Joyful Mysteries

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First Joyful Mystery, The Annunciation - by BERRUGUETE, Pedro - from Monastery of Miraflores, Burgos


 Joyful Mysteries

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First Joyful Mystery:
The Annunciation

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rose.jpg (1780 bytes) The time for the Incarnation is at hand.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Of all women, God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Angel Gabriel announces: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary wonders at the salutation.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Angel assures her: "Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Incarnation awaits Mary's consent.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary answers: "Behold the handmaiden of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.


Second Joyful Mystery:
The Visitation

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary's cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age . . . for nothing is impossible with God.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Charity prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The journey to Elizabeth's home is about eighty miles, requiring four or five days.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Though long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her the Incarnate Word.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) At Mary's salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother's womb.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Elizabeth exclaims: "Blessed are you among woman, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary replies: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joy in God my Savior."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the Baptist.


Third Joyful Mystery:
The Nativity

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The hour for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room in the inn.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) In the stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a stable, Mary remaining a Virgin.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) She wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) In unspeakable joy Mary gathers to her bosom the Flower of her Virginity.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus enters the world in poverty to teach the lesson of detachment from earthly things.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Angel announces to the shepherds: "Today there is born to you in the town of David, a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The angelic chorus sing: "Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant Jesus.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Magi come to adore the Holy Child and to offer Him gifts.


Fourth Joyful Mystery:
The Presentation

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) Observing the Law of Moses, they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) According to the Law, the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to the Lord.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus is not subject to the Law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary is not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she submits to it.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Recognizing the Child, he prays: "Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) And to Mary Simeon reveals: "And your own soul a sword shall pierce."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) After they fulfill all the Law requires, they return to Nazareth.


Fifth Joyful Mystery:
The Finding in the Temple

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without Jesus.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) At the end of the first day's journey they discover Jesus is missing.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) His parents return immediately looking for Him.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) This loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Mary and Joseph.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) On the third day they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who were astonished at His wisdom.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary: "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus: "Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Mary keeps all these things in her heart.