Scriptural Rosary Joyful Mysteries

Praying a Scriptural Rosary | Joyful Mysteries

A Scriptural Rosary is a traditional Rosary, supplemented by using biblical verses to help to you meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary as you pray. The passages from the Bible help to understand and illustrate these important scenes from the life of Jesus. Below are the biblical passages associated with a Scriptural Rosary for the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. There is also a Scriptural Rosary PDF of the Joyful Mysteries. 

The biblical accounts of the lives of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are the primary focus of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with Scripture. These accounts span the time period from the moment Jesus was conceived until he reached the age of twelve. It is customary to pray for these mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays; however, one may pray for them on any day of the week in accordance with their own personal devotion.

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with Scripture

The First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation

  1. The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a virgin, and the virgin's name was Mary (Luke 1: 26, 27)
  2. "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women." (Luke 1:28)
  3. When she heard him she was troubled at his word, and kept pondering what manner of greeting this might be. (Luke 1:29)
  4. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary for you have found grace with God." (Luke 1:30)
  5. "Behold, you shall conceive in your womb and shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name Jesus." (Luke 1:31)
  6. "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and of His kingdom there shall be no end." (Luke 1:32-33)
  7. But Mary said to the angel, "How shall this happen, since I do not know man?" (Luke 1:34)
  8. "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you." (Luke 1:35)
  9. "And therefore the Holy One to be born shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
  10. "Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)

The Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation

  1. Now Mary went into the hill country. And she entered the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth. (Luke 1:39-40)
  2. When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe in her womb leapt. And she was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:41)
  3. And she cried out, "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" (Luke 1:42)
  4. "And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished." (Luke 1:45)
  5. And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior; for He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid." (Luke 1:46-48)
  6. "For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me." (Luke 1:48-49)
  7. "And holy is His name: and His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him." (Luke 1:49-50)
  8. "He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart." (Luke 1:51)
  9. "He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly." (Luke 1:52)
  10. "He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty." (Luke 1:53)

The Third Joyful Mystery - The Nativity

  1. “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus* that the whole world should be enrolled. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” (Luke 2:1, 3-5)
  2. “While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son.” (Luke 2:6)
  3. “She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)
  4. “Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.” (Luke 2:8-9)
  5. “The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
  6. “And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:12,14)
  7. “When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:15-16)
  8. “When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2:17-18)
  9. “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)
  10. “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.” (Luke 2:20)

The Fourth Joyful Mystery - The Presentation in the Temple

  1. According to the Law of Moses, they took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. (Luke 2:32)
  2. Now there was in Jerusalem a man named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel. (Luke 2:25)
  3. And it had been revealed to him that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. (Luke 2:26)
  4. And when they brought in the child Jesus, he received Him into his arms  and blessed God. (Luke 2:27-28)
  5. "Now You can dismiss Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word, in peace." (Luke 2:29)
  6. "Because my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all peoples." (Luke 2:30-31)
  7. "A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and a glory for Your people, Israel."  (Luke 2:32)
  8. And he said to Mary, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted." (Luke 2:34)
  9. "And your own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."  (Luke 2:35)
  10. And they returned to Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, and the grace of God was upon Him. (Luke 2:39)

The Fifth Joyful Mystery - The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

  1. “Each year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover.” (Luke 2:41)
  2. “And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom.” (Luke 2:42)
  3. “After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.” (Luke 2:43)
  4. “Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances but could not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.” (Luke 2:44-45)
  5. “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.” (Luke 2:46)
  6. “and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.” (Luke 2:47)
  7. “When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” (Luke 2:48)
  8. “And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)
  9. “But they did not understand what he said to them.” (Luke 2:50)
  10. “He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” (Luke 2:51-52)

How do you pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with scripture?

You can pray a Rosary with scripture in a few different ways. The first is that when you are announcing each Joyful Mystery, recite a longer passage of scripture to help illustrate the scene you are meditating on. By doing this you would read the entire set of passages we have listed above.

Another way is to read only a verse or two before you recite each Hail Mary. They are numbered above. By doing this you meditate on a single verse with each Hail Mary and paint the scene as you pray through the decade. Both are wonderful ways to pray the Holy Rosary with sacred scripture.

A Scriptural Rosary: The Joyful Mysteries PDF

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