The Mysteries of the Rosary Catholic Rosary

What are the Mysteries of the Rosary?

The Mysteries Of The Rosary

A fruitful way to pray the rosary is to meditate on important events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Twenty of these moments are captured in what we call the mysteries of the rosary. These mysteries are grouped into four sets: joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious. Each set of mysteries is prayed on specific days of the week.

As you meditate on these events, let the words of the prayers float by like a background rhythm. Focus less on the words and more on the mysteries. Get lost in the scene. Imagine yourself there. Each of the mysteries of the rosary can teach you a valuable lesson about life, love, and God’s dream for you.

The Joyful Mysteries

(Prayed on Mondays and Saturdays)

  1. **The Annunciation (**Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.)
  2. **The Visitation (**Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.)
  3. **The Nativity (**Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.)
  4. **The Presentation (**Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.)
  5. **The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (**Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.)

The Sorrowful Mysteries

(Prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays)

  1. **The Agony in the Garden (**Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.)
  2. **The Scourging at the Pillar (**Jesus is lashed with whips.)
  3. **The Crowning With Thorns (**Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.)
  4. **The Carrying of the Cross (**Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.)
  5. **The Crucifixion (**Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.)

The Glorious Mysteries

(Prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

  1. **The Resurrection (**God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.)
  2. **The Ascension (**Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.)
  3. **The Coming of the Holy Spirit (**The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples.)
  4. **The Assumption of Mary (**At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.)
  5. **The Coronation of Mary (**Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.)

The Luminous Mysteries

(Prayed on Thursdays)

  1. **The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan (**God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.)
  2. **The Wedding Feast at Cana (**At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.)
  3. **The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (**Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom.)
  4. **The Transfiguration of Jesus (**Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.)
  5. **The Institution of the Eucharist (**Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.)

When you meditate on these mysteries and establish the rosary as a spiritual habit in your life, an amazing thing happens: Jesus’ peace becomes your peace, his hope becomes your hope, and his healing becomes your healing as his life transforms your life. Make it a habit for you!



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