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Fourth Joyful Mystery— The Presentation in the Temple

By: Guest blogger on February 7th, 2023

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Fourth Joyful Mystery— The Presentation in the Temple

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Forty days after His miraculous birth, Jesus was brought to the Temple by Mary and Joseph to be formally consecrated to the Lord.     

As I think about this event in the life of Christ, my heart and mind are drawn to Mary. What was she thinking and feeling when she walked into the Temple—a mere forty days postpartum? Was she exhausted? In pain, her body still healing from giving birth?  

Was she still reeling from the miraculous events in Bethlehem? Pondering the visits by the shepherd and the choirs of angels that announced her Son’s birth?    

I imagine Mary and Joseph walking into the Temple, proud yet exhausted. Excited for this moment in their Son’s life, but also, maybe ready to be home.    

I imagine that Mary and Joseph, like most new parents, were settling into their new normal. A routine that revolved around nursing and diapers and sleeping when Jesus slept. Perhaps, in the quiet of their home, the miraculous was fading into the ordinary, the gentle rhythm of life with a newborn taking hold of the household.    

And then, suddenly, during a ritual with prescribed actions and words, something unexpected happened. The predictable and ordinary were overtaken by the extraordinary.    

Someone intrudes on their family moment.    

Simeon’s pronouncements, his recognition of the Messiah, must have hit Mary like a thunderbolt. His words a reminder that this Child belonged to more than just her- He was destined for the rise and fall of many so that the hearts of many would be revealed.    

The Gospels mention only a few moments of Jesus’ childhood, but in each of them, we see Mary sharing her Son with others at what usually would have been intimate family moments. She welcomed the shepherds at His birth. She opened her arms and allowed Simeon and Anna to hold her Baby. And later, she will realize He has left her side on a family pilgrimage. She finds Him teaching in the Temple, only to be reminded that He has work to do.    

Time and again, I am grateful that the Mother of Christ opens her arms to me, as she did in each of those moments, making space for me close to her Son. She does not get frustrated at sharing Him; she welcomes any and all into her family.    

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Colleen Pressprich is a wife and mom with a passion for helping other families grow their domestic church. Author of Marian Consecration for Young Children and The Women Doctors of the Church . You can read more of her writing at ElevatorToHeaven.com.

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Illustrations and suggested points of reflection from our booklet Praying the Rosary Without Distractions , available in our on-line store.

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(Numbers other than the 10 Hail Marys refer to the numbers pointing to the beads in the above illustration.)

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1) Make the Sign of the Cross saying “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”, and say the Apostles’ Creed : “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. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He will come again in glory 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.”

2) Say the Our Father : “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.”

3) Say three Hail Marys for Faith, Hope, and Charity: “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.” – 3 times.

4) Say the Glory Be : “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.”

The First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation

5) Announce “ The First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation ” and then say the Our Father .

6) Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery.

  • The time for the Incarnation is at hand.
  • Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.
  • The Angel Gabriel announces: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee.”
  • Mary wonders at this salutation.
  • The Angel assures her: “Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son.”
  • Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.
  • The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.
  • The Incarnation awaits Mary’s consent.
  • Mary answers: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word.”
  • The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Spiritual Fruit: Humility

7) Glory Be 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.

Oh My Jesus O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

The Second Joyful Mystery – The Visitation

8) Announce “ The Second Joyful Mystery – The Visitation ” and then say the Our Father .

Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery.

  • Mary’s cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age… for nothing is impossible with God.
  • Charity prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.
  • The journey to Elizabeth’s home is about eighty miles requiring four or five days.
  • Though long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her the Incarnate Word.
  • At Mary’s salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother’s womb.
  • Elizabeth exclaims: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
  • “How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
  • “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled.”
  • Mary replies: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joy in God my Savior.”
  • Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the Baptist.

Spiritual Fruit: Love of Neighbor

Glory Be 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.

The Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity of Our Lord

Announce “ The Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity of Our Lord ” and then say the Our Father.

  • Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus.
  • The hour for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room in the inn.
  • In the stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a cave, Mary remaining a Virgin.
  • She wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.
  • In unspeakable joy Mary gathers to her bosom the Flower of her virginity.
  • Jesus enters the world in poverty to teach the lesson of detachment from earthly things.
  • The angel announces to the shepherds: “Today there is born to you in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord.”
  • The angelic chorus sing: “Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.”
  • The shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant Jesus.
  • The Magi come to adore the Holy Child and offer Him gifts.

Spiritual Fruit: Detachment

The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The Presentation

Announce “ The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The Presentation ” and then say the Our Father .

  • Observing the law of Moses they take Jesus to the Temple to present Him to the Lord.
  • According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to the Lord.
  • Mary offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.
  • Jesus is not subject to the law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.
  • Mary is not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she submits to it.
  • God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
  • Recognizing the Child, he prays: “Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word.”
  • “This Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed.”
  • And to Mary Simeon reveals: “And your own soul a sword shall pierce.”
  • After they fulfill all the Law requires they return to Nazareth.

Spiritual Fruit: Obedience

The Fifth Joyful Mystery – Finding Jesus in the Temple

Announce “ The Fifth Joyful Mystery – Finding Jesus in the Temple ” and then say the Our Father .

  • When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
  • After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without Jesus.
  • At the end of the first day’s journey they discover Jesus is missing.
  • His parents return immediately looking for Him.
  • This loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Mary and Joseph.
  • On the third day, they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who were astonished at His wisdom.
  • Mary: “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for You in sorrow.”
  • Jesus: “Why did you search for Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
  • Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.
  • Mary keeps all these things in her heart.

Spiritual Fruit: Perseverance

Closing Prayers

Hail Holy Queen Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our hope. To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee 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 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.

Final Prayer 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 Lord. Amen.

Make the Sign of the Cross .

