INTRODUCTORY METHOD BEFORE THE ROSARY


    SO AS TO MAKE the recitation of the Holy Rosary easier for you, here are several methods which will help you to say it in a good and holy way, together with meditation on the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of Jesus and Mary. Choose whichever method pleases you and helps you the most: you can make one up yourself, if you like, as several holy people have done before now.

METHODS OF SAYING THE MOST
HOLY ROSARY SO AS TO DRAW UPON
OUR SOULS THE GRACE OF THE
MYSTERIES OF THE LIFE, PASSION
AND GLORY OF JESUS AND MARY

First Method

    This method varies slightly from that which is now well known. Saint Louis modified it during his lifetime, but it is given here because it is to be found in the original manuscript of this book.

        The following prayer, revealed to the three children of Fatima by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, is now added following the Glory be to the Father at the end of each decade:

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

        FIRST, say the "Come, Holy Ghost" . . . and then make your OFFERING OF THE ROSARY:

          I unite myself with all the Saints in Heaven, and with all the just on earth; I unite myself with Thee, my Jesus, in order to praise Thy Holy Mother worthily and to praise Thee in her and by her. I renounce all the distractions that may come to me while I am saying this Rosary.

          Oh, Blessed Virgin Mary, we offer thee this Creed in order to honor the faith that thou didst have upon earth and to ask thee to have us share in the same faith.

          Oh Lord; we offer Thee this Our Father so as to adore Thee in Thy oneness and to recognize Thee as the first cause and the last end of all things.

          Most Holy Trinity, we offer Thee these three Hail Marys so as to thank Thee for all the graces which Thou hast given to Mary and those which Thou hast given us through her intercession.

    The Apostles' Creed, One Our Father, Three Hail Marys, and a Glory be to the Father . . .

        From page 109 and 110
        Nihil Obstat, Gulielmus F. Hughes, S.T.L., Censor Librorium
        Imprimatur, Thomas Edmundus Molloy, S.T.D., Archiepiscopus-Episcopus Brooklyniensis, 1954
        For more, see The Holy Rosary


    St. Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort's The Secret of the Rosary