The Holy Rosary: The Joyful Mysteries
The first Joyful Mystery: The Anunciation
The archangel Gabriel announces to Mary that She is to be the Mother of God. The Holy Name of Jesus will be given to Her Son. He will rule from the throne of His father David forever. Mary will maintain Her virginity perpetually for She conceives only by the Holy Spirit.
The second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation
Mary visits Her relative Saint Elizabeth. Saint John the Baptist, in the womb of Elizabeth, rejoices at the sound of Mary's voice and at the presence of the Lord in Her womb. Elizabeth says, "Blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb." Mary then proclaims the "Magnificat."
The third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity
Saint Joseph brings Mary to Bethlehem because of a census, but there is no place for them except in a stable outside of town. There, Jesus is born. The angels announce this to local shepherds, while magi come from the east, beckoned by a star, to worship the Lord.
The fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
According to the Law of Israel, Joseph and Mary present Jesus in the Temple on the 40th day because He is their firstborn. An offering is made. Old Simeon, inspired by God, proclaims the "Nunc Dimitis" and prophesies. The identity of the Lord is also revealed to a widow named Anna.
The fifth Joyful Mystery: Jesus is Lost and Found in the Temple
After celebrating the Passover in Jerusalem, the 12 year old Jesus remains behind while His parents begin their journey back to Nazareth. Realizing His absence, they search for Him. On the third day, they find the Lord in "His Father's House" listening to the teachers, and amazing them with His wisdom.
(If you say only five decades a day, it is customary to say the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday.)
Quick link to the other mysteries:
- The Joyful Mysteries
- The Luminous Mysteries
- The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Glorious Mysteries
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