The Mysteries of the Rosary


The Rosary is a series of prayers, primarily the Hail Mary, which are recited while meditating on various occurances duriung the life of Christ.

The Hail Mary is "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen." 

The first sentence of this prayer is a combination of two verses from the Gospel of Luke, the greeting of the angel Gabriel to Mary "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you," and the greeting of Elizabeth to Mary, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." (N.A.B. translation of Luke 1:28 and Luke 1:42).

The second sentence is simply a request to Mary as all Christians ask one another to pray to her Son for us.

Issued by Spain on October 26, 1962.

The Joyful Mysteries

  The Annunciation 
A detail from a painting by Murillo.


The Visitation
In this painting by Juan Correa de Vivar, St. Elizabeth is shown embracing the Virgin Mary.


The Nativity
Murillo's "Adotration of the Shepherds" was used to illustrate this theme.


The Presentation in the Temple
A detail from "The Presentation in the Temple," by Pedro de Cordoba.

  Jesus with the Rabbis
"The Finding in the Temple,"  by an anonymous painter.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

   Christ in the Garden of Gethsemani  
   The Scourging  
   Crowning with Thorns  
  Jesus Carries His Cross   
   The Crucifixion  

 The Glorious Mysteries

  The Resurrection   
   The Ascension  
   The Descent of the Holy Spirit  
   The Assumption of the Virgin Mary  
   The Coronation of the Virgin  
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