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The Rosary is composed is divided into the five Joyful Mysteries, the five Luminous Mysteries, the five Sorrowful Mysteries, the five Glorious Mysteries. Each mystery contemplates events in the life of Christ or the Blessed Virgin Mary through the recitation of  the Lord’s Prayer, 10 Hail Mary’s and a  Doxology.

If one says only five decades a day, it is customary to say the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday.

The following sequence consists of several different  aids to reciting the rosary including Scriptural passages, and optional prayers or statements to direct one’s intention. They are the following

1.    Immediately after each mystery is provided a short Scriptural reference, for meditation.
2.    Biblical references to longer Scriptural passages are provided (from Franciscans at Prayer)
3.    For those who may not have immediate access to a Bible, a longer passage from one of those suggested is provided.
4.    A thought and reflection on the mystery
5.    A theme of offering is provided with an acclamation/aspiration for the grace of the mystery contemplated
6.    An expansion on the Holy Name of Jesus is suggested for that mystery i.e. the person praying says “and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, who (insert expansion). Holy Mary…..”

All these prayers are provided as an aid and none are mandatory. One, or more may be utilized by the user for greater meditation according to his/her personal spirituality. The required parts of the rosary consist solely of the prayers (Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and the Glory be) in bold with some meditation on the mysteries.

The following is the template used in this section of the application for each mystery:


MYSTERY


Short Scripture sentence

Other recommended scriptural passages for meditation

Long Scriptural Passage

Thought and Resolution

Offering

Acclamation

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary

Mandatory part of the rosary

Other optional prayers (e.g. the Fatima prayer)



OUTLINE OF THE ROSARY



OPENING VERSES

THE FIVE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

When five decades are prayed, these may be used on Monday & Saturday

1. The Annunciation

2. The Visitation

3. The Birth of the Lord

4. The Presentation of the Lord

5. The Finding of the Lord in the Temple
 
THE FIVE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

When five decades are prayed, these may be used on Thursday

1. The Baptism in the Jordan

2. The Wedding at Cana

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom

4. The Transfiguration

5. The Institution of the Eucharist

THE FIVE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

When five decades are prayed, these may be used on Tuesday & Friday

1. The Agony in the Garden

2. The Scourging at the Pillar

3. The Crowning with Thorns

4. The Carrying of the Cross

5. The Crucifixion and Death of our Lord

THE FIVE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

When five decades are prayed, these may be used on Wednesday & Sunday

1. The Resurrection

2. The Ascension

3. The Coming of the Holy Ghost

4. The Assumption of Mary into heaven

5. The Coronation of Mary

CLOSING PRAYERS


THE HOLY ROSARY



OPENING I

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia.)

or OPENING II

In the name + of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

[I unite with all the saints in heaven and with all the just on earth; I unite with you, my Jesus, to praise your holy Mother worthily and to praise you in her and by her. I renounce all the distractions that may come to me while I am saying this Rosary.

O Lord, I offer you this creed to honour the faith you had upon earth and to ask you to permit us to share in that same faith. O Lord, I offer you this Our Father to adore you in your oneness and to acknowledge you as the first cause and the last end of all things. Most Holy Trinity, I offer you these three Hail Marys to thank you for all the graces which you have given to Mary and which you have given to us through her intercession.]

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

Then is said:

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.

After which the Angelic Salutation is said thrice:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee
blessed art thou amongst 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

Or:

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

Then finally is said:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :
and to the Holy Spirit (or: Holy Ghost)
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

Or:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

When the rosary is said for the dead, the following verse may be substituted for the doxology

Eternal rest grant to them (him/her), O Lord,
and let perpetual perpetual light shine on them (him/her)

which also replaces the doxology throughout the whole rosary.

