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The Rosary is composed is divided into the five Joyful Mysteries, the five Luminous Mysteries, the five Sorrowful Mysteries, the five Glorious Mysteries. Each mystery contemplates events in the life of Christ or the Blessed Virgin Mary through the recitation of  the Lord’s Prayer, 10 Hail Mary’s and a  Doxology.

If one says only five decades a day, it is customary to say the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday.

The following sequence consists of several different  aids to reciting the rosary including Scriptural passages, and optional prayers or statements to direct one’s intention. They are the following

1.    Immediately after each mystery is provided a short Scriptural reference, for meditation.
2.    Biblical references to longer Scriptural passages are provided (from Franciscans at Prayer)
3.    For those who may not have immediate access to a Bible, a longer passage from one of those suggested is provided.
4.    A thought and reflection on the mystery
5.    A theme of offering is provided with an acclamation/aspiration for the grace of the mystery contemplated
6.    An expansion on the Holy Name of Jesus is suggested for that mystery i.e. the person praying says “and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, who (insert expansion). Holy Mary…..”

All these prayers are provided as an aid and none are mandatory. One, or more may be utilized by the user for greater meditation according to his/her personal spirituality. The required parts of the rosary consist solely of the prayers (Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and the Glory be) in bold with some meditation on the mysteries.

The following is the template used in this section of the application for each mystery:


MYSTERY


Short Scripture sentence

Other recommended scriptural passages for meditation

Long Scriptural Passage

Thought and Resolution

Offering

Acclamation

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary

MANDATORY PART OF THE ROSARY

Other optional prayers (e.g. the Fatima prayer)



OUTLINE OF THE ROSARY



OPENING VERSES

THE FIVE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

When five decades are prayed, these may be used on Monday & Saturday

1. The Annunciation

2. The Visitation

3. The Birth of the Lord

4. The Presentation of the Lord

5. The Finding of the Lord in the Temple
 
THE FIVE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

When five decades are prayed, these may be used on Thursday

1. The Baptism in the Jordan

2. The Wedding at Cana

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom

4. The Transfiguration

5. The Institution of the Eucharist

THE FIVE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

When five decades are prayed, these may be used on Tuesday & Friday

1. The Agony in the Garden

2. The Scourging at the Pillar

3. The Crowning with Thorns

4. The Carrying of the Cross

5. The Crucifixion and Death of our Lord

THE FIVE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

When five decades are prayed, these may be used on Wednesday & Sunday

1. The Resurrection

2. The Ascension

3. The Coming of the Holy Ghost

4. The Assumption of Mary into heaven

5. The Coronation of Mary

CLOSING PRAYERS


THE HOLY ROSARY



OPENING I

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia.)

or OPENING II

In the name + of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

[I unite with all the saints in heaven and with all the just on earth; I unite with you, my Jesus, to praise your holy Mother worthily and to praise you in her and by her. I renounce all the distractions that may come to me while I am saying this Rosary.

O Lord, I offer you this creed to honour the faith you had upon earth and to ask you to permit us to share in that same faith. O Lord, I offer you this Our Father to adore you in your oneness and to acknowledge you as the first cause and the last end of all things. Most Holy Trinity, I offer you these three Hail Marys to thank you for all the graces which you have given to Mary and which you have given to us through her intercession.]

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

Then is said:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

After which the Angelic Salutation is said thrice:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee
blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Or:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you
blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Then finally is said:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Spirit (or: Holy Ghost)
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Or:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

When the rosary is said for the dead, the following verse may be substituted for the doxology

Eternal rest grant to them (him/her), O Lord,
and let perpetual perpetual light shine on them (him/her)

which also replaces the doxology throughout the whole rosary.

The mysteries of the rosary are provided with a short thematic Scriptural verse for meditation. If desired, one of the longer Scriptural passages given as references may be read, or the Scriptural passage printed. Other meditations, biblical and devotional, may be used in place of the ones given, or they may be replaced with mental prayer before or during the Hail Mary

Return to Ouline to select different Set of Mysteries


THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY



The first five decades, the “joyful mysteries”, are marked by the joy radiating from the event of the Incarnation. This is clear from the very first mystery, the Annunciation, where Gabriel's greeting to the Virgin of Nazareth is linked to an invitation to messianic joy: “Rejoice, Mary”. The whole of salvation history, in some sense the entire history of the world, has led up to this greeting. If it is the Father's plan to unite all things in Christ (cf. Eph 1:10), then the whole of the universe is in some way touched by the divine favour with which the Father looks upon Mary and makes her the Mother of his Son. The whole of humanity, in turn, is embraced by the fiat with which she readily agrees to the will of God.

