THE
JOYFUL
MYSTERIES
1. THE ANNUNCIATION
The Annunciation is a symbol of humility, of submission to the will of God. As Mary must have struggled with her own puzzlement at the angel's annunciation, her response melted into total acceptance of God's will, through her prayer. Through her appearances on earth, in this century, is she proclaiming our own annunciation? She asks for our submission to God.
Prayer Intention
Our Lady has always spoken of the great sin in the world; a world composed of pride and ego, that feels it no longer has need for God. She would want us to pray for humility, for submission to God's will. Let us offer this first decade of the rosary, in reparation; in reparation for all who revolt against God's will, against the call of their own conscience. Let us pray especially for the Church, for all bishops, priests and all those in religious life that they might serve God with humility and imitate Mary, the "Model of the Church, the Mother of the Church."

Our Father...

1. The Angel Gabriel was sent from God.... to a virgin betrothed to a man, named
     Joseph, of the  House of David. The virgin's name was Mary. (Lk. 1:26)
     Hail Mary....

2. The angel said to her: Rejoice 0 highly favoured daughter! The Lord is with you.
     Blessed are you among women. (Lk.1:28)
    Hail Mary....

3 She was deeply troubled by his words, and wondered what his greeting meant.(Lk. 1:29)
   Hail Mary....

4. The angel said to her: Do not fear, Mary. You have found favor with God. (Lk. 1:30)
    Hail Mary....

5. You shall conceive and bear a Son and give Him the name of Jesus. (Lk. 1:31)
    Hail Mary....

6. Great will be His dignity and He will be called Son of the Most High. And His reign
     will be without end .(Lk. 1:32-33)
     Hail Mary...

7. Mary said to the angel, How can this be since I do not know man?(Lk. 1:34)
     Hail Mary...

8. The angel answered her: The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the
     Most High will over-shadow you.(Lk. 1:35)
     Hail Mary...

9. The holy offspring to be born will be called Son of God.  (Lk. 1:35)
     Hail Mary...

10. Mary said: I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say. With that
      the angel left her.(Lk. 1:38)
      Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...
Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
Suggested Hymn: (Immaculate Mary)
 
 

2. THE VISITATION
Mary came to Elizabeth, to visit with her relative. She came with a stirring message concerning the nearness of Our Saviour. The Incarnation of the Word was upon us. Is she visiting with us again? Giving us the same message? She, along with her Son, and her Spouse, the Holy Spirit, visit with us everyday. Do we respond as she did,
by opening our hearts, our wills, to God? Listen to Mary's prayer of praise to God, "The Magnificat.'
Prayer Intention
Let us pray this decade in thanksgiving; in thanks to God for coming to us through Mary. For greater recognition of her role, her acceptance to God's will.

Our Father...

1. Mary set out, proceeding in haste into the hill country to a town of Judah, where she entered Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth.  (Lk. 1:39-40)
    Hail Mary...

2. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb.  (Lk. 1:41)
      Hail Mary....

3. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  (Lk. 1:41)
    Hail Mary....

4. She cried out in a loud voice, Blessed are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb. (Lk. 1:42)
    Hail Mary...

5. Blest is she who trusted that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled.(Lk. 1:45)
    Hail Mary....

6. Then Mary said: My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds glory
     in God my saviour. (Lk. 1:46-47)
    Hail Mary....

7. For He has looked upon His servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed. (Lk. 1:48)
     Hail Mary...

8. God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is His name. (Lk. 1:49)
    Hail Mary...

9. His mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him.  (Lk. 1:50)
    Hail Mary...

10. Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home. (Lk.1:56)
    Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...
Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 Suggested Hymn (Sing a New Song)
 

3. THE NATIVITY
He is with us. The word was made flesh and now Jesus Christ is with us. What impact does that have on us today? He came not as a king, or a ruler, but as a poor infant, born in a manger, accompanied by shepherds. And to such humble beginnings, every knee must bend. What gifts do we bring? He is still with us, in all things, in all lives, the Prince of Peace. What gifts do we give? Bring joy, bring love and praise Give your heart. Give your trust as Joseph did.
Prayer Intention
Let us pray for families, for guidance and grace to imitate the Holy Family. Let us pray for all parents and all those who care for the young. Let us pray especially for the gift of life and all those who cherish it; for parents that they will lead their children closer to God. Let us pray for the unborn and in reparation for those who rob the unborn of the gift of life

Our Father...

1. Suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream, and said to him: Joseph, son of  David, have no fear.... It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this child. (Mt. 1:20)
    Hail Mary...

2. She is to have a son and you are to name him Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins. (Mt. 1:21)
    Hail Mary...

3. All this happened to fulfill what the Lord has said through the prophet:  The virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and they shall call him Emmanuel, a name which means 'God is with us.'  (Mt. 1:22-24)
   Hail Mary....

4. In those days Caesar Augustus published a decree ordering a census of the whole world. And so Joseph went to Judea, to David's town of Bethlehem because he was of the house and lineage of David to register with Mary, his espoused wife; who was with child.  (Lk. 2:1), (Lk. 2:4-5)
   Hail Mary....