The mysteries of the rosary are provided with a short thematic Scriptural verse for meditation. If desired, one of the longer Scriptural passages given as references may be read, or the Scriptural passage printed. Other meditations, biblical and devotional, may be used in place of the ones given, or they may be replaced with mental prayer before or during the Hail Mary


THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY



The first five decades, the “joyful mysteries”, are marked by the joy radiating from the event of the Incarnation. This is clear from the very first mystery, the Annunciation, where Gabriel's greeting to the Virgin of Nazareth is linked to an invitation to messianic joy: “Rejoice, Mary”. The whole of salvation history, in some sense the entire history of the world, has led up to this greeting. If it is the Father's plan to unite all things in Christ (cf. Eph 1:10), then the whole of the universe is in some way touched by the divine favour with which the Father looks upon Mary and makes her the Mother of his Son. The whole of humanity, in turn, is embraced by the fiat with which she readily agrees to the will of God.

Exultation is the keynote of the encounter with Elizabeth, where the sound of Mary's voice and the presence of Christ in her womb cause John to “leap for joy” (cf. Lk 1:44). Gladness also fills the scene in Bethlehem, when the birth of the divine Child, the Saviour of the world, is announced by the song of the angels and proclaimed to the shepherds as “news of great joy” (Lk 2:10).

The final two mysteries, while preserving this climate of joy, already point to the drama yet to come. The Presentation in the Temple not only expresses the joy of the Child's consecration and the ecstasy of the aged Simeon; it also records the prophecy that Christ will be a “sign of contradiction” for Israel and that a sword will pierce his mother's heart (cf Lk 2:34-35). Joy mixed with drama marks the fifth mystery, the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple. Here he appears in his divine wisdom as he listens and raises questions, already in effect one who “teaches”. The revelation of his mystery as the Son wholly dedicated to his Father's affairs proclaims the radical nature of the Gospel, in which even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom. Mary and Joseph, fearful and anxious, “did not understand” his words (Lk 2:50).

To meditate upon the “joyful” mysteries, then, is to enter into the ultimate causes and the deepest meaning of Christian joy. It is to focus on the realism of the mystery of the Incarnation and on the obscure foreshadowing of the mystery of the saving Passion. Mary leads us to discover the secret of Christian joy, reminding us that Christianity is, first and foremost, euangelion, “good news”, which has as its heart and its whole content the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the one Saviour of the world.


THE FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE ANNUNCIATION.



As Christ came into the world, he said: Behold! I have come to do your will, O God. (Heb 10:5-7)

Is 7:10-14/Lk 1:26-38

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, you who enjoy God's favour! The Lord is with you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.' Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?' The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.' Mary said, 'You see before you the Lord's servant, let it happen to me as you have said.' And the angel left her.

Thought and Resolution: Do I open my heart and mind to hear the voice of God calling me to do His will? Do I say yes to His will regardless of the possible consequences to myself?

I pray that I can open my heart and mind to hear the will of God in my life. I pray that I see the example given to me by my Holy Mother, the Virgin Mary. I pray that I accept the help sent to me through the Holy Spirit.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this first decade in honor of your Incarnation in which you humbled yourself to take flesh of your holy Mother and offered a pleasing sacrifice of obedience to the Father on coming into the world. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for humility of heart.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Incarnation come into me and make me truly humble.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary:

…Jesus, who humbled himself and became man for our salvation.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE SECOND JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE VISITATION


Come, all you who fear God, and hear the great things the Lord has done for me. (Ps 65:16)

Is 40:1-10/Lk 1:39-45/Jn 1:19-13

Luke 1: 39-45

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah. She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, 'Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.'

Thought and Resolution: Do I look outside of myself for opportunities to perform service for others? Do I humbly serve the will of God, or do I look for personal recognition for what I do?

I pray that I can turn my life and my will over to the care of God and that I can act upon it. I pray that I put my faith into action through service to others in need.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this second decade in honour of the Visitation of your holy Mother to her cousin Saint Elizabeth. Through this mystery and the intercession of Mary I ask for a perfect love of my neighbour.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Visitation come into me and make me truly charitable.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who sanctifies all things and causes them to rejoice.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE THIRD JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE BIRTH OF THE LORD


The Lord said to me: You are my Son; this day I have begotten you. (Ps 2:7)

Mi 5:1-5/Mt 2:1-12/Lk 2:1-20/Gal 4:1-7

Lk 2:1-7:

Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world. This census—the first—took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David's town called Bethlehem, since he was of David's House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the living-space.

