The Five Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary.
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Saint Elizabeth.
The Nativity of Our Lord.
The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.


The First Joyful Mystery

The Annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary.

Grace to ask for: an increase in humility.

The angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. Luke 1. 26–27.

The angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Luke 1. 28.

Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. Luke 1. 29.

Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. Luke 1. 30–31.

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father. Luke 1. 32.

He shall reign in the house of Jacob forever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1. 32–33.

Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? Luke 1. 34.

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. Therefore, the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1. 35.

Thy cousin Elizabeth, also hath conceived a son in her old age. This is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God. Luke 1. 36–37.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word. Luke 1. 38.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. John 1. 14.

And the angel departed from her. Luke 1. 38.

The Second Joyful Mystery

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Saint Elizabeth.

Grace to ask for: an increase in charity.

Mary rising up, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. Luke 1. 39–40.

When Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. Luke 1. 41.

Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Luke 1. 42–43.

Blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord. Luke 1. 45.

And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Luke 1. 46–47.

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

Because He that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and Holy is His Name. Luke 1. 49.

His mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear Him. Luke 1. 50.

He hath showed might in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. Luke 1. 51.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. Luke 1. 52.

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away. Luke 1. 53.

Mary abode with Elizabeth about three months; and she returned to her own house. Luke 1. 56.

The Third Joyful Mystery

The Nativity of Our Lord.

Grace to ask for: detachment from earthly things.

There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. And Joseph went up from Galilee, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child. Luke 2. 1–5.

It came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. Luke 2. 6.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes. Luke 2. 7.

She laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2. 7.

There were in the same country shepherds watching over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them. Luke 2. 8–9.

Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. Luke 2. 10–11.

This shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. Luke 2. 12.

Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. Luke 2. 13–14.

They came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. Luke 2. 16.

All that heard, wondered; at those things that were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2. 18.

But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2. 19.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Luke 2. 20.

The Fourth Joyful Mystery

The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

Graces to ask for: obedience and purity.

After the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord. Luke 2. 22.

To offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. Luke 2. 24.

Behold there was a man named Simeon, just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him. Luke 2. 25.

Simeon had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. Luke 2. 26.

When His parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, He also took Him into his arms, and blessed God. Luke 2. 27–28.

Now Thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace. Luke 2. 29.

Because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples. Luke 2. 30–31.

A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel. Luke 2. 32.

Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted. Luke 2. 34.

And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed. Luke 2. 35.

Anna, a prophetess, far advanced in years at the same hour, confessed to the Lord; and spoke of Him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel. Luke 2. 36, 38.

After they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth. Luke 2. 39.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

Grace to ask for: to seek the will of God in all things.

And His parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch according to the custom of the feast. Luke 2. 41.

When He was twelve years old, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not. Luke 2. 42–43.

Thinking that He was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances. Luke 2. 44.

Not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him. Luke 2. 45.

After three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. Luke 2. 46.

All that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers. And seeing Him, they wondered. Luke 2. 47–48.

His mother said to Him: Son, why hast Thou done so to us? Behold Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing. Luke 2. 48.

He said to them: How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business? Luke 2. 49.

They understood not the word that He spoke unto them. Luke 2. 50.

He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. Luke 2. 51.

His mother kept all these words in her heart. Luke 2. 51.

Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men. Luke 2. 52.