The Five Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven.
The descent of the Holy Ghost.
The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.
Mary is crowned Queen of the Angels and Saints.


The First Glorious Mystery

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Grace to ask for: an increase in faith.

Behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. Matthew 28. 2.

For fear of Him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men. Matthew 28. 4.

After rising from the dead, Jesus first appeared to His Holy Mother, His Co-Redemptrix and Queen, who was alone in prayer. Exercises of Saint Ignatius, n. 299.

Very early in the morning, the sun being now risen, Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared. Luke 24. 1; Mark 16. 1–2.

The angel said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. Matthew 28. 5.

He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid. Matthew 28. 6.

Going back from the sepulchre, they told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest. Luke 24. 9.

These words seemed to them as idle tales; and they did not believe them. Luke 24. 11.

When it was late that same day, and the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. John 20. 19.

As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. Receive ye the Holy Ghost. John 20. 21–22.

Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. John 20. 23.

I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live. John 11. 25.

The Second Glorious Mystery

The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven.

Grace to ask for: a great desire for Heaven.

Jesus showed Himself alive after His passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God. Acts 1. 1–3.

Eating together with them, He commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father. Acts 1. 4.

Jesus spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in Heaven and on earth. Matthew 28. 18.

Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 28. 19.

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. Matthew 28. 20.

He led them out as far as Bethania: and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. Luke 24. 51.

The Lord Jesus was taken up into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God. Mark 16. 19.

While they were beholding Him going up to Heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Acts 1. 10.

Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to Heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come, as you have seen Him going into Heaven. Acts 1. 11.

They adoring went back into Jerusalem with great joy. Luke 24. 52.

All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Acts 1. 14.

The Third Glorious Mystery

The descent of the Holy Ghost.

Grace to ask for: Zeal for the salvation of souls.

Eating together with them, He commanded them, that they should not depart from Jesursalem. Acts 1. 4.

Wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard by my mouth. Acts 1. 4.

But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, He shall give testimony of me. John 15. 26.

When the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place. Acts 2. 1.

Suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Acts 2. 2.

There appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them. Acts 2. 3.

They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues. Acts 2. 4.

Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under Heaven. Acts 2. 5.

When this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because every man heard them speak in his own tongue. Acts 2. 6.

But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. Acts 2. 38.

With very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. Acts 2. 40.

They therefore that received his word, were baptized; There were added in that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2. 41.

The Fourth Glorious Mystery

The Assumption of Our Lady into heaven.

Grace to ask for: a happy death.

The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, after completing her course of life upon earth, was assumed to the glory of Heaven both in body and soul. De fide teaching, Pius XII Munificentissimus Deus.

Arise, make haste, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come. For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone. Canticles 2. 10–11.

Who is she that goeth up by the desert, as a pillar of smoke? Canticles 3. 6.

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array? Canticles 6. 9.

Thou hast made known to me the ways of life: Thou shalt fill me with joy with Thy countenance. Psalm 15. 10; Acts 2. 28.

My dove show me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely. Canticles 2. 14.

The temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of His testament was seen in His temple. Apocalypse 11. 19.

All the glory of the king's daughter is within. After her shall virgins be brought to the king. Psalm 44. 14–15.

My perfect one is but one. The daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed: the queens and they praised her. Canticles 6. 8.

Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the Most High God, above all women upon the earth. Judith 13. 23.

Thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men, for that thou hast not spared thy life, but hast prevented our ruin. Judith 13. 25.

Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honour of our people. Judith 15. 10.

The Fifth Glorious Mystery

Mary is crowned Queen of the Angels and Saints.

Grace to ask for: a greater devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Apocalypse 12. 1.

The Queen takes her place at His right hand, clothed in gold of Ophir. Psalm 44. 10.

He hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Luke 1. 48.

And the King said to her: What is thy petition? Although thou ask the half of my kingdom, thou shalt have it. Esther 7. 2.

Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits. Ecclesiasticus 24. 26.

I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. Ecclesiasticus 24. 24.

In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and virtue. Ecclesiasticus 24. 25.

Now therefore, ye children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not. Proverbs 8. 32–33.

Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. Proverbs 8. 34.

He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord. Proverbs 8. 35.

He that hearkeneth to me, shall not be confounded: they that work by me, shall not sin. Ecclesiasticus 24. 30.

Hail, Queen of Mercy, protect us from the enemy, and receive us at the hour of death. (Alleluia.) (Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Alleluia.)