There exists a renewed interest in various forms of the Rosary which in fact have little to do with the classical rosary prayer itself. The term used commonly to designate these prayer forms is chaplet, probably because of their use of the beads. Some of these chaplets have a strong Marian connotation, others are more directly related to some saints. Not all of these variants of the authentic rosary are based on solid theology and devotional practice. The following are examples of chaplets. They are not researched as to historical accuracy and theological orthodoxy. If you have suggestions to improve this feature let us know.




Beads: This chaplet consists of three groups of four beads each. A large bead separates each group, and a medal of the Immaculate Conception is attached to the end.
History: It was composed by St. John Berchmanns, S.J. and recited by him daily to obtain, through the intercession of Mary, the grace never to commit any sin against the virtue of purity.
Method: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

First set of beads Blessed by the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Our Father once, Hail Mary four times, Glory to the Father once.
Second Set
Same Prayers
Third Set
Same Prayers

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Beads: This chaplet is composed of thirteen decades of three beads per decade.
History: This chaplet's prayer is believed to have been written by St. Bonaventure.
Method: On the first bead of each decade is said the Our Father, on the second the Hail Mary, and on the third the Glory be to the Father. At the end of this sequence, the following poem-prayer is recited.
If miracles thou vain would see;
Lo, error, death, calamity.
The leprous stain, the demon flies, The hungry seas forgo their prey,
The prisoner's cruel chains give way;
While palsied limbs and chattels lost
Both young and old recovered boast.
And perils perish, plenty's hoard,
Is heaped on hunger's famished board
Let those relate who know it well,
Let Padua of her patron tell.

The hungry seas forgo their prey,..

Glory be the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

The hungry seas forgo their prey,......

V. Pray for us, blessed Anthony,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray
O God, let the notive commemoration of
Blessed Anthony, Thy confessor, be a source
of joy in Thy Church, that she may always be
fortified with spiritual assistance, and may
deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ
our Lord. Amen.

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History: The little chaplet supposedly dates back to 1875. The author is unknown. The chaplet is the source of a great number of favors both spiritual and temporal.
Method: The Chaplet consist of the recitation of the following prayers.
1. In honor of Jesus, one Our Father and five Hail Marys. After each Hail Mary say: Jesus, Mary and St. Anne, grant the favor I ask.
2. In honor of Mary, one Our Father and five Hail Marys. After each Hail Mary say: Jesus, Mary and St. Anne, grant the favor I ask.
3. In honor of St. Anne, one Our Father and five Hail Marys. After each Hail Mary say: Jesus, Mary, and St. Anne, grant the favor I ask.

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Beads: This chaplet consists of three white beads and thirteen red beads.
Method: On the medal say the Apostles' Creed to ask for the grace of faith. On each of the white beads say an Our Father in honor of the three Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity in thanksgiving for all favors obtained through her intercession. On each of the red beads (which are thirteen in number to commemorate the thirteen years that St. Philomena spent on earth) say the following prayer:

Hail, O holy St. Philomena, whom I
acknowledge, after Mary, as my advocate with
the Divine Spouse, intercede for me now and
at the hour of my death.

St. Philomena, beloved daughter of Jesus
and Mary, pray for us who have recourse to
thee. Amen.

In conclusion say:
Hail, O illustrious St. Philomena, who shed
so courageously your blood for Christ! I bless
the Lord for all the graces He has bestowed
upon thee during thy life, and especially at
thy death. I praise and glorify Him for the
honor and power with which He has crowned
thee, and I beg thee to obtain for me from God
the graces I ask through thy intercession.


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Beads: There are 25 for this chaplet.
History: Many persons have received special graces by reciting this chaplet during a period of 9 to 24 days some even speak of a (spiritual ?) rose granted by St. Therese to the aficionados.
Method: To pray this rosary, bless yourself and say on the first bead:

St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, Patroness of Missions, pray for us!

