The Mysteries Of The Holy Rosary Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Mysteries Of The Holy Rosary Of The Blessed Virgin Mary


The traditional Rosary is divided into three parts, each having five mysteries:

Glorious, Joyful and Sorrowful.

In his apostolic letter ‘The Rosary of the Virgin Mary,’ Saint Pope John Paul II proposed a new set of mysteries, which he called the ‘Luminous mysteries,’ and which concern the period of the public life of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

For those who wish to say all 20 decades at once during the course of a day, they may be said in the following order:

Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious. 

For those who wish to say only 5 decades per day, the Holy Father proposed the following schedule:

Mondays and Saturdays is the Joyful mystery

Tuesdays and Fridays is the Sorrowful Mystery

Wednesdays and Sundays is the Glorious mystery

Thursdays is the Luminous Mystery

The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary with Biblical references

The Joyful Mysteries

1st Joyful Mystery
The Annunciation
The angel said to Mary, “You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus. And he will be called Son of the Most High.” Lk 1:31-32

2nd Joyful Mystery
The Visitation
“Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Blessed is she who trusted that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled.” Lk 1:42-45

3rd Joyful Mystery
The Birth of our Lord Jesus
While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. Lk 2:6-7

4th Joyful Mystery
The Presentation
When the day came to purify them according the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus up to Jerusalem so that he could be presented to the Lord. Lk 2:22

5th Joyful Mystery
The Finding in the Temple
They came upon him in the temple sitting in the midst of teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed. Lk 2:46-47

The Luminous Mysteries

1st Luminous Mystery
The Baptism of our Lord
The Spirit descended like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my son, the Beloved; and with you I am well pleased.” Mk 1:10

2nd Luminous Mystery
The Self Revelation
Jesus changed water into wine at the wedding in Cana, the first of his signs, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. Jn 2:11

3rd Luminous Mystery
The Proclamation
“The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Mk 1:15

4th Luminous Mystery
The Transfiguration
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Matt 17:2

5th Luminous Mystery
The Institution of the Holy Eucharist
He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Lk 22:19

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1st Sorrowful Mystery
The Agony in the Garden
Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane. He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer. “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by.” Matt 26:36-39

2nd Sorrowful Mystery
The Scourging at the Pillar
The people said, “Let his blood be upon us and upon our children.” At that, he released Barabbas to them. Jesus, however he first had scourged. Matt 27:25-26

3rd Sorrowful Mystery
The Crowning with Thorns
The stripped off his clothes and wrapped him in a scarlet cloak. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they fixed it on his head and began to mock him. Matt 27:28-29

4th Sorrowful Mystery
The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus was led away, and carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull. There they crucified him. Jn19:17-18

5th Sorrowful Mystery
The Crucifixion and Death
The curtain in the sanctuary was torn in two. Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” After this he expired. Lk 23:45-46

The Glorious Mysteries

1st Glorious Mystery
The Resurrection
The angel spoke, “Do not be frightened. I know you are looking for Jesus the crucified, but he is not here. He has been raised, exactly as promised.” Matt 28:5-6

2nd Glorious Mystery
The Ascension
He then led them out near Bethany, and with hands upraised, he blessed them. As he blessed them, he left them, and was taken up to heaven. Lk 24:50-51

3rd Glorious Mystery
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Tongues as of fire appeared which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:3-4

4th Glorious Mystery
The Assumption
May you be blessed, my daughter, by God Most High, beyond all women on earth; and may the Lord God be blessed, the Creator of heaven and earth. Judith 13:18

5th Glorious Mystery
The Coronation
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. Rev 12:1

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