Thought and Resolution: Am I easily distracted by worldly possessions and other temptations? Do I humbly bring Christ into this world through my prayers, thoughts, words, and actions?

I pray that when I bring Christ into this world, I do so humbly without pride or self-centeredness. I pray that the things of this world do not distract my focus away from what is truly important—God’s presence in my life and His will for me.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of your holy Birth. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother I ask for detachment from the things of this world, love of poverty and love of the poor.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Birth of Jesus come into me and make me truly poor in spirit.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, born for us

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD


With my own eyes I have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of all the nations. (Lk 2:20-31)

Lk 2:22-38/Heb 9:6-14

Lk 2:22-38

When the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord - observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord - and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord.

Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:
Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised;
for my eyes have seen the salvation
which you have made ready in the sight of the nations;
a light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel.

As the child's father and mother were wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, 'Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed - and a sword will pierce your soul too - so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.'

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

Thought and Resolution: Do I turn to the traditions and laws of the Church to guide and direct me to God? Do I turn to devotions, like the Rosary, to give me strength and grace to fulfill the will of God?

I pray that I might use the teaching of the Church created by Christ and nurtured by the Virgin Mary to guide and direct me to God. I pray that I might use suffering in my life to bring me closer to God as shown to me by the lives of Jesus and Mary.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your presentation in the temple by the hands of Mary. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother I ask for the grace to always be dedicated to your will, and the gift of purity of heart and body.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the presentation come into me and make me pure and wholly dedicated to the will of God.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, dedicated to the will of God  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FIFTH JOYFUL MYSTERY: THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE


I have not spoken on my own; no, the Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to speak. (Jn 12:49)

Lk :41-50/ Jn 12:44-50/1 Cor 2:6-16

Lk 2:41-50:

Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When the days of the feast were over and they set off home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was somewhere in the party, and it was only after a day's journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere. It happened that, three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, 'My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.' He replied, 'Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?' But they did not understand what he meant.

Thought and Resolution: When I lose Jesus in my daily life, do I go frantically searching for Him like I would my lost child? Do I know where to find Him? Do I go straight to the obvious place to look for Him?

I pray that in those times when I feel like I have lost Jesus Christ in my life I realize that He has not lost me. I pray that I remember where to find Him at all times—He is busy with His Father’s affairs.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade to honour Mary's finding you in the temple among the learned men after she had lost you. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother I ask you for true wisdom to convert me to your holy teaching and help me guide others to you, who are the only Way, Truth and Life.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Finding of Jesus in the temple come into me that I may be truly converted.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who teaches us the will of the Father.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES


The Gospels give great prominence to the sorrowful mysteries of Christ. From the beginning Christian piety, especially during the Lenten devotion of the Way of the Cross, has focused on the individual moments of the Passion, realizing that here is found the culmination of the revelation of God's love and the source of our salvation. The Rosary selects certain moments from the Passion, inviting the faithful to contemplate them in their hearts and to relive them. The sequence of meditations begins with Gethsemane, where Christ experiences a moment of great anguish before the will of the Father, against which the weakness of the flesh would be tempted to rebel. There Jesus encounters all the temptations and confronts all the sins of humanity, in order to say to the Father: “Not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42 and parallels). This “Yes” of Christ reverses the “No” of our first parents in the Garden of Eden. And the cost of this faithfulness to the Father's will is made clear in the following mysteries; by his scourging, his crowning with thorns, his carrying the Cross and his death on the Cross, the Lord is cast into the most abject suffering: Ecce homo!

This abject suffering reveals not only the love of God but also the meaning of man himself.

Ecce homo: the meaning, origin and fulfilment of man is to be found in Christ, the God who humbles himself out of love “even unto death, death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). The sorrowful mysteries help the believer to relive the death of Jesus, to stand at the foot of the Cross beside Mary, to enter with her into the depths of God's love for man and to experience all its life-giving power.


