General Rosary Information
"The Holy Rosary contains many mysteries of Jesus and Mary, and since faith is the only key which opens up these mysteries for us... the stronger our faith, the more merit our Rosary will have.
This faith must be lively and informed by charity; in other words, to recite properly the Rosary, it is necessary to be in God's grace, or at least in quest of it. This faith must be strong and constant, that is, one must not be looking for sensible devotion and spiritual consolation in the recitation of the Rosary; nor should one give it up because his mind is flooded with countless involuntary distractions or one experiences a strange distaste in the soul and an almost continual and oppressive fatigue in the body. Neither feeling, nor consolation, nor sighs, nor transports, nor the continual attention of the imagination are needed; faith and good intentions are quite enough. 'Faith alone suffices.' "
(St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary)
The mysteries of the Rosary are the foundation stones of faith, taken directly from Scripture. For the purposes of rosary prayer, twenty mysteries are grouped by relevance to one another into sets of five: the Glorious Mysteries, the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Luminous Mysteries. These sets are further arranged by calendar days of the week. The Mysteries prayed on Sundays change during Lent and Advent, but those prayed from Monday through Saturday stay the same, no matter the season of the Liturgical year.
The Calendar for Ordinary Time:
The Calendar for the Season of Lent:
The Calendar for Advent and the Season of Christmas:
The Christmas seasons ends the 1st Sunday after the Feast of the Epiphany, which is January 6th.
The Rosary Mysteries
The twenty mysteries of the rosary are provided below, shown sorted into their four main sets. If you are praying one rosary per day, look up the set prescribed for today's rosary on the calendar charts provided above, then scroll down to find the five mysteries for that set.
One