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The Rosary

THE ROSARY

In the Rosary we focus on 20 events, or mysteries, in the life and death of Jesus and meditate on how we share with Mary in the saving work of Christ. Reading a relevant passage from the Bible can help us to understand better a particular mystery of the Rosary. The Bible references below are suggestions; other biblical texts can also be used for meditation.

• Begin the Rosary at the crucifix by praying the Apostles’ Creed

• At each large bead, pray the Lord’s Prayer

• At each small bead, pray the Hail Mary

• At the first three beads it is customary to pray a Hail Mary for each of the gifts of faith, hope, and love

• For each mystery, begin with the Lord’s Prayer, then recite the Hail Mary ten times, and end with Glory Be to the Father.

The Five Joyful Mysteries:

The Annunciation (Luke 1.26-38) The Visitation (Luke 1.39-56) The Nativity (Luke 2.1-20) The Presentation (Luke 2.22-38) The Finding in the Temple (Luke 2.41-52)

The Five Mysteries of Light:

The Baptism in the Jordan (Matthew 3.13-17) The Wedding at Cana (John 2.1-12) The Proclamation of the Kingdom (Mark 1.15) The Transfiguration (Luke 9.28-36) The First Eucharist (Matthew 26.26-29)

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries:

The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26.36-56) The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27.20-26) The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27.27-30) The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27.31-33) The Crucifixion (Matthew 27.34-60)

The Five Glorious Mysteries:

The Resurrection (John 20.1-18) The Ascension (Acts 1.9-11) The Descent of the Holy Spirit (John 20.19-23) The Assumption of Mary (John 11.26) The Crowning of Mary (Philippians 2.1-11)

 

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