THE FIRST SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN


Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given me. (Jn 18:11)

Mt 26:36-46/Mk 14:26-42/Lk 22:39-53/Jn 18:1-2

Lk 22:39-44:

He then left to make his way as usual to the Mount of Olives, with the disciples following. When he reached the place he said to them, 'Pray not to be put to the test.' Then he withdrew from them, about a stone's throw away, and knelt down and prayed. 'Father,' he said, 'if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, let your will be done, not mine.' Then an angel appeared to him, coming from heaven to give him strength. In his anguish he prayed even more earnestly, and his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.

Thought and Resolution: Do I choose God’s will over my own despite my fear and doubt, or do I try to escape? When I am suffering and in pain, do I turn to God and His will for me, or do I fall into despair and self-pity?

I pray that I can better follow His example, despite my fears and doubts. I pray that I learn to hear the voice of God in my suffering and answer His call.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your intense agony in the garden of Olives. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for perfect sorrow for our sins and perfect conformity to your holy will.

Acclamation: May the grace of the agony of Jesus come into me and make me truly contrite and perfectly obedient to the will of God.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, in agony because of our sins  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR


Attend to my cry for I am brought low indeed. (Ps 142:7)

Is 50:5-9/Mt 27:15-26/Mk 15:6-16

Mk 15:11-16

The chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas for them instead.  Pilate again said to them in reply, "Then what do you want me to do with the man you call the king of the Jews?" They shouted again, "Crucify him."  Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" They only shouted the louder, "Crucify him." So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified.

Thought and Resolution: How often do I go along with crowd, even when I know it is wrong? How often do I forgive others’ behavior toward me? Am I willing to endure and accept ridicule, pain, and suffering to do the right things?

I pray that I have the strength to follow Jesus’s example in the scourging—to do what is right—not what is popular.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this seventh decade in honour of your cruel Scourging. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for the grace to mortify our senses.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Scourging of Jesus come into me and make me truly mortified.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, scourged in our stead  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE THIRD SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE CROWNING WITH THORNS


Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers he was silent and opened not his mouth. (Is 53:7)

Is 52:13-53:10/Mt 16:24-28/Mt 27:27-31/Mk 15:16-19/Lk 23:6-11/Jn 19:1-7

John 19: 1-4

Pilate then had Jesus taken away and scourged and after this, the soldiers twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on his head and dressed him a purple robe.  They kept coming up to him and saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" and slapping him in the face.  Pilate came outside again and said to them, "Look, I am going to bring him out to you to let you see that I find no case against him."  Jesus then came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.  Pilate said, "Behold the man."

Thought and Resolution: Do I deny God’s path out of fear of embarrassment or ridicule? Do I back down when challenged or when I am made fun of for choosing Christ’s way? How often have I joined in on the humiliation of another person?

I pray that I humbly pursue Christ’s path of love and tolerance toward those who might persecute or ridicule me; that I do not allow ridicule or embarrassment to ever deter me from Christ’s way.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of being your being crowned with Thorns. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for a deep contempt of the world.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of Our Lord's Crowning with Thorns come into me and make me truly opposed to the world.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, crowned with thorns to crown us with glory.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FOURTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS


If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and follow in my steps. (Mk 8:34)

Mk :31-38/Mk 15:20-25/Jn 19:17-22/Phil 2:6-11

Jn 19:17-18:

They then took charge of Jesus, and carrying his own cross he went out to the Place of the Skull or, as it is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified him with two others, one on either side, Jesus being in the middle.

Thought and Resolution: Do I act, like Jesus, with complete selflessness in my times of suffering? Simon did not know the “stranger” was Jesus, the Son of God. Do I see the Son of God in the strangers around me?

