Rosary BeadsThe Rosary helps us to deepen our faith by meditating on the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. Back in the 12th century many people could not read and did not know Latin. So, Benedictine priests recommended that they say 150 Hail Mary’s to substitute for the 150 psalms of the Divine Office. In 1208 St. Dominic instituted devotion to the Rosary when Mary promised to him that the Rosary would help convert sinners and obtain favors for the just. In 2002, St. Pope John Paul II added the mysteries of Christ’s public ministry so the Rosary could become more fully a “compendium of the Gospel”.

When we say the Rosary, “we go through the Lord’s life
on the hand of the Blessed Mother”.
Rev. Francis X. Weiser, SJ


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The Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Nativity- Birth of Jesus Christ
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Luminous Mysteries (Mysteries of Light)

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
The Manifestation of Jesus at the Wedding at Cana
The Proclamation of the Good News of the Kingdom of God
The Transfiguration of Jesus
The Institution of the Eucharist- the Last Supper

Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar
The Crowning with Thorns
The Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion- Jesus Dies on the Cross

Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection of Jesus
The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth