd LUMINOUS Mystery

3rd LUMINOUS Mystery

3rd Luminous Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of conversion. More >

4th LUMINOUS Mystery

4th LUMINOUS Mystery

4th Luminous Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of hope. More >

5th LUMINOUS Mystery

5th LUMINOUS Mystery

5th Luminous Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of love. More >

1st SORROWFUL Mystery

1st SORROWFUL Mystery

1st Sorrowful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of courage. More >

2nd SORROWFUL Mystery

2nd SORROWFUL Mystery

2nd Sorrowful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of repentance of our sins. More >

3rd SORROWFUL Mystery

3rd SORROWFUL Mystery

3rd Sorrowful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of gentleness. More >

4th SORROWFUL Mystery

4th SORROWFUL Mystery

4th Sorrowful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of counsel and right judgement. More >

5th SORROWFUL Mystery

5th SORROWFUL Mystery

5th Sorrowful Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of mercy. More >

1st GLORIOUS Mystery

1st GLORIOUS Mystery

1st Glorious Mystery - by the gift of this mystery, we ask for the gift of understanding. More >

2nd GLORIOUS Mystery

2nd GLORIOUS Mystery

2nd Glorious Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift to hunger and thirst for what is right. More >

3rd GLORIOUS Mystery

3rd GLORIOUS Mystery

3rd Glorious Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. More >

4th GLORIOUS Mystery

4th GLORIOUS Mystery

By the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of purity of heart. More >

5th GLORIOUS Mystery

5th GLORIOUS Mystery

5th Glorious Mystery - by the grace of this mystery, we ask for the gift of peace. More >





























Pope Francis at the General Audience in the Jubilee of Mercy
Wednesday 24 August 2016 - in Arabic, Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese & Spanish

"I had prepared the Catechesis for today, as for all Wednesdays during this Year of Mercy, focusing on the closeness of Jesus. However, on hearing the news of the earthquake that struck central Italy, which has devastated entire areas and left many wounded, I cannot fail to express my heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness to all those present in the zones affected. I also express my condolences to those who have lost loved ones and my spiritual support to those who are anxious and afraid. Hearing the Mayor of Amatrice say that “the town no longer exists”, and learning that there are children among the dead, I am deeply saddened.

For this reason I want to assure all the people of Accumoli, Amatrice, and beyond, in the Dioceses of Rieti, Ascoli Piceno, and all the people of Lazio, Umbria and le Marche, of the prayer and close solidarity of the entire Church who in these moments extends her maternal love. We too present in this square offer you our embrace.

In thanking all the volunteer and rescue personnel who are assisting these people, I ask you to join me in praying to the Lord Jesus, who is always moved by compassion before the reality of human suffering, that he may console the broken hearted and, by the intercession of the Virgin Mary, bring them peace.

With Jesus let our hearts be moved with compassion.

And so we will postpone this week’s catechesis to next Wednesday. I invite you to pray with me a part of the Holy Rosary, the Sorrowful Mysteries:

1. Jesus’ Agony in the Garden;
2. The Scourging at the Pillar;
3. The Crowning of Thorns;
4. Jesus carries his Cross to Calvary;
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus."


"Je salue cordialement les pèlerins de langue française. A la veille de la fête de Saint Louis, je prie particulièrement pour le peuple de France, et pour ses dirigeants. Avec confiance osons nous approcher de Jésus, malgré nos hontes et nos faiblesses : il nous invite à l’espérance et il nous accueille avec miséricorde. Que Dieu vous bénisse et vous garde !

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from Ireland, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States of America. My special greeting goes to the members of the International Paralympic Committee and the athletes preparing for the forthcoming Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. I also greet the participants in the General Assembly promoted by the World Conference of Secular Institutes. With prayerful good wishes that the present Jubilee of Mercy will be a moment of grace and spiritual renewal for you and your families, I invoke upon all of you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an alle Pilger deutscher Sprache. Wir berühren Jesus, wenn wir hinausgehen, um den Brüdern und Schwestern in Not zu helfen. So wird in der Berührung mit Christus, dem Heiland, unser Leben erneuert. Gott segne euch alle.

Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, en particular a los venidos de España y Latinoamérica. Los invito a salir al encuentro de las necesidades del prójimo, para que cada uno de nosotros pueda experimentar en su vida la mirada misericordiosa de Dios, y ser curado en el cuerpo y en el espíritu, recuperando la dignidad de ser hijos de un mismo Padre. Muchas gracias.

Saúdo os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, do Brasil e de Portugal. Queridos amigos, Jesus vos chama a levar aos outros a alegria do Evangelho, que nos ensina que homens e mulheres participam da mesma dignidade, porque somos todos uma só coisa em Cristo Jesus! Que Deus vos abençoe a todos!

أتوجه بتحية حارة للحجاج الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة القادمين من مصر والعراق والشرق ‏الأوسط. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ‏ويحرسكم من الشرير!‏

Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, przechodząc przez Świętą Bramę miłosierdzia pamiętajcie, że Chrystus jest jedynym źródłem błogosławieństwa, z którego wypływa zbawienie dla wszystkich ludzi, a wiara, nadzieja i miłość uzdalniają nas do przyjęcia tej łaski. Z serca wam błogosławię."