Exultation is the keynote of the encounter with Elizabeth, where the sound of Mary's voice and the presence of Christ in her womb cause John to “leap for joy” (cf. Lk 1:44). Gladness also fills the scene in Bethlehem, when the birth of the divine Child, the Saviour of the world, is announced by the song of the angels and proclaimed to the shepherds as “news of great joy” (Lk 2:10).

The final two mysteries, while preserving this climate of joy, already point to the drama yet to come. The Presentation in the Temple not only expresses the joy of the Child's consecration and the ecstasy of the aged Simeon; it also records the prophecy that Christ will be a “sign of contradiction” for Israel and that a sword will pierce his mother's heart (cf Lk 2:34-35). Joy mixed with drama marks the fifth mystery, the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple. Here he appears in his divine wisdom as he listens and raises questions, already in effect one who “teaches”. The revelation of his mystery as the Son wholly dedicated to his Father's affairs proclaims the radical nature of the Gospel, in which even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom. Mary and Joseph, fearful and anxious, “did not understand” his words (Lk 2:50).

To meditate upon the “joyful” mysteries, then, is to enter into the ultimate causes and the deepest meaning of Christian joy. It is to focus on the realism of the mystery of the Incarnation and on the obscure foreshadowing of the mystery of the saving Passion. Mary leads us to discover the secret of Christian joy, reminding us that Christianity is, first and foremost, euangelion, “good news”, which has as its heart and its whole content the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the one Saviour of the world.


THE FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE ANNUNCIATION.



As Christ came into the world, he said: Behold! I have come to do your will, O God. (Heb 10:5-7)

Is 7:10-14/Lk 1:26-38

Luke 1:26-38

After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, "Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men." In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end." And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" And the angel said to her, "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. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.  For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her..

Thought and Resolution: Do I open my heart and mind to hear the voice of God calling me to do His will? Do I say yes to His will regardless of the possible consequences to myself?

I pray that I can open my heart and mind to hear the will of God in my life. I pray that I see the example given to me by my Holy Mother, the Virgin Mary. I pray that I accept the help sent to me through the Holy Spirit.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this first decade in honor of your Incarnation in which you humbled yourself to take flesh of your holy Mother and offered a pleasing sacrifice of obedience to the Father on coming into the world. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for humility of heart.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Incarnation come into me and make me truly humble.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary:

…Jesus, who humbled himself and became man for our salvation.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE SECOND JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE VISITATION


Come, all you who fear God, and hear the great things the Lord has done for me. (Ps 65:16)

Is 40:1-10/Lk 1:39-45/Jn 1:19-13

Luke 1: 39-45

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.  And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

Thought and Resolution: Do I look outside of myself for opportunities to perform service for others? Do I humbly serve the will of God, or do I look for personal recognition for what I do?

I pray that I can turn my life and my will over to the care of God and that I can act upon it. I pray that I put my faith into action through service to others in need.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this second decade in honour of the Visitation of your holy Mother to her cousin Saint Elizabeth. Through this mystery and the intercession of Mary I ask for a perfect love of my neighbour.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Visitation come into me and make me truly charitable.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who sanctifies all things and causes them to rejoice.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE THIRD JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE BIRTH OF THE LORD


The Lord said to me: You are my Son; this day I have begotten you. (Ps 2:7)

Mi 5:1-5/Mt 2:1-12/Lk 2:1-20/Gal 4:1-7

Lk 2:1-7:

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Thought and Resolution: Am I easily distracted by worldly possessions and other temptations? Do I humbly bring Christ into this world through my prayers, thoughts, words, and actions?

I pray that when I bring Christ into this world, I do so humbly without pride or self-centeredness. I pray that the things of this world do not distract my focus away from what is truly important—God’s presence in my life and His will for me.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of your holy Birth. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother I ask for detachment from the things of this world, love of poverty and love of the poor.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Birth of Jesus come into me and make me truly poor in spirit.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, born for us

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD


With my own eyes I have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of all the nations. (Lk 2:20-31)

Lk 2:22-38/Heb 9:6-14

Lk 2:22-40

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,  a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel." And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against  (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.  And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him..

