THE HOLY ROSARY

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How to Pray the Rosary

With the prayers of the rosary, we ask Mary to pray for us and to guide us by the example of her son, Jesus.

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JOYFUL MYSTERIES

THE FIVE JOYFUL MYSTERIES ARE PRAYED ON MONDAYS AND SATURDAYS
 

FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY:

THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD 

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  • The time for the Incarnation is at hand.

  • Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.

  • The Angel Gabriel announces: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee."

  • Mary wonders at this salutation.

  • The Angel assures her: "Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son."

  • Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.

  • The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.

  • The Incarnation awaits Mary's consent.

  • Mary answers: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word."

  • The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

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LUKE 1:26-33, 38

 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most high, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. 
 

SECOND JOYFUL MYSTERY:

THE VISITATION 

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  • Mary's cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age . . . for nothing is impossible with God.

  • Charity prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.

  • The journey to Elizabeth's home is about eighty miles requiring four or five days.

  • Though long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her the Incarnate Word.

  • At Mary's salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother's womb.

  • Elizabeth exclaims: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."

  • "How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

  • "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."

  • Mary replies: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joy in God my Savior."

  • Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the Baptist.

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LUKE 1:39-45

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 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. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

THIRD JOYFUL MYSTERY:

THE NATIVITY OF JESUS 

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  • The time for the Incarnation is at hand.

  • Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.

  • The Angel Gabriel announces: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee."

  • Mary wonders at this salutation.

  • The Angel assures her: "Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son."

  • Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.

  • The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.

  • The Incarnation awaits Mary's consent.

  • Mary answers: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word."

  • The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

LUKE 2: 6-12

 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. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. 

FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY:

THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE

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  • Observing the law of Moses they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord.

  • According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to the Lord.

  • Mary offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.

  • Jesus is not subject to the law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.

  • Mary is not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she submits to it.

  • God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.

  • Recognizing the Child, he prays: "Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word."

  • "This Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed."

  • And to Mary Simeon reveals: "And your own soul a sword shall pierce."

  • After they fulfill all the Law requires they return to Nazareth.

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LUKE 2:25-32

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people

FIFTH JOYFUL MYSTERY:

THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE

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  • When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.

  • After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without Jesus.

  • At the end of the first day's journey they discover Jesus is missing.

  • His parents return immediately looking for Him.

  • This loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Mary and Joseph.

  • On the third day they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who were astonished at his wisdom.

  • Mary: "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow."

  • Jesus: "Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"

  • Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.

  • Mary keeps all these things in her heart.

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LUKE 2:41-50

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was 12 years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After 3 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, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"  But they did not understand what he said to them. 

 

LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

THE FIVE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES ARE PRAYED ON THURSDAYS

MATTHEW 3:13-17

FIRST LUMINOUS MYSTERY:

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD 

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  • John is baptizing in the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance.

  • “I am the voice of one crying in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord.”

  • “One mightier than I is coming after me.”

  • “I have baptized you with water, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

  • Seeing Jesus, John exclaims: “Behold the Lamb of God.”

  • Against protests of his unworthiness, John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan.

  • After Jesus’ baptism a voice from Heaven: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

  • The Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove.

  • In this heavenly manifestation is instituted the sacrament of baptism.

  • The divine Trinity is manifested: the voice of the Father is heard as the Spirit descends upon the Son.

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 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.  

SECOND LUMINOUS MYSTERY:

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD 

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  • Jesus, His Mother and disciples were invited to a wedding in Cana.

  • During the wedding feast the wine ran short.

  • Mary turned to Jesus: “They have no wine.”

  • Jesus replied: “What would you have Me do? My hour has not yet come.”

  • Mary said to the waiters: “Do whatever He tells you.”

  • There were six stone water jars, each holding fifteen to twenty gallons.

  • Jesus bids the waiters to fill the jars with water, and then draw some out and take it to the chief steward.

  • The chief steward said to the groom: “Every man serves the good wine first… but you have saved the good wine until now.”

  • At Mary’s request, Jesus worked His first miracle.

  • By His presence, Christian marriage was raised to the dignity of a Sacrament.

JOHN 2:1-11

 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.  

THIRD LUMINOUS MYSTERY:

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE CALL TO CONVERSION

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  • “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”

  • “My kingdom is not of this world.”

  • “Unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.”

  • “Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it.”

  • “I have come to call sinners, not the just.”

