The Glorious Mysteries

The Rosary on Wednesday [The Glorious Mysteries]

The Rosary prayed on Wednesday is the Glorious Mysteries. The Five Glorious Mysteries are traditionally prayed on the Wednesdays and Sundays outside of Lent and Advent. 

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The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

The First Mystery: The Resurrection
The Second Mystery: The Ascension
The Third Mystery: The Nativity
The Fourth Mystery: The Assumption
The Fifth Mystery: The Coronation of Mary

Accompanying Scripture

The First Mystery: The Resurrection

Luke 24:1-12
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Jo-anna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.

The Second Mystery: The Ascension

Acts 1:6-11
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

The Third Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-4
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Fourth Mystery: The Assumption

Judith 13:18-20
Blessed art thou of the most high God above all the women upon the earth; and blessed be the Lord God, which hath created the heavens and the earth, which hath directed thee to the cutting off of the head of the chief of our enemies. ... Thou hast done all these things by thine hand: thou hast done much good to Israel, and God is pleased therewith: blessed be thou of the Almighty Lord for evermore. And all the people said, So be it.

The Fifth Mystery: The Coronation of Mary

Revelations 12:1-6
And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. 


Other Mystery Guides 

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, Prayed on Thursdays

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, Prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays

Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, Prayed on Mondays and Saturdays 

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How to pray with the Mysteries of the Rosary

The mysteries of the Holy Rosary are meant to help us meditate on scenes in the Christian heritage and story of our faith. Most focus on the life of Jesus, but they also include the story of Mary and many of the holy sacraments of the faith. When you pray the Rosary on Wednesday, we focus especially on the glorious scenes of Jesus's life and resurrection. 

The Rosary can be prayed without using the mysteries, but when we add them to our practice of the Rosary, they help us deepen our prayer and examine attentively and deliberately the life of Jesus.

To pray with the Mysteries of the Rosary, simply announce each mystery before starting a decade of the Rosary, and then take a few moments to consider the mystery, before starting with the Our Father.

Announce Mystery
Ponder Mystery
Our Father
10 Hail Mary’s
Glory Be
Fatima Prayer

Announce the Second Mystery, and so on.

You can also read scripture as you announce each Rosary to help meditate on the biblical scene.


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