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Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

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The Mysteries of the Rosary are designed to help focus our prayer on the life, ministry, and Passion of Our Lord. Pope Pius XII described the rosary prayer as "the compendium of the entire Gospel." There are four rosary mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, Luminous) and five parts of each mystery which correspond to the five decades of the rosary.

The Joyful Mysteries focus on the joyful events related to the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Sorrowful Mysteries focus on the sorrowful events related to the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. The Glorious Mysteries focus on the glorious events related to the Resurrection and the reigning of Christ in heaven with Our Lady. The Luminous Mysteries or mysteries of light (added by Pope St. John Paul II) focus on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

It is recommended that you meditate on the mysteries of the rosary based upon the days of the week. For example, on Mondays you will pray the Joyful Mysteries. With each of the five decades of the rosary you will focus on one of the five events that comprise the Joyful mysteries. On Tuesday you will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries, and so on through the rest of the week. This method was recommended to the faithful by Pope St. John Paul II.

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Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

The Five Glorious Mysteries

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1st Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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2nd Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven

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3rd Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Ghost

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4th Glorious Msytery: The Assumption of Mary into Heaven

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5th Glorious Mystery: Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth

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The Five Joyful Mysteries

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1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary

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2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

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3rd Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

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4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of our Lord

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5th Joyful Mystery: Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12

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The Five Luminous Mysteries

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1st Luminous Mystery: The Baptism in the Jordan

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2nd Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana

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3rd Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom

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4th Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

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5th Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist

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The Five Sorrowful Mysteries

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1st Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony of Jesus in the Garden

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2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The The Scourging at the Pillar

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3rd Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus is Crowned with Thorns

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4th Sorrowful Msytery: Jesus Carried the Cross

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5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion of our Lord

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