The M+G+R Foundation

The Holy Rosary

with

Scriptural Meditations


[Indulgences Associated with the Holy Rosary may be found at the end of this document]



OUTLINE Of  DOCUMENT

Introduction and Background
(a) History of the Rosary;
(b) What is a Scriptural Meditated Rosary;
(c) How this type of prayer will draw us closer to God
The Prayers of the Rosary

For those who may be a little rusty on the exact words of the prayers, we have spelled them out.

The Mysteries of the Rosary

A general overview of the four Mysteries of the Rosary - Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous - is presented followed by the Scriptural Readings and Images to be meditated upon while offering the prayers.


INTRODUCTION and BACKGROUND

In recent years there has been an increased interest in the meditative practices of the eastern religions. Many have found that the study of other ways to God has enriched their own. We know that Jesus meditated, and in the centuries since His death Christians have continued to meditate.

For about a thousand years, a widely used meditation among Christians has been the rosary. The rosary is a complex and beautiful combination of prayers and meditations on specific events in the life of Jesus. Like chess, it can be learned in a few hours, but takes a lifetime to master.

Prayer and meditation go naturally hand in hand. Prayer is a matter of talking to God, while meditation can be described as listening to God. Meditation, then, is quite a subtle thing. How do I listen to God? This requires great patience and great humility, but even the beginner will find the benefits well worth the effort.

There are a number of techniques for disciplining the mind so that God may speak to us. Some methods seek to empty the mind completely. In others, a theme is held loosely in the mind and God is invited to speak to us through this theme. The latter one is the technique used in the rosary. You will know when God speaks to you, because you will have great love for Him and a strong desire to serve Him.

In the rosary, we meditate and pray at the same time. Beads are used to keep track of the prayers. Prayer beads are used by the faithful of many persuasions. The beads turn the prayers into an almost unconscious pattern, so that the mind is free to meditate. This takes a little practice, but eventually you will find that the prayers are in the background and the meditations are in the foreground.

Following a medieval practice revived in recent years, the scriptural practice revived in recent years, the scriptural rosary has a verse from scripture to be used with each Hail Mary.

Excerpts from Pope John XXIII's Pastoral Letter on the Rosary, which grew out of his own meditations, are used to provide a springboard for meditation. Pope John loved the rosary and toward the end of his life he prayed all fifteen mysteries, or decades, every day. The common practice is to pray five.

Although the structure of the rosary is formal, with set prayers and specific topics for meditation, meditation itself is quite informal and may differ every time you say the rosary. On one occasion you may have an insight into the events of a particular mystery; another time you may get an idea about what you should be doing with your life or a new way to deal with some problem; a third time you may begin to perceive the structure of God's reality more clearly. Don't be so intent on saying the beads that you miss the message! And don't get discouraged when you seem to get nothing.

 At first, you may have difficulty concentrating. Many times you will start the Our Father with the intention of meditating on Jesus' ascension into heaven, only to find that when you finish the last Hail Mary,  you have spent the entire time worrying about the electric bill. Or you may have embarrassing or uncomfortable thoughts. Don't be disturbed by this. When you catch your mind wandering, simply bring it back to the mystery, being patient with yourself. Eventually you will be able to concentrate for long periods of time. John XXIII, a very saintly man, worked at it for years before he was able to remain recollected consistently.

How often should you pray the rosary? This depends on what else you are called to do in life. You may want to pray it once a day or you may want to pray it once a week. The important thing is to have a regular but flexible program. If you are interrupted in the middle of your rosary accept the interruption. If you can't pray your rosary today, pray it tomorrow. Remember, it is not how perfectly you offer your prayers, but how well you live your life that counts.


         THE PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY

The Apostles Creed

(prayed on the Crucifix)

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; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom shall have no end.

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.


The Our Father

(prayed on the one large bead)

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 let us not fall into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.


The Hail Mary

(prayed on the ten large beads)

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


The Glory Be

(prayed after the last Hail Mary of each the decade)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.