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  • Make the Sign of the Cross saying “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”, and say the Apostles’ Creed : “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. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He will come again in glory 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.”
  • Say the Our Father : “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.”
  • Say three Hail Marys for Faith, Hope, and Charity: “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.” – 3 times.
  • Say the Glory Be : “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.”
  • The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Oh My Jesus

Spiritual Fruit: Humility

Optional Additional Prayers

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Pray for us. (repeat after each line) Holy Mother of God, Holy Virgin of virgins,

Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church, Mother of Mercy, Mother of Divine Grace, Mother of Hope, Mother Most Pure, Mother Most Chaste, Mother Inviolate, Mother Undefiled, Mother Most Amiable, Mother Most Admirable, Mother of Good Counsel, Mother of our Creator, Mother of our Savior,

Virgin Most Prudent, Virgin Most Venerable, Virgin Most Renowned, Virgin Most Powerful, Virgin Most Merciful, Virgin Most Faithful,

Mirror of Justice, Seat of Wisdom, Cause of Our Joy, Spiritual Vessel, Vessel of Honor, Singular Vessel of Devotion, Mystical Rose, Tower of David, Tower of Ivory, House of Gold, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of Heaven, Morning Star,

Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Solace of Migrants, Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians,

Queen of Angels, Queen of Patriarchs, Queen of Prophets, Queen of Apostles, Queen of Martyrs, Queen of Confessors, Queen of Virgins, Queen of all Saints, Queen conceived without Original Sin, Queen assumed into heaven, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Queen of Families, Queen of Peace,

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, Grant, we beseech you, O Lord God, that we your servants may enjoy lasting health of mind and body and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrow to delight in joy eternal. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness. As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.

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  • The Deeper Meaning of the Presentation in the Temple

By Clement Harrold

For many Catholics, the fourth joyful mystery—the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple—can be a difficult scene to meditate on. What’s the episode about, anyway? And what might be its deeper meaning?

Beginning with the first question, it’s important to remember that the Presentation described in Luke 2:22-38 is not the circumcision of Jesus. That already took place eight days after His birth. Rather, the Presentation took place in order to fulfill two different dictates of the Mosaic Law.

The first of these, drawn from Leviticus 12, mandated that mothers needed to be purified forty days after giving birth to a male child. This is why the Presentation is celebrated in the Church’s calendar on February 2nd—also known as “Candlemas,” an allusion to Simeon’s words about the boy Jesus being “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” (Lk 2:32)—because the event takes place forty days after the nativity (counting December 25 as day one).

In order to make the purification, the mother in question was required to sacrifice a lamb as well as either a pigeon or a turtledove. The law made provision, however, for those families who were too poor to afford a lamb, in which case they could sacrifice two pigeons or two turtledoves instead. St. Luke goes out of his way to inform the reader that this is exactly what the Holy Family did, thereby reminding us of their material poverty (see Lk 2:24).

The second precept of the Mosaic Law which Mary and Joseph were following is the requirement from Exodus 13:2 that all firstborns be consecrated to God in a special way. More specifically, this ritual rested on the understanding that the firstborn naturally belonged to God, and so the child’s human parents were expected to “redeem” (from the Latin redimō , meaning to “buy back”) their child by paying five shekels to the priest.

All of this helps us to see that the Presentation in the Temple was about two important things: (1) the purification of Mary and (2) the redemption of baby Jesus. So far so good. But there are two other elements here which are worth paying attention to. For one thing, the Mosaic Law nowhere demanded that the purification or the redemption take place within the Temple. This means that the Holy Family was being extra devout by going to the Temple for this special day.

Additionally, there is one detail in the Presentation narrative which is startling for its absence. While St. Luke does mention that Mary and Joseph bought the two turtledoves, he never takes the time to mention the paying of the five shekels to redeem baby Jesus. In other words, he cites the redeeming-of-the-firstborns precept laid down in Exodus 13:2, but he leaves out a description of this redemption taking place. Why might that be?

For the late Pope Benedict XVI, in his Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives , the answer was obvious. St. Luke leaves a literary silence in the passage in order to drive home the point that the infant Jesus belongs to His Heavenly Father:

Evidently Luke intends to say that instead of being “redeemed” and restored to his parents, this child was personally handed over to God in the Temple, given over completely to God. . . . Luke has nothing to say regarding the act of “redemption” prescribed by the law. In its place we find the exact opposite: the child is handed over to God, and from now on belongs to him completely. (p. 3)

Understanding this detail can help us bring the fourth joyful mystery to life in a new way. The Presentation isn’t just another boring religious ritual. On the contrary, it is a deeply symbolic moment pointing to Jesus’s divine identity, and to Mary and Joseph’s perfect cooperation with His divine mission.

Further Reading:

http://jimmyakin.com/how-the-accounts-of-jesus-childhood-fit-together

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/whats-happening-at-the-presentation-of-the-lord

Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives (Image, 2012)

Clement Harrold is a graduate student in theology at the University of Notre Dame. His writings have appeared in  First Things ,  Church Life Journal ,  Crisis Magazine , and the  Washington Examiner . He earned his bachelor's degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2021.

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A Rosary for Life: The Joyful Mysteries

The following meditations on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are offered as a prayer for all life, from conception to natural death.

The First Joyful Mystery

The annunciation of our lord.

Prayer Intention:  For parents facing an unexpected pregnancy, that they lovingly accept the precious life God has entrusted to their care.

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-33, 38) As an angel proclaimed the conception of Christ in Mary's virginal womb, so do mothers and fathers learn every day of the conception of their child.  Let us pray to the Mother of all the Living that every child be treasured and protected from the first moment of conception as an inestimable and wondrous gift of God.

Our Father... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: inspire the hearts of all newly pregnant women with the joy of which you sang at the Annunciation...  Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: deliver all parents from fear, and implant in their hearts a joyful hope...  Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray that joy may embrace the lives of all expectant parents... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray for grandparents, that the witness of their joy might be a source of strength to their expectant children...  Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: be with all new parents, that the miracle of new life silently growing in the womb will awaken in them a commitment to cherish and protect their child...  Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray that all might be inspired by the wonder of new life and embrace God's overwhelming gift... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: watch over all new parents with your maternal care, from the first moments of new life... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: rejoice with the mother who first feels the stirring of the child in her womb... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: intercede for all parents who long to carry a child in their arms... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Bless adoptive parents and rejoice with them in the beauty of their child... Hail Mary, full of grace... Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Second Joyful Mystery

The visitation.