Thought and Resolution: Do I turn to the traditions and laws of the Church to guide and direct me to God? Do I turn to devotions, like the Rosary, to give me strength and grace to fulfill the will of God?

I pray that I might use the teaching of the Church created by Christ and nurtured by the Virgin Mary to guide and direct me to God. I pray that I might use suffering in my life to bring me closer to God as shown to me by the lives of Jesus and Mary.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your presentation in the temple by the hands of Mary. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother I ask for the grace to always be dedicated to your will, and the gift of purity of heart and body.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the presentation come into me and make me pure and wholly dedicated to the will of God.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who was dedicated to the will of God  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FIFTH JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE


I have not spoken on my own; no, the Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to speak. (Jn 12:49)

Lk :41-50/ Jn 12:44-50/1 Cor 2:6-16

Lk 2:41-50:

Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When the days of the feast were over and they set off home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was somewhere in the party, and it was only after a day's journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere. It happened that, three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, 'My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.' He replied, '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 meant.

Thought and Resolution: When I lose Jesus in my daily life, do I go frantically searching for Him like I would my lost child? Do I know where to find Him? Do I go straight to the obvious place to look for Him?

I pray that in those times when I feel like I have lost Jesus Christ in my life I realize that He has not lost me. I pray that I remember where to find Him at all times—He is busy with His Father’s affairs.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade to honour Mary's finding you in the temple among the learned men after she had lost you. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother I ask you for true wisdom to convert me to your holy teaching and help me guide others to you, who are the only Way, Truth and Life.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Finding of Jesus in the temple come into me that I may be truly converted.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who teaches us the will of the Father.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY


Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “mysteries of light”. Certainly the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world” (Jn 8:12). Yet this truth emerges in a special way during the years of his public life, when he proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom. In proposing to the Christian community five significant moments – “luminous” mysteries – during this phase of Christ's life, I think that the following can be fittingly singled out: (1) his Baptism in the Jordan, (2) his self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana, (3) his proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion, (4) his Transfiguration, and finally, (5) his institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery.

Each of these mysteries is a revelation of the Kingdom now present in the very person of Jesus. The Baptism in the Jordan is first of all a mystery of light. Here, as Christ descends into the waters, the innocent one who became “sin” for our sake (cf. 2Cor 5:21), the heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares him the beloved Son (cf. Mt 3:17 and parallels), while the Spirit descends on him to invest him with the mission which he is to carry out. Another mystery of light is the first of the signs, given at Cana (cf. Jn 2:1- 12), when Christ changes water into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers. Another mystery of light is the preaching by which Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God, calls to conversion (cf. Mk 1:15) and forgives the sins of all who draw near to him in humble trust (cf. Mk 2:3-13; Lk 7:47- 48): the inauguration of that ministry of mercy which he continues to exercise until the end of the world, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which he has entrusted to his Church (cf. Jn 20:22-23). The mystery of light par excellence is the Transfiguration, traditionally believed to have taken place on Mount Tabor. The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father commands the astonished Apostles to “listen to him” (cf. Lk 9:35 and parallels) and to prepare to experience with him the agony of the Passion, so as to come with him to the joy of the Resurrection and a life transfigured by the Holy Spirit. A final mystery of light is the institution of the Eucharist, in which Christ offers his body and blood as food under the signs of bread and wine, and testifies “to the end” his love for humanity (Jn 13:1), for whose salvation he will offer himself in sacrifice.

In these mysteries, apart from the miracle at Cana, the presence of Mary remains in the background. The Gospels make only the briefest reference to her occasional presence at one moment or other during the preaching of Jesus (cf. Mk 3:31-5; Jn 2:12), and they give no indication that she was present at the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Yet the role she assumed at Cana in some way accompanies Christ throughout his ministry. The revelation made directly by the Father at the Baptism in the Jordan and echoed by John the Baptist is placed upon Mary's lips at Cana, and it becomes the great maternal counsel which Mary addresses to the Church of every age: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5). This counsel is a fitting introduction to the words and signs of Christ's public ministry and it forms the Marian foundation of all the “mysteries of light”.



THE FIRST LUMINOUS MYSTERY: THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD.



