The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

The First Joyful Mystery

The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary. Luke 1.

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a young woman there who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. Her name was Mary. “What joy! You have been shown great favor—the Lord is with you.” “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive and give birth to a child, and you will give him the name Jesus. The holy Spirit will descend on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and therefore the child will be called holy, and ‘Son of God.’ “I am the slave of the Lord,” exclaimed Mary; “let it be with me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Fruits of the Mystery: Humility, Surrender, Saying Yes to our Calling, Faith

The Second Joyful Mystery

The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Luke 1.

Soon after this Mary set out, and she went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child moved within her, and Elizabeth herself was filled with the holy Spirit, and cried aloud: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But how have I this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.

Fruits of the Mystery: Caring for others, Praise of God, Servanthood, Mercy, Exaltation. Friendship

The Third Joyful Mystery,

The Birth of Jesus. Luke 2

Mary gave birth to her first child, a son. And because there was no room for them in the inn, she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. There were shepherds out in the open fields, watching their flocks that night, when an angel of the Lord suddenly stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were seized with fear. “Have no fear,” the angel said. “For I bring you good news of a great joy in store for all the nations. This will be the sign for you. You will find the infant in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

Fruits of the Mystery: New Creation. A Fresh Start. Joy. Fulfillment of a Promise.

The Fourth Joyful Mystery

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Luke 2

When the period of purification of mother and child, required by the Law of Moses, came to an end, his parents took the child up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, in compliance with the Law of the Lord that “every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord,” and also to offer the sacrifice required by the Law. At the temple, Simeon gave them his blessing, and said to Mary, the child’s mother: “This child is appointed to be the cause of the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign much spoken against—yes, the sword will pierce your own heart—and so the thoughts in many minds will be disclosed.”

Fruits of the Mystery: Prophecy, Revelation, Presentation of Gifts, Preparation. Patience, Bittersweet Joy.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery.

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple, Luke 2

Every year the child’s parents used to go to Jerusalem at the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went according to custom to Jerusalem, and had finished their visit; but when they started to return, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, without their knowing it. After the third day they found him. “Your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” “What made you search for me?” he answered. “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And Jesus grew in wisdom and the gracious presence of God and people as he also grew in years.

Fruits of the Mystery: Celebration, Trust, Lost and Found, Fulfillment, Awe

Bible verses taken from: Taussig, Hal. A New New Testament: A Bible for the Twenty-first Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.