Prayer Intention : That the family and friends of expectant parents might reach out and support them as they prepare to meet their child face to face.

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Luke 1:39-45) As the child in Elizabeth's womb leaped for joy when the Blessed Virgin, pregnant with the Son of God, came to meet her, so may our hearts leap with joy at the wonders of new life promised in every expectant mother. Our Father... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Inspire us to rejoice with all expectant parents and to support them with our prayers... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Comfort expectant fathers when they are afraid... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Share your courage with all women who fear the coming birth of their child... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Be close to all expectant mothers, as they bear the child of their womb... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Give us the joy of Saint Elizabeth and her son whenever we meet the miracle of new life... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Pray that all our laws may protect and defend the innocent life which lives within each mother's womb... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Give courage by your example to those who greet the news of their pregnancy with fear... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Teach us to support all expectant parents and to increase their joy in the miracle of God's work within them... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Ask that God gives us the wisdom to support those tempted to abort their child's life... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Inspire even those who perform abortions with the truth of him whom you bore in your womb... Hail Mary, full of grace... Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Third Joyful Mystery

The nativity of jesus.

Prayer Intention : That the love of the Blessed Mother and the Christ Child may be a source of strength for every expectant mother, especially mothers living in poverty, and that they both will be surrounded by joy and love.

While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." (Luke 2: 6-12) In the birth of every child we see the birth of Christ Jesus in the Bethlehem stable.  Let us commend all new mothers and fathers and every newborn child to the protection and intercession of the Mother of God and Mother of all Christians. Our Father... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Come swiftly to the aid of all who labor in distress... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Give your own courage to mothers who are alone or abandoned... Hail Mary, full of grace.. . Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Implant within the hearts of all grandparents the wonder known by the shepherds at the birth of your Son... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray for those who assist with the labor which brings new life: for skill and compassion... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Help us to welcome the gift of new life, as you welcomed the birth of your Son... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Strengthen the joy of all men and women who behold the wonder of new life... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Let the face of the newborn child proclaim the Gospel of Life... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy:  Guide the hands and hearts of obstetricians in their holy work... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: help us to proclaim the Gospel of Life in our care for each newborn child... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: be present at the moment of birth to share in our joy... Hail Mary, full of grace... Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Fourth Joyful Mystery

The presentation in the temple.

Prayer Intention : That fathers of young children will model St. Joseph in devoutly practicing their faith, so that they lead their children to God by their words and example.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel." (Luke 2:25-32) As Christ was consecrated to God at his presentation in the temple, so may we consecrate all children to that holiness, purity, and innocence by which they lead us to God.  "A little child shall lead them." Our Father... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: watch over every child and keep them safe and close to your Son... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Inspire all mothers to care for their children, as you cared for the child Jesus... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy:  Be with all fathers of newborn babies that they might glory in the wonder of new life... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Gently guide new parents as they lead their little ones to your Son... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Pray for the toddler who, like your Son, reaches out in hope to a brand new world... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Hold close to your immaculate heart the innocence and joy of each little child... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Be a model of maternal love for those who need you the most... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Bless with your presence the room of each little child... Hail Mary, full of grace ... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Welcome home to heaven the soul of the miscarried child... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Rejoice with us, as you did with Saint Joseph, at the first steps and first words of every child... Hail Mary, full of grace... Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery

The finding in the temple.

Prayer Intention : For all children who have been lost and forgotten, that they may be led to a place where they are treasured, protected and loved.

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"  But they did not understand what he said to them. (Luke 2:41-50) As the Christ Child was found in the temple by the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, so we pray for all children, especially those lost and forgotten.  May the Gospel of Life impel us to find them when they are most in need and to lead them home to a place where they are treasured, protected, and loved. Our Father... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Bring joy to the lives of children who are abused in body or mind... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Deliver the abusive adult from the evil of their actions... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Guide those who work to find children who are lost... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Pray for all children unwanted or abandoned, and lead them home... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Be with parents unable to care for their children: teach them patience and holiness... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Teach young parents to treasure their child as you loved the Child Jesus... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Pray for doctors who have abandoned the practice of the faith: lead them home to your Son... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Intercede with your son for all who perform abortions that they may be freed from a blindness to the evil of their actions... Hail Mary, full of grace... Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Inspire all legislators by your love for us, that they might work for the protection of life... Hail Mary, full of grace...

Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Guide, by your holy example, all who seek to lead us and lead them to a love for the Gospel of Life... Hail Mary, full of grace...

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.  

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The Joyful Mysteries: The Presentation and Carrying the Light

Presentation - Detail from "The Fifteen Mysteries and the Virgin of the Rosary" by Netherlandish Painter (possibly Goswijn van der Weyden, active by 1491, died after 1538), ca. 1515–20, public domain via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today, we continue our reflections on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary by looking at the Fourth Joyful Mystery: the Presentation.

One of the distinguishing features of the Christmas season is lights. As December rolls along, more and more homes light up inside and out with Christmas lights, which serve to dispel the darkness of winter. As each Sunday of Advent reaches us, an additional candle is lit on our Advent wreaths, increasing the light just as the light around us is reaching its lowest point of the year. And then, of course, there are the lights on our Christmas trees! Sometimes they are white, sometimes they are multi-colored, sometimes they blink, and sometimes they remain steady. Whatever the case may be, no Christmas tree is complete without lights.

And why is that? Well, if we look closely at a traditional Christmas tree, we will notice the following:

  • A star or an angel on top of the tree—This symbolizes heaven or the divine.
  • Ornaments and lights—These represent the stars and planets.
  • A nativity scene under the tree—This, of course, represents the Incarnation, the Word made flesh.

Thus, the Christmas tree, as a whole, tells the story of the divine reaching down and connecting to earth. The lights play an important part in this story, since the light increases as the tree widens at the base. This represents the Light of the World that has come to dispel the darkness of sin.

As we reflect on the Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation, we recognize instantly the significance of light in reference to Jesus, who would later refer to himself as the “light of the world.” In particular, the words of Simeon emphasize this notion of light as he proclaims with joy that his eyes have seen the One who will be “a light  for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel .” (Luke 2:32) It is no coincidence, then, that the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (also known as Candlemas) has traditionally been the day on which we bless candles that bring light into our homes.

