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. JUSTIN, MARTYR (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by the reading of Holy Scripture.
STS. MARCELLINUS AND PETER (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel Emperor Diocletian.
ST. CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were mar¬≠tyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing cruel torments.
ST. CLOTILDE (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks. Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years.
ST. FRANCIS CARACCIOLO (1608).
He was born of a royal family in the King - dom of Naples. As a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it. Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
ST. BONIFACE (755).
Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means "he who does good.
ST. NORBERT (1134).
He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down one day by lightning while riding on a horse.
ST.PHILIP THE DEACON (FIRST CENTURY).
He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6.
ST. ROBERT OF NEWMINISTER (1159).
He was an English priest from York - shire, England, who became a Cistercian monk.
St. Willibald was a bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface.
ST.MEDARD AND GILDARD (558).
These two French saints were twin brothers, as we are told in the Roman Martyrology.
ST. EPHREM (373).
St. Ephrem the Syrian is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Mesopotamia, not far from the place where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.
ST. COLUMKILLE (597).
St. Columbkille, also known as Columba, was born in Donegal, Ireland, on the feast of St. Ambrose, on December 7. Columbkille founded many monasteries and churches not only in Ireland, but in Scotland as well.
BLESSED DIANA (1236).
She was a Dominican nun, a native of Bologna, Italy. Despite opposition from her noble born family, Diana gave up the world to follow Jesus and became a nun.
St. Getulius was martyred with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus.
ST. BARNABAS (60).
St. Barnabas was the cousin of St. Mark the Evan-gelist.
ST. JOHN OF ST. FACUNDO (1479).
He was born in northern Spain, in the town of St. Facundo. He was a brilliant and attractive young boy, educated in the household of a bishop, and became one of the Hermits of St. Augustine.
ST. LEO III.
St. Leo III is remembered as Charlemagne's pope. The cardinal priest of Santa Susanna, Leo was unanimously elected to the papal see in 795.
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (1231).
There is no more loved and admired saint of the Catholic Church than Anthony of Padua. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal.
ST. ELISEUS (NINTH CENTURY B.C).
He was an Old Testament prophet, the disciple and companion of St. Elias.
ST. VITUS (303).
Vitus, whose name can also be Guy, was a child saint, entrusted by his pagan parents to the care of a Catholic nurse, Crescentia, and her husband, Modestus.
ST. GERMAINE COUSIN (1601).
She was the daughter of a poor farmer who lived near Toulouse in France.
ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS (1640).
He was one of the greatest priests of the Society of Jesus.
ST. BOTOLPH (680).
Botolph was a Benedictine, and an Englishman, with over 70 churches dedicated to him in England. An English town, origi¬≠nally called Saint Botolphstown.
STS. MARK AND MARCELLIAN (THIRD CENTURY).
They were twin brothers and deacons of the Church at Rome who were martyred under Diocletian.
ST. ROMUALD (1027).
He was a Benedictine monk, and later an abbot. He was the founder of the Camaldolese Order of the Benedictines in 1024. This saint's life was written by another holy man, Saint Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church.
ST. SILVERIUS (538).
This 60th Pope of the Catholic Church suffered great persecution for defending the dogmatic truths of the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ.
ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA (1591).
He was born on March 9, 1568, and is the model of the virtue of holy purity for all young Catholic boys.
ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA (431).
Paulinus was born at Bordeaux, France, of one of its noblest and wealthiest families. He was appointed by the Roman Emperor, Prefect of all France.
ST. THOMAS MORE (1535).
He was the wonderful English martyr, Chancellor of the Realm, who was beheaded on Tower Hill, just outside London.
ST.AUDREY (ETHELDREDA) (679).
St. Audrey was an East Anglian princess, and later a queen. Driven to do so by her parents, she first married a prince named Tonbert, who died three years after their marriage.
THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (1 B.C).
John the Baptist was the miraculous son of Sts. Zachary and Elizabeth, given to them when Elizabeth was well beyond the years of childbearing.
ST. WILLIAM THE ABBOT (1142).
St. William the Abbot (1142).
Of the many saints and holy people named William, none is better remembered than St. William of Monte Vergine, in Italy.
ST. JOHN AND PAUL (362).
Sts. John and Paul (362).
These two notable Roman soldiers were martyred under the rule of the cruel Julian the Apostate. They were executed for refusing to support Julian's defection from the dog¬≠matic truths of the Catholic Church.
ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA (444).
A Doctor of the Church, St. Cyril was "the soul of the Council of Ephesus" in 431.
ST. LRENAEUS (202).
This great saint was born to Christian parents in Asia Minor, and died when he was 72, the same age as Our Lady at her death. Irenaeus is one of the Fathers of the Church and is sometimes called "the father of Catholic theology.
ST. PETER AND PAUL(67).
Peter the Apostle, the first Pope of the Catholic Church, was the son of a fisherman in Galilee, named Jona.
ST.THE FIRST MARTYRS OF ROME(64).
On this day the Church lovingly remembers the first fruits of the martyrs of the Church at Rome.
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?