The Rosary is one of the most well-known and practiced devotions in the Catholic Church. It is also a beautiful prayer. There are many different ways to pray it, and many people wonder what the most effective way is to bring the rosary to a close.
Because the Rosary is such a common form of devotional prayer, it has evolved and received new components over the course of the centuries. The Rosary can be concluded in a variety of ways, but one common way is to pray the prayers that are provided in the following paragraphs.
Below are the Rosary Closing Prayers to pray after the final decade of the Rosary. There’s also a printable prayer card that can be useful to learn the Rosary closing prayers, feel free to print and distribute. If you are new to praying the Rosary we also have a complete Rosary guide and illustrative guide.
The Rosary Closing Prayers
Although it is customary to finish reciting the Rosary with a set of predetermined prayers, you are free to include any other devotions of your choosing. After finishing the last decade of the Rosary, and saying the final Glory Be and Fatima Prayer, pray the Rosary Closing prayers below.
Hail Holy Queen
At the end of the Rosary decades, the first Rosary Closing Prayer is the Hail, Holy Queen. It’s common to pray this prayer while holding the medal that joins the crucifix extension to the loop of the rosary.
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your 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.
St. Michael Prayer
Some people say the Prayer to Saint Michael as they conclude their rosary.
Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in 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 Rosary Prayer
After any personal devotional prayers, we end with the following invocation which we call the Rosary Prayer.
O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; 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. Amen.
At this point, some ask for specific Catholic Saints to especially pray for them. Common Rosary Saints are Saint John Paul the Great, Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Padre Pio, and Saint Dominic. It is phrased as “Saint John Paul the Great, Pray for us.”
End the Rosary by making the Sign of the Cross.
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