Of course, the point of all of this is that we are to carry the light of Christ to a world that is mired in darkness. As we reflect on the Fourth Joyful Mystery, let us each ponder the ways we can bring this light to those we encounter: in our homes, at our places of work, in our communities, and in our world. And let us each pray for the light of Christ to dispel the darkness and despair that too often threaten our spiritual wellbeing.

Now, if you decide to leave your Christmas lights up until February 2 , you have a good explanation for doing so, since, in many ways, the Feast of the Presentation is the real end of the Christmas season!

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The annunciation of the lord to mary, 1st joyful mystery.

I was in prayer: it was evening. I was praying towards Jerusalem because my people prayed three times a day, morning, noon, and evening facing Jerusalem. I was praying for the Liberation of my people. I was praying that soon the Messiah would come to take away all hatred: to take away all sins from my people. As I was praying, there suddenly appeared an angel. At first I was afraid because it was the first time an angel had ever come to me. When I heard him say "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" I was very confused at this greeting and yet I was very humbled that an angel would call me full of grace: that I had gained favor from God: that I was called to bear His Son. I asked the angel how this could happen? I am a virgin: I had intended to be a virgin the rest of my life even though I agreed to live with Joseph. The angel assured me, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you: the shadow of the Most High will enwrap you and the child to be born of you will be called Son of God." At that instance, I remembered the prophesy of Isaiah. The prophesy of the Messiah. The prophesy that He would be a suffering servant. A servant rejected by His own people and yet raised by God. Knowing that, I said, "Behold the handmaid, the servant of the Lord: be it done to me according to Your word."

My children, be always open to seek the will of God in your life no matter what it is. Never be afraid of God's will. God's will always does contain suffering but God's will also brings peace. God's will contains Joy. Pray to the Heavenly Father: pray that He will give you the grace through my prayers to accept His will in all things. Place yourself at God's disposal and He will do great things for you and with you.

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The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

2nd joyful mystery.

As soon as I realized by Gabriel's message that Elizabeth, my cousin, who had been barren for a long time and who was yet now old, had nonetheless conceived, I was prompted by God's grace to go to help her in her need. She was in her sixth month: I went from Nazareth to Judea. I was only pondering the message that the angel had given me. It all seemed so wonderful that God would use me for His kingdom; for His glory. As I arrived at Zechariah's house, I greeted Elizabeth. I had heard that Zechariah had become mute: he had doubted the Lord: he doubted that God could work a miracle in his life. As I entered and greeted Elizabeth, Elizabeth shouted for joy and said, "Blessed are you among all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me." Out of Elizabeth's mouth came the confirmation of Gabriel's message: that I had conceived the Son of God and later all ages were to proclaim me as blessed as the Mother of their Lord; the Mother of God. I began to sing the hymn of praise that came from my heart. I was so filled with God's Love that I had to share my Joy with Elizabeth and her house hold.

My children, never doubt that God can work a miracle in your Life even if things seem humanly impossible: all things are possible with God. Trust Him, trust Him my children. As I visited Elizabeth out of love, I wish to visit you out of love. I wish to come into your situation whatever it may be: to be present with you and to pray with you and for you. God will manifest His power if we believe. Elizabeth told me, "Blessed are you who have believed that the Lord's words would be fulfilled in you." Trust in the Lord. I am with you to pray with you. Offer this mystery to the Heavenly Father that He will also work a miracle of grace in your life: ask the Heavenly Father for the gift of faith and absolute trust in His work. I am praying with you and for you.

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

3rd joyful mystery.

Joseph and I came to Bethlehem because there was a decree that all should go to their ancestral town to be registered. In obedience, Joseph and I went. God even used the oppression of the Roman government to bring about your salvation: because in this time of oppression, my Son, your Savior, was born. We looked for a place but there was no room in the inn: the town was so full. What was offered us was a stable not too far from where the shepherds were guarding their flock. It was soon that my Son was born: that the King of Kings would be born a pauper. It was soon that the very Word would be made flesh. Joseph left me in the stable and went outside for a while thinking that he was not worthy to be present at such a great miracle. While he was thinking, the moment came when my Son was introduced to the world. Because of the immensity of Love that the Lord had filled me with, I felt no pain at His birth. There was pure joy at the coming of my Son. I held Him in my arms: He was the very Savior of the world. A while later, Joseph came in, he saw me with the Child and he was also filled with wondrous joy. As some time past, the shepherds that were near the stable also came. They knew about the birth of my Son: the angels had told them. Heaven was rejoicing at the birth of my Son.

My children, look upon the greatness of your Lord Who has loved you so much as to come down to show the immensity of His Love for you. Show your immensity of love for Him: be humble, be grateful for what you have, be it little or great, and whatever you do have, use it in a way that will give pleasure to my Son. See the face of my Son in those in need, those in want, and respond in love to Him. Pray to the Heavenly Father in this mystery for the gift of simplicity and for the woes of the poor and I will pray with you. I will ask the Father to give you the grace to be generous with those less fortunate.

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The presentation of our lord, 4th joyful mystery.

In obedience to the Law of Moses, forty days after my Son was born, Joseph and I went to Jerusalem to present my Son before the Lord and to redeem Him with two turtle doves. I was presenting to God, the Father, your Redeemer in anticipation of the sacrifice He would make on Calvary for your salvation. When we entered the temple, there was a holy priest by the name of Simeon. Simeon took the Child into his arms and said, "Now Lord You can release your servant according to Your word in peace, for my eyes have seen the salvation which You have raised for all peoples to see: a light of revelation to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel." Then Simeon turned to me and said "Blessed are you, woman: but behold this Child will be the fall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign to be opposed and your own heart will be pierced so that the hearts of many will be exposed. " Simeon was talking about my destiny: a destiny that would be so intimate with my Son.