Prayer of Fatima

(prayed after the Glory Be)
Oh, 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.
[note: "..those who are in most need of Thy Mercy" refers to the forgotten souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them.]

The Hail, Holy Queen

(prayed at the conclusion of the Rosary.)

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, 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 vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show 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.


           THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
 


[Please Note: The following is a brief outline. Below you will find the Scriptural Verses for Meditation]

[At this late a time we recommend that any three Mysteries be offered every day]


The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation of God's Plan to Mary (humility)
2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (charity)
3. The Nativity (love of God)
4. The Presentation of the baby Jesus at the temple (spirit of sacrifice)
5. The Finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple (zeal)

The Luminous Mysteries
1. The Baptism of the Lord (call to conversion)
2. The Wedding at Cana (all is possible for God)
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom (the Good News)
4. The Transfiguration (have Faith)
5. The Institution of the Eucharist (spiritual nourishment)

The Challenging Mysteries

1. Jesus Proclaims Himself the Messiah (The reality of His manifestation)
2.
Jesus forgives sins and ministers to tax collectors and sinners (He came for all of us)
3.
Jesus proclaims that we must "...eat His flesh, and drink His blood..." to have life (the ultimate gift)
4.
Jesus warns that only those who do the Fathers' will can enter His Kingdom (defining the Elect)
5.
Jesus proclaims Himself the Son of God before Caiaphas (could not be any clearer)

 
The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. Agony in the garden at Gethsemane (true repentance)
2. Scourging of Jesus at the pillar (mortification)
3. Crowning with thorns (moral courage)
4. Carrying of the Cross to Calvary (patience)
5. The Crucifixion (final perseverance)
The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection (faith)
2. The Ascension of Jesus into heaven (hope)
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (zeal)
4. The Assumption of Mary into heaven (happy death)
5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven (love for Mary)


THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

The Annunciation

Think about the first shining point of union between heaven and earth. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, and God said, let there be light; and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3
(Hail Mary...)

God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. Luke 1:26
(Hail Mary...)

Peace be with you! The Lord is with you. Luke 1:28
(Hail Mary...)

Mary, do not be afraid: you have won God's favor. Luke 1:30
(Hail Mary...)

Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. His reign will have no end. Luke 1:31,33
(Hail Mary...)

But how can this come about, since I am a virgin? Luke 1:34
(Hail Mary...)

There is nothing that God cannot do. Luke 1:37
(Hail Mary...)

I am the handmaid of the Lord, said Mary. Luke 1:38
(Hail Mary...)

I will pour out water upon the thirsty ground, and streams upon the dry land; I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing upon your descendants. Isaiah 44:3
(Hail Mary...)

Your love delights me, my sweetheart and bride. Your love is better than wine; your perfume more fragrant than any spice. The taste of honey is on your lips, my darling. Songs 4:10
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)

 
 

The Visitation

Think about charity, the exercise of which is the most profound joy and supreme honor of our lives John XXIII
(Our Father...)

No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and His life is made perfect in us. 1 John 4:12 (Hail Mary...)
Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb. Luke 1:42
(Hail Mary...)

How happy are you to believe that the Lord's message to you will come true. Luke 1:45
(Hail Mary...)

My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord. Luke 1:46
(Hail Mary...)

My spirit finds joy in God my savior. Luke 1:47
(Hail Mary...)

For He has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness: all ages to come shall call me blessed. Luke 1:48
(Hail Mary...)

God who is mighty has done great things for me: holy is His name. Luke 1:49
(Hail Mary...)

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and ransomed His people. Luke 1:68
(Hail Mary...)

He has raised a horn of saving strength for us in the House of David, His servant. Luke 1:69
(Hail Mary...)

He made a solemn promise to our ancestor Abraham, and vowed that He would rescue us from our enemies, and allow us to serve Him without fear. Luke 1:73,74
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Nativity

Think about the eyes of the divine infant which gaze far away, almost as if He could see one by one all the peoples of the earth. John XXIII
(Our Father..)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. Luke 2:1
(Hail Mary...)

