The Rosary: Scriptural Meditations

The Joyful Mysteries

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The First Joyful Mystery:

The Annunciation

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth to a virgin… and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And coming to her, he said, “Hail favored one! The Lord is with you.  But she was greatly troubled at what said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.  Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary for you have found favor with God.  Behold you will conceive a son, and you shall name him Jesus… The holy spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God… Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”

Luke 1:26b-31, 35, 38

The Second Joyful Mystery:

The Visitation

“And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”... During those days Mary set out and traveled ot the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”

Luke 1:36, 39-44

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The Third Joyful Mystery:

The Nativity


And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea to the city of David that is called Bethlehem… to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed who was with child.  While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.  The angel fof the Lord appeared to them and… said to them “Do not be afraid; for behold I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord… And suddenly a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel. Praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:4-14

The Fourth Joyful Mystery:

The Presentation in the Temple

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord… Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon… and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the lord.  He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying, “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation.”

Luke 2:22, 25-29

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The Fifth Joyful Mystery:

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom.  After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem.. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and answers.  When his parents saw him, they were astonished and his mother said to him, Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety”.  And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me?  Did you not know that I must bin my Father’s house?  But they did not understand what he said to them.  He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. 

Luke 2:42-51