  • “Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.”

  • “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

  • “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.”

  • “Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

  • “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church… I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven

MATTHEW 5:1-16

 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.  

FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY:

THE TRANSFIGURATION

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  • Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain to pray.

  • Jesus was transfigured before them.

  • “His face became as dazzling as the sun, his clothes as radiant as light.”

  • This was to fortify their faith to withstand the coming tragedy of the Passion.

  • Jesus foresaw the ‘scandal of the cross,’ and prepared them for it by this manifestation of His glory.

  • Moses and Elias (representing the Law and the prophets of the Old Testament) were conversing with Jesus about His Passion.

  • “Do not think I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets… but to fulfill them.”

  • From a cloud came a voice: “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.”

  • Jesus admonishes them not to tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man rises from the dead.

  • We too will behold the transfigured Jesus on the Last Day.

LUKE 9:28-36

 Now about eight days after these sayings (prediction about his death) Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" -- not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.  

FIFTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY:

THE INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST

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  • I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.

  • Jesus took bread, blessed it: “Take and eat, this is My Body.”

  • Taking the wine: “This cup is the new covenant in my Blood, shed for you.”

  • At that eucharistic meal, Jesus celebrated the first Mass.

  • At every Mass the sacrifice of Calvary is made present.

  • At the Last Supper Jesus instituted the sacrament of Holy Orders to perpetuate this sacrifice.

  • “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”

  • The Eucharist is a sacrifice inasmuch as it is offered up, and a sacrament inasmuch as it is received.

  • In the Mass we offer ourselves to God, and God gives himself to us

  • The Mass will be fruitful in the measure of our surrender to the Father.

1 Corinthians 11:23-29

 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.  

 

SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

THE FIVE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES ARE PRAYED ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS

FIRST SORROWFUL MYSTERY:

THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN

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  • Jesus comes with his disciples to Gethsemani: “Stay here, while I go yonder and pray.”

  • Entering the garden with Peter, James, and John, Jesus prays, “My soul is sorrowful unto death.”

  • Jesus sees the sins of all mankind, whose guilt He has taken upon Himself.

  • He sees the wrath of the Father which His sufferings must appease.

  • So great is his anguish that His sweat becomes as drops of blood falling to the ground.

  • An angel appears to Him from heaven to strengthen Him.

  • “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done.”

  • Finding the disciples asleep: “Could you not watch one hour with me?”

  • Jesus is betrayed by Judas, cruelly bound and led away.

  • Father, by the merits of the agony of Jesus in the Garden, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

MATTHEW 26: 36-50

 Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani; and he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray. And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here, and watch with me. And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh to his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me? Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak. Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done. And he cometh again and findeth them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word. Then he cometh to his disciples, and saith to them: Sleep ye now and take your rest; behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go: behold he is at hand that will betray me. As he yet spoke, behold Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the ancients of the people. And he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he, hold him fast. And forthwith coming to Jesus, he said: Hail, Rabbi. And he kissed him. And Jesus said to him: Friend, where to art thou come? Then they came up, and laid hands on Jesus, and held him.  

SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY:

THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR

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  • Jesus is taken before the High Priest where He is falsely accused, buffeted and insulted.

  • The Jewish leaders take Jesus before Pilate, for only he can impose the death penalty.

  • The robber, Barabbas, is preferred to Jesus.

  • Pilate can “find no cause in Him”, yet to appease the Jews, he orders Jesus to be scourged.

  • The scourge is made of leather thongs to which are attached small sharp bones.

  • Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged until His whole body is covered with deep wounds.

  • The Lamb of God offers His suffering for the sins of mankind.

  • Jesus suffers so much in His sacred flesh to satisfy, especially, for sins of the flesh.

  • The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: “He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins.”

  • Father, by the merits of Jesus in this painful scourging, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

MARK 15: 1-15

 And straightway in the morning, the chief priests holding a consultation with the ancients and the scribes and the whole council, binding Jesus, led him away, and delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate asked him: Art thou the king of the Jews? But he answering, saith to him: Thou sayest it. And the chief priests accused him in many things. And Pilate again asked him, saying: Answerest thou nothing? behold in how many things they accuse thee. But Jesus still answered nothing; so that Pilate wondered. Now on the festival day he was wont to release unto them one of the prisoners, whomsoever they demanded. And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder. And when the multitude was come up, they began to desire that he would do, as he had ever done unto them. And Pilate answered them, and said: Will you that I release to you the king of the Jews? For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him up out of envy. But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas to them. And Pilate again answering, saith to them: What will you then that I do to the king of the Jews? But they again cried out: Crucify him. And Pilate saith to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more: Crucify him. And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.  

