First Joyful Mystery:
The time for the Incarnation is at hand.
women, God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.
Angel Gabriel announces: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee."
wonders at the salutation.
Angel assures her: "Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give
birth to a Son.
troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.
Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be
called the Son of God.
Incarnation awaits Mary's consent.
answers: "Behold the handmaiden of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your
was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Second Joyful Mystery:
Mary's cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age . . . for
nothing is impossible with God.
prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.
journey to Elizabeth's home is about eighty miles, requiring four or five days.
long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her the Incarnate Word.
Mary's salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother's womb.
Elizabeth exclaims: "Blessed are you among woman, and blessed is the fruit of
have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."
replies: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joy in
God my Savior."
serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the Baptist.
Third Joyful Mystery:
Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of
for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room in the inn.
stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a stable, Mary remaining a Virgin.
wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.
unspeakable joy Mary gathers to her bosom the Flower of her Virginity.
enters the world in poverty to teach the lesson of detachment from earthly things.
Angel announces to the shepherds: "Today there is born to you in the town of
David, a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord."
angelic chorus sing: "Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on
shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant Jesus.
come to adore the Holy Child and to offer Him gifts.
Fourth Joyful Mystery:
Observing the Law of Moses, they take Jesus to the temple to
present Him to the Lord.
According to the Law, the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to
offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.
not subject to the Law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.
not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she submits to it.
revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
Recognizing the Child, he prays: "Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You
have fulfilled your word."
Mary Simeon reveals: "And your own soul a sword shall pierce."
they fulfill all the Law requires, they return to Nazareth.
Fifth Joyful Mystery:
The Finding in the Temple
When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to
Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without Jesus.
end of the first day's journey they discover Jesus is missing.
parents return immediately looking for Him.
loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Mary and Joseph.
third day they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who were astonished at His
why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for you in
did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"
goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.
keeps all these things in her heart.