Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries (Monday)

Sign of the Cross

The Apostles’ Creed; Our Father …; 3 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …

The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

The Angel Gabriel said to Mary,” The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God…. Mary answered, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:35, 38).

When asked to be the Mother of the Son of God, Mary responds as a humble steward, putting her trust in God as she answers His call to service. Humility is the proper perspective for understanding that everything that we are and possess is gift from God. Humility also gives us perspective in discerning God’s will in our lives, that He calls us to share our gifts in love and justice with others. With humble hearts we offer our gifts in deep gratitude to God, aware that we all stand together, as people in great need of God’s mercy and kindness. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Luke 1:41-42).

At the Visitation, Elizabeth in her joy and praise of God gives us a portion of the Rosary prayer, the Hail Mary. Mary for her part, gives us her own joyous song of praise, the Magnificat: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (see Luke 1:46-55). We, too, proclaim God’s greatness and show our gratitude for His unending love when we, as true disciples of Mary’s Son, respond with our own acts of love to others in need. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Third Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Jesus

While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7).

The innkeeper in Bethlehem did not have much to offer Joseph and Mary in their search for a place to stay. A stable was the best he had, but it was a welcomed gesture for these weary travelers, the Holy Family. Jesus asks us to welcome Him today by generously opening our hearts and hands to others, especially the poor, the lonely, and the stranger. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord … (Luke 2:22-23).

In the passages on the presentation of Jesus, St. Luke introduces us to Simeon and Anna, devout people longing for the coming of the Messiah. In Jesus they found Him and thanked God for the favor given them. Simeon proclaimed Jesus as a “light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for Your people Israel.” Jesus desires that the whole world come to know Him through the way we live our lives as Christians so the poor, and all those in need, will see in us, as individuals, as families, and as a faith communion, the saving power of God’s love. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard Him were astounded at His understanding and His answers. When His parents saw Him, they were astonished,… (Luke 2:46-48).

When Jesus is found in the Temple, Mary expresses a mother’s concern on how worried they were for their child’s well being. He asks His parents: “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” We, too, are astounded that even at this young age, Jesus knows who He is and what He is about. But He also teaches us that it is not enough for us who strive to be His disciples just to know who we are. We must seek to learn what God wants to do through each of us to accomplish His will for our Parish and Archdiocese. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

Sign of the Cross

 


The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday, Friday)

Sign of the Cross

The Apostles’ Creed; Our Father …; 3 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …

The First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

…kneeling He prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:41-42)

There are two important ways our hearts can become more united to all of those who suffer in the world. First, we can reflect on the suffering our Lord endured as a result of humbly taking on the vulnerability of our human nature. Second, we can join our own suffering, and that of the whole world, to the suffering of Christ and offer it to God, as Jesus did. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him scourged. (John 19:1)

It is not enough to be sympathetic to the suffering our Lord endured in His bitter passion. Our love for Jesus should lead us to ease the pain Christ still suffers in His Mystical Body, by identifying the manifestations of evil in the world today and working against these offenses. As stewards of God’s abundant gifts we also must strive to ease the pain of those suffering from hunger and disease. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

The soldiers led Him away inside the palace,… and assembled the whole cohort. They clothed Him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on Him. They began to salute Him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and kept striking His head with a reed and spitting on Him (Mark 15:16-19).

Jesus was mocked and humiliated by bullies who took delight in His suffering. Today, many are still mocked and their human dignity ignored. The United States bishops teach us in their pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, to share our gifts in love and justice with others. An important first step as we strive toward a Christian life of faithful stewardship is to understand that we are the eyes and hands of Christ on earth in treating all people with dignity and respect, recognizing them as children of God. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

As they led Him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus (Luke 23:26).

In the passages on the presentation of Jesus, St. Luke introduces us to Simeon and Anna, devout people longing for the coming of the Messiah. In Jesus they found Him and thanked God for the favor given them. Simeon proclaimed Jesus as a “light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for Your people Israel.” Jesus desires that the whole world come to know Him through the way we live our lives as Christians so the poor, and all those in need, will see in us, as individuals, as families, and as a faith communion, the saving power of God’s love. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

… He went out to what is called the Place of the Skull,… Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle…. Standing by the cross of Jesus were his Mother…When Jesus saw His Mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His Mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your Mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home (John 19:17-18, 25-27).

Even in his suffering, from the cross, Jesus gives us a model of compassion, entrusting His Mother’s welfare to His faithful disciple. We stand with Mary at the foot of the cross, striving also to be His beloved disciples through compassionate service to others in Jesus’ name. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

Sign of the Cross

 


The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

Sign of the Cross

The Apostles’ Creed; Our Father …; 3 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …

The First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism of Christ

…Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased” (Mark 1:9-11).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (537) teaches us that through Baptism, just as Jesus in His own baptism anticipates His death and resurrection, so, too, as Christians, we must enter into this mystery of humble self-abasement and repentance, go down in the water with Jesus in order to rise with Him, be reborn of water and the Spirit. We are called to get involved in solidarity with one another in sharing our time, talent and treasure. When we take to heart the Father’s proclamation and imitate the Son’s active involvement, we become good stewards with whom our Heavenly Father is well pleased. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding Feast at Cana

There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee and the Mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the Mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect Me? … His mother said to the servants, Do whatever He tells you.” Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.”… Then he told them, “Draw some out and take it to the headwaiter. … And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine … the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him … “you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of His signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed His glory … (John 1:1-5,7-11).