My greatest pain, my children, is that people reject my Son: people reject His message of love and peace. People reject His message of repentance and holiness. My children, ask the Heavenly Father that He will make you holy in all things. Take away from your life whatever is displeasing to God so that your worship at mass and your worshiping prayer will be acceptable to God the Father. I will pray for you in your time of worship. I will pray for you so that your prayer may reach the Father.

Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12

5th joyful mystery.

Jesus was twelve years old and Joseph and I, as custom dictates, wished to take Him to Jerusalem for the Passover. We went and we were filled with joy to worship God with His people. After the days of Passover were done, Joseph and I went back to Nazareth in the caravan of family members and friends that we came in. Joseph went with the men and I with the women. The children were either with their fathers or mothers. Both of us thought that Jesus was with the other. When evening came, Joseph and I came together and we did not find Jesus neither among our relatives nor among our friends. So we decided to go back to Jerusalem to look for Him. My heart was torn in two: the sufferings predicted by Simeon were already starting. "What happened to my Son?" I questioned. It took us two days to go back to Jerusalem and on the third day we found my Son in the temple. He was among a group of elders, rabbis, and He was reading the Law with them. They were discussing the Law of Moses: He astonished the elders who marveled at His insight to the Law. As I was hearing Him, there was an amount of joy: joy to hear my Son teaching. God was giving me a taste of what my Son would be doing during His earthly ministry. I ran up to Him and said, "My Son, why did You do such a thing? Your father and I with so much sorrow have been looking for You." Jesus looked at me with Love and yet with conviction and He said to me, "But why were you looking for Me? Did you not know I should be about My Father's business."

My children, do not cling to anyone that you love. Everyone has a mission, especially your children that God has given to you. Pray for religious vocations. Pray for vocations to the priesthood. Pray that Christian families will be obedient to the Father. Pray for the unity and the strengthening of all Christian families that they will truly bring the Kingdom of the Father to this earth.

  • The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary Mary is chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
  • The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth Elizabeth recognizes Mary as the mother of our Lord.
  • The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ Jesus is born and laid in a manger.
  • The Presentation of our Lord Jesus is presented in the Temple of Jerusalem.
  • Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12 Jesus is found discussing God's laws in the temple.

Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary

  • The Agony of Jesus in the Garden Jesus prays when confronted with the sins of the world.
  • The Scourging at the Pillar Jesus is whipped before His execution.
  • Jesus is Crowned with Thorns Jesus is mocked with a painful crown of thorns.
  • Jesus Carried the Cross Jesus carries the weight of our sins to His crucifixion.
  • The Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ dies to save all mankind.

Glorious Mystery of the Rosary

  • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ Jesus rises triumphant over death.
  • The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven As Jesus ascends, He gives us a special task.
  • The Descent of the Holy Ghost At Pentecost the Church is born.
  • The Assumption of Mary into Heaven The Virgin Mary is gloriously assumed into heaven.
  • Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth Mary is honored above all creatures.

Luminous Mystery of the Rosary

  • The Baptism in the Jordan God proclaims Jesus is His Son.
  • The Wedding at Cana Jesus performs a surprising miracle at a wedding.
  • The Proclamation of the Kingdom Jesus calls us to do something important.
  • The Transfiguration Jesus is gloriously transformed.
  • The Institution of the Eucharist Jesus shares His Body and Blood for our salvation.
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Begin with the Our Father. Read each verse, then say the Hail Mary. At the end of the decade, say the Glory Be. Optionally, finish with the Fatima Prayer below. 1 When the days for their purification were completed according to the Law of Moses, they brought the child up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.

2 At that time, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This upright and devout man was awaiting the consolation of Israel.

3 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

4 Prompted by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple.

5 When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was required by the Law, he took him in his arms and praised God.

6 Simeon said: “Now, Lord, you may dismiss your servant in peace, according to your word.”

7 “My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all the peoples.”

8 “A light of revelation to the Gentiles and glory for your people Israel.”

9 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: “This child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed.”

10 He also said to Mary: “And you yourself a sword will pierce.”

The Fatima Prayer:   O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

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Meditations on the Joyful Mysteries

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When praying the rosary it is ideal to have a short meditation for each mystery, so that one may contemplate the significance of the mysteries as the prayers are recited. Below, we have compiled a short meditation for each mystery of the rosary. Also included, is the spiritual fruit embodied within each mystery. As you pray each decade, it is a wonderful time to ask God for help in those areas of your life where a particular fruit is especially needed.

The First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation

Spiritual Fruit: Humility

The Angel Gabriel declares Mary as the handmaid of the Lord. She will conceive by the Holy Spirit, and bear a son who will be called the Son of the Most High. Mary accepts this honor, while also accepting, without fully understanding, the pain and sorrow that would accompany its fulfillment. This mystery teaches us that even the purest joy we experience in this life necessarily entails suffering. It is with full reliance and trust in God that we are able to accept our suffering in order to fulfill our mission and forward God’s plan of salvation with humility and love.

The Second Joyful Mystery – The Visitation

Spiritual Fruit: Charity and Love

Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who learns that she has conceived a child in her old age. Their visit is marked by happiness and thanksgiving as they rejoice in the wonderful gifts of God. Mary, with the Holy one inside of her, makes Elizabeth’s unborn child leap within her womb. Though such a simple visit, both are moved with God’s love and strengthened by His Grace. This mystery teaches us that we are to cherish our encounters with others. Each person God puts in our path is an opportunity to love, and share in the blessings God has bestowed upon us.

The Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity

Spiritual Fruit: Poverty in Spirit

The time for the birth of Christ has come. Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem where they find there to be no room at the inn. Mary is left to give birth to her Son in a modest and meager stable. Along with the interminable glory of Christ’s birth, Christ’s entrance into the world is marked by poverty and suffering. This mystery teaches us the virtue of poverty in spirit. Christ calls us to continual detachment from earthly things, and in so doing; we move closer to Christ and join our sufferings with His.