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, into the city of Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David. Luke 2:4
(Hail Mary...)

And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Luke 2:6
(Hail Mary...)
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. Luke 2:7
(Hail Mary...)

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8
(Hail Mary...)

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. Fear Not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:9-10
(Hail Mary...)

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
(Hail Mary...)

And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
(Hail Mary...)

Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us. Luke 2:15
(Hail Mary...)

Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart. Luke 2:19
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Presentation

Jesus, carried in His mother's arms, is offered to the priest, to whom he holds out his arms: it is the meeting, the contact of the two covenants. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

Before the world was created, the Word already existed; He was with God, and He was the same as God. John 1:1
(Hail Mary...)

And when the day came for them to be purified as laid down as the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. Luke 2:22
(Hail Mary...)

Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the temple: Now Lord, You have kept Your promise, and You may let Your servant go in peace. Luke 2:27-29
(Hail Mary...)

With my own eyes I have seen Your salvation which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples. Luke 2:30-31
(Hail Mary...)

A light to reveal Your will to the gentiles, and bring glory to Your people Israel. Luke 2:32
(Hail Mary...)

He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. Luke 2:34
(Hail Mary...)

And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart. Luke 2:35
(Hail Mary...)

The new covenant that I will make with the people of Israel will be this: I will put My law within them and write it on their hearts. Jeremiah 31:33
(Hail Mary...)

I will be their God and they will be My people. Jeremiah 31:33
(Hail Mary...)

I will forgive their sins and I will no longer remember their wrongs. I, the Lord, have spoken. Jeremiah 31:34
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Finding Of Christ In The Temple

Think about the task of human intelligence: to garner the wisdom of the ages, to hand down the good doctrine. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

On the third day they found Him in the temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. Luke 2:46
(Hail Mary...)

I came to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already kindled! Luke 12:49
(Hail Mary...)

Does our law allow healing on the Sabbath, or not? Luke 14:3
(Hail Mary...)

Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it? Luke 12:25
(Hail Mary...)

If you love only the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing? Luke 6:32
(Hail Mary...)

Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for a fish? Luke 11:11
(Hail Mary...)

What shall I compare the kingdom of God with? Luke 13:20
(Hail Mary...)

The wisdom from above is pure, first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly. James 3:17
(Hail Mary...)

His mother said to Him: Son, why have You done this to us? You see that Your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow. Luke 2:48
(Hail Mary...)

He said to them: Why did you search for Me? Did you not know I had to be in My Father's house? Luke 2:49
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)

THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES


The Baptism of the Lord

Our soul is prepared to receive the Holy Spirit of God, should we be willing to accept it. m de P
(Our Father...)

In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea. Matthew 3:1
(Hail Mary...)

He said: "I am 'the voice of one crying out in the desert, "Make straight the way of the Lord,"' as Isaiah the prophet said." John 1:23
(Hail Mary...)

And this is what he proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me." Mark 1:7
(Hail Mary...)

I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy Spirit." Mark 1:8
(Hail Mary...)

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29
(Hail Mary...)

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. Matthew 3:16
(Hail Mary...)

And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
(Hail Mary...)

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit" Matthew 28:19
(Hail Mary...)

"I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the holy Spirit.' Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God." John 1:33 34
(Hail Mary...)

Filled with the holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. Luke 4:1-2
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be…)

The Wedding at Cana

Even if God does not intend to act, He Will if Mary intercedes. m de P
(Our Father...)

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. John 2:1-2
(Hail Mary...)

The pleasant vineyard, sing about it! I, the LORD, am its keeper, I water it every moment; lest anyone harm it, night and day I guard it. Isaiah 27:2-3
(Hail Mary...)

When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." John 2:3
(Hail Mary...)

Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." John 2:4
(Hail Mary...)

His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." John 2:5
(Hail Mary...)

Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. John 2:6
(Hail Mary...)

Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." John 2:7-8
(Hail Mary...)