I pray that my eyes are opened to see Christ in those around me. I pray that I carry my cross lightly and have charity even in my own suffering. Jesus carried His Cross so that my cross might be bearable—even then, He is there to help me carry mine—for on my own, I am incapable.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of your carrying the Cross. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for great patience in carrying my cross after you all the days of my life.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the carrying of the Cross come into me and make me truly patient.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who bore my sins to Calvary.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE FIFTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY: THE CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF OUR LORD


God is one. One also is the mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all. (1 Tim 2:5-6)

Mk 15:33-39/JN 19:17-37/Acts 22:22-24/Heb 9:11-14

Jn 19:28-30:

After this, Jesus knew that everything had now been completed and, so that the scripture should be completely fulfilled, he said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar full of sour wine stood there; so, putting a sponge soaked in the wine on a hyssop stick, they held it up to his mouth. After Jesus had taken the wine he said, 'It is fulfilled'; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.

Thought and Resolution: In my trials and tribulations, do I become a selfish, self-pitying, resentful creature? Do I despair?

I pray that I may follow Christ’s example even in my most difficult times to become more Christ-like and continue my mission of faith and hope.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this tenth decade in honour of your Crucifixion on Mount Calvary. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for a great horror of sin, a love for the Cross and the grace of a holy death for us and for those who are now in their last agony.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Incarnation come into me and make me truly humble.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, crucified for our salvation

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES


The contemplation of Christ's face cannot stop at the image of the Crucified One. He is the Risen One!” The Rosary has always expressed this knowledge born of faith and invited the believer to pass beyond the darkness of the Passion in order to gaze upon Christ's glory in the Resurrection and Ascension. Contemplating the Risen One, Christians rediscover the reasons for their own faith (cf. 1Cor 15:14) and relive the joy not only of those to whom Christ appeared – the Apostles, Mary Magdalene and the disciples on the road to Emmaus – but also the joy of Mary, who must have had an equally intense experience of the new life of her glorified Son. In the Ascension, Christ was raised in glory to the right hand of the Father, while Mary herself would be raised to that same glory in the Assumption, enjoying beforehand, by a unique privilege, the destiny reserved for all the just at the resurrection of the dead. Crowned in glory – as she appears in the last glorious mystery – Mary shines forth as Queen of the Angels and Saints, the anticipation and the supreme realization of the eschatological state of the Church.

At the centre of this unfolding sequence of the glory of the Son and the Mother, the Rosary sets before us the third glorious mystery, Pentecost, which reveals the face of the Church as a family gathered together with Mary, enlivened by the powerful outpouring of the Spirit and ready for the mission of evangelization. The contemplation of this scene, like that of the other glorious mysteries, ought to lead the faithful to an ever greater appreciation of their new life in Christ, lived in the heart of the Church, a life of which the scene of Pentecost itself is the great “icon”. The glorious mysteries thus lead the faithful to greater hope for the eschatological goal towards which they journey as members of the pilgrim People of God in history. This can only impel them to bear courageous witness to that “good news” which gives meaning to their entire existence.


THE FIRST GLORIOUS MYSTERY: THE RESURRECTION


The Lord led his people to freedom and they shouted with joy and gladness, alleluia. (Ps 104:43)

Mt 28:1-10/ Mk 16:1-8/Lk 24:1-11/Jn 20:1-10/Rom 6:1-14/1 Cor 15:1-11

(Mt 28:1-7)After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre. And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men. But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, 'There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples, "He has risen from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him." Look! I have told you.'

Thought and Resolution: Do I have faith that God will fulfill His promise to me in my life?

I pray that each day my faith grows and is strengthened through the power and mystery of Christ’s resurrection.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your triumphant Resurrection. Through this mystery and through the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for a lively faith.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Resurrection come into me and make me truly faithful.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who rose and conquered death and hell.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


SECOND GLORIOUS MYSTERY. THE ASCENSION


Jesus said: Father, I want the men you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may see the glory you have given me. (Jn 17:24)

Mt 28:15-20/ Lk 24:44-53/Acts 1:1-11/Eph 2:4-7

Acts 1:9-11

As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky as he went when suddenly two men in white were standing beside them and they said, 'Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven.'

Thought and Resolution: Do I use Jesus’s ascension into heaven to strengthen my faith and hope each day? Do I allow the Holy Spirit to come to me to guide and direct my life?

