Circle of Prayer - The 20 Mysteries of the Rosary
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A Spiritual Rosary
Joyful Mysteries
Mysteries of Light
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As we focus on each mystery we should also focus on the little words at the end of each one. To pray a Spiritual Rosary we can include a piece of Scripture and each Mystery of the Spiritual Rosary can be found from the links above.

The Joyful Mysteries - with the introduction of the new Mysteries of Light the Joyful Mysteries are now said on Mondays and Saturdays and for those who say a single mystery a day, focus on the joyful occassion of the birth of Christ and His childhood:

1. The Annunciation -
The angel of God appears to Mary and tells her she is to be the Mother of God - humility.

2. The Visitation -
Mary, on hearing of Elizabeth's own preganancy goes to visit with Her cousin - charity.

3. The Birth of Our Lord -
Away from home and with no where to stay Mary and Joseph welcome Jesus into the world - poverty.

4. The Presentation -
Mary and Joseph present Jesus to His Heavenly Father in the temple 40 days after His Birth - obedience.

5. The Finding in the temple -
After searching for three days Mary and Joseph find the 12 year old boy sitting among the learned doctors of the temple - piety.

The Mysteries of Light - Now said on a Thursday and with a focus on the life of Christ during His ministry on earth.

1. The Baptism of Our Lord -
As Christ descends into the waters the heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares him the beloved Son, while the Spirit descends on him to invest him with the mission which he is to carry out.

2. The Wedding Feast at Cana -
The first of the signs, given at Cana, is when Christ changes water into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers.

3. Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom of God -
Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God, calls to conversion and forgives the sins of all who draw near to him in humble trust, the inauguration of the ministry of mercy which He continues to exercise until the end of the world, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

4. The Transfiguration -
During the Transfiguration the glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father commands the astonished Apostles to “listen to him” and to prepare to experience with Him the agony of the Passion, so as to come with Him to the joy of the Resurrection and a life transfigured by the Holy Spirit.

5. The Last Supper -
At the Last Supper we see the the institution of the Eucharist, in which Christ offers his body and blood as food under the signs of bread and wine, and testifies “to the end” his love for humanity, for whose salvation he will offer himself in sacrifice.

The Sorrowful Mysteries - generally said on Tuesdays and Fridays for those who say a single mystery a day, focus on the suffering and death of Jesus.

1. The Agony in the Garden -
The thought of our sins and His impending, horrible death make Jesus sweat tears of blood - contrition.

2. The Scourging at the Pillar -
Jesus is stripped of His clothing and dignity and is lashed repeatedly leaving His body a mass of bloody wounds - purity.

3. The Crowning of Thorns -
Jesus is ridiculed for claiming Kingship when they place a crown of thorns on His head - courage.

4. The Carrying of the Cross -
Jesus shoulders His own cross, carrying it and dragging it to Golgotha, our sins were the weight of that cross - patience.

5. The Crucifixion of Our Divine Lord -
After three hours of agony, watched by His Beloved Mother, Jesus dies - self-denial.

The Glorious Mysteries - now said on Wednesdays and Sundays for those who say a single mystery a day, focus on the whole purpose of the life and death of Jesus, His glorious resurection and our redemption from sin and the place of honour accorded to His Blessed Mother, Mary.

1. The Resurection -
Jesus rises from the dead three days after His cricifixion as He had said He would - faith.

2. The Ascension -
40 days after His Resurection Jesus ascends into Heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father, there to judge the living and the dead at the end of the world - hope.

3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit -
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit on His apostles and disciples in the form of fiery tongues - love.

4. The Assumption -
Our Lady's soul returns to God and her glorified body is assumed into heaven - eternal happiness.

5. The Coronation -
Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth, of Angels and Saints, to rule over our lives forever and into eternity - devotion to Mary.

A Spiritual Rosary includes a Bible passage relevant to each decade of the four Mysteries and can be found below:

Joyful Mysteries; Mysteries of Light; Sorrowful Mysteries; Glorious Mysteries


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