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The Joyful Mysteries

To pray the Rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and His mother.”

Saint Pope John Paul II

the rosary: beautiful. misunderstood.

by Reason2bCatholic

The Rosary is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Catholic tradition. It’s also one of the most commonly misunderstood, which is often the case for many of our Protestant brothers and sisters. Yet, it doesn’t have to be. Put simply, the Rosary is a prayerful meditation on the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother.

Perhaps no one in history knows Jesus more closely than the Virgin Mary. She bore the Son of God in her womb for nine months. She cradled the Christ-child after birth.  Most certainly, as any good mother, she sang to him, played with him, read to him, prayed with him, and performed the duties that any loving mother would do with and for her child. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen would often remind us: Mary spent ten times more of Christ’s life with him, than the three years the Apostles – his closest disciples – did.

Later she would be with Jesus at the foot of the cross at Calvary. It is here that Jesus instructs John the Apostle, “Son, behold your mother” … and he tells Mary, “behold your son”  (Jn 19:25-27). So, like John, we too are invited to take Mary into our own homes that we may learn more from her about – and more deeply about – Jesus, by meditating on key events of the life of Christ.

God’s ways are not our ways. But if we allow ourselves – if our hearts our open – the Lord can change and transform us so that one day we can speak with love about the One who is love. Opening our heart in prayer, therefore, is an invitation to God, who yearns to be with His children like any loving father yearns to be with those he loves, so that we may allow him to love us as he wishes to love us; so that we may invite him to conform us to His will for our lives.

Uniting ourselves to Mary as we pray the Rosary is uniting ourselves to her Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, upon whom the salvation of the world rests.

Lord, may your will be done – not my will, but your will be done. Amen.

Fulton Sheen

how to pray the rosary

How to Pray the Rosary

The Mysteries of the Rosary

Sunday ....... OT*/Easter: Glorious
               Lent: Sorrowful
               Advent/Christmas: Joyful
Monday ....... The Joyful Mysteries
Tuesday ...... The Sorrowful Mysteries
Wednesday .... The Glorious Mysteries
Thursday ..... The Luminous Mysteries
Friday ....... The Sorrowful Mysteries
Saturday ..... The Joyful Mysteries

*Ordinary Time

the joyful mysteries

I invite you, whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or other, to watch this beautiful video by our friends at Word on Fire.  Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries.  We meditate on five key events in the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother, the Virgin Mary.  Peace be with you!

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, include:
2:06​ – The Annunciation
6:55​ – The Visitation
11:50​ – The Nativity
17:19​ – The Presentation in the Temple
22:19​ – The Finding in the Temple


The Rosary is the weapon for these times.”

Saint Padre Pio
The Madonna of the Rosary, Bartolomé Estéban Murillo
The Madonna of the Rosary, Bartolomé Estéban Murillo

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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