FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY - THE ANNUNCIATION
In the beginning of the church the religious prayed all of the Psalms (150), and now the church meditates and prays the Rosary with 20 mysteries. They are divided into: The Joyful; The Luminous, The Sorrowful and the Glorious. Each mystery of the faith is a part of Jesus' life in the New Testament. For new Christians and Catholics the meditation on each mystery is meant to teach each follower of Christ to begin to understand the New Testament. By meditating on five mysteries each day the story of the New Testament and the role each mystery plays in that learning will make the reading of the holy Scriptures more meaningful, and as St. Jerome once said: "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Jesus Christ." MEDITATE (Luke 1:28) : And, when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women." Mary is alone in her room praying and an angel suddenly appears to her and tells her she is to become the mother of the Christ child. FRUIT OF THE MYSTERY: HUMILITY -
SECOND JOYFUL MYSTERY
Meditate on Mary journeying to Elizabeth's home
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice. Luke 1:41-42 "Blessed are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb" After Mary comprehended what the angel had told her, and then it became known to her that her cousin was with child. She then decided to visit her Uncle Zacharia and Aunt Elizabeth almost a day's journey south of Nazareth. Mary stayed with her until John the Baptist was born. - FRUIT OF THE MYSTERY: LOVE OF NEIGHBOR
THIRD JOYFUL MYSTERY
Meditate on the birth of Jesus
Mary gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged. Mary and Joseph had to make the long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem because King Herod had ordered a census of the kingdom and each citizen had to go to their place of birth under the threat of severe penalty if they did not register. Jesus was born in a cave where there was room for their animals to keep them warm. Mary and Joseph were simple law-abiding people. They were poor, as were the shepherds who came to share their company.
(Luke 2:7) FRUIT OF THE MYSTERY: POVERTY
FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY – THE PRESENTATION
Meditate on Jesus being presented in the Temple
Luke 2: 22-23, “When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”). Jesus is born into an observant family. Mary and Joseph have this child circumcised and presented to the Lord as prescribed. Reflect: The fact that Jesus has come for the salvation of all peoples takes the edge of forgiveness from people of different backgrounds and different colors. Jesus has come for everyone.
FRUIT OF THE MYSTERY - OBEDIENCE
FIFTH JOYFUL MYSTERY - FINDING THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
Meditate on Jesus in the midst of his teachers, listening, and asking them questions
Luke 2:46 "After three days the found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions." On the occasion of a Passover pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Jesus---without his parents' knowledge remains behind in the Temple. Just short of the beginning of the account of his public life, Jesus is to be found at prayer. At the conclusion of his life on earth, his ascension, Jesus takes leave of his disciples by blessing them---a gesture of prayer. Jesus begins and concludes his ministry on a note of prayer.
FRUIT OF THE MYSTERY - PARENTS JOY IN FINDING JESUS
When the Joyful Mysteries are Prayed
The Joyful Mysteries are marked by the joy radiating from the event of the Incarnation. This is clear from the very first mystery, the Annunciation, where Gabriel's greeting to the Virgin of Nazareth is linked to an invitation to messianic joy: "Rejoice Mary." The whole of salvation...has led up to this greeting. (Prayed on Mondays and Saturdays, and optional on Sundays during Advent and the Christmas season.) Taken from John Paull II's letter, Oct. 16, 2002.