The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The Presentation

Spiritual Fruit: Purity of Mind and Body

In observance of the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary take the child Jesus to be presented in the temple to God. Although not subject to this law, Jesus submits in obedience, and in like manner, Mary, not subject to the law of purification, humbly submits herself to it. It is at this time also, that the old man Simeon beholds the Son of Man. Simeon immediately recognizes the child as the King and Savior foretold, and declares the fate of Jesus as a sign that will be contradicted. This mystery teaches us the importance of purity in thought and deed. It is in humility that we are able to see our weaknesses and failings, while we recognize our constant need of God’s mercy and grace.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery – The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Spiritual Fruit: Obedience to God

At twelve years of age, Jesus goes with his parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. It is on their return journey home that Joseph and Mary realize that their son is missing. Joseph and Mary seek Him endlessly. On the third day, they find Jesus preaching in the temple amongst teachers, who were at once astonished at his wisdom. Despite their grief and anxiety, Jesus assures His parents that all is well, as He is doing is Father’s work. Although Joseph and Mary do not fully understand this at the time, they will see that this event foreshadows the mission of ministry and sacrifice that Jesus will fulfill in obedience of His Heavenly Father. This mystery teaches us that submission to God our Father comes before all else. There is always joy to be found when we seek Jesus in the spirit of obedience.

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The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

The Angel Gabriel announces the incarnation to Mary.

Luke 1:28-35, 38 – And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. … Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Points for Meditation

  • God makes our redemption dependent on Mary’s free decision (Catechism, No. 488).
  • Mary said “Yes “in the name of all human nature” (Catechism, No. 511).
  • What Eve lost through disobedience, Mary gained again by obedience (Catechism, No. 494)
  • This is the moment of the Incarnation: The Word becomes flesh. God becomes a tiny embryo.
  • “The first man was from earth, a man of the dust; the second man is from heaven” (Catechism, 504).
  • Since Christians are the mystical body of Christ, Mary became our mother, too, at the Annunciation (Catechism, 973).
  • As he does with Mary, God wants to become intimately and closely associated with me.
  • Messengers of God, in daily circumstances and opportunities, come to me, too. I need only pay attention.
  • Mary says Yes to God without knowing the whole picture – what will happen and how it all will end. I shouldn’t demand God give me the whole picture, either.
  • God became an embryo – I shouldn’t refuse opportunities that would be good even if I think them “beneath me.”

The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

Mary visits Elizabeth.

Luke 1:39-48 – During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”

  • Mary is quick to aid Elizabeth; she will be quick to aid me.
  • The practice of authentic Christian charity is the essence of Christianity.
  • Elizabeth calls the unborn Jesus “Lord” (and John the Baptist witnesses to him) at the very beginning of Mary’s pregnancy.
  • The angel Gabriel’s words and Elizabeth’s together make up the bulk of the Hail Mary prayer.
  • Mary is humble but says the Magnificat (which begins in the passage given here). The humble recognize their giftedness and worth, which come from God.
  • Christ is the center of these scenes, but he stays hidden, unseen, as he does in our lives.
  • Like Elizabeth, we should be eager to recognize Christ in others.
  • Like Mary, we should bring Christ into the homes of others.
  • Mary’s first Christian apostolate was doing household chores. Mostly, our Christian life means small things done with love.
  • It is Christ in her that makes Mary attractive and that draws people’s attention. He wants to use me in the same way.

The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity

Jesus is born in Bethlehem.

Luke 2:6-14 – While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will.”

  • Imagine being all-powerful God – and limiting yourself to the abilities of a baby. That’s love.
  • Shepherds, not known for their piety, were the first to receive the good news.
  • “The Magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the King of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel the … King of the nations” (Catechism, 528).
  • The world usually either bitterly opposes Christ, like Herod, or is indifferent to him, like the innkeepers.
  • Baby Jesus had no words to offer, only his presence. And it was enough to attract a lot of attention.
  • Christ can be quiet, almost imperceptible. He’s also the God of glory, angel choirs and supernovas.
  • An innkeeper who could have been transformed by Christ – even his business might have prospered – refused. How often do we refuse to let Christ into our lives?
  • We can count on God’s answers to our prayers, but often in unexpected ways – a stable instead of a room.
  • The Wise Men read the books, learned where to find Christ, and traveled for days to meet him. For us he’s a short drive away, in the tabernacle.
  • The Wise Men give their best to God. Do we give our best time, best efforts, best talents? Or what we don’t want anyway?

The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation

Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the Temple.

Luke 2:25-35 – Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted – and you yourself a sword will pierce, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

  • “The presentation of Jesus in the Temple shows him to be the firstborn son who belongs to the Lord” (Catechism, 529).
  • Simeon’s faith allowed him to recognize Christ.
  • “The sword of sorrow predicted for Mary announces Christ’s cross” (Catechism, 529). Simeon foretells pain for Christ – and his followers.
  • Trust in God’s promises sustained Simeon.
  • Christ’s religious life was that of a Jew obedient to the law (Catechism, 31).
  • Joseph’s offering was a poor man’s alternative to a lamb. God wants me to sacrifice even in small things, too.
  • Simeon was content after one glimpse of Christ. The Eucharist gives me many glimpses.
  • This encounter with Christ takes place in the Temple. For us, it happens in the Church.
  • I should present Christ in the “temple of the Holy Spirit,” my body.
  • Anna, in the scene that follows this passage, “Talked about the child to all.” My encounters with Christ should lead to evangelization.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple

Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the Temple.

Luke 2:41-51 – Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

  • Joseph and Mary assumed Jesus was with members of their close-knit extended family in which cousins were “brothers.”
  • Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to his mission: “I must be about my Father’s work” (Catechism, 534).
  • “Even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom” (John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae , 20)
  • Jesus’ obedience to his mother and legal father fulfills the fourth commandment perfectly and mirrors his obedience to his Father in heaven” (Catechism, 532)
  • In the hidden years of Jesus we learn the importance of: Silence, family life, work and the ordinary events of daily life (Catechism, 533).
  • The holy Family made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem every year. Do I take my family on special trips to holy places?
  • Feel like you’ve lost Christ? You can always find him in the tabernacle.
  • Jesus imparts wisdom to the rabbis who listen in the Temple. He will give me wisdom if I spend time with him in the tabernacle.
  • Mary’s question is direct, simple and honest: “Why have you done this to us?” our prayers should be direct, simple and honest.
  • Joseph and Mary “do not understand” Jesus’ answer, and yet they accept it (Catechism, 534). Do I accept, or demand to know it all up front?

