The Joyful Mysteries

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Introductory Prayers


The Apostlesí Creed


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.Amen.


The Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

The Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

Glory be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

The First Joyful Mystery

The Annunciation of Our Lord

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David.  The virgin's name was Mary.  Upon arriving, the angel said to her: "Rejoice, O highly favored daughter!  The Lord is with you, Blessed are you among women."  She was deeply troubled by his words, and wondered what his greeting meant.  The angel went on to say to her: "Do not fear, Mary.  You have found favor with God.  You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus.  Great will be his dignity and he will be called Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father.  He will rule over the house of Jacob forever and his reign will be without end."
Mary said: "I am the servant of the Lord.  Let it be done to me as you say."  With that the angel left her.

Recite One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory be to the Father...


The Second Joyful Mystery

The Visitation

Mary set out, proceeding in haste into the hill country to a town of Judah, where she entered Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb.  Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice:  "Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb.  But who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby leapt in my womb for joy.  Blest is she who trusted that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."

Recite One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory be to the Father...




The Third Joyful Mystery

The Nativity of Jesus

While they were there the days of her confinement were completed,  She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged. 

There were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping night watch by turns over their flock.  The angel of the Lord appeared to them, as the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very much afraid.  The angel said to them:  "You have nothing to fear!  I come to proclaim good news to you - tidings of great joy to be shared by the whole people.  This day in David's city a savior has been born to you, the Messiah and Lord.  Let this be a sign to you: in a manger you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling cloths."

Recite One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory be to the Father...


The Fourth Joyful Mystery

The Presentation in the Temple

There lived in Jerusalem at the time a certain man named Simeon.  He was just and pious, and awaited the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed of the Lord.  He came to the temple now, inspired by the Spirit; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him the customary ritual of the law, he took him in his arms and blessed God in these words:

"Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace; you have fulfilled your word.  For my eyes have witnessed your saving deed displayed for all the peoples to see:  A revealing light to the Gentiles, the glory of your people Israel."

Recite One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory be to the Father...


The Fifth Joyful Mystery

The Finding in the Temple

The parents of Jesus used to go every year to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, and when he was twelve they went up for the celebration as was their custom.  As they were returning at the end of the feast, the child Jesus remained behind unknown to his parents.  Thinking he was in the party, they continued their journey for a day, looking for him among their relatives and acquaintances.

Not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of him.  On the third day they came upon him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  All who heard him were amazed at his intelligence and his answers.

When his parents saw him they were astonished, and his mother said to him:  "Son, why have you done this to us?  You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow."  He said to them:  "Why did you search for me?  Did you not know I had to be in my Father's house?"  But they did not grasp what he said to them.

Recite One Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, One Glory be to the Father...

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