The Joyful Mysteries Page
To be said on Mondays and Thursdays and Sundays from the 1st Sunday in Advent until Easter
                                                                                       Rosary Page
When we pray the rosary we have to meditate on the mysteries. Here are some representations on which to meditate. Eventually, you won't even need them. Here we go:


The Annunciation

The First Joyful Mystery
THE ANNUNCIATION
For the love of humility

 
1. Our Lady is in prayer and in her home in Nazareth.
        (say the Hail Mary)

2. Of all women, God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.
        (say the Hail Mary)

3. The Angel Gabriel announces: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee."
          (say the Hail Mary)

4. Mary wonders at this salutation.
         (say the Hail Mary)

5. He asks her to be God's Mother and awaits her reply.
         (say the Hail Mary)

6. Mary asks but one question, what of her vow of virginity.
         (say the Hail Mary)

7. The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.
           (say the Hail Mary)

8. The Incarnation awaits Mary's consent.
         (say the Hail Mary)

9. Mary answers: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word."
         (say the Hail Mary)

10. The angel departs and leaves the Word made flesh dwelling in Mary's womb.
           (say the Hail Mary)

The Visitation

The Second Joyful Mystery
THE VISITATION
For charity towards my neighbor

 
1. Mary's cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age for nothing is impossible with God.
         (say the Hail Mary)

2. Charity prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.
         (say the Hail Mary)

3. The journey to Elizabeth's home is about eighty miles requiring four or five days.
         (say the Hail Mary)

4. Though long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her the Incarnate Word.
         (say the Hail Mary)

5. At Mary's salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother's womb.
         (say the Hail Mary)

6. Elizabeth exclaims: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
        (say the Hail Mary)

7. "How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
          (say the Hail Mary)

8. "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."
         (say the Hail Mary)

9. Mary replies: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joy in God my Savior."
         (say the Hail Mary)

10. Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the
Baptist.
         (say the Hail Mary)


Jesus is Born

The Third Joyful Mystery
JESUS IS BORN
For the spirit of poverty

 
1. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus.
         (say the Hail Mary)

2. The hour for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room in the inn so they find shelter at a nearby cattle shed
           (say the Hail Mary)

3. In the stillness of the night, the Savior is born, Mary remaining a Virgin and had a son whose Father is God
         (say the Hail Mary)

4. She wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.
         (say the Hail Mary)

5. There she and Joseph adore their infant Son
        (say the Hail Mary)

6. Jesus enters the world in poverty to teach the lesson of detachment from earthly things.
        (say the Hail Mary)

7. The angel announces to the shepherds: "Today there is born to you in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord."
         (say the Hail Mary)

8. The angelic chorus sing: "Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth."
         (say the Hail Mary)

9. The shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant Jesus. They kneel in simple faith to adore the tiny Good Shepherd.
         (say the Hail Mary)

10. The Magi come to adore the Holy Child and offer Him gifts.
           (say the Hail Mary)
 

Presentation at the Temple

The Fourth Joyful Mystery
THE PRESENTATION
For the virtue of obedience

 
1. Observing the law of Moses they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord.
        (say the Hail Mary)

2. According to the law, the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to the Lord.
        (say the Hail Mary)

3. Mary offers her Son to the Father, the priests pray over her .
        (say the Hail Mary)

4. Jesus is not subject to the law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.
         (say the Hail Mary)

5. Mary, the immaculate one, is cleansed.
         (say the Hail Mary)

6. God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
        (say the Hail Mary)

7. Recognizing the Child, he prays: "Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word."
        (say the Hail Mary)

8. "This Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed."
         (say the Hail Mary)

9. And to Mary, Simeon reveals: "And your own soul a sword shall pierce."
         (say the Hail Mary)

10. After they fulfill all the law requires they return to Nazareth.
         (say the Hail Mary)

Jesus Found at the Temple

The Fifth Joyful Mystery
FINDING JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
The virtue of piety

 
1. When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
         (say the Hail Mary)

2. After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without Jesus.
          (say the Hail Mary)

3. At the end of the first day's journey they discover Jesus is missing.
           (say the Hail Mary)

4. His parents return immediately looking for Him.
         (say the Hail Mary)

5. This loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Mary and Joseph.
        (say the Hail Mary)

6. On the third day, they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who were astonished at His wisdom.
          (say the Hail Mary)

7. Mary: "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow."
         (say the Hail Mary)

8. Jesus: "Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"
        (say the Hail Mary)

9. Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them remaining there in obscurity and obedience for 18 years.
        (say the Hail Mary)

10. Mary keeps all these things in her heart.
            (say the Hail Mary)

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