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Friday, October 23, 2009

The Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries
With Scriptural Readings

The Joyful Mysteries, commonly said on Mondays and Saturdays, help us to meditate on the great mystery of the incarnation of God among us in and through the person of Jesus, his birth and early life.

Make the Sign of the Cross and pray the Apostles’ Creed, while holding the crucifix.

Pray one Our Father on the first bead, three Hail Mary’s on the next three for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, and finish with the Glory Be.

First Joyful Mystery the Annunciation

Announce the first Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation, and pause to contemplate this mystery of Mary’s humility of heart and “yes” to God’s will in your life.

Because of the foreseen merits of Jesus, God the Father kept Mary free from all stain of original sin. “I am the Immaculate Conception,” she told Bernadette at Lourdes. It was to this sinless virgin that the Angel Gabriel came and asked her to become the mother of the Son of God. In faith Mary replied, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke1:38) At that moment the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb.

Say the Our Father, then ten Hail Mary’s each proceeded by the scriptural text from Luke 1:26-38, text shown below.

1. 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. – Pray - 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

2. And the angel came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” – Pray – Hail Mary…

3. But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. – Hail Mary…

4. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary for your have found favor with God.”– Hail Mary…

5. “And behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” – Hail Mary…

6. “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.” – Hail Mary…

7. And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no husband?” – Hail Mary…

8. 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.” – Hail Mary…

9. “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.” – Hail Mary…

10. And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” After this the angel departed from her. – Hail Mary…

Pray the
Glory Be
Fatima Prayer

Second Joyful Mystery the Visitation

Announce the second Joyful Mystery the Visitation and contemplate the charity Mary showed to her cousin Elizabeth by remaining with her for three months before the birth of John the Baptist. Contemplate and ask God for the grace to show Marian charity to others.

Say the Our Father, then ten Hail Mary’s each proceeded by the scripture from Luke 1:39-56, text shown below.

1. In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. – Hail Mary

2. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; - Hail Mary

3. 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!” – Hail Mary

4. “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.” – Hail Mary

5. “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” – Hail Mary

6. And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”, - Hail Mary

7. “For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” – Hail Mary

8. “And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree;” – Hail Mary

9. “He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.” – Hail Mary

10. And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home. – Hail Mary

Glory Be
Fatima Prayer

Third Joyful Mystery the Nativity

Announce the third Joyful Mystery the Nativity and contemplate the humble devotion of Mary and her desire to love God and for God’s love. In extreme humility and poverty, Mary gave birth in Bethlehem which means the House of Bread, and lovingly placed the Infant Jesus, Our Lord and God and Redeemer in a manger, a feeding trough for animals. Mary gave birth to the Bread of Life, Jesus, in the House of Bread and placed Him in a feeding trough. He is the Bread of Life and all who eat of Him will never die. Lord thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus, whose name Jesus means the One Who Saves or God's Salvation.

Say the Our Father, then ten Hail Mary’s each proceeded by the scripture from Luke 2:1-16, text shown below.

1. In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. – Hail Mary

2. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. – Hail Mary

3. 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 clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. – Hail Mary

4. And in the region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shown around them, and they were filled with fear. – Hail Mary

5. And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people;” – Hail Mary

6. “For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” - Hail Mary

7. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” - Hail Mary

8. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!” – Hail Mary

9. When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,” Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” – Hail Mary

10. And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. – Hail Mary

Glory BeFatima

Fourth Joyful Mystery the Presentation

Announce the fourth Joyful Mystery the Presentation of our Lord Jesus, where Joseph and Mary out of obedience to the Law of God, presented the Child Jesus in the Temple. May God grant us the grace of sacrifice to the will of God and to be obedient to God and embrace goodness and flee from evil.

Say the Our Father, then ten Hail Mary’s each proceeded by the scripture from Luke 2:22-40 text shown below.

1. 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”) – Hail Mary

2. And to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord,” a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” – Hail Mary

3. 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. – Hail Mary

4. 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. – Hail Mary

5. 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.” - Hail Mary

6. “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.” – Hail Mary

7. 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.” – Hail Mary
8. And there was a prophetess Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, 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, worshipping with fasting and prayer night and day. – Hail Mary

9. And coming up at that very hour Anna gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. – Hail Mary

10. And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. – Hail Mary

Glory Be
Fatima Prayer

Fifth Joyful Mystery Finding at the Temple

Announce the fifth Joyful Mystery the Finding at the Temple of our Lord Jesus. Contemplate the deep sorrow with which Mary and Joseph sought to find their child for three days. Contemplate the frustration, and fear in not finding your child quickly. Whether it be spiritual or physical finding of a young child or grown adult, give our Lord the burden and he will give you rest. "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Say the Our Father, then 10 Hail Mary's preceded by the scripture below from Luke 2:41- 52.

1. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. - Hail Mary

2. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. - Hail Mary

3. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; - Hail Mary

4. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. - Hail Mary

5. And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, you father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” - Hail Mary

6. And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me?" - Hail Mary

7. Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” - Hail Mary

8. And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them;- Hail Mary

9. And his mother kept all these things in her heart. - Hail Mary

10. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in statue; and in favor with God and man. - Hail Mary

Glory Be
Fatima Prayer
Hail Holy Queen

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