Every Monday, my Rosary group prays these mysteries for our kids and all the kids, who go to our school and belong to our parish community. It is a blessing to gather in prayer with other faith-filled women to invite God’s blessing on our community. Please feel free to pray these meditations for your kids and school or with your rosary group as well.
The Joyful Mysteries
(Traditionally, to be prayed on Mondays and Saturdays)
First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation Angel Gabriel tells Mary she will conceive the child Jesus
Mary, when the angel asked you to be God’s mother, you said yes without hesitating, even though your yes came at great personal risk. As moms, give us the courage to say a joyful yes to God like you did, so we can bring your Son’s perfect love into the world. Surround our kids with angels, bless them with the grace to hear the gentle whispers of God’s guidance, and give them the courage to say Yes to whatever He asks of them, always.
Lord, give us the grace of humility.
Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth
Mary, when you were pregnant with Jesus, you rushed to help your cousin, who said “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Blessed is she who trusted that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled.” As moms, help us to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, like you did, so we can bring Christ into the world in whatever way we’re called. Bless our kids with the gift of a deep faith and personal encounter with the Lord, which will strengthen their ability to trust in Your Son always.
Lord, give us the grace to love our neighbors as ourselves.
The Third Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Jesus: Jesus is born in Bethlehem.
Mary, you gave birth to Your Perfect Son in a manger, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes. As moms, help us to navigate the materialistic world we’re living in, so we can prioritize God’s love above all material comforts, like you did. Grace our kids with a strong sense of God’s presence in their lives and a realization that Love is the greatest treasure on earth. Protect them from superficial mindsets that would lead them away from your Son’s perfect plan for their lives.
Lord give us the grace of interior poverty.
The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple: Jesus is brought by His Mother and Father to be blessed in the temple.
Mary, you and Joseph brought Jesus into the temple to be blessed, even though He was the living God. As parents, help us to be humble and respectful of the traditions of the Church, always seeking blessings for our children and never thinking we can raise them without God’s help. Bless our kids with a strong desire to stay active in church as they grow. Help them to experience the value of faith community, so they are drawn to a deep love of the faith, which will stick with them throughout their lives.
Lord give us the grace of obedience to the law of God.
The Fifth Joyful Mystery: Finding Jesus in the Temple: Jesus was lost for 3 days in the temple.
Mary, you must have been so relieved to find Your Jesus in the temple seeking God after you thought you’d lost Him. As parents, help us to align our will for our children with God’s will for our children. When they are out of our sight or seem “lost” to us, help us to trust that they’re surrounded by angels and protected by God. Bless our children with the grace to courageously follow Christ, even if it means disappointing their peers or even us, as their parents if our will is not in alignment with Gods.
Lord give us the grace of Joy in Christ.
The Glorious Mysteries
(Traditionally, to be prayed on Wednesday and Sunday)
The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection: “He is not here, for He has risen, as He said.” (Matthew 28:6)
Jesus, Your resurrection was the ultimate triumph over sin and death. Help us to truly believe in Your power over this life and the next, so we can let go of our fear of death and suffering to more fully embrace faith, while we’re here on earth. Help us to encounter Your resurrection power in our own hearts, so we can rise to the heights of sanctity and accomplish what You have planned for us.
Lord, fill our hearts with the grace of Faith.
The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension: “Jesus was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9)
Jesus, we can only imagine how glorious it was to witness Your ascension into heaven body and soul. Fill our hearts with hope in Your ultimate return to us someday. Even though You are out of our sight, help us to know You are always here with us in Spirit, and help us to encounter Your love in tangible ways.
Lord, give us the grace of Hope.
The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit: “There appeared to them tongues of fire … which came to rest on each one of them” (Acts 2:3)
Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit here with us. Descend like a tongue of fire into our own hearts. Light us up from the inside, guide, teach and protect us always, filling us with the gifts of the Spirit including wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, tongues and interpretation of tongues.
Lord, fill our hearts with the grace of supernatural Love for You, ourselves and others.
The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption: “Through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
Lord, give us the grace of a happy death.
The Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth: “in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun and … a crown of twelve stars.” (Revelation 12:1)
Lord, You honored your mother so beautifully by naming her Queen of Heaven and Earth. Please help us to grow into devotion to Her as one more way to honor You, our living God.
Lord, give us the grace of trust in Mary’s intercession.
The Luminous Mysteries
(Traditionally, to be prayed on Thursdays)
The First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism of our Lord: “A voice from the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Lord in our heart of hearts, we all long for Your approval. SHow us how to allow Christ to grow in our hearts, so we can gain the blessing of our heavenly Father as well. Protect us from the temptation to please people instead, to fill that aching need for approval, connection and belonging.
Lord, give us the grace of openness to the Holy Spirit.
The Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana: “Jesus performed the first of His signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed His glory.” (John 2:13)
Lord, give us the grace of faith in reaching Jesus through Mary.
The Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God: “Jesus appeared in Galilee proclaiming the good news of God” (Mark 1:14)
Lord, give us the grace of repentance and trust in God.
The Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration: “His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light.” (Matthew 17:2)
Lord, give us the grace of desire for holiness.
The Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24)
Lord, give us the grace of adoration.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
(Traditionally, to be prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays)
The First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden: Jesus prayed, “Abba, father … not what I wil but what You will.” (Mark 14:36)
Lord, give us the grace of sorrow for sin.
The Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar: “Pilate … having scourged Jesus, delivered Him to be crucified.” (Mark 15:15)
Lord, give us the grace of purity.
The Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns: “The soldiers … plaiting a crown of thorns, put it on Him” (Mark 15:17)
Lord, give us the grace of moral courage.
The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross: “They took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross.” (John 19:17)
Lord, give us the grace of patience.
The Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Crucifixion: “Father into Your hands, I commend My spirit!” (Luke 23:46)
Lord, give us the grace of perseverance.
How have you been impacted by meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to keep you in my prayers.
written by Nicky Gant at http://www.uniteinprayer.org