And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine...(he) called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now." John 2:9-10
(Hail Mary...)

Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. John 2:11
(Hail Mary...)

"For this reason a man shall leave father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."  This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:31-32
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be…)


The Proclamation of the Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is reserved for the Family of Jesus - Those who do the Will of Our Father. m de P
(Our Father...)

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17
(Hail Mary...)

"The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.' For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you." Luke 17: 20-21
(Hail Mary...)

"Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit." John 3:5
(Hail Mary...)

"Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Mark 10:14-15
(Hail Mary...)

"Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners." Luke 5:31-32
(Hail Mary...)

"But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father," Matthew 5:44-45
(Hail Mary...)

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3
(Hail Mary...)

"Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied." Matthew 5:6
(Hail Mary...)

"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10
(Hail Mary...)

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides." Matthew 6:33
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be…)


The Transfiguration

Our transfiguration commences the moment we choose God over Mammon. m de P
(Our Father...)

Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. Luke 9:28
(Hail Mary...)

And he was transfigured before them; Matthew 17:2
(Hail Mary...)

His face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Matthew 17:2
(Hail Mary...)

He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. Mark 8:31
(Hail Mary...)

From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.  John 13:19
(Hail Mary...)

And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Luke 9:30-31
(Hail Mary...)

While Peter was still speaking,  behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, "this is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." 
Matthew 17:5
(Hail Mary...)

"
Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill." Matthew 5:17
(Hail Mary...)

As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. Mark 9:9
(Hail Mary...)

For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.
Matthew 16:27
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be…)



The Institution of the Eucharist


Nourished with His Body you will never go hungry. m de P
(Our Father...)

"I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer," Luke 22:15
(Hail Mary...)

While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body." Mark 14:22
(Hail Mary...)

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you. Luke 22:20
(Hail Mary...)

Do this in memory of me. Luke 22:19
(Hail Mary...)

"The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." John 6:51
(Hail Mary...)

I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. John 13:15
(Hail Mary...)

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. John 6:56
(Hail Mary...)

As though it were holocausts of rams and bullocks, or thousands of fat lambs, So let our sacrifice be in your presence today as we follow you unreservedly; for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame. Daniel 3:40
(Hail Mary...)

So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. Hebrews 4:16
(Hail Mary...)

By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. John 15:8
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be…)


THE CHALLENGING MYSTERIES

[Readings for these Mysteries from the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible on-line]


Jesus Proclaims Himself the Messiah


He Challenges us to believe in Him fully
(Our Father...)

And he came to Nazareth, where he was brought up: and he went into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the sabbath day; and he rose up to read. And the book of  Isaias the prophet was delivered unto him. Luke 4: 16-17
(Hail Mary...)

And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart,  To preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward.  Luke 4: 18-19
(Hail Mary...)

And when he had folded the book, he restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Luke 4:20
(Hail Mary...)

And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this scripture in your ears.  Luke 4: 21
(Hail Mary...)

And all gave testimony to him: and they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth, and they said: Is not this the son of Joseph? Luke 4: 22
(Hail Mary...)

And he said to them: Doubtless you will say to me this similitude: Physician, heal thyself: as great things as we have heard done in Capharnaum, do also here in thy own country. Luke 4: 23
(Hail Mary...)

And he said: Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country.  In truth I say to you, there were many widows in the days of Elias in Israel, when heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there was a great famine throughout all the earth. And to none of them was Elias sent, but to Sarepta of Sidon, to a widow woman. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and none of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian.  Luke 4: 24-27
(Hail Mary...)

And all they in the synagogue, hearing these things, were filled with anger.  And they rose up and thrust him out of the city; and they brought him to the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.  Luke 4:28-29
(Hail Mary...)

But he passing through the midst of them, went his way. Luke 4:30
(Hail Mary...)

And he went down into Capharnaum, a city of Galilee, and there he taught them on the sabbath days.  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his speech was with power. Luke 4:31-32
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)
 
 

Jesus forgives sins and ministers to tax collectors and sinners


Jesus challenges us to refrain from judgment
(Our Father...)

