The Joyful Mysteries
(suggested for Mondays and Saturdays)

  1. The Annunciation was made to Mary by the Angel Gabriel, asking her consent to become God’s Mother. Assured of the miraculous preservation of her sacred virginity, she freely and fully gave herself to God. Ask her for the grace to obey always.
  2. The Visitation was made by Mary to Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s voice John the Baptist was sanctified and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out: “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!” Ask for the grace to bring Christ to your fellow men.
  3. The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem’s Stable came about because there was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn. Shepherds sent by an Angel and wise men illuminated by a star, came to adore Him. Ask God’s Mother for detachment from the things of the world.
  4. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple took place on the fortieth day after His birth. Simeon foretold Christ’s final rejection and Mary’s share in it. Ask for the spirit of self-sacrifice for the conversion of poor sinners.
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple took place when He was twelve. mary and Joseph sough Him for three days and finally found Him sitting among the doctors who were astounded at His wisdom. Ask to find Jesus in every detail of your life.

The Sorrowful Mysteries
(suggested for Tuesdays and Fridays)

  1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden lasted three hours and caused Him to sweat blood at the thought of our sins and of the atrocious torments He was about to endure for them. Despite His human fear He cried to His Father, “Not my will but thine be done!” Ask for true sorrow for your sins.
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar caused Jesus to be publicly stripped and flogged from head to foot to atone for our sins, especially for those of the flesh. Ask for the grace to practice Christian penance.
  3. The Crowning with Thorns – Jesus was mocked with a helmet of sharp thorns which was beaten down upon His head in derision of His kingship to atone for our pride and for our sins of thought. Ask for the grace to learn of Him to be meek and humble of heart.
  4. The Carrying of the Cross – Jesus is forced to carry the heavy cross on His lacerated shoulders through the streets of Jerusalem. Ask for the grace to bear each day’s difficulties with patience, in union with Jesus.
  5. The Crucifixion – On Good Friday Jesus was nailed hands and feet to the cross and hung there for three hours in untold mortal agony for our sins. After His death His Heart was pierced with a lance. Ask for generosity in God’s service.

The Glorious Mysteries
(suggested for Sundays, Wednesdays)

  1. The Resurrection -Christ rose from the tomb glorious and immortal on Easter morning, still bearing in His hands, feet and side the marks of His wounds. Ask for faith in Christ’s divinity.
  2. The Ascension into heaven took place forty days after Easter. Christ is now in glory enthroned at the right hand of His Eternal Father. By contemplating Heaven may we learn the little worth of things of time.
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit took place at Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, when He came upon the Apostles in the form of fiery tongues when they gathered together with Mary the Mother of Jesus. Ask for an increase of divine love.
  4. The Assumption – At the close of her life on earth, Mary was taken body and soul into heaven, there to intercede for us. Ask for the grace of final perseverance.
  5. The Coronation – Mary is Queen of the Universe and our loving Mother. Ask her to make you a saint.

The Luminous Mysteries
(suggested for Thursdays)

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan – As Christ, the innocent one who became “sin” for our sake, descends into the waters, the heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares Him the beloved Son, while the Spirit descends on Jesus to invest Him with the mission which He is to carry out.
  2. Jesus’ Self-Manifestation at the Wedding of Cana – Jesus gives the first of His signs at Cana when He changes water into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers.
  3. Christ Proclaims the Kingdom of God – In His preaching, Jesus proclaims the Kingdom ofGod, calls to conversion and forgives the sins of all who draw near to Him in humble trust: the inauguration of that minsitry of mercy which Jesus continues to exercise until the end of the world, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which He has entrusted to His Church.
  4. The Transfiguration – The mystery of light par excellence is the Transfiguration, traditionally believed to have taken place on Mount Tabor. The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father commands the astonished Apostles to “listen to Him” and to prepare to experience with Him the agony of the Passion, so as to come with Him to the joy of the Resurrection and a life transfigured by the Holy Spirit.
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist, as the Sacramental Expression of the Paschal Mystery – In the institution of the Eucharist, Christ offers His body and blood as food under the signs of bread and wine and testifies “to the end” His love for humanity, for whose salvation He will offer Himself in sacrifice.