THIRD SORROWFUL MYSTERY:

THE CROWNING WITH THORNS

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  • Pilate asks, “Are You a king?” Jesus answers: “I am a King, but My kingdom is not of this world.”

  • In the praetorium, the soldiers place an old purple robe on Jesus in mockery of His claim to be a king.

  • They fashion a crown out of thorns, and forcefully press it down upon His head.

  • In His bound hands they place a reed, as a sceptre, in mockery of His kingship.

  • Kneeling before Him in derision, they spit on Him, and cry out: “Hail, King of the Jews!”

  • Taking the reed from His hand they strike Him on the head, driving the thorns more deeply into His scalp.

  • Pilate brings Jesus before the people, hoping His pitiful sight will soften them: “Behold the man!”

  • Their response: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

  • Our Blessed Lord submitted to this terrible humiliation to make reparation for our pride.

  • Father, by the merits of this painful humiliation, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

JOHN 19: 1-5

 Then therefore, Pilate took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platting a crown of thorns, put it upon his head; and they put on him a purple garment. And they came to him, and said: Hail, king of the Jews; and they gave him blows. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith to them: Behold, I bring him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in him. (Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.) And he saith to them: Behold the Man.  

FOURTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY:

THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS

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  • One condemned to death by crucifixion is forced to carry the cross to the place of execution.

  • The suffering of Jesus is intense as the cross is laid on His bruised and wounded back and shoulders.

  • Weak and exhausted from loss of blood, lack of food and rest, Jesus falls three times under the cross.

  • Jesus meets His afflicted Mother causing untold anguish in the Hearts of Son and Mother.

  • The countenance of Jesus is disfigured with blood and sweat, with dust and spittle.

  • Veronica wipes His face, leaving on her towel the image of His countenance.

  • Fearing that Jesus might die on the way, the soldiers force Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross behind Jesus.

  • Jesus speaks to weeping women: “Weep not for Me, but for yourselves and your children.”

  • “If anyone is to be My disciple, let him take up his cross and follow Me.”

  • Father, by the merits of this painful journey to Calvary, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

LUKE 23: 26-31

 And as they led him away, they laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country; and they laid the cross on him to carry after Jesus. And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry? 

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FIFTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY:

THE CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF JESUS

  • The hands and feet of Jesus are nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother.

  • “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

  • “This day you will be with Me in paradise.”

  • “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your Mother.”

  • “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

  • “I thirst.”

  • “It is finished.”

  • “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.”

  • The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance. His body is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother.

  • Father, by the merits of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

MATTHEW 27: 33-54

 And they came to the place that is called Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary. And they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall. And when he had tasted, he would not drink. And after they had crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: They divided my garments among them; and upon my vesture they cast lots. And they sat and watched him. And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were crucified with him two thieves: one on the right hand, and one on the left. And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads, And saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days dost rebuild it: save thy own self: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking, said: He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him now deliver him if he will have him; for he said: I am the Son of God. And the selfsame thing the thieves also, that were crucified with him, reproached him with. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some that stood there and heard, said: This man calleth Elias. And immediately one of them running took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar; and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. And the others said: Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to deliver him. And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city, and appeared to many. Now the centurion and they that were with him watching Jesus, having seen the earthquake, and the things that were done, were sore afraid, saying: Indeed this was the Son of God. 

GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

THE FIVE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES ARE PRAYED ON WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS
 

FIRST GLORIOUS MYSTERY:

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

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  • The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb on the evening of Good Friday.

  • His soul descends into the realm of the dead to announce to the Just the tidings of their redemption.

  • Fearing the body of Jesus will be taken, the chief priests place guards at the tomb.

  • On the third day Jesus rises from the dead, glorious and immortal.

  • The earth quakes as the angel rolls back the stone, the guards flee in terror.

  • The holy women coming to anoint the body of Jesus are amazed and frightened to find the tomb open.

  • An angel calms their fears: “He is not here. He has risen as He said.”

  • Jesus appears to Mary Magdalen and Peter and two disciples on the way to Emmaus.