Tom Hoopes, author of The Rosary of Saint John Paul II and The Fatima Family Handbook , is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Kansas and hosts The Extraordinary Story podcast about the life of Christ. His book What Pope Francis Really Said is now available on Audible. A former reporter in the Washington, D.C., area, Hoopes served as press secretary of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman and spent 10 years as executive editor of the National Catholic Register newspaper and Faith & Family magazine . His work frequently appears in Catholic publications such as Aleteia.org and the Register . He and his wife, April, have nine children and live in Atchison, Kansas.

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Introduction to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are the first of the three traditional sets of events in the life of Christ upon which Catholics meditate while praying the rosary . (The other two are the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary . A fourth set, the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary  was introduced by Pope John Paul II in 2002 as an optional devotion.)

The Joyful Mysteries cover Christ's life from the Annunciation to the Finding in the Temple, at age 12. Each mystery is associated with a particular fruit, or virtue, which is illustrated by the actions of Christ and Mary in the event commemorated by that mystery. While meditating on the mysteries, Catholics also pray for those fruits or virtues.

Traditionally, Catholics meditate on the Joyful Mysteries while praying the rosary on Monday and Thursday, as well as on the Sundays from the beginning of Advent until the beginning of Lent . For those Catholics who use the optional Luminous Mysteries, Pope John Paul II (in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae , which proposed the Luminous Mysteries) suggested praying the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday, leaving Thursday open for meditation on the Luminous Mysteries.

Each of the following pages features a brief discussion of one of the Joyful Mysteries, the fruit or virtue associated with it, and a short meditation on the mystery. The meditations are simply meant as an aid to contemplation; they do not need to be read while praying the rosary. As you pray the rosary more often, you will develop your own meditations on each mystery.

The Annunciation - The First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

The First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Annunciation of the Lord , when the angel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary to announce that she had been chosen by God to bear His Son. The virtue most commonly associated with the mystery of the Annunciation is humility.

Meditation on the Annunciation:

"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word" (Luke 1:38). With those words—her fiat —the Virgin Mary placed her trust in God. She was only 13 or 14; betrothed, but not yet married; and God was asking her to become the Mother of His Son. How easy it would have been to say no, or at least to ask God to choose someone else! Mary had to have known what others would think, how people would look at her; for most people pride would prevent them from accepting God's Will.

But not Mary. In humility, she knew that her entire life depended on God; how could she turn down even this most remarkable of requests? From a young age, her parents had dedicated her to the service of the Lord; now, this humble servant would devote her entire life to the Son of God.

Yet the Annunciation is not only about the humility of the Virgin Mary. In this moment, the Son of God "emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself . . . " (Philippians 2:7-8). If Mary's humility was remarkable, how much more so that of Christ! The Lord of the Universe has become one of His own creatures, a man like us in everything but sin, but even more humble than the best of us, because the Author of Life, in the very moment of His Annunciation, became "obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8).

How, then, can we refuse God anything He asks of us? How can we let our pride stand in the way? If Mary can give up all worldly reputation to bear His Son, and His Son can empty Himself and, though sinless, die the death of sin on our behalf, how can we refuse to take up our cross and follow Him?

The Visitation - The Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

The Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Visitation , when the Virgin Mary, having learned from the angel Gabriel that her cousin Elizabeth was also with child, rushed to her side. The virtue most commonly associated with the mystery of the Visitation is love of neighbor.

Meditation on the Visitation:

"And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:43). Mary has just received life-changing news, news that no other woman will ever receive: She is to be the Mother of God. Yet in announcing this to her, the angel Gabriel also revealed that Mary's cousin Elizabeth is six months' pregnant. Mary does not hesitate, does not worry about her own situation; her cousin needs her. Childless until now, Elizabeth is beyond the normal childbearing years; she has even hid herself from the eyes of others because her pregnancy is so unexpected.

As the body of our Lord is growing in her own womb, Mary spends three months caring for Elizabeth, leaving only shortly before the birth of Saint John the Baptist. She shows us what true love of neighbor means: placing the needs of others above our own, devoting ourselves to our neighbor in his or her hour of need. There will be plenty of time to think of herself and her Child later; for now, Mary's thoughts lie only with her cousin, and with the child who will become the Forerunner of Christ. Truly, as Mary responds to her cousin's greeting in the canticle we call the Magnificat , her soul does "magnify the Lord," not least through her love of neighbor.

The Nativity - The Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

The Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, more often known as Christmas . The fruit most commonly associated with the mystery of the Nativity is poverty of spirit, the first of the eight Beatitudes .

Meditation on the Nativity:

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:7). God has humbled Himself to become man and the Mother of God gives birth in a stable. The Creator of the Universe and the Savior of the World spends His first night in that world lying in a feed trough, surrounded by animals, and their food, and their waste.

When we think of that holy night, we tend either to idealize it—to imagine it as neat and tidy as the Nativity scenes on our mantels on Christmas Eve—or we think of the physical poverty that Jesus and Mary and Joseph endured. But the physical poverty is merely the outward sign of the inward grace in the souls of the Holy Family. "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3). On this night, Heaven and earth have met in a stable, but also in the souls of the Holy Family. "The Beatitudes," writes Fr. John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary , "are expressions of the New Covenant, where happiness is assured already in this life, provided a person totally gives himself to the imitation of Christ." Mary has done so, and so has Joseph; and Christ, of course, is Christ. Here among the sights and sounds and stench of the stable, their souls are one in perfect happiness, because they are poor in spirit.

How wonderful is this poverty! How blessed we would be if we, like they, could unite our lives so fully to Christ that we could see the fallen world around us in the light of Heaven!

The Presentation in the Temple - The Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

The Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Presentation in the Temple, which we celebrate on February 2 as the Presentation of the Lord or Candlemas. The fruit most commonly associated with the mystery of the Presentation is purity of mind and body.

