First Joyful Mystery

The Annunciation of the Birth of Jesus

Entering the house of Mary the Angel Gabriel said, "Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you." But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be... 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 holy; he will be called Son of God. Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word" (Lk 1:26-38).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Holy Virgin of Nazareth, you were totally open to God's designs for you life. Grant that we too may recognise the visitations of God in the ordinary events of our daily life and renew our 'yes' to that which He asks of us. Now and forever.


Second Joyful Mystery

The Visit of Mary to Elizabeth

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zachariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among woman, and blessed is the fruit of your womb" (Lk 1:39-42).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Mother of Divine Love, may your example of selfless service inspire us. May we be always willing to lend a helping hand to our needy brothers and sisters whom we encounter daily on our life's journey. Now and forever.


Third Joyful Mystery

The Birth of Jesus at Bethlehem

Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary , to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Lk 2:4-7).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Mother of the Incarnate Son of God, help us to see Christ present in every person. May we never despise anyone because of their humble circumstances of his/her birth and upbringing. May we reverence His presence within us as living temples of the Spirit. Now and forever


Forth Joyful Mystery

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

When the time came for their purification according to 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 firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons" (Lk 2:22-23)

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Mother of Divine Grace, you stand out as a model of perfect obedience to God. Grant that we too may accept the ways of God without complaining and without always asking Him to prove again His care for us. Now and forever.


Fifth Joyful Mystery

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a days journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions (Lk 2:42-46).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Holy Mother of God, right from the beginning your life was marked by pain and uncertainties. We pray for strength and courage for all those who are tried severely because of poverty, sickness, or loss of a loved one. Now and forever.


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The Pauline Sisters. 2003. "Lets pray the Rosary"
Mumbai: St. Paul Press Training School.

(The Pauline Sisters. 2003: pg# 9-13)


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