"Great is the Lord and worthy of high praise; God's
grandeur is beyond understanding. One generation praises your deeds to the next
and proclaims your mighty works. They speak of the splendor of your majestic
glory, tell of your wonderful deeds." Psalm 145:3-5
The Rosary is a meditative expression of prayer that calls
us to praise God with our lips and draw near to him with our hearts. The
Catechism of the Catholic Church says, "Meditation engages thought,
imagination, emotion and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in
order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart,
and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to
meditate on the mysteries of Christ."
There are three sets of mysteries; the joyful, the
sorrowful and the glorious. Each set of mysteries contains five separate
mysteries. One set of mysteries (joyful, sorrowful or glorious) will take you
once around the rosary beads. Before you begin each mystery, say one Our Father
and think about the setting of the mystery, the sights, sounds and smells. As
you pray through the ten Hail Mary’s let the story unfold before you, knowing
that Christ is acting on your behalf. If you read the passages referred to in
each mystery, the story will be fresh in your mind, allowing you to focus on
important details and gain new insights. Finish each mystery with one Glory Be,
an expression of thankfulness to God.
A. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen. (Sign of the cross.)
B. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy
Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he
rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the
Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the
Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the commun-ion of saints, the forgiveness
of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
C. 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. Amen.
D. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou
among 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.
E. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As
it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation
Luke 1,26-38. Verse 35: "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.
2. The Visitation
Luke 1,39-56. Verses 41-43: When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby
leaped in her womb, and Eliza-beth, 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?"
3. The Nativity
Luke 2,1-20. Verse 7: [Mary] 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.
4. The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Luke 2,21-38. Verses 28-32: [Simeon] 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
5. Finding Jesus in the Temple
Luke 2,41-52. Verses 45-47:. . . not finding [Jesus], [his parents] returned
to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them
questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his
(Turn to the Concluding Prayers)
The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. The Agony in the Garden
Luke 22,39-46. Verses 41-42,44: After withdrawing about a stone's throw away
from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, "Father, if you are willing,
take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done." . . . He
was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of
blood falling on the ground.
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
Matthew 27,15-26. Verse 26: Then [Pilate] released Barabbas to them, but
after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.
3. The Crowning with Thorns
Matthew 27,27-31. Verses 29-30: Weaving a crown out of thorns, [the soldiers]
placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him,
they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat upon him
and took the reed and kept striking him on the head.
4. The Carrying of the Cross
John 19,16-17: So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out
to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.
5. The Crucifixion
Luke 23,33-49. Verses 44-46: It was now about noon and darkness came over the
whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then
the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud
voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had
said this he breathed his last.
(Turn to the Concluding Prayers)
The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
Luke 24:1-12. Verses 5-6: [Two men] said to them, "Why do you seek the
living among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he
said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed
over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day."
2. The Ascension
Acts 1,6-12. Verse 9-11: . . . as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and
a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky
as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same
way as you have seen him going into heaven."
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2,1-13. Verses 2-4: 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.
4. The Assumption of Mary
Universal Catechism, par. 974: The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course
of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of
heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son's Resurrection,
anticipating the resurrection of all members of his Body.
5. The Coronation of Mary
Revelation 12,1: 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.
F. Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweet-ness, and our
hope! To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you 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 to 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.
G. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen. (Sign of the cross.)