The Mission Rosary was created in 1951 by the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen who was the National Director of Missio (Pontifical Mission Societies) in the United States. He saw the need to pray for the whole world, especially for those living in poverty. Each colour-coded decade of the Rosary represents a continent where the Church continues her mission.

Pray for the continents through the Mission Rosary

‘When the Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.’ The Prayer unites us with our brothers and sisters whom we have never met, and who are praying for us too, in an exchange of love and friendship.'
Mission Rosary
Archbishop Sheen
National Director of Missio (Pontifical Mission Societies) in the United States 1951
Latin America
The Americas are red to show the fire of faith.
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Europe
Europe is white because it is the home of the Holy Father who dresses in white and lives in Rome.
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Oceania
Oceania is shown in blue for the oceans surrounding the islands there.
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Asia
Oceania is shown in blue for the oceans surrounding the islands there.
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Pray the Mysteries

There are 20 mysteries of the rosary. Each mystery is an important event in the life of Jesus and Mary, which you can reflect upon during each decade of the Rosary.

The mysteries are divided into four categories: the Joyful Mysteries, the Luminous Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the Glorious Mysteries. Traditionally Catholics pray a specific set of mysteries on certain days of the week. 

Click on the images below to focus on a particular set of mysteries, with Missio stories from around the world to inform and anchor your prayers.