In 1951, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen created the World Mission Rosary, Archbishop and former Director of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the USA. Prayers are said for the five continents and a rosary is used in which the colors of the decades recall the continents.

Each set of beads on the World Mission Rosary is a different color:

Green is for AFRICA
Red is for the AMERICAS
White is for EUROPE
Blue is for OCEANIA
Yellow is for ASIA

At the end of the Rosary prayer, a round-the world tour is ideally accomplished.

Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)

Announce the mystery

Read the Gospel

Prayer for one continent at a time at the beginning of the decade of each Rosary




1 The Resurrection

"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, 'Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen"' (Lk 24:1-5).  

2. The Ascension

"So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God" (Mk 16:19).

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit

"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4).

4. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Body and Soul into Heaven

"Henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me" (Lk 1:48-49).


5. The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth. 

"And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rev 12:1 ).

Hail, holy Queen


The Litany of Loreto