And again he entered into Capharnaum after some days.  And it was heard that he was in the house, and many came together, so that there was no room; no, not even at the door; and he spoke to them the word. And they came to him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was carried by four. And when they could not offer him unto him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was; and opening it, they let down the bed wherein the man sick of the palsy lay.  Mark 2: 1-4
(Hail Mary...)

And when Jesus had seen their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy: Son, thy sins are forgiven thee. Mark 2:  15
(Hail Mary...)

And there were some of the scribes sitting there, and thinking in their hearts: Why doth this man speak thus? he blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins, but God only?  Mark 2:  6-7
(Hail Mary...)

Which Jesus presently knowing in his spirit, that they so thought within themselves, saith to them: Why think you these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk?  But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)  I say to thee: Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house.  Mark 2: 8-11
(Hail Mary...)

And immediately he arose; and taking up his bed, went his way in the sight of all; so that all wondered and glorified God, saying: We never saw the like. Mark 2:  12
(Hail Mary...)

And he went forth again to the sea side; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them. Mark 2: 13
(Hail Mary...)

And when he was passing by, he saw Levi the son of Alpheus sitting at the receipt of custom; and he saith to him: Follow me. And rising up, he followed him. Mark 2: 14
(Hail Mary...)

And it came to pass, that as he sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat down together with Jesus and his disciples. For they were many, who also followed him. Mark 2: 15
(Hail Mary...)

And the scribes and the Pharisees, seeing that he ate with publicans and sinners, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat and drink with publicans and sinners? Mark 2: 16
(Hail Mary)

Jesus hearing this, saith to them: They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. For I came not to call the just, but sinners. Mark 2: 17
(Hail Mary)

(Glory Be...)


Jesus proclaims that we must "...eat His flesh, and drink His blood..." to have life

  


Jesus challenges us to believe in the reality of transsubstantiation
(Our Father..)

Amen, amen I say unto you: He that believeth in me, hath everlasting life. I am the bread of life.  John 6: 47-48

        (Hail Mary...)

Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven; that if any man eat of it, he may not die. John 6: 49-50
(Hail Mary...)

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.  John 6: 51-52
(Hail Mary...)

The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.  John 6: 53-55
(Hail Mary...)

For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me.  John 6: 56-58
(Hail Mary...)

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever. These things he said, teaching in the synagogue, in Capharnaum. John 6: 59-60
(Hail Mary...)

Many therefore of his disciples, hearing it, said: This saying is hard, and who can hear it? But Jesus, knowing in himself, that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you? If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?  John 6: 61-63
(Hail Mary...)

It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that did not believe, and who he was, that would betray him. John 6: 64-65
(Hail Mary...)

And he said: Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father. After this many of his disciples went back; and walked no more with him.  John 6: 66-67
(Hail Mary...)

Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known, that thou art the Christ, the Son of God. John 6: 68-70
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)



Jesus warns that only those who do the Fathers' will can enter His Kingdom


Jesus remind us that it's not enough to say the right words.
(Our Father...)

Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.  Matthew 7: 13
(Hail Mary...)

How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! Matthew 7: 14
(Hail Mary...)

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7: 15
(Hail Mary...)

By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Matthew 7: 16
(Hail Mary...)

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.  Matthew 7: 17-18
(Hail Mary...)

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. Matthew 7: 19-20
(Hail Mary...)

Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 7: 21
(Hail Mary...)

Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.  Matthew 7: 22-23
(Hail Mary...)

Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock. Matthew 7: 24
(Hail Mary...)

And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock. Matthew 7: 25
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


Jesus proclaims Himself the Son of God


You shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of heaven.
(Our Father...)

And they brought Jesus to the high priest; and all the priests and the scribes and the ancients assembled together. And Peter followed him from afar off, even into the court of the high priest; and he sat with the servants at the fire, and warmed himself. Mark 14: 53-54
(Hail Mary...)

