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The Scriptural Rosary
Joyful Mysteries

The following passages of Scriptural Rosary are taken from Your Scriptural Rosary, Charles L. Painter; 1978.

Joyful Mysteries - Scriptural Rosary

The First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth, to a virgin who was promised in marriage with Joseph, a descendant of King David.  The Young lady's name was Mary. (Luke 1:26-27)
  2. The angel appeared to her and said:  "Hail, Full of Grace; the Lord is with you."  But the greeting deeply troubles her, and she wondered what is could mean. (Luke 1:28-29)
  3. The angel continued:  "Do not be afraid, Mary, for God is gracious to you.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus." (Luke 1:30-31)
  4. "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God shall give him the throne of David, and he will be kind of the House of Jacob forever!" (Luke 1:32-33)
  5. Mary replied:  "But how can this be?  For I am a virgin, I do not know man."  Mary and Joseph were truly espoused, they kept the Jewish Law faithfully. (Luke 1:34)
  6. The angel answered Mary:  "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you." (Luke 1:35)
  7. "And it is for this reason the holy child you will have will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
  8. "Know this:  your aged relative, Elizabeth, has conceived a son.  She who could not have a child is now six months pregnant.  For nothing is impossible to God." (Luke 1:37-38)
  9. Mary said to the angel:  "Here I am, the hadmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:39)
  10. The angel departed from her.  And the Eternal Word of God became the holy child in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  (Luke 1:39)

The Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. Mary got things ready for the visit and then hurried off to the hill country of Judea, for the village of Ain Karim where Zachary and Elizabeth lived. (Luke 1:40)
  2. When she entered their house and greeted Elizabeth, the aged woman's baby moved within her.  Elizabeth, herself filled with the Holy Spirit, loudly said: (Luke 1:41-42)
  3. "Mary, you are blessed above all women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  Why am I so blessed, that my Lord's mother should come to visit me?" (Luke 1:43-44)
  4. "For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me leaped with gladness.  How happy you are in your belief that the Lord's promise to you will come true!" (Luke 1:44-45)
  5. Mary sang:  "My sould proclaims the Lord's greatness; and my  heart rejoices in God my Savior, because he has regarded the lowliness of this handmaid!" (Luke 1:46-48)
  6. "Fom this time forward all people will call me blessed because of the great things the Mighty One has done for me." (Luke 1:48-49)
  7. "Holy is His name; He shows mercy to those who fear him, from one generation to another.  He stretched out His mighty arm - " (Luke 1:49-51)
  8. "and scattered the proud of heart.  He dethroned kings and exalted the lowly.  He filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty." (Luke 1:51-53)
  9. "Even as He promised our forefathers, He has come to help His servant Israel; He has remember to show mercy to Abraham and to all his posterity forever!" (Luke 1:54-55)
  10. Mary stayed about three months with Elizabeth and Zachary.  Then she took her leave of Ain Karim and journeyed home to Nazareth. (Luke 1:56)

The Third Joyful Mystery - The Birth of Jesus

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. The time came for Joseph to journey to Bethlehem, the birthplace of David, to register himself with Mary, his wife, in the census of the Roman Empire. (Luke 2:4)
  2. While they stayed in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to her Son.  She wrapped Him and layed Him in a manger - there was no place for them at the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)
  3. That night, in the same country-side, shepherds were in the fields keeping watch over their flocks.  Suddenly, a bright angel stood before them. (Luke 2:8-9)
  4. They were terrified, but the angel siad: "Do not be afraid.  I have good news for you - new which will bring a great joy to all the people. (Luke 2:10)
  5. "This very day in David's town your Savior was born - Christ the Lord!  This is your proof:  you will find a baby carefully wrapped and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:11-12)
  6. Suddenly a great army of angels appeared with the angel, all singing praise to God:  "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to men of good will." (Luke 2:13-14)
  7. After the angels departed, the shepherds decided to go to Bethlehem and see that which the Lord had made known.  In haste they soon found Joseph and Mary. (Luke 2:15-16)
  8. And the baby was lying in a manger!  When the shepherds beheld Him, they began to tell what the angel had said about this very child. (Luke 2:16-17)
  9. All who heard it were filled with wonder at what the shepherds told.  But Mary treasured up these things and pondered on them in her heart. (Luke 2:18-19)
  10. The shepherds went back to the fields singing glory and praise to God for what they had both heard and seen - it had indeed been as the angel had said! (Luke 2:20)

The Fourth Joyful Mystery - The Presentation of Jesus

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. A week later, the time came to circumcise the child and He was named Jesus, the name which the angel gave before He was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21)
  2. After the forty days of the purification, Mary and Joseph carried her first-born Son to Jerusalem and presented Him to the Lord; they offered the sacrifice of the poor. (Luke 2:22-24)
  3. There was an old man named Simeon living in Jerusalem at the time.  Upright and devout, he was patiently waiting for the salvation of Israel. (Luke 2:25)
  4. The Holy Spirit was with him, and he was given to believe that he would not die until he had seen the promised Savior. (Luke 2:25-26)
  5. The Spirit led Simeon into the Temple when Mary and Joseph presented Jesus.  The old man took the child in his arms and spoke out his thanks to God: (Luke 2:2728)
  6. "Now, Lord, your servant may go in peace, you have kept your promise to me - for my eyes have seen the salvation you have prepared for all nations to see; (Luke 2:29-31)
  7. "Here is the light that will reveal Your way to the Gentiles and bring glory to Your people Israel." (Luke 2:32)
  8. Simeon blessed the child's parents.  And he said to Mary:  "This child is destined by God for the salvation and for the loss of many people in Israel. (Luke 2:33-35)
  9. "He will be a sign from God which many reject, and so reveal their inner selves; and sorrow like a sharp sword will pierce your own heart." (Luke 2:34-35)
  10. All that was prescribed by the Law, Joseph and Mary did.  And eventually they brought Jesus home to Narareth.  The child thrived and God blessed him. (Luke 2:39-40)


The Fifth Joyful Mystery - The Finding of Jesus

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. Joseph and Mary would go to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover each year.  They made the pilgrimage as usual when Jesus was twelve years old. (Luke 2:41-42)
  2. And when the festival days were over, they set out for home, but without their knowing it, Jesus stayed on in Jerusalem. (Luke 2: 43)
  3. His parents journeyed a whole day, confident in the thought that He must be among their fellow pilgrims.  Then they began to look for Him. (Luke 2:44-45)
  4. After three days of searching, they found Him.  Jesus was in the Temple sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. (Luke 2:46)
  5. All of those who heard the boy were amazed at His intelligence and the answers which He gave.  Seeing Him, His parents were astonished. (Luke 2:47-48)
  6. His mother spoke to Him:  "My Son, why have you done this to us?  Your father and I have been terribly worried while searching for you." (Luke 2:48)
  7. The boy Jesus answered:  "But why did you have to search?  Did you not know that I must be here, busy in My Father's House?" (Luke 2:49)
  8. But they did not understand what He said to them.  As St. Luke says: "His mother treasured up all these things in her heart." (Luke 2:50-51)
  9. The boy came down from the Temple in the custody of His parents, and in their company He made the journey home to Nazareth. (Luke 2:51)
  10. He remained subject to His parents, Joseph and Mary.  As He grew up Jesus matured in strength and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and with men. (Luke 2:52)


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