As Christ came into the world, he said: Behold! I have come to do your will, O God. (Heb 10:5-7)

Is 7:10-14/Lk 1:26-38

Matt 3:1-17

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."

Now John wore a garment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sad'ducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit that befits repentance, and do not presume to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

"I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, 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 thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness." Then he consented.  And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

Thought and Resolution: Do I accept the invitation of God to follow Him, which begins at my baptism and continues each day of my life? Do I renew my baptism each day by repenting my sins, rejecting sin, and following Jesus?

I pray that each day I recall my baptism of repentance— my beginning; that I am filled with the Holy Spirit and renewed in my faith in God.


Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this first decade in honor of your Baptism in the Jordan. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother, I ask forthe grace to recognize in your Person the love of your Father.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Baptism come into me and increase my awareness of the Father's love.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary:

…Jesus, who humbled himself and was baptized by John.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE SECOND LUMINOUS MYSTERY: THE WEDDING IN CANA


Come, all you who fear God, and hear the great things the Lord has done for me. (Ps 65:16)

Is 40:1-10/Lk 1:39-45/Jn 1:19-13

John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples.

When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

Now six stone jars were standing there, 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 steward of the feast." So they took it.

When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, "Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now."

This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Thought and Resolution: Do I recognize that, like Jesus, I too am called to serve? Am I prepared to be converted from the common to the finest?

I pray that each day I see my opportunities to serve in the manner of Jesus, so that I might be converted from the common to the finest.


Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this second decade in honour of the sign you gave at the Wedding at Cana in response to the request of  your holy Mother. Through this mystery and the intercession of Mary I ask for the grace of a deeper faith in you.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Wedding at Cana come into me and increase my spirit of faith.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who manifested his power at your intercession in Cana.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE THIRD LUMINOUS MYSTERY: THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD


The Lord said to me: You are my Son; this day I have begotten you. (Ps 2:7)

Mi 5:1-5/Mt 2:1-12/Lk 2:1-20/Gal 4:1-7

Lk 2:1-7:

Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world. This census—the first—took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David's town called Bethlehem, since he was of David's House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the living-space.

Thought and Resolution: Do I seek the Kingdom of God each day by reconciling myself with God and praying for His mercy? Do I follow the example of Jesus each day by trusting completely in God for all things?

I pray for the grace and mercy of God so that I might empty myself and enter into his Kingdom by turning all things over to him.


Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of your proclamation of the Kingdom of God and call to conversion . Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother, I ask for true and sincere repentance of heart.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Proclamation of the Kingdom come into me and lead me to a genuine conversion of heart.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, born for us

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY: THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD


And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18)

Mk 9:2-8/Lk 9:28-36/2 Peter 1:16-18

Mt 17:1-9

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead."

Thought and Resolution: Do I recognize Jesus for who he really is and why he comes into our lives? Do I see how he reveals himself in our world today? Am I encouraged and filled with hope so that I may follow Jesus for the rest of my journey into God’s Kingdom?

I pray that I may recognize Jesus revealed in our world and that I may be refreshed and filled with hope for the remainder of my personal journey with Christ into the Kingdom of God the Father.


Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother, I ask for the grace to always adore your Divinity and listen attentively to your Word.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Transfiguration come into me and make me prepared to meet Christ my Lord in the trials of life.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, dedicated to the will of God  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FIFTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY: THE INSITUTION OF THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST


I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread he shall live fro ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is My Flesh. (Jn 6:51)

Mk 14:17-26/ Lk 22:14-31/ Jn 6:25-59/1 Cor 10:14-21

Mt 26:20-30:

When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; and as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me." And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?" He answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born." Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Is it I, Master?" He said to him, "You have said so." Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Thought and Resolution: Do I receive the Eucharist in memory of Jesus, understanding what He revealed to us in His sacrifice? When I receive the Eucharist, do I allow the true living Body and Blood of Jesus Christ to enter me to give me the grace and strength I need to follow Him where He is going?

I pray that in the Eucharist I accept the true living Body and Blood of Christ to enter and dwell in me, so that I have the grace to carry me with Christ into the Kingdom of God.


Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade to honour your Institution of the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother, I ask for a deeper appreciation of your love shown in the Paschal Mystery and celebrated in the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Institution of the Eucharist come into me and deepen my love and understanding of the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who gave us his Body and Blood OR Jesus, who left us a pledge of future glory.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES


The Gospels give great prominence to the sorrowful mysteries of Christ. From the beginning Christian piety, especially during the Lenten devotion of the Way of the Cross, has focused on the individual moments of the Passion, realizing that here is found the culmination of the revelation of God's love and the source of our salvation. The Rosary selects certain moments from the Passion, inviting the faithful to contemplate them in their hearts and to relive them. The sequence of meditations begins with Gethsemane, where Christ experiences a moment of great anguish before the will of the Father, against which the weakness of the flesh would be tempted to rebel. There Jesus encounters all the temptations and confronts all the sins of humanity, in order to say to the Father: “Not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42 and parallels). This “Yes” of Christ reverses the “No” of our first parents in the Garden of Eden. And the cost of this faithfulness to the Father's will is made clear in the following mysteries; by his scourging, his crowning with thorns, his carrying the Cross and his death on the Cross, the Lord is cast into the most abject suffering: Ecce homo!

This abject suffering reveals not only the love of God but also the meaning of man himself.

Ecce homo: the meaning, origin and fulfilment of man is to be found in Christ, the God who humbles himself out of love “even unto death, death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). The sorrowful mysteries help the believer to relive the death of Jesus, to stand at the foot of the Cross beside Mary, to enter with her into the depths of God's love for man and to experience all its life-giving power.


THE FIRST SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN


Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given me. (Jn 18:11)

Mt 26:36-46/Mk 14:26-42/Lk 22:39-53/Jn 18:1-2

Lk 22:39-44:

He then left to make his way as usual to the Mount of Olives, with the disciples following. When he reached the place he said to them, 'Pray not to be put to the test.' Then he withdrew from them, about a stone's throw away, and knelt down and prayed. 'Father,' he said, 'if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, let your will be done, not mine.' Then an angel appeared to him, coming from heaven to give him strength. In his anguish he prayed even more earnestly, and his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.

Thought and Resolution: Do I choose God’s will over my own despite my fear and doubt, or do I try to escape? When I am suffering and in pain, do I turn to God and His will for me, or do I fall into despair and self-pity?

I pray that I can better follow His example, despite my fears and doubts. I pray that I learn to hear the voice of God in my suffering and answer His call.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your intense agony in the garden of Olives. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for perfect sorrow for our sins and perfect conformity to your holy will.

Acclamation: May the grace of the agony of Jesus come into me and make me truly contrite and perfectly obedient to the will of God.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, in agony because of our sins  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR


Attend to my cry for I am brought low indeed. (Ps 142:7)

Is 50:5-9/Mt 27:15-26/Mk 15:6-16

Mk 15:11-16

The chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas for them instead.  Pilate again said to them in reply, "Then what do you want me to do with the man you call the king of the Jews?" They shouted again, "Crucify him."  Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" They only shouted the louder, "Crucify him." So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified.

Thought and Resolution: How often do I go along with crowd, even when I know it is wrong? How often do I forgive others’ behavior toward me? Am I willing to endure and accept ridicule, pain, and suffering to do the right things?

I pray that I have the strength to follow Jesus’s example in the scourging—to do what is right—not what is popular.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this seventh decade in honour of your cruel Scourging. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for the grace to mortify our senses.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Scourging of Jesus come into me and make me truly mortified.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, scourged in our stead  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE THIRD SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE CROWNING WITH THORNS


Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers he was silent and opened not his mouth. (Is 53:7)

Is 52:13-53:10/Mt 16:24-28/Mt 27:27-31/Mk 15:16-19/Lk 23:6-11/Jn 19:1-7

John 19: 1-4

Pilate then had Jesus taken away and scourged and after this, the soldiers twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on his head and dressed him a purple robe.  They kept coming up to him and saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" and slapping him in the face.  Pilate came outside again and said to them, "Look, I am going to bring him out to you to let you see that I find no case against him."  Jesus then came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.  Pilate said, "Behold the man."

Thought and Resolution: Do I deny God’s path out of fear of embarrassment or ridicule? Do I back down when challenged or when I am made fun of for choosing Christ’s way? How often have I joined in on the humiliation of another person?