And the chief priests and all the council sought for evidence against Jesus, that they might put him to death, and found none. Mark 14: 55
(Hail Mary...)

For many bore false witness against him, and their evidences were not agreeing. Mark 14: 56
(Hail Mary...)

And some rising up, bore false witness against him, saying: [58] We heard him say, I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another not made with hands. Mark 14: 57-58
(Hail Mary...)

And their witness did not agree. Mark 14: 59
(Hail Mary...)

And the high priest rising up in the midst, asked Jesus, saying: Answerest thou nothing to the things that are laid to thy charge by these men? Mark 14: 60
(Hail Mary...)

But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said to him: Art thou the Christ the Son of the blessed God?  Mark 14: 61
(Hail Mary...)

And Jesus said to him: I am. And you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of heaven.  Mark 14: 62
(Hail Mary...)

Then the high priest rending his garments, saith: What need we any further witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy. What think you? Who all condemned him to be guilty of death.  Mark 14: 63-64
(Hail Mary...)

And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him: Prophesy: and the servants struck him with the palms of their hands. Mark 14: 65
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)




THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

The Agony In The Garden

"Not My will but Thine be done. "Words which tear the heart and heal it again. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

The sorrow in My heart is so great that it almost crushes Me. Matthew 26:38
(Hail Mary...)

Stay here and keep watch with Me. Matthew 26:38
(Hail Mary...)

Father, if You will, take this cup of suffering away from Me. Not My will, however, but Your will be done. Luke 22:42
(Hail Mary...)

My Father, if this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, Your will be done Matthew 26:42
(Hail Mary...)

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
(Hail Mary...)

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to sinful men. Matthew 26:45
(Hail Mary...)

Get up. Let us go. Matthew 26:45
(Hail Mary...)

Teach me Your ways, Lord. Make them known to me. Psalm 25:4
(Hail Mary...)

I was blind, and now I see. John 9:25
(Hail Mary...)

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8

(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Scourging At The Pillar

Our daily, unavoidable and indispensable duty leads us step by step towards a more perfect resemblance with Jesus Christ. We cannot do this in any other way, by facile enthusiasms, or by a fanaticism which, even if innocent, is always harmful. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

Jesus was still speaking when a crowd arrived. Judas, one of the twelve disciples, was leading them, and he came up to Jesus to kiss Him. Luke 22:47
(Hail Mary...)

Is it with a kiss, Judas, that you betray the Son of Man? Luke 22:48
(Hail Mary...)

Are You the king of the Jews? My kingdom does not belong to this world. John 18:33,36
(Hail Mary...)

I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth. John 18:37
(Hail Mary...)

Truth? said Pilate. What is that? John 18:38
(Hail Mary...)

I will have Him whipped and let Him go. Luke 23:16
(Hail Mary...)

Ours were the sufferings He bore, ours the sorrows He carried. Isaiah 53:4
(Hail Mary...)

He was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins. Isaiah 53:5
(Hail Mary...)

On Him lies a punishment that brings us peace, and through His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
(Hail Mary...)

My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God. Psalms 51:17
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Crowning With Thorns

We are perplexed and almost disheartened by picking thorns and preoccupations, as well as by all of the suffering caused by the misfortunes and sins of men; this suffering is the greater the more we love men. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

Let us wake in the morning filled with Your love and sing and be happy all our days. Psalms 90:14
(Hail Mary...)

They stripped off His clothes. Matthew 27:28
(Hail Mary...)

They dressed Him up in purple, twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on Him. Mark 15:17
(Hail Mary...)

And they began saluting Him: Hail! King of the Jews! Mark 15:18
(Hail Mary...)

They beat Him over the head with a stick, spat on Him, fell on their knees, and bowed down to Him. Mark 15:19
(Hail Mary...)

Pilate came outside and said to them. Look, I am going to bring Him out to you to let you see I find no case. John 19:4
(Hail Mary...)

Here is the Man. Crucify Him! Crucify Him! John 19:5-6
(Hail Mary...)