5. While they were there the days of her confinement were completed. She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.   (Lk. 2:6-7)
     Hail Mary....

6. There were shepherds in that region, living in the fields and keeping night watch over their flocks.  (Lk. 2:8)
    Hail Mary....

7. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and they were very much afraid. The angel
    said to them: You have nothing to fear. (Lk. 2:940)
    Hail Mary...

8. I come to proclaim good news to you tidings of great joy. This day in David's city a
    saviour has been born to you, The Messiah and Lord.  (Lk. 2:10-11)
    Hail Mary....

9. Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: Glory to God in high heaven, peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests.  (Lk. 2:13-14)
    Hail Mary....

10. They went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger; once they saw, they understood what had been told them concerning this child. (Lk. 2:1647)
     Hail Mary....

Glory be to the Father...
Oh My Jesus, forgive us our ......
Suggested Hymn: (Oh Come All Ye Faithful)
 

4. THE PRESENTATION
Mary and Joseph, in compliance with the laws of their land, brought the infant Jesus to the temple for consecration to God the Father. She is still presenting Him to us, everyday. Offering her Son everyday to us, through the Mass, through His graces, His blessings. She also attempts to present us to God everyday; to dress us in holiness, goodness, obedience and humility for presentation to her Son. All of her appearances on earth have attempted to do just that. In this decade Mary's coming sorrows are revealed; for her Son, Jesus, and now for us.
Prayer Intention
Let us pray this decade for Mary's intentions. That all of her children may accept her role as intercessor in preparing us to be worthy of presentation to her Son, Our Saviour. And let us offer here, our personal intentions asking for Mary's intercession, and our own submission to God's will.

Our Father...

1. When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought Him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented to the Lord.(Lk. 2:22)
    Hail Mary....

2. There lived in Jerusalem at the time a certain man named Simeon. He was just and
     pious.... and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  (Lk. 2:25)
    Hail Mary....

3. It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death until he
     had seen the Anointed of the Lord.  (Lk. 2:26)
     Hail Mary...

4. He came to the temple now, inspired by the Spirit, and when the parents brought in
     the Child Jesus, he took Him in his arms and blessed God. (Lk. 2:27-28)
    Hail Mary...

5. Now Master, You can dismiss Your servant in peace; You have fulfilled Your word.  (Lk. 2:29)
     Hail Mary...

6. For my eyes have witnessed your saving deed, displayed for all the peoples to see. (Lk. 2:30-31)
     Hail Mary....

7. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His Mother; This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed.  (Lk. 2:34)
    Hail Mary...

8. And you yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.  (Lk. 2:35)
   Hail Mary...

9. When the pair had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee and their own town of Nazareth.  (Lk. 2:39)
     Hail Mary...

10. The Child grew in size and strength, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.  (Lk.2:40)
      Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...
0 My Jesus, forgive us our sins..
Suggested Hymn: (Go Tell It on the Mountain)
 
 

5. THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
Mary and Joseph searched in sorrow for three days before they experienced the joy of finding Jesus. What anguish there must have been over the lost child, over what might have happened to him. She is still searching today for all of her lost children. Do we see in this event, an example of the constant need to search for the lost?
Prayer Intention
Let us offer this decade for conversion. For all those who have wandered away from God; for those who have lost their faith; for those who give their life to the false gods of the world, money, materialism, and pleasure. I, as Mother, love you all. I love you all even when you are far away from me and my Son. I ask you not to allow my heart to weep tears of blood because of the souls who are being lost in sin. Therefore, dear children, pray, pray, pray!

Our Father...

1. And when He was twelve they went up for the celebration as was their custom. (Lk. 2:42)
    Hail Mary....

2. As they were returning at the end of the feast, the Child Jesus remained behind unknown to His parents.  (Lk. 2:43)
   Hail Mary....

3. Thinking He was in the party, they continued their journey for a day, looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.  (Lk. 2:44)
    Hail Mary....

4. Not finding Him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of Him. (Lk. 2:45)
    Hail Mary....

5. On the third day they came upon Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers.... All who heard Him were amazed at his intelligence and His answers. (Lk. 2:46-47)
    Hail Mary....

6. And His Mother said to Him: Son, why have You done this to Us? You see that Your father and I have been searching for You in sorrow. (Lk. 2:48)
   Hail Mary....

7. He said to them; "Why did you search for me? Did you not know I had to be in My Father's house? (Lk. 2:49)
    Hail Mary....

8. But they did not grasp what He said to them.  (Lk.2:50)
    Hail Mary....

9. He went down with them then, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.  (Lk. 2:51)
    Hail Mary....

10. His Mother meanwhile, kept all these things in memory Jesus, for His part, progressed steadily in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.  (Lk. 2:52)
     Hail Mary....

Glory be to the Father...
Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins....
Suggested Hymn: (Here I Am Lord)
 

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