How to Pray the Chaplet

With these stirring words of encouragement to each of you as our Marian Helpers, here are simple directions for praying the Chaplet. I encourage you to pray it with all your heart and reflect on Our Lady’s virtues:


Pray it as you would the Rosary. Begin with The Sign of the Cross. Then, with each decade, the Our Father is prayed first, followed by 10 Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be.


With each Hail Mary, after you recite “Holy Mary, Mother of God,” one virtue is offered in prayer, proceeding in the order in which they are presented — Most Pure to Most Sorrowful. Then close with “pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”


We can reflect on Mary’s virtues and ask her powerful intercession by praying the Chaplet of the Ten Virtues of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary:

Start by making the sign of the Cross, then say 1 Our Father followed by 10 Hail Marys, mentioning after the words “Holy Mary, Mother of God ” one virtue, in the following order:

  1. Most pure
  2. Most prudent
  3. Most humble
  4. Most faithful
  5. Most devout
  6. Most obedient
  7. Most poor
  8. Most patient
  9. Most merciful
  10. Most sorrowful

“Pray for us sinners now and at the hour

of our death.”  Finish with 1 Glory be …


Mary in the Gospels

We can find the Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary recorded in the Gospels. There, she is presented as the Most Holy Virgin Mary an evangelical model for the whole Church:

Most Pure (Mt 1:18, 20, 23; Lk 1:27,34)

Most Prudent (Lk 2:19, 51)

Most Humble (Lk 1:48)

Most Faithful (Lk 1:45; Jn 2:5)

Most Devout (Lk 1:46-7; Acts 1:14)

Most Obedient (Lk 1:38; 2:21-2, 27)

Most Poor (Lk 2:7)

Most Patient (Jn 19:25)

Most Merciful (Lk 1:39, 56)

Most Sorrowful (Lk 2:35)

Certainly, the first Christians, as they reflected.