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Rosary Prayer Service

Rosary Prayer Service

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Praying the rosary is a Catholic funeral service usually held on the evening prior to the burial of a loved one.  The family will use this time to pray the rosary and to receive visitors.  The recitation of the Rosary, which lasts about twenty minutes, may be led by a family member or, if desired, by the Priest, Deacon, or Pastor’s designee. When the Rosary is said at a funeral service it is considered an intercessory prayer which asks for Mary's intercession with God so that the deceased may have eternal rest with Him forever.  This service is open to anyone wishing to pray together for the deceased or you may choose to attend and silently sit or kneel while those gathered say the words of the prayers together.

Below are the prayers that are recited during the rosary.

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The rosary begins with the Sign of the Cross followed by the Apostles Creed, and then by the Our Father, the Hail Mary,  the Glory Be and the Eternal Rest prayer in repetition.
If the rosary is led by a presider your response is in bolded text, otherwise all present will recite the prayers.

SIGN OF THE CROSS
(Presider) In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Sprit.
(All)  Amen

APOSTLES CREED
(All) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

OUR FATHER
(Presider) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is heaven.
(All) 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.

HAIL MARY
(Presider) Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
(All) Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
(Presider) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
(All) As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen

ETERNAL REST
(Presider) Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.  
(All) And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
 (Presider) May he/she rest in peace.
(All)  Amen.

The rosary ends with the
HAIL HOLY QUEEN prayer:
(All) 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!

(Presider) Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
(All) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Presider)  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 meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord.  
(All) Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
 (All) And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
(Presider)  May he/she rest in peace.  
(All) Amen.
(Presider)  And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
(All) Amen.

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