THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
1. The Annunciation
MEDITATION: And when the angel had come to Her, he said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee, blessed art Thou among women."
2. The Visitation
MEDITATION: And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb!"
3. The Birth of Jesus
MEDITATION: And She brought forth Her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for Them in the inn.
4. The Presentation
MEDITATION: And when the days of Her purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
MEDITATION: And it came to pass after three days, that they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
Tuesdays and Fridays
(also Sundays during Lent)
1. The Agony in the Garden
MEDITATION: His sweat became as drops of blood running down upon the ground. And rising from prayer He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping for sorrow.
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
MEDITATION: Pilate then took Jesus and had Him scourged. John 19,1 But He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His bruises we are healed.
Isaias 53, 5
3. The Crowning with Thorns
MEDITATION: And they stripped Him and put on Him a scarlet cloak; and plaiting a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, and a reed into His right hand.
4. The Carrying of the Cross
MEDITATION: And bearing the cross for Himself, He went forth to the place called the Skull; in Hebrew, Golgotha.
5. The Crucifixion
MEDITATION: And Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, "Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit." And having said this, He expired.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
Wednesdays and Saturdays
(also Sundays from Easter until Advent)
1. The Resurrection
MEDITATION: He has risen. He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him.
2. The Ascension
MEDITATION: So then the Lord, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God.
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost
MEDITATION: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
MEDITATION: Thou art the glory of Jerusalem ... the honor of our people ... the name of the Lord hath strengthened Thee, and therefore Thou shalt be blessed forever.
Judith 15, 10-11
5. Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth
MEDITATION: And a great sign appeared in heaven: a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under Her feet, and upon Her head a crown of twelve stars.
THE PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY
How to Say the Rosary
(The brochure uses a picture to describe how to say the Rosary – the following instructions are not included in the brochure.)
While holding the crucifix make the Sign of the Cross and then recite the Apostles Creed.
Recite the Our Father on the first large bead.
On each of the three small beads recite a Hail Mary for an increase of faith, hope and charity.
Recite the Glory Be to the Father on the next large bead.
Recall the first Rosary mystery and recite the Our Father on the same large bead.
On each of the adjacent ten small beads recite a Hail Mary while reflecting on the mystery.
On the next large bead recite the Glory Be to the Father. The Fatima decade prayer may also be said.
Each succeeding decade is prayed in a similar manner by recalling the appropriate mystery, reciting the Our Father, ten Hail Marys, the Glory Be to the Father and the Fatima decade prayer (optional) while reflecting on the mystery.
When the fifth mystery is completed the Rosary is customarily concluded with the Hail, Holy Queen.
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
THE APOSTLES' CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son, Our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
THE OUR FATHER
Our father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us: and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee; blessed art Thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
FATIMA DECADE PRAYER
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.
HAIL, HOLY QUEEN
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show unto us the blessed Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
R. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
V. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray
O God, whose only begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise; through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.