How do I pray the Rosary for a deceased person?

I’m trying to pray the Rosary for a deceased person. I found a blog that had an article which explained how to do it, but it was unclear whether you’re still supposed to reflect on the Mysteries of the day or focus on the deceased person. It was kind of unclear. I can’t post links here but the article was called “Pray a Novena Rosary For A Deceased Person.” If someone could maybe read it or just give me some guidance I would be very appreciative. Thank you.

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I take it you mean this thing:

I find that post to be pretty confusing myself, and I pray the 54-day novena quite often (I’m in the middle of one now).

Let’s find you a better page.

I like this Scriptural Rosary for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. You’re supposed to think of the mysteries during it, and the scripture will help you do so. You can mention the name of your specific deceased soul any place it talks about the souls in purgatory generally, like you can say, “the souls in purgatory and especially my deceased loved one Joe Smith” etc.

You don’t have to say it for 54 days. If you want to do a novena, then it’s usually one rosary a day for 9 days. (The 54-day Rosary Novena is a rather advanced form of rosary prayer. I don’t recommend it to people who aren’t very experienced at praying the rosary.)

If you have basic questions about how to pray a Rosary, how to do the beginning prayers etc then check out the home page at as it has an Introductory section for absolute beginners.

Thank you so much, that’s a much better page. One more question: do I need to say the Apostles Creed or Fatima Prayer or just get started with the decades? It doesn’t say so and I just want to make sure I get this right. Also, am I supposed to meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries even though it’s Wednesday? Sorry, I’m obviously new here:grinning:

Thank you so much, that’s a much better page. One more question: do I need to say the Apostles Creed or Fatima Prayer or just get started with the decades? It doesn’t say so and I just want to make sure I get this right. Also, am I supposed to meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries even though it’s Wednesday? Sorry, I’m obviously new here:grinning:

Here’s where the Creed and the other prayers go. You start with the Sign of the Cross, then the Creed, then an Our Father (traditionally this is said for the Holy Father), then three Hail Marys (traditionally these are said for an increase in Faith, Hope and Charity) and then the Glory Be, then get started on the decades.

If you wish to say the Fatima Prayer, it is said on the bead of each Glory Be, immediately after each Glory Be.

After the end of the fifth decade, you may close with a Hail Holy Queen on the “heart shaped” center piece shown in the picture. If you wish, you may also say the rosary closing prayer on the cross; the closing prayer goes, “O God, whose only begotten Son through his life, death and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant that by meditating on these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord, Amen.”

Then make the ending Sign of the Cross and you’re done.

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Regarding “which mysteries”, you can say whatever mysteries you like on any day of the week. Rosaries for the Poor Souls are traditionally sorrowful, but you can say one of the other sets of mysteries too. The mysteries assigned to each day are usually used by people who are saying a rosary every day to make sure they cover all the mysteries. Like if I pray with a rosary group at church, on Monday they will say Joyful, on Tuesday they will say Sorrowful, on Wednesday Glorious, on Thursday Luminous, etc. If you’re just praying on your own you can pick which ones you want.

If you should get confused, feel free to select a rosary video on Youtube to pray along with.
Mother Angelica’s rosaries are pretty good for the beginner. If she prays too slow for you, adjust the speed in the Youtube video menu.

Father Patrick Peyton also has some good rosary videos. Just be aware that instead of Hail Holy Queen at the end, he uses the “Sub Tuum Praesidium” (“We fly to thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God”) Mary prayer.

Thank you for your help. I found a good video on youtube for praying for the deceased where the priest meditates on the Sorrowful mysteries. I’ll probably use it for the next 8 days, as I just finished the first and it went really well. Unless I need to change it every day, but I don’t think you do if I’m understanding your response.

Thanks again and God bless you.

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You don’t need to change it. I think I have used the same video with that priest. That one is pretty good if it’s the same one I am thinking of. I have to say a Rosary for the Holy Souls every Monday for a devotion and I try to use different videos and web pages so it’s not the same thing every week.

God bless and may your particular holy souls that you pray for rest in peace.

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You can pray any set of mysteries on any day of the week.

However, here is the normal daily schedule for praying the Rosary, and the sequences for each set of Mysteries:

The Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries (Prayed on Mondays and Saturdays)

I. The Annunciation
II. The Visitation
III. The Nativity
IV. The Presentation
V. The Finding in the Temple

The Luminous Mysteries/The Mysteries of Light (Prayed on Thursdays)

I. The Baptism in the Jordan
II. The Wedding at Cana
III. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
IV. The Transfiguration
V. The Institution of the Eucharist

The Sorrowful Mysteries (Prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays)

I. The Agony in the Garden
II. The Scourging at the Pillar
III. The Crowning with Thorns
IV. The Carrying of the Cross
V. The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries (Prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

I. The Resurrection
II. The Ascension
III. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
IV. The Assumption
V. The Coronation

Note: If you do not pray the Luminous Mysteries, when you pray the Rosary, then you would pray the Joyful Mysteries on Thursday, and the Glorious Mysteries on Saturday. Everything else stays the same, when it comes to the normal daily schedule for praying the Rosary.

Also, the liturgical season that we are in may also determine which set of Mysteries some people pray (For instance, the Joyful Mysteries during Advent and the Christmas Season, the Sorrowful Mysteries during Lent and the Triduum, or the Glorious Mysteries during the Easter Season).

Here’s how to follow along on the Rosary beads.

Fr. Mitch Pacwa and Mother Angelica (as another person had suggested) both have programs on EWTN, where they pray the Rosary. I recommend watching those programs, as they are good resources (Fr. Pacwa, though, toward the end of the Rosary doesn’t pray the “Let us pray. O God, whose only begotten Son…”).

Also, after the Concluding Prayer of the Rosary (“Let us pray. O God, whose only begotten Son…”), Mother Angelica says the following prayer: “May the divine assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

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