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Mysteries of the Rosary

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The Basics of the Rosary | The Prayers of the Rosary
The Mysteries of the Rosary | Joyful Mysteries
Sorrowful Mysteries | Glorious Mysteries
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The Mysteries of the Rosary

The Mysteries of the Rosary are designed to help focus our prayers on the life, ministry, and Passion of Our Lord. It is recommended that you meditate on the mysteries of the rosary based upon the days of the week. 


The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
(Monday and Saturday)

The Annunciation

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

1.  The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary
(Luke 1:26-38)

2.  The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
(Luke 1:39-56)

3.  The Birth of Our Lord
(Luke 2:1-21)

4.  The Presentation of Our Lord
(Luke 2:22-38)

5.  The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
(Luke 2:41-52)


The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
(Tuesday and Friday)

Christ Carries the Cross

Christ Bearing the Cross 

1.  The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden
(Matthew 26:36-56)

2.  Our Lord is Scourged at the Pillar
(Matthew 27:26)

3.  Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns
(Matthew 27:27-31)

4.  Our Lord Carries the Cross to Calvary
(Matthew 27:32)

5.  The Crucifixion of Our Lord
(Matthew 27:33-56)

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
(Wednesday and Sunday)

The Resurrection of Christ

Stations of the Cross
Florentine Plaque

1.  The Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord
(John 20:1-29)

2.  The Ascension of Our Lord
(Luke 24:36-53)

3.  The Descent of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:1-41)

4.  The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
(Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII 1950)

5.  The Coronation of Mary as Queen of
      Heaven and Earth
  (Revelation 12:1)


The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary (Mysteries of Light)

Byzantine Last Supper

Arched Last Supper Gold Leaf Greek Byzantine Icon

1.  The Baptism of Our Lord
(Matthew 3:13-16)

2.  The Wedding at Cana
(John 2:1-11)

3.  The Proclamation of the Kingdom
(Mark 1:14-15)

4.  The Transfiguration of Our Lord
(Matthew 17:1-8)

5.  The Last Supper
(Matthew 26)

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