Mary was aware of the needs of the bride and groom and turned to her Son for help. At first seemingly rebuffed, her persistence moved Jesus to reveal His Glory through the miracle of changing water into wine, easing the anxiety of the newlyweds. Sometimes we do not respond to real needs within our community when oftentimes a little effort would ease pain and suffering. Let us turn to Mary and ask her, by her example as a model steward, to open our eyes and hearts to the real needs within our Archdiocese and Parish. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God. “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:14-15).

We are created in the image and likeness of God, to know Him, to Love Him, and to serve Him. He calls us to live our lives with a profound awareness of this truth: “Be holy,” says God, “for I am holy” (Leviticus 19:2) In His Kingdom proclamation, Jesus reminds us of these spiritual truths and challenges us to transform our hearts: God our Father desires that we become more conformed to the image of His Son. Blessed are they who live the biblical virtue of stewardship, for they will become like God. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Jesus took Peter, James, and John … and led them up a high mountain … And He was transfigured before them; His face shone like the sun and His clothes became white as light … behold a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid, but Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” (Matthew 17:1-2,5-7).

Everyone needs some support at some point in life. Jesus supported the disciples to overcome their fear at the awesome power displayed on the mountain. At the same time, His transfiguration so strengthened Jesus as He approached His suffering and death that He could caution the disciples to “not tell the vision until He was raised from the dead” (Mathew 17:9). We, too, need to take time for prayer and reflection along our stewardship journey. Often our prayer should simply be listening to God to discern what He wants to do through each of us to accomplish His will for our Parish and Archdiocese. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist

Then He took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them saying, “This is My body which will be given up for you; do this in memory of Me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which will be shed for you.” (Luke 22:19-20).

Jesus teaches us many things in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. We learn that Jesus is LOVE — offering Himself as the supreme gift of love. The Eucharist is “the source and summit” of our faith, giving us strength and nourishment to go forth to serve God and neighbor. When we unite our unique offerings of time, talent, and treasure to Jesus’ offering of Himself to the Father, with faith and love, the Church and world are enriched with a spiritual value beyond measure. We should always be mindful that the meaning of Eucharist is “thanksgiving,” remembering to thank God for all the blessings given us out of His infinite love. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

Sign of the Cross

 


The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday)

Sign of the Cross

The Apostles’ Creed; Our Father …; 3 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …

The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead

But when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus… behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them… They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but He has been raised. Remember what He said to you while He was still in Galilee that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.” And they remembered His words (Luke 24:3-8).

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been saved from our sins and given the hope of everlasting life. The Christian response to being redeemed is a life of gratitude. This means striving to do God’s will in all things and to be Jesus’ light to all peoples through good works and charity. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of Jesus

So then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took His seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the Word through accompanying signs (Mark 16:19-20).

Just as Jesus promised to His disciples as He ascended into heaven, He is always with us today as we strive to be His disciples. Through His presence and strengthened by His gift of the Eucharist, we are able to offer our lives in praise of God and in loving service to all whom we encounter. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Third Glorious Mystery: The Gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

… they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:1-4)

The presence of the Holy Spirit, sent upon the Church at Pentecost, changes our lives so we recognize in gratitude all the gifts and blessings God bestows upon us as individuals, families, communities and parishes. Transformed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are able to give generously of our time, talent, and treasure in building up the Body of Christ here on earth. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of Mary into Heaven

“Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory…(Lumen Gentium, 59) … The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians… (Catechism of the Catholic Church 966)

By her continual “Yes” to God, our Blessed Lady became an instrument of God’s will for the salvation of the world and a model of faithful stewardship. We honor her and devote our lives to her divine Son as we share Christ in and through the Church. When Jesus said to the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross, “Behold, your Mother” (John 19:27), we, too, became her children, and we strive to emulate her love of God with the same love and zeal toward all who are in need. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

The Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

For He has looked upon His handmaid’s lowliness; behold from now on will all generations call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name (Luke 1:48-49).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (967-968) teaches us that the Virgin Mary is a wholly unique member of the Church, and moreover, her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes much further: “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is Mother to us in the order of grace” (Lumen Gentium, 61). What a wonderful model we have in Mary in our efforts to change our lives to be ever faithful stewards of God’s abundant gifts. (Silent pause)

Our Father …; 10 Hail Mary’s …; Glory be …;

Sign of the Cross

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Introduction
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Order of the Rosary
Prayers of the Rosary
Mysteries of the Rosary