The Pro-Life Rosary...
The Joyful Mysteries...
1. The Annunciation...
The Angel Gabriel came to Mary saying, "Rejoice, so highly favored. The Lord
is with you. Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favor. Listen! You
are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus." Mary accepted
God's plan, and was overjoyed to conceive the Son of God. Her womb became a
Mary, we pray that all mothers who are with child will respect their
privilege as you did. We pray that the laws of nations and social attitudes
will encourage all expectant mothers and protect their unborn babies. May
all expectant mothers proclaim, "I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let what you
have said be done to me." Mary, you know that God alone gives the gift of
life. Help all abortionists to realize that only God has the right to take life.
2. The Visitation...
Mary had heard from Gabriel of Elizabeth becoming pregnant, despite her
advanced years. And so the Holy Virgin went to stay with her. "Of all
women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
exclaimed Elizabeth. The two holy women treasured the new lives growing
Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist, please pray to Jesus that our
society will treasure every human life from conception till natural death.
3. The Birth of Jesus...
Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, in obedience to the command of Caesar
Augustus. Mary's time had come, but only a stable was available for lodging.
There was no room at the inn.
Mary, in our day there are many expectant mothers with no proper place to
have and raise their children. Society would rather they destroyed the child
instead. Grant courage to those in such need, and teach our civil
authorities to act humanely and responsibly.
4. The Presentation in the Temple...
Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple, in obedience to the law of
Moses. They presented the Child to God, his Father. Simeon rejoiced to see
the light of the world, but spoke also of Jesus as a sign of contradiction,
and foretold the sword of sorrow that would pierce Mary's heart.
We pray that all babies be privileged to come to birth and then to baptism
in their parish Church. May all mothers praise and thank God for their children.
5. Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple...
On coming of age Jesus' first act is to be about his Father's business. His
second is to submit himself to Mary and Joseph as an act of free and mature
deliberation. His three days' absence from them foreshadows his absence in
the tomb. Mary treasures all these things in her heart. Her Son has given
her much to ponder.
Jesus, teach all mothers to choose to be with their children and renounce
the violent separation of abortion. Comfort all those who suffer the
separation of bereavement.
The Sorrowful Mysteries...
1. The Agony in Garden...
The night before he died, Jesus went to the lonely garden of Gethsemane. He
took his closest friends and asked them repeatedly to watch with him. He
prayed that if possible, his Father might remove this cup of suffering from
him. But aware of the dominance of evil in men's hearts he knew how much
atonement was needed. Each time he looked, his friends were asleep. At
such a crisis how could they sleep?
Today, Christ is crucified again each time an infant is aborted: what we do
to the least of his brethren, we do to him. Must we also fall asleep?
Rather, let us watch and pray.
2. The Scourging at the Pillar...
The chief priests envied Jesus' message, all truth and light. But if they
accepted his leadership how would the Romans react? Better to sacrifice one
innocent man than set the whole nation at risk. Best hand him over to the
Romans, to be scourged and crucified.
Most proabortionists are too respectable to do themselves what they
advocate: they hand over the baby to others to be mutilated and killed.
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
3. Jesus is Crowned With Thorns...
Our Lady came to Fatima with a message for us all: pray the Rosary daily for
peace. Do much penance in reparation for the sins of the world.
Jesus has endured enough insult and pain already: we must not continue to
heap these upon him. Thorns from enemies were terrible: insults from
friends are even worse. How painful for him to receive back, a tortured,
mutilated baby, when he sent a unique gift of life.
4. Jesus Carries His Cross...
Jesus set out for Calvary, laden with his own cross, like a lamb to the
slaughter. He had been given a couple of token trials, before the Sanhedrin
and Pilate. But they were only gestures: the minds of the intellectuals had
been made up. His death would solve a problem. He was ready for all this.
He had taught that what was hidden from the wise and prudent was revealed to
Some little ones suffer like him: death without trial. Like Jesus, their
death would solve a problem. Mothers should weep for themselves and for
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus...
Jesus suffered a long, cruel, agonizing death. Throughout he stayed true to
his Father. He stayed true to all he had said, true to his love for us.
The bystanders heard his words of love and forgiveness, of concern for his
mother, of the gift of a mother to a sinful family. But he cried, "Father,
why hast thou forsaken me?" How could his people let him feel so abandoned?
Jesus suffers again each time a baby suffers the cruel and agonizing death
of an abortion and feels the abandonment of its mother. Let us not now
abandon him or them.
The Glorious Mysteries...
1. The Resurrection...
It is truly Jesus risen from the dead: he shows the wounds in his hands, his
feet, his side. Gradually men must come to recognize his love. He died for
each one of us. He would have died for only one of us.
Such is the value of each human life from conception to natural death.
Jesus' rising from the dead should raise our awareness of the value of our
neighbor no matter how tiny.
2. The Ascension...
The time has come for Jesus to take his seat at his Father's right hand. A
crowd assembles on the mountain. We learn that we are not to be left
alone. Jesus will be with us till the end of time. His Spirit will come
and strengthen and enlighten, so that we shall be the light of the world.
How dark the world is today. It thinks that the deeds done in the darkness
of the womb are done in secret. Jesus, the light of the world, will reveal
in the light of his presence, all that is done in darkness. Jesus, help us
hold them to the light and show those blinded to the truth the lovely
tenderness of your unborn babes.
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit...
The Apostles gathered in the upper room. They had their message, but could
not yet act on it. They must await further power from on high. It was the
Spirit who drove them into the streets to proclaim their risen Lord.
Lord, like the Apostles, the prolife workforce of today can do nothing
alone. Send us the abundant gifts of your Spirit that we too may be driven
into the streets to proclaim the humanity of the unborn.
4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven...
We praise God for raising his mother, both body and soul to heaven, sharing
with her first the fruits of his resurrection. Now she prays for us, and He
is sure to listen.
Mary, pray for your children that all may live in peace and love. May
simple love conquer the modern ethic of expedience, with its demarcation
line between valuable and disposable people. May all pass through natural
death to the resurrection. May all have the opportunity to work out their
5. The Coronation of Mary...
We honor the Queen, mother of the King, closest collaborator in the work of
our redemption. We honor the saints who have completed their earthly
pilgrimage, and we seek the help of all their prayers.
Mary, we trust that all the infants executed before birth are safely with
you, enjoying the vision of God. They were not baptized with water, but
neither were the Holy Innocents. Tell your Son that they are all martyrs of
the modern Herods.
The Apostles Creed...
I believe in God, the Father, the 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
arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right
hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall 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.
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.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.
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.
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.
O My Jesus...
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.
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 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.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
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 in meditating on the mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what
the promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to St. Michael Archangel...
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of Battle; be our protection
against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we
humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of
God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the
world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy...
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the
ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable
Divine Mercy, envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
All (three times):
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fount of
mercy for us, I trust in YOU!
On each Large Bead:
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your
Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ
In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On each small bead:
Leader: For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion
All: Have Mercy on us and on the whole world.
After the 5th decade say 3 times:
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy on us
and on the whole world.
Jesus, I trust in You!