Rosary Prayer and Mysteries
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Cleveland, TX 77328
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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, bon of the Virgin mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; 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; from thence He shall come 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
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by 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
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
Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of Thy mercy.
Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of mary, Your well Beloved Spouse.
Ave Maria (Sung for JOYFUL Mysteries after Fatima Prayer and Come Holy Spirit Prayer)
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria
O Sacrament Most Holy (Sung for SORROWFUL Mysteries after Fatima and Come Holy Spirit Prayer)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine
All praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
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 while meditating upon these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, Our Lord. Amen
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! Despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen
Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of 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 through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
The Joyful Mysteries (Said on Mondays and Saturdays, and Sundays from Advent until Lent)
The 1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation
When Adam and Even sinned in Paradise, they lost their right to happiness. But, God promised to send His only son to regain this happiness for them. Out of all the world, God chose Mary to be the Mother of His Son. One day, the Angel Gabriel from heaven appeared to her. “Hail Full of Grace!” he cried. And he told her that she was to be the Mother of the Most High. Mary answered: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord!” At that moment, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God’s Son, entered the world. This is called the Incarnation
2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation
The Angel Gabriel told Mary that her cousin, Elizabeth, though and old lady, was to have a little son. This son was St. John the Baptist. So immediately Mary hurried over the hills to take care of her cousin. When Elizabeth saw her, she cried, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” Mary answered by singing the Magnificat. Mary stayed with her cousin until John the Baptist was born. She was Elizabeth’s little nurse and maid servant. When john was born and Elizabeth was strong again, Mary returned to her own home to wait for the birth of her own dear Son, Jesus.
3rd Joyful Mystery: The Nativity
The proud Roman Emperor ordered all his citizens to pay their taxes in their home cities. So Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary traveled to Bethlehem. Bethlehem was so full of visitors they could not find a place to sleep. So they went out to a little stable in a hill. There Jesus, the Savior of the world, was born. A glorious star shone in the Heavens. Angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will!” Shepherds came to adore the newborn King. Wise Men from the East brought Him lovely gifts. Mary was deeply happy. She lifted Him high for the world to see. This was the first Christmas.
4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation
All men and women are the children of God. The holy Jews carried each first born son to the Temple and offered Him to God. Then in His place, they gave God a lamb or, if they were poor, a pair of pure white doves. So Mary carried her Son to the Temple. She offered Him to God. Then, because she was poor, she offered in His place two white doves. But a great prophet called Simeon saw the baby and knew this was the Savior of the world. He cried aloud in his joy. And a wise old lady named Anna blessed Him and his dear Mother then Mary carried her son home again. She was His beloved nurse and teacher and protector.
5th Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple
The Jewish Temple was God’s house on earth. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem where the Temple stood. Jesus loved His father’s house. So when Mary and Joseph returned to Nazareth, their home town, he stayed behind. He knew that God wished Him to stay longer in His Father’s house. Soon Mary and Joseph found that Jesus was lost. They hurried back to the Temple. For three days and nights they looked everywhere for Him. Finally, they found Him seated among the doctors and priests. He was asking them wise questions and teaching them about the Savior. He did this because this was “His Father’s Business” then quietly He returned to Nazareth with Joseph and Mary and for the rest of His youth, He was perfectly obedient to them.
The Glorious Mysteries (Said on Wednesdays [except during Lent] and the Sundays from Easter until Advent)
The 1st Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection
Christ died on good Friday. He was buried in the Holy Sepulcher. For three days He lay dead. Soldiers guarded the tomb. The Roman Governor, Pilate, placed on the heavy door the seal of Rome. Then Sunday morning dawned. Beautiful light appeared in the sky. The soldiers saw light pouring from the grave where Jesus lay. The great, heavy stone rolled away of itself. And Jesus, glorious, strong, beautiful, and alive, came forth from the tomb. He visited His dear Mother and thanked her. He showed Himself to Mary Magdalene who was weeping for Him. He appeared to his Apostles. He proved to us that we shall live forever. This was the First Easter.
2nd Glorious Mystery: The Ascension
For forty days Jesus remained on earth after His resurrection. He established His church and gave it wonderful powers. He talked to His friends, telling them about Heaven, and about the work they must do first for God and souls. Then one Thursday, He took them all up on Mount Olivet. He gave them his last instructions and said goodbye.
3rd Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Christ had promised the Apostle, “I will send you the Holy Spirit. He will b your Comforter” After Jesus left them, the Apostles were afraid. So they hid themselves in the little apartment of Mary. They prayed and waited for nine days. This was the first Novena. Then on Pentecost, over their heads, the Apostles saw parted tongues of fire. An tongue settled on each of their heads. The Holy spirit had come. At once, they went out and began to tell everyone about Jesus. They spoke so strongly that thousands believed and were baptized. This was the birthday of the Catholic Church.