Re-entering the Praetorium, he said to Jesus, Where do You come from? But Jesus made no answer. John 19:8
(Hail Mary...)

Here is your king, said Pilate to the Jews. Crucify Him! Do you want me to crucify your king? We have no king except Caesar. John 19:15
(Hail Mary...)

He is starting a riot among the people all through Judea with His teaching. He began in Galilee, and now has come here. Luke 23:5
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Carrying Of The Cross

Every one of us must have his own cross to bear; otherwise, tempted by selfishness or cruelty, we should sooner or later fall by the roadside. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

Carrying His own cross He went out of the city to the place called Golgotha, where they crucified Him with two others. John 19:17
(Hail Mary...)

Pilate wrote out a notice and had it fixed to the cross; it read: Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews. John 19:19
(Hail Mary...)

The Jewish priests said, You should not write King of the Jews, but this man said: I am King of the Jews. John 19:21
(Hail Mary...)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. Psalms 23:1, 2
(Hail Mary...)

He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Psalms 23:3
(Hail Mary...)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4
(Hail Mary...)

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalms 23:5
(Hail Mary...)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalms 23:6
(Hail Mary...)

If anyone wants to come with Me, he must forget himself, carry his cross, and follow Me. Mark 8:34
(Hail Mary...)

Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Matthew 5:41
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Crucifixion

We earnestly pray that the precious blood, poured out for all mankind, may at long last bring to all, to all men everywhere, salvation and conversion. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself. Luke 23:37
(Hail Mary...)

Whoever holds out to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22
(Hail Mary...)

Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34
(Hail Mary...)

It was about twelve o'clock when the sun stopped shining and darkness covered the whole country until three o'clock; and the curtain hanging in the temple was torn in two. Luke 23:44-45
(Hail Mary...)

Father! In Your hands I place My spirit! Luke 23:46
(Hail Mary...)

Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani! Mark 15:34
(Hail Mary...)

Jesus drank the wine and said, It is finished! Then He bowed His head and died. John 19:30
(Hail Mary...)

This Man was really the Son of God. Mark 15:39
(Hail Mary...)

Remember me, Jesus, when You come as King. Luke 23:42
(Hail Mary...)

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:11
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

The Resurrection

Think about learning to wait, trusting always to the precious promise of which the resurrection of Jesus gives us a sure pledge. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief. Mark 9:24
(Hail Mary...)

This Man said, I am able to tear down God's temple and three days later build it back up. Matthew 26:61
(Hail Mary...)

And who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb? Mark 16:3
(Hail Mary...)

Then they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back. Mark 16:4
(Hail Mary...)

He is not here; He has been raised, just as He said. Matthew 28:6
(Hail Mary...)

He is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see Him! Matthew 28:7
(Hail Mary...)

Unless I see the scars of the nails in His hands and put my finger on those scars and put my hand in His side, I will not believe. John 20:25
(Hail Mary...)

Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Yes , Lord, You know I love You. Feed My lambs. John 21:15
(Hail Mary...)

Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Yes , Lord, You know I love You. Look after My sheep. John 21:16
(Hail Mary...)

Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Yes , Lord, You know I love You. Feed My sheep. John 21:17
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Ascension

He has promised and prepared a place above: "I go to prepare a place for you." John XXIII
(Our Father...)

I am going to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
(Hail Mary...)

You did not choose Me; I chose you. John 15:16
(Hail Mary...)

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Matthew 28:18
(Hail Mary...)

Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations. Matthew 28:19
(Hail Mary...)

Teach them to observe all of the commands I gave you. Matthew 28:20
(Hail Mary...)

And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. Matthew 28:20
(Hail Mary...)

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
(Hail Mary...)

As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34
(Hail Mary...)

If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven. John 20:23
(Hail Mary...)

Come to Me, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke and put it on you, and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light. Matthew 11:28-30
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


Pentecost

The church's triumphs are not always externally visible, but they are always there and always rich in surprises, often in miracles. John XXIII
(Our Father...)

