I’m thinking about making rosaries. It seems like a fairly easy product to make; I thought. Then I realized that the rosary is really complicated to actually use. I’m sure I was taught during CCD (Catholic Christian Doctrine) classes as a child, but have forgotten just about everything involved. So, I’m going to add a series of blogs on the history of and how to pray the rosary. We’ll begin with the Mysteries.
The Church has used three sets of mysteries for many centuries. In 2002 Pope John Paul II proposed a fourth set of mysteries—the Mysteries of Light, or Luminous Mysteries. According to his suggestion, the four sets of mysteries might be prayed on the following days: the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday, and the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday.
The Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation
Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
- The Visitation
Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
- The Nativity
Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
- The Presentation
Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
- The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.
The Mysteries of Light
- The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.
- The Wedding Feast at Cana
At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom.
- The Transfiguration of Jesus
Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.
- The Institution of the Eucharist
Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
- The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus is lashed with whips.
- The Crowning With Thorns
Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
- The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
- The Crucifixion
Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.
The Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection
God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.
- The Ascension
Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.
- The Coming of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples.
- The Assumption of Mary
At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.
- The Coronation of Mary
Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.