I pray that I humbly pursue Christ’s path of love and tolerance toward those who might persecute or ridicule me; that I do not allow ridicule or embarrassment to ever deter me from Christ’s way.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of being your being crowned with Thorns. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for a deep contempt of the world.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of Our Lord's Crowning with Thorns come into me and make me truly opposed to the world.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, crowned with thorns to crown us with glory.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FOURTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS


If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and follow in my steps. (Mk 8:34)

Mk :31-38/Mk 15:20-25/Jn 19:17-22/Phil 2:6-11

Jn 19:17-18:

They then took charge of Jesus, and carrying his own cross he went out to the Place of the Skull or, as it is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified him with two others, one on either side, Jesus being in the middle.

Thought and Resolution: Do I act, like Jesus, with complete selflessness in my times of suffering? Simon did not know the “stranger” was Jesus, the Son of God. Do I see the Son of God in the strangers around me?

I pray that my eyes are opened to see Christ in those around me. I pray that I carry my cross lightly and have charity even in my own suffering. Jesus carried His Cross so that my cross might be bearable—even then, He is there to help me carry mine—for on my own, I am incapable.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of your carrying the Cross. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for great patience in carrying my cross after you all the days of my life.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the carrying of the Cross come into me and make me truly patient.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who bore my sins to Calvary.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FIFTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF OUR LORD


God is one. One also is the mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all. (1 Tim 2:5-6)

Mk 15:33-39/JN 19:17-37/Acts 22:22-24/Heb 9:11-14

Jn 19:28-30:

After this, Jesus knew that everything had now been completed and, so that the scripture should be completely fulfilled, he said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar full of sour wine stood there; so, putting a sponge soaked in the wine on a hyssop stick, they held it up to his mouth. After Jesus had taken the wine he said, 'It is fulfilled'; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.

Thought and Resolution: In my trials and tribulations, do I become a selfish, self-pitying, resentful creature? Do I despair?

I pray that I may follow Christ’s example even in my most difficult times to become more Christ-like and continue my mission of faith and hope.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this tenth decade in honour of your Crucifixion on Mount Calvary. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for a great horror of sin, a love for the Cross and the grace of a holy death for us and for those who are now in their last agony.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Incarnation come into me and make me truly humble.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, crucified for our salvation

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES


The contemplation of Christ's face cannot stop at the image of the Crucified One. He is the Risen One!” The Rosary has always expressed this knowledge born of faith and invited the believer to pass beyond the darkness of the Passion in order to gaze upon Christ's glory in the Resurrection and Ascension. Contemplating the Risen One, Christians rediscover the reasons for their own faith (cf. 1Cor 15:14) and relive the joy not only of those to whom Christ appeared – the Apostles, Mary Magdalene and the disciples on the road to Emmaus – but also the joy of Mary, who must have had an equally intense experience of the new life of her glorified Son. In the Ascension, Christ was raised in glory to the right hand of the Father, while Mary herself would be raised to that same glory in the Assumption, enjoying beforehand, by a unique privilege, the destiny reserved for all the just at the resurrection of the dead. Crowned in glory – as she appears in the last glorious mystery – Mary shines forth as Queen of the Angels and Saints, the anticipation and the supreme realization of the eschatological state of the Church.

At the centre of this unfolding sequence of the glory of the Son and the Mother, the Rosary sets before us the third glorious mystery, Pentecost, which reveals the face of the Church as a family gathered together with Mary, enlivened by the powerful outpouring of the Spirit and ready for the mission of evangelization. The contemplation of this scene, like that of the other glorious mysteries, ought to lead the faithful to an ever greater appreciation of their new life in Christ, lived in the heart of the Church, a life of which the scene of Pentecost itself is the great “icon”. The glorious mysteries thus lead the faithful to greater hope for the eschatological goal towards which they journey as members of the pilgrim People of God in history. This can only impel them to bear courageous witness to that “good news” which gives meaning to their entire existence.


THE FIRST GLORIOUS MYSTERY: THE RESURRECTION


The Lord led his people to freedom and they shouted with joy and gladness, alleluia. (Ps 104:43)

Mt 28:1-10/ Mk 16:1-8/Lk 24:1-11/Jn 20:1-10/Rom 6:1-14/1 Cor 15:1-11

(Mt 28:1-7)After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre. And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men. But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, 'There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples, "He has risen from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him." Look! I have told you.'

Thought and Resolution: Do I have faith that God will fulfill His promise to me in my life?

