Joyful Mystery. The Annunciation.
O Mary, immaculate lily, through the
joy you felt when at the Angel's message you
became the Mother of God: obtain for me the
virtue of purity and of humility, that I may become
your worthy son/daughter and the brother/sister of Jesus.
Joyful Mystery. The Visitation.
O Mary, Mother of grace and of
charity, through the joy you felt when, upon
visiting Elizabeth, you brought joy to the
home of Zechariah and the Baptist was sanctified
at the sound of your voice: visit my soul,
let it hear your Motherly voice, and fill it with
love of God and love of neighbour.
Joyful Mystery. The Birth of Jesus.
O Mary, mirror of humility and of
poverty, through the joy you felt when, turned
away by the inhabitants of Bethlehem and forced
to take refuge in a stable from the cold and
darkness, you gave birth to the Divine
Redeemer: grant that by accepting scorn and
poverty I remain faithful to grace and gain the
reward of eternal salvation by means of good
Joyful Mystery. The Presentation.
O Mary, the perfect model of obedience
and of sacrifice, you who offered Jesus to the
Eternal Father on our behalf: place your Child
upon my bosom, that, together with you, I may
offer him the sacrifice of my passions and of my
Joyful Mystery. The Finding in the Temple.
O Mary, a shining example of
patience, through the joy you felt when, after
three days of anxiously searching, you found
Jesus in the Temple: grant that I too, seeking
Jesus with love in every moment of my life in
imitation of you, may find him at last in your
arms at the hour of my death, never to lose him
Sorrowful Mystery. The Agony in the Garden.
O Grieving Virgin, through the
anguish of that saddest of nights in which Jesus
in agony in the garden sweat blood at the sight
of my sins, and, betrayed, was tied as a criminal: obtain
for me the perfect sorrow of my sins
and perseverance in prayer, that I may never
again betray his most loving Heart.
Sorrowful Mystery. The Scourging at the Pillar.
O most grieving Mother, through
the pain you felt in knowing that your innocent
and holy Son had been publicly stripped and
bloodily scourged with biting whips: obtain for
me the spirit of true repentance and the virtue of
chastity and of the mortification of the senses.
Sorrowful Mystery. The Crowning with Thorns.
O Mother of sorrows, through the
atrocious torment which pierced your heart
when you saw Jesus, the King of glory, then
become the King of suffering, crowned with
thorns and shame, with a reed in his hands,
derided by the crowd: ah!, encircle my intellect
and my heart with these very thorns, that I
may never offend him again with evil thoughts
and sentiments; and obtain for me pureness in
my thoughts and the right intentions in my actions.
Sorrowful Mystery. The Carrying of the Cross.
O grieving Mother, through the
martyrdom of your heart, when you met your
Son weighed down beneath the heavy cross,
staining the road to Calvary with his blood:
grant that I, clinging to Jesus' cross, follow
behind, daily carrying the cross of my troubles
with meekness and with perfect conformity to the
will of God.
Sorrowful Mystery. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.
O Queen of the Martyrs, through
the extreme spasm of your heart when you witnessed
Jesus dying on the cross in the midst of
a thousand torments, forsaken and without
comfort: grant that I die to myself, to the world
and to sin, and live in the heart of Jesus alone,
having abandoned myself in his most holy arms.
Glorious Mystery. The Resurrection.
O Most Holy Mother of God, through the
joy you felt in seeing Jesus risen from
the dead and surrounded in glory: obtain for
me that I too rise from the death of sin to a life
of grace and of faith, and may persevere in it till
my very last breath.
Glorious Mystery. The Ascension.
O Queen of the Heavens, through
the joy you experienced in seeing Jesus rising
to Heaven triumphant as King of the Universe
and as our Advocate by his Father: obtain his
blessing for me also, so that I be changed by
him from a sinner into a saint; moreover, by
separating me from all earthly affection, through
the virtue of hope may he kindle in me the desire
Glorious Mystery. The Descent of the Holy Spirit.
O Queen of the Universe, through
the joy you felt when the Holy Spirit descended
on you and on the Apostles: grant that he
come into my soul and fill it with his holy gifts
and the heavenly fruits of charity, of joy, of
patience and of peace.
Glorious Mystery. The Assumption.
O Queen, Lady of the Angels,
through the joy you experienced when you
were taken into heaven body and soul: come
with Jesus to assist me at the hour of my death,
and lead me with you to everlasting happiness.
Glorious Mystery. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
O Queen of all the Saints, and the
honour and delight of humankind, through the
joy you felt when the Most Holy Trinity crowned
you as Queen of Heaven and Earth: inflame
me with your love and with the love of God,
that I may love and serve you on earth, and
glorify you, O Queen of my heart, in heaven.