Here I am. Send me. Isaiah 6:8
(Hail Mary...)

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. Acts 2:4
(Hail Mary...)

They have been drinking too much new wine. Acts 2:13
(Hail Mary...)

Then Peter stood up. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It is only nine o'clock in the morning. Acts 2:14,15
(Hail Mary...)

In the days to come - it is the Lord who speaks - I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind. Acts 2:17
(Hail Mary...)

For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit Himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26
(Hail Mary...)

The Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. Galatians 5:22
(Hail Mary...)

I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. 1 Corinthians 13:1
(Hail Mary...)

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalms 150:6
(Hail Mary...)

Happy are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb. Revelation 19:9
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Assumption

God is silently preparing us for the most beautiful victory of all, the attainment of holiness. John XXIII

(Our Father...)
I rejoiced when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord."  Psalms 122:1
(Hail Mary...)

Who is this arising like the dawn, fair as the moon, resplendent as the sun? Songs 6:10
(Hail Mary...)

I am only a wild flower in Sharon, a lily in a mountain valley. Songs 2:1
(Hail Mary...)

The trust that you have shown shall not pass from the memories of men, but shall ever remind them of the power of God. Judith 13:19
(Hail Mary...)

A woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown. Revelation 12:1
(Hail Mary...)

A grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains. John 12:24
(Hail Mary...)

What is sown in the earth is subject to decay, what rises is incorruptible. 1 Corinthians 15:42
(Hail Mary...)

Come, you whom My Father has blessed, take for your heritage the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:34
(Hail Mary...)

Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
(Hail Mary...)

I did not see a temple in the city because its temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb. Revelation 21:22
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)


The Crowning Of Mary

The great mission which began with the angel's announcement to Mary has passed like a stream of fire and light through the mysteries in turn. John XXII
(Our Father...)

Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by. 1 Kings 19:11
(Hail Mary...)

And a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. 1 Kings 19:11
(Hail Mary...)

And after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 1 Kings 19:11
(Hail Mary...)

And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire. 1 Kings 19:12
(Hail Mary...)

And after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:12
(Hail Mary...)

Listen to My voice; then I will be your God and you shall be My people . Jeremiah 7:23
(Hail Mary...)

Then Job answered the Lord and said: I know that you can do all things and that no purposes of Yours can be hindered. Job 42:1, 2
(Hail Mary...)

I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know. Job 42:3
(Hail Mary...)

I had heard of You by word of mouth, but now my eye has seen You. Job 42:5
(Hail Mary...)

Therefore I disown what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:6
(Hail Mary...)

(Glory Be...)

Concluding Prayers

The Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, 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 vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show 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.

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 Lord. Amen.

Indulgences associated with the Holy Rosary:   (1)

A plenary indulgence is granted, if the Rosary is recited in a church or public oratory or in a family group, a religious Community or pious Association; a partial indulgence is granted in other circumstances.

Now the Rosary is a certain formula of prayer, which is made up of fifteen decades of 'Hail Marys' with an 'Our Father' before each decade, and in which the recitation of each decade is accompanied by pious meditation on a particular mystery of our Redemption. (Roman Breviary)

The name 'Rosary,' however, is commonly used in reference to only a third of the fifteen decades.

 The gaining of the plenary indulgence is regulated by the following norms: 
  1. The recitation of a third part only of the Rosary suffices; but the five decades must be recited continuously.
  2. The vocal recitation MUST be accompanied by pious meditation on the mysteries.
  3. In public recitation the mysteries must be announced in the manner customary in the place; for private recitation, however, it suffices if the vocal recitation is accompanied by meditation on the mysteries.
  4. For those belonging to the Oriental rites, amongst whom this devotion is not practiced, the Patriarchs can determine some other prayers in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary (for those of the Byzantine rite, for example, the Hymn 'Akathistos' or the Office 'Paraclisis'); to the prayers thus determined are accorded the same indulgences as for the Rosary.

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(1)  Enchiridion of Indulgences  - 1968 - No. 48,  p.  67

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