On each of the remaining 24 beads say the Glory be to the Father in honor of the Blessed Trinity, in thanksgiving for giving the world the Little Saint who lived only twenty-four years.
On successive days before 11 AM say the prayer to St. Therese, five Our Fathers, five Hail Marys, and five Glory be to the Fathers. On the fifth day, offer one more set containing five Our Fathers, five Hail Marys, and five Glory be to the Fathers.

St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me
a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to
me with a message of love. Ask God to grant
me the favor I implore and tell Him I will
love Him each day more and more.

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Beads: There are 12 for this chaplet.
Method: Prayer on the Medal: The Apostle's Creed
On each of the twelve green beads recite:
Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Intention: Through the intercession of St. Patrick, may God Almighty strengthen one's faith, and grant the grace of faith for others.
Christ as a light,
Illumine and guide me!
Christ as a shield, o'ershadow and cover me!
Christ be under me! Christ be over me!
Christ be beside me, On the left hand and right!

Christ be before me, behind me, about me;
Christ this day, be within and without me!

(From Hymn Before Tara)

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History: The history of this chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d'Astonac, who had a vision of St. Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael allegedly promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and the assistance of all holy angels during one's life.
Method: These are the prayers and text to be recited for this chaplet:

O God, come to my assistance, O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc. (Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys' after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels)

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.
2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.
3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.
4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Dominions may the Lord gives us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions. Amen.
5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.
6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.
7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven. Amen.
9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come in Heaven. Amen.

Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St Gabriel, St. Raphael, and Our Guardian Angel.

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day. Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises. Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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Beads: Ordinary 5 decade rosary

History: Helena Kowalska was born in the village of Glogowiec west of Lodz, Poland, on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. In 1925 she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women.

The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added "of the Most Blessed Sacrament," as was permitted by her Congregation's custom.

In the 1930s, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and ‘secretary’ (with the task to receive, to document and to pass on the message) of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for re-emphasizing God's plan of mercy for the world.

The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; on ‘Mercy Sunday’ of the Jubilee Year 2000 John Paul II canonized her as the first saint of the New Millennium; and her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to The Divine Mercy.

Through Saint Faustina, Jesus also revealed special ways to live out the response to His mercy--one of which is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, as both a novena and a prayer for the three o'clock hour -- the hour of His death.

Our Lord said to Sister Faustina:

"Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you ... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge but as the Merciful Savior ... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last home of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy ... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will."

Method: The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. At the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts the Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Blessed Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.


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, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Begin the Chaplet with the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostles' Creed. Then, on the large bead before each decade pray:

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 the ten small beads of each decade, say:

For the sake of His
sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.

Conclude with:

Holy God,
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world. (repeat 3 times)


Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion -- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

For more information go to

"The message of Divine Mercy
has influenced the image of my pontificate!"

                                                                    John Paul II

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Beads: There are 3 and 12 for this chaplet.
History: This chaplet to the Holy Infant owes its origin to the zeal of Venerable Marguerite of the Blessed Sacrament of Beaune (France) who died in 1648 at age 27.  It centers on the mystery of Jesus Christ's infancy highlighting especially purity of heart and innocence. 
Method: This Chaplet is said as follows:

--Our Father (3x) in honor of the Holy Family (3 beads)
  Before each Our Father say: And the word was made truth, and dwelt among us.

--Hail Mary (12x) in honor of the twelve years of Jesus' infancy
  Before the first Hail Mary say: And the word was made truth, and dwelt among us.

At the end of the chaplet say: Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us.

This chaplet (3 and 12 beads) has a medal with the image of the Holy Infant. It bears on its back the following invocation:

  Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Your Cross, and I accept all the crosses You will be pleased to send me.

  Adorable Trinity, I offer You for the glory of the Holy Name of God all the adorations of the Sacred Heart of the Holy Infant Jesus.