4th Glorious Mystery: The Assumption
For a long time, Jesus left His Mother on earth. He wanted her to take care of His Apostles, and be the Mother of the new Church. Then one day He quietly sent for her, and with a smile she died. The Apostles came from all over the earth to be at her deathbed. They carried her body to her grave and laid it gently in the ground. Saint Thomas came late, after the burial. When the Apostles took him to the grave, they found it empty and open. Where Mary's body had rested, beautiful lilies were growing. Jesus had sent His angels to bring the body of His Mother to Heaven. It was too pure to rest in the earth. It had served him so well that it must at once enjoy the happiness of Heaven.
5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation
Mary had served Jesus all her life. She had loved and served God with her whole heart and soul. She had never committed the slightest sin. So in Heaven she was to have her rewards. Body and soul, Mary entered Heaven. Her son, Jesus, met her and took her in His grateful arms. The Heavenly Father said, “This is My dear devoted daughter”. The Divine Son said, “This my dear faithful Mother”. The Holy Spirit said “This is My sweet, pure bride” and the saints and angels all cried, “This is our Queen!” so Jesus, the King of Kings, seated her on her throne. On her head he placed a glorious crown of stars. But Mary looked down to see her children on earth. For now she could help her sons and daughters to reach heaven. Mary is the Queen of Heaven. But she is our loving Mother who protects us with her power.
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Said on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year, and daily from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday)
The 1st Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden
Everyone who commits a sin is a criminal against the good God. So he should be punished. But Jesus, our Savior, came to take the sinner’s place. He asked God to punish Him instead of us who really are the guilty ones. This suffering of Christ we call His Passion. On Holy Thursday after He gave us the Blessed Sacrament, He went into a lonely garden called Gethsemane. He looked ahead and saw all He was going to suffer. He saw all our sins, ugly, filthy, evil. And the thought of His Passion and our sins made Him sweat blood. This blood poured down upon the ground in His Agony. Then Judas came with the soldiers. Like a traitor he kissed Jesus. The soldiers led Him away to death.
2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging
Pilate, the Roman Governor, knew that Jesus was not guilty. But all the people cried out for His death. And because Jesus had taken our place, God, His Father, was willing to let His Son die. Pilate ordered Him to be whipped. The soldiers fastened Him to stone column. Then with heavy whips, they beat His back. Jesus suffered terribly from this scourging. But He did not cry out. For He knew how many people commit sins with their bodies. We sometimes call these the sins of the flesh. So He wanted to suffer for their sad sins. He wanted us to be strong against this kind of ugly sin.
3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns
Jesus was the King of Kings, the King of the Jews. But the roman soldiers thought this was funny. “Still, let’s pretend that He is” one of them cried. “For a joke let’s make him a crown” so they picked up a branch of cruel thorns, and made it into a crown. They pushed it into the head of Our Savior. It hurt Him terribly. The blood ran down into His eyes. The thorns tore His skin and reached toward His brain. Then the soldiers put a reed in His hand. They threw a dirty red cloak over His shoulders. They laughed at Him and cried, “Hail to the King!” Jesus suffered all this because of our sins of thought and pride.
4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross
Pilate heard the people cry out, “Crucify Him!” So Pilate ordered Him to be nailed on a cross. But first, he had to carry His own cross up to the top of Calvary. The cross was very heavy. The soldiers put it on His shoulder and it rubbed against His torn flesh. They dragged Him through the city and up the hill to die. The people laughed at Him and threw rocks and mud. When He fell, the soldiers kicked Him to his feet. Once along the way, He met Mary, His Mother. But she could do nothing to help her dear Son. Veronica ran out of the crowd and wiped His face with her veil. Some good women wept for Him. And Simon was forced to help Him carry the cross.
5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion
For three hours our dear Lord hung on the cross. He was taking on Himself the punishment for our sins. He prayed to His Father in Heaven, “Father, forgive them” He forgave the terrible sinner who became the Good thief. He gave us His own dear Mother. He cried out because He was thirsty for our love. At length, He knew that God had forgiven our sins. Once more, we had the right to enter Heaven. So He dropped His head and died. “Greater love than this no man hath than to lay down his life for his friends”
The Luminous Mysteries (Said on Thursdays [except during Lent])
The 1st Luminous Mystery: The Baptism in the Jordan
After Jesus was baptized, He came up from the water and behold, the Heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove coming upon Him. And a voice came from the Heavens saying, “this is My beloved Son, with whom I am well please”
2nd Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana
Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water’, so they filled them to the brim. Then He told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter”. So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine… the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to Him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, and inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now”.
3rd Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.
4th Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration
And He was transfigured before them; His face shone like the sun and His clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with Him.
5th Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to His disciples said, “Take and eat; this is body”