Meditation on the Presentation:

"And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord" (Luke 2:22). Mary had conceived the Son of God as a virgin; she gave birth to the Savior of the World, and her virginity remained intact; through her piety and that of Saint Joseph, she would remain a virgin for her entire life. So what does it mean to refer to the "days of her purification"?

Under the Old Law, a woman remained impure for 40 days after the birth of a child. But Mary was not subject to the Law, because of the special circumstances of Christ's Birth. Yet she obeyed it anyway. And in doing so, she showed that a ritual concerned with the purification of the body was really a symbol of the purity of soul of the true believer.

Mary and Joseph offered a sacrifice, in accordance with the Law: "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons" (Luke 2:24), to redeem the Son of God, Who needed no redemption. "The Law is made for man, not man for the Law," Christ Himself would later say, yet here is the Holy Family fulfilling the Law even though it does not apply to them.

How often do we think that we don't need all the regulations and rituals of the Church! "Why do I have to go to Confession ? God knows I'm sorry for my sins"; " Fasting and abstinence are manmade laws"; "If I miss Mass one Sunday , God will understand." Yet here are the Son of God and His Mother, both purer than any of us will ever be, abiding by the Law that Christ Himself came not to abolish but fulfill. Their obedience to the Law was not lessened by their purity of soul but made all the greater. Might we not learn from their example?

The Finding in the Temple - The Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

The Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Finding in the Temple, when, after a trip to Jerusalem, Mary and Joseph could not find the young Jesus. The virtue most commonly associated with the mystery of the Finding in the Temple is obedience.

Meditation on the Finding in the Temple:

"Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?" (Luke 2:49). To begin to understand the joy that Mary and Joseph felt on finding Jesus in the Temple, we must first imagine their distress when they realized He was not with them. For 12 years, they had been always at His side, their lives dedicated to Him in obedience to the Will of God. Yet now—what had they done? Where was the Child, this most precious Gift of God? How could they ever endure it if something had happened to Him?

But here He is, "sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions" (Luke 2:46). "And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing" (Luke 2:48). And then those wondrous words emerge from His lips, "Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?"

He has always been obedient to Mary and Joseph, and through them to God the Father, but now His obedience to God is even more direct. He will, of course, continue to obey His mother and His foster father, but today marks a turning point, a foreshadowing of His public ministry and even of His death on the Cross.

We are not called as Christ was, but we are called to follow Him, to take up our own crosses in imitation of Him and in obedience to God the Father. Like Christ, we must be about the Father's business in our own lives—at every moment of every day.

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Rosary Meditation — The Fourth Joyful Mystery

This rosary meditation focuses on The Fourth Joyful Mystery — The Presentation of our Lord. In this mystery we see Mary and Joseph present Jesus at the temple as was the Jewish tradition. They encountered a man named Simeon whom the Holy Spirit said would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed One. Upon seeing Jesus, Simeon said “Now Master, You can dismiss Your servant in peace; You have fulfilled Your word” (Luke 2:29). Simeon is an example on how our faith requires patience, endurance, and moral fortitude. While there are times when we may not feel God’s presence in our lives our faith tells us that He is always near and always hears our prayers.

La Présentation de Jésus au Temple

This rosary meditation focuses on The Fourth Joyful Mystery — The Presentation of our Lord .  In this mystery we see Mary and Joseph present Jesus at the temple as was the Jewish tradition.  They encountered a man named Simeon whom the Holy Spirit said would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed One.  Upon seeing Jesus, Simeon said “Now Master, You can dismiss Your servant in peace; You have fulfilled Your word” (Luke 2:29).  Simeon is an example on how our faith requires patience, endurance, and moral fortitude.  While there are times when we may not feel God’s presence in our lives our faith tells us that He is always near and always hears our prayers.

I sometimes come across postings on the Catholic Answers web forums from people who feel discouraged since they do not feel close to Jesus.  They talk about how they pray, go to Mass, fast, and read the Bible and yet they do not feel the Lord’s grace.  I think we can all look to Simeon as an example that even the most just and pious need to be patient and have faith that the Lord will present Himself in the way that will ultimately lead us to Him.  However, while God desires all of us to be in His heavenly kingdom, the road is a long one fraught with temptation and sin.  But if we can hold on and remain faithful, even when it seems like God does not hear our prayers or notices our good deeds, we will be rewarded with the eternal happiness of Heaven.

Why must our faith be difficult to live at times?  Why don’t we get direct answers to our prayers from a thundering voice in the clouds?  Why must we endure such hardship and struggle?  I think Mother Teresa can help us find an answer.  In her private letters to Rev. Michael Van Der Peet she once said (as reported in this Time article ):

Jesus has a very special love for you,” she assured Van der Peet. “[But] as for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, — Listen and do not hear — the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak … I want you to pray for me — that I let Him have [a] free hand.

Here was a woman who embodied everything great about the Catholic faith and yet at times she felt distant from God’s love.  She, like Simeon, was just and pious and yet she endured periods of time when she felt a great emptiness in her heart. Kolodiejchuk, a senior Missionaries of Charity member, explains that perhaps that emptiness is what drove her to do such great work.  She never felt like her job was done or that God was prematurely rewarding her when there was still so much for her to do.  Perhaps this was God’s way of making sure that pride did not hinder her important work.  Mother Teresa still continued to do the Lord’s work and even put up a good face to others (the statements about her spiritual difficulties were not known until after her death).  And, like Simeon, her patience paid off as she is now closer to Jesus than any of us ever can be in this world.

When we meditate on the Fourth Joyful Mystery let us remember Simeon and how his faith and patience was ultimately rewarded.  We must pray for those who have fallen on the long and difficult road of faith that they get back up and have the strength to live as Jesus calls them.  Remember, God has a plan for each of us and that plan will ultimately lead us to His heavenly kingdom.  We just need to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, especially in those times when it feels like God is the most distant from us.  It is those times of great hardship when Jesus presents Himself to us although it may not be in the way we expect or we may not be listening.  Remember in your prayers to not only speak to the Lord, but also allow Him to respond for He will show you the way to Him.

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How difficult is to be like Simeon and Mother Teresa in everyday life but your example of these two Saints gives so much encouragement. God bless you m&t

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