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Beads: The chaplet or rosary of the Seven Sorrows uses special beads. There are seven groups of seven beads.
History: The seven groups of seven Hail Marys remember the seven sorrows of Our Lady, which are:

1. The prophecy of Simeon.
2. The flight into Egypt.
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
4. Mary meets Jesus carrying His Cross.
5. The Crucifixion.
6. Mary receives the body of Jesus from the Cross.
7. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb.
Method: This Chaplet is said as follows:

There are 3 added Hail Marys'. They are said in remembrance of the tears Mary shed because of the suffering of her Son, and to obtain true sorrow for our own sins. They may be recited at the beginning or after the seven groups of Hail Marys'.

The concluding prayer is as follows:

V. Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin.

R. That we may be mad worthy of the promises of Christ.


Lord Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy passion by a sword of grief. Grant us this favor, O Savior of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen. 

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Beads: The Rosary of Mary's Immaculate Heart is said with an ordinary rosary.
Method: This Chaplet is said as follows:

--The Sign of the Cross is made five times in veneration of the Savior's five Holy Wounds.

--On the large beads it is said: Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for those who seek refuge in you.

--On the small beads it is said: Holy Mother, save us through your Immaculate Heart's flame of love.

--At the end, the Glory Be to the Father is repeated three times.

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Beads: Nine beads with at one end of the string a crucifix and at the other a medal of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Method: This Chaplet is said as follows:

The nine beads correspond to three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and three Glorias. The chaplet begins (or ends) with the following prayer addressed to Our Lady of Czestochowa:

O Almighty and merciful God! You gave the Polish Nation a wondrous help and defense in the most holy Virgin Mary and You honored Her sacred image at Jasna Gora with remarkable veneration of the faithful. Grant in Your mercy that, under Her protection, we may struggle confidently throughout our lives and at the moment of death be victorious over our enemy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lady of Jasna Gora, our Mother, Queen of the Polish Nation! Trusting in Your maternal goodness and powerful intercession with Your Son, we place before You our humble prayers and petitions. To You we commend all our needs, in particular....and all children of the Polish Nation whether in their native land or elsewhere in the world.

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Beads: The chaplet of Our Lady Star of the Sea has a medal of Our Lady of Carmel, three separate beads, and 12 additional beads.
History: Our Lady Star of the Sea is the patroness of those who sail the seas. According to Saint Bonaventure she is also the one who guides to a landfall in heaven those who navigate the sea of this world in the "ship of innocence or penance". Our Lady aids not only sailors, she assists those who sail the stormy seas of life.

Method: This Chaplet is said as follows:

The prayer begins with the medal. Holding the medal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, you say this prayer:

Most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power.

The first three beads are for one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be. These three beads are for John Paul II, Bishop Warren Boudreaux and John Paul Finke (The Confraternity of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Morgan City, Louisiana was established in 1979 by Bishop Boudreaux). I suppose it would not be sacrilegious to say these three prayers for those who minister in the church at all levels.

On each of the 12 beads representing the 12 stars on Our Lady's crown say one Hail Mary followed by the invocation:

Our Lady, Star of the Sea, help and protect us!

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hand.

For further information write to: The Confraternity of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Central Headquarters, PO Box 609, Morgan City, LA 70381.

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Beads: There are 14 beads. First the creed on the cross, one our father, one glory be. On the loop: One Glory, 4 Hail Mary's , Two glories, 4 Hail Mary's and One Our Father.

Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels we pray that your power shine through their weakness. In their affections let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be destroyed; in persecution never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By the same Holy Spirit put your word on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted. And may the gift of Mary your mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you her in human image, may form them in your divine image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, Amen.

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This is a listing of other Chaplets for Our Lady:

Brigittine Rosary
Little Crown of the Virgin
Rosary of Mary's Immaculate Heart
The Franciscan Crown
Rosary of the Seven Sorrows
Little Rosary of the Seven Dolors of Mary
Rosary of Our Lady's Tears
Rosary of the Tears of Blood
Rosary in Praise of the Most Blessed Virgin
Chaplet of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Rosary of Our Lady of Consolation
The Dominican Chaplet
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Rosary

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