I pray that I find faith and hope in Christ’s ascension so I too might follow Him to the Father.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of your glorious Ascension. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother I ask for a firm hope and a great longing for heaven.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Ascension of the Lord come into me and prepare me for heaven.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who ascended to heaven to prepare a place for me.  

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


THIRD GLORIOUS MYSTERY:THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  You will be my witnesses to all the world. (Acts 1:18)

Acts 2:1-11/Acts 4:23-31/Acts 11:44-48/Jn 14:15-21

Acts 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. 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. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, "Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.

Thought and Resolution: Do I accept the Holy Spirit into my life to give me strength and wisdom to live and die as Christ did? Do I listen and follow the Holy Spirit’s instructions?

I pray that I accept the Holy Spirit into my heart and into my life. I pray that I follow His direction to become an instrument of God in this world.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of the mystery of Pentecost in which the Holy Spirit descended in power on the apostles. Through this mystery and the intercession of Mary, your most holy spouse, I ask for your holy wisdom that we may know, taste and practice your truth and share it with everyone.

Acclamation: May the grace of Pentecost come into me and make me truly wise in the eyes of God.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who has sent me a Comforter, Guide and Helper.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


FOURTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY:THE ASSUMPTION



Because we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also come to life with him. (Romans 6:8)

Jn 11:17-27/1 Cor 15:20-28/1Cor 15:42-50/1 Cor 15:51-57/Rv 21:1-6

1 Cor 15:20-26

Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,    but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Thought and Resolution: Do I try to follow Mary’s example by saying yes when I am called upon to do God’s will? Is my faith and hope strengthened by Mary’s assumption, body and soul, into heaven?

I pray that I am given strength and grace each day so that I am prepared to say yes when I am called to do the will of God.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the assumption of your holy Mother into heaven body and soul. Through this mystery and her intercession I ask for the gift of true devotion to her in order to live a good life and have a happy death.

Acclamation: May the grace of the Assumption of Mary come into me and make me truly devoted to her.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who raised you to be with him forever as a promise for all his faithful followers.

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.


FIFTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY: THE CORONATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY


Blessed are you for your firm believing, that the promises of the Lord would be fulfilled.  (Lk 1:45)

Mt 5:1-12/Rv 7:1-4, 9-12/Rv 21:1-6

Rev 12: 1-5

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. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, 4 with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.

Thought and Resolution: Do I follow Mary’s example each day? Do I open my heart to receive the grace of God through the Holy Spirit?

I pray that I might follow Mary’s example each day, and with the help of her intercession, be brought to Christ in heaven to share fully in God the Father’s presence for eternity.

Offering: I offer you, Lord Jesus, this decade in honour of the Crowning in glory of your holy Mother in heaven. Through this mystery and her intercession I ask for perseverance and an increase in virtue up to the moment of our death and thereafter the eternal crown that is prepared for us. I ask for the same grace for all the just and all our benefactors.

Acclamation: May the grace of the mystery of the Coronation come into me and make me truly humble.

Expansion on the Holy Name during the Hail Mary: …Jesus, who crowned and exalted you, his most faithful disciple.   

While meditating on the mystery say:

Our Father, Hail Mary (10 times), Glory be to the Father

The “Fatima Prayer” is often added:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those in most need of thy mercy.



CONCLUSION


One of the following prayers may be said:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I run to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Or:

Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To you do 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 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.

Let us pray

O God,
whose Only-Begotten Son,
by his life, death and resurrection,
has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life,
grant, we beseech you,
that meditating upon these mysteries
of the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may imitate what they contain
and obtain what they promise,
through the same Christ our Lord. 
Amen

Or:

O God,
by the life, death and resurrection of your Son
you give us eternal life.
As we meditate on these mysteries
on the feast of the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
may we live what they proclaim
and receive what they promise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Here may be annexed other prayer(s) such as Psalm 129 (130) for the dead, an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father for the intentions of the Pope, prayers recommended by the local Ordinary or national Conference of Bishops, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the October Prayer to St. Joseph, Prayers for Peace, etc.

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