THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY
of The Cross:
Make the Sign of The Cross: In the Name of The Father, of The
Son, and of The Holy Sprit, Amen.(back on top)
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, is seated 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.(back on top)
OUR FATHER, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be 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.(back
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.(back on top)
GLORY BE to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.(back on top)
O MY JESUS, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of
Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are
in most need of Thy mercy.(back on top)
HAIL, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness
and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of
Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement,
O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, o Holy Mother
of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Amen.(back on top)
Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son,
by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us
the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that
meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain
and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our
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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto
a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a
man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's
name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said: "Hail,
thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed
art thou among women". And when she saw him, she was troubled
at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation
this should be.And the angel said unto her:" Fear not,
Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou
shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt
call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called
the Son of the Highest"... And Mary said:" Behold
the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word".
And the angel departed from her. (Luk 1,26-38)
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Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with
haste, into a city of Juda. And entered into the house of Zacharias,
and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth
heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and
Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost and she spake out with
a loud voice, and said: "Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb". ... And Mary said:
"My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced
in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his
handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall
call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great
things; and holy is his name"...(Luk 1,39-49)
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And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn
son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a
manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there
were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord
came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about
them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them:
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great
joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this
day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger". (Luk 2,6-12)
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And when the days of her purification according to the law of
Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present
him to the Lord; And to offer a sacrifice according to that
which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves,
or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem,
whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout,
waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was
upon him. ...When the parents brought in the child Jesus, to
do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up
in his arms, and blessed God, and said: "Lord, now lettest
thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For
mine eyes have seen thy salvation... A light to lighten the
Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." And Joseph
and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of
him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother:
"Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again
of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that
the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."(Luk 2,22-35)
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The Finding in the Temple
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of
the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up
to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had
fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried
behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a
day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and
acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back
again to Jerusalem, seeking him And it came to pass, that after
three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst
of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding
and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his
mother said unto him: "Son, why hast thou thus dealt with
us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing".
And he said unto them: "How is it that ye sought me? wist
ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" And
they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And
he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject
unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
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OF THE SAINTS
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?