I pray that each day my faith grows and is strengthened through the power and mystery of Christ’s resurrection.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your triumphant Resurrection. Through this mystery and through the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for a lively faith.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Resurrection come into me and make me truly faithful.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who rose and conquered death and hell.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


SECOND GLORIOUS MYSTERY. THE ASCENSION


Jesus said: Father, I want the men you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may see the glory you have given me. (Jn 17:24)

Mt 28:15-20/ Lk 24:44-53/Acts 1:1-11/Eph 2:4-7

Acts 1:9-11

As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky as he went when suddenly two men in white were standing beside them and they said, 'Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven.'

Thought and Resolution: Do I use Jesus’s ascension into heaven to strengthen my faith and hope each day? Do I allow the Holy Spirit to come to me to guide and direct my life?

I pray that I find faith and hope in Christ’s ascension so I too might follow Him to the Father.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your glorious Ascension. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for a firm hope and a great longing for heaven.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Ascension of the Lord come into me and prepare me for heaven.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who ascended to heaven to prepare a place for me.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THIRD GLORIOUS MYSTERY:THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  You will be my witnesses to all the world. (Acts 1:18)

Acts 2:1-11/Acts 4:23-31/Acts 11:44-48/Jn 14:15-21

Acts 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, 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. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, "Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.

Thought and Resolution: Do I accept the Holy Spirit into my life to give me strength and wisdom to live and die as Christ did? Do I listen and follow the Holy Spirit’s instructions?

I pray that I accept the Holy Spirit into my heart and into my life. I pray that I follow His direction to become an instrument of God in this world.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of the mystery of Pentecost in which the Holy Spirit descended in power on the apostles. Through this mystery and the intercession of Mary, your most holy spouse, I ask for your holy wisdom that we may know, taste and practice your truth and share it with everyone.

Acclamation: May the grace of Pentecost come into me and make me truly wise in the eyes of God.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who has sent me a Comforter, Guide and Helper.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


FOURTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY:THE ASSUMPTION



Because we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also come to life with him. (Romans 6:8)

Jn 11:17-27/1 Cor 15:20-28/1Cor 15:42-50/1 Cor 15:51-57/Rv 21:1-6

1 Cor 15:20-26

Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,    but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Thought and Resolution: Do I try to follow Mary’s example by saying yes when I am called upon to do God’s will? Is my faith and hope strengthened by Mary’s assumption, body and soul, into heaven?

I pray that I am given strength and grace each day so that I am prepared to say yes when I am called to do the will of God.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the assumption of your holy Mother into heaven body and soul. Through this mystery and her intercession I ask for the gift of true devotion to her in order to live a good life and have a happy death.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Assumption of Mary come into me and make me truly devoted to her.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who raised you to be with him forever as a promise for all his faithful followers.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


FIFTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY: THE CORONATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY


Blessed are you for your firm believing, that the promises of the Lord would be fulfilled.  (Lk 1:45)

Mt 5:1-12/Rv 7:1-4, 9-12/Rv 21:1-6

Rev 12: 1-5

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, 4 with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.

Thought and Resolution: Do I follow Mary’s example each day? Do I open my heart to receive the grace of God through the Holy Spirit?

I pray that I might follow Mary’s example each day, and with the help of her intercession, be brought to Christ in heaven to share fully in God the Father’s presence for eternity.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of the Crowning in glory of your holy Mother in heaven. Through this mystery and her intercession I ask for perseverance and an increase in virtue up to the moment of our death and thereafter the eternal crown that is prepared for us. I ask for the same grace for all the just and all our benefactors.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Coronation come into me and make me truly humble.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who crowned and exalted you, his most faithful disciple.   

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.



CONCLUSION


One of the following prayers may be said:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I run to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Or:

Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile
show us the blessed Fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

O God,
whose Only-Begotten Son,
by his life, death and resurrection,
has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life,
grant, we beseech you,
that meditating upon these mysteries
of the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may imitate what they contain
and obtain what they promise,
through the same Christ our Lord. 
Amen

Or:

O God,
by the life, death and resurrection of your Son
you give us eternal life.
As we meditate on these mysteries
on the feast of the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
may we live what they proclaim
and receive what they promise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Here may be annexed other prayer(s) such as Psalm 129 (130) for the dead, an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father for the intentions of the Pope, prayers recommended by the local Ordinary or national Conference of Bishops, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the October Prayer to St. Joseph, Prayers for Peace, etc.

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