"In recent weeks international observers have expressed concern for the exacerbation of the situation in eastern Ukraine. Today, while that dear nation celebrates its national holiday, which coincides this year with the 25th anniversary of independence, I assure my prayers for peace and I renew my appeal to all parties involved and to the international bodies to strengthen initiatives to resolve the conflict, to release hostages and respond to the humanitarian emergency.

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Dò il benvenuto ai pellegrini di lingua italiana! Accolgo i partecipanti al Congresso che celebra i 50 anni di attività dell’Associazione Teologica Italiana per lo Studio della Morale e li esorto a spezzare il pane della misericordia nell’insegnamento di tale importante disciplina. Saluto i gruppi parrocchiali; i seminaristi di Verona; i partecipanti al congresso di esperanto e l’Associazione Amici dei bambini di Mezzano di San Giuliano Milanese.

Lastly I address a thought to young people, to the sick and to newlyweds. Today is the Feast Day of the Apostle St Bartholomew. Dear young people, learn from him that true strength is humility; dear sick people, do not tire of asking in prayer for the Lord’s help; and you, dear newlyweds, vie to esteem and help one another."

The Rosary      

Fr John Edwards SJ: "The prayer is happening at a fifth level, at the contemplation level. Sounds great. Contemplation, what is that? It sounds very mystical. Contemplation is hanging on to God with the will, not with the feelings (God help us, no), not with the imagination, not even with the thinking, but with the wanting, with the willing, with the faith. The contact with God is in faith. It's what you know, not what you feel, and what you do about what you know, that links you to God. And it's at that level that prayer is happening. And the rosary is a very sophisticated device for contemplating with." (Length of talk: 3 mins; given in '80s ie before JPII introduced Luminous Mysteries)

John Paul II and the Rosary

"From my youthful years this prayer has held an important place in my spiritual life... The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty.  To it I have entrusted any number of concerns; in it I have always found comfort.  24 years ago, scarcely 2 weeks after my election .. I frankly admitted: "The Rosary is my favourite prayer.  A marvellous prayer!  Marvellous in its simplicity and its depth.. Against the background of the words Ave Maria the prinicipal events of the life of Jesus Christ pass before the eyes of the soul.  They take shape in the mysteries, and they put us in living communion with Jesus through - we might say - the heart of his Mother.  At the same time our heart can embrace in the decades of the Rosary all the events that make up the lives of individuals, families, nations, the Church, and all mankind.  Our personal concerns and those of our neighbour, especially those who are closest to us, who are dearest to us.  Thus the simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life"...How many graces have I received in these years from the Blessed Virgin through the Rosary: Magnificat anima mea Dominum!  I wish to lift up my thanks to the Lord in the words of his Most Holy Mother, under whose protection I have placed my Petrine ministry:Totus Tuus!"

JPII - in his apostolic letter in 2002 on the rosary 'Rosarium Virginis Maria' (which you can also read in Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish).

Pope Benedict XVI - at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
- address before praying the rosary - in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

".. Brothers and sisters, in this place it is amazing to think how three children entrusted themselves to the interior force which had enflamed them in the apparitions of the Angel and of our heavenly Mother. In this place where we were repeatedly requested to recite the rosary, let us allow ourselves to be attracted by the mysteries of Christ, the mysteries of Mary’s rosary. The recitation of the rosary allows us to fix our gaze and our hearts upon Jesus, just like his Mother, the supreme model of contemplation of the Son. Meditating upon the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries as we pray our Hail Marys, let us reflect upon the interior mystery of Jesus, from the Incarnation, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection; let us contemplate the intimate participation of Mary in the mystery of our life in Christ today, a life which is also made up of joy and sorrow, of darkness and light, of fear and hope. Grace invades our hearts, provoking a wish for an incisive and evangelical change of life so that we can say with Saint Paul: “For me to live is Christ” (Phil 1:21) in a communion of life and destiny with Christ."

Our Lady has 117 titles but at Fatima she said: "I am the Lady of the Rosary."

St Francis de Sales said the greatest method of praying is - pray the rosary.

St Thomas Aquinas preached for 40 days in Rome on just the Hail Mary.

St John Vianney, patron of priests, was seldom seen without a rosary in his hand.

Pope Adrian VI - "The rosary is the scourge of the devil."

Pope Paul V - "The Rosary is a treasure of graces."

St Padre Pio - "The Rosary is THE WEAPON."

Pope Leo XIII wrote 9 encyclicals on the rosary.

Pope John XXIII spoke 38 times about Our Lady and the Rosary. He prayed 15 decades daily.

St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort - "The rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who so loves His Mother."

Fergus, from London      
"When I say the rosary, I just feel a big maternal presence caring for me, like my Mum but just more. For me, praying the rosary has helped change my life a lot because it's helped make my faith a way of living and not just a theory. It gives me a really good gateway to think about what Jesus did in his life and try and implement it and relate it into my own life. And it's so easy to pray to - I can be just walking down the street, and if I'm feeling low, I need a bit of reassurance and help, I can just go into my pocket and bring out the beads."