  • That evening He appears to the apostles behind locked doors: “Peace be unto you… do not be afraid.”

  • Jesus breathes on them and gives them the power to forgive sin.

LUKE 24: 1-8

 And on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled back from the sepulchre. And going in, they found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were astonished in their mind at this, behold, two men stood by them, in shining apparel. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their countenance towards the ground, they said unto them: Why seek you the living with the dead? He is not here, but is risen. Remember how he spoke unto you, when he was in Galilee, Saying: The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words. 

SECOND GLORIOUS MYSTERY:

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD INTO HEAVEN

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  • Jesus remains on earth forty days after His Resurrection to prove He has truly risen from the dead.

  • He commissions the apostles to preach the gospel to every creature, and promises to be with them forever.

  • He will not leave them orphans, but will send the Holy Spirit to enlighten and strengthen them.

  • Jesus proceeds to Mt. Olivet accompanied by His Mother and the apostles and disciples.

  • Extending His pierced hands over all in a last blessing, He ascends into heaven.

  • As He ascends a cloud takes Him from their sight.

  • Jesus ascends to take His place at the right hand of the Father.

  • What jubilation there must be amid the angels of heaven at the triumphant entry of Jesus.

  • The wounds in His glorified body are an endless plea before the Father on our behalf.

  • The disciples leave Mt. Olivet and “return to Jerusalem with great joy.

Acts of the Apostles 1: 3, 8-11

 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God. But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven. 

THIRD GLORIOUS MYSTERY:

THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON MARY AND THE APOSTLES

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  • The apostles are gathered in the upper room where Jesus had held the Last Supper.

  • They are persevering in prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus.

  • A sound comes from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it fills the whole house.

  • The Holy Spirit descends on each of them in the form of tongues of fire.

  • Filled with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, they are enlightened and strengthened to spread the Gospel.

  • Having lost all fear of the Jewish leaders, the apostles boldly preach Christ crucified.

  • The multitudes are confounded because every man hears them speak in his own tongue.

  • The Holy Spirit comes upon the Infant Church never to leave it.

  • That first day Peter goes forth to preach and baptizes three thousand.

  • The feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, for on that day it begins to grow.

Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-13

 And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: What meaneth this? But others mocking, said: These men are full of new wine. 

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FOURTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY:

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

  • After the apostles have dispersed, the Blessed Mother goes to live with John, the beloved disciple.

  • Mary lives many years on earth after the death of Christ.

  • She is a source of comfort, consolation and strength to the apostles.

  • As she had nourished the infant Jesus, so she nourishes spiritually the infant Church.

  • Mary dies, not of bodily infirmity, but is wholly overcome in a rapture of divine love.

  • Her body as well as her soul is taken up into heaven.

  • After her burial the apostles go to the tomb and find only fragrant lilies.

  • Jesus does not permit the sinless body of His Mother to decay in the grave.

  • Corruption of the body is an effect of original sin from which Mary is totally exempted.

  • The bodies of all mankind, at the last judgment, will be brought back and united again to the soul.

Acts of the Apostles 2: 26-28

 For this my heart hath been glad, and any tongue hath rejoiced: more over my flesh also shall rest in hope. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. 

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FIFTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY:

THE CORONATION OF MARY AS QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

  • As Mary enters heaven, the entire court of heaven greets with joy this masterpiece of God’s creation.

  • Mary is crowned by her divine Son as Queen of heaven and earth.

  • More than we can ever know the Hearts of Jesus and Mary overflow with joy at this reunion.

  • Only in heaven will we know the great majesty of that coronation, and the joy it gave to the angels and saints.

  • Even the angels, who by nature are greater than humans, hail Mary as their Queen.

  • Mary shares so fully in the glory of Christ because she shared so fully in His suffering.

  • Only in heaven will we see how central is the role of Mary in the divine plan of redemption.

  • The angels and saints longed for the coming of her whose heel crushes the head of the serpent.

  • Mary pleads our cause as a most powerful Queen and a most merciful and loving Mother.

  • A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

JUDITH 15: 10-13

 And when she was come out to him, they all blessed her with one voice, saying: Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honour of our people: For thou hast done manfully, and thy heart has been strengthened, because thou hast loved chastity, and after thy husband hast not known any other: therefore also the hand of the Lord hath strengthened thee, and therefore thou shalt be blessed forever. And all the people said: So be it, so be it.