The Mysteries of the Rosary

The Rosary consists of 20 Mysteries divided into four distinct parts – The Joyful, The Luminous, The Sorrowful and The Glorious Mysteries. Each Mystery is represented by a Decade made up of the Our Father, Ten Hail Mary’s and a Glory Be.

*Citations Listed Below.

The Joyful Mysteries

(Prayed on Mondays and Sundays)

The events surrounding the coming of Our Lord, God made man, are a cause for intense joy. We meditate on these mysteries asking Our Lady to help us discover the secret of Christian joy – the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh.

joyfulmysteries-scaled-compressorThe Annunciation of the Lord

The angel Gabriele was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph…. And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favoured one, the Lord is with you!” — Luke 1:26-28

The Visitation

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah…. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped into her womb. — Luke 1:39-41

The Nativity of the Lord

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. — Luke 2:7

The Presentation of the Lord

And when the parents brought in the child Jesus … 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.” — Luke 2:27-30

The Finding in the Temple

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed. — Luke 2:45-47

The Luminous Mysteries

(Prayed on Thursdays)

The public life of Our Lord reveals what the reign of God’s Kingdom is like – both in the miracles He worked and in His preaching. We meditate on these mysteries asking Our Lady to help us to allow His light to shine in our darkness.

luminousmysteries-scaled-compressorThe Baptism of Jesus

And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the waters, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove. — Mathew 3:16

The Wedding Feast of Cana

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.” … This, is the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee. — John 2:4-5, 11

The Preaching of the Kingdom

Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” — Mark 1:14-15

The Transfiguration

And as (Jesus) was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white…. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” — Luke 9:29-35

The Institution of the Eucharist

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.” — Mathew 26:26-27

The Sorrowful Mysteriessorrowfulmysteries-scaled-compressor

(Prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays)

The Passion and death of Our Lord reveal how much God loves us. We meditate on these mysteries asking Our Lady to help us comprehend this love and to experience its life-giving power.

The Agony in the Garden

And going a little farther (Jesus) fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” — Mathew 26:39

The Scourging

Then (Pilate) released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. — Mathew 27:26

The Crowning with Thorns

And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. — Mathew 27:28-29

The Carrying of the Cross

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him…. They came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross. — Mathew 27: 31-32

The Crucifixion

And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split. — Mathew 27: 50-51

The Glorius Mysteriesgloriusmysteries-scaled-compressor

(Prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

In triumph, Our Lord empowers us to follow Him courageously. We meditate on these mysteries asking Our Lady to intercede for us, that we may always keep in mind the glory of God as we seek to do His will here on earth.

The Resurrection

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture; that he must rise from the dead. — John 20:8

The Ascension of the Lord

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” … When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. — Acts 1: 7-9

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

There appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. — Acts 2: 3-4

The Assumption of Our Blessed Mother

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. — 1 Thessalonians 4:14

The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven

A great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. — Revelation 12:1


*Information cited from “How to Pray the Rosary” pamphlet. Visit Our Sunday Visitor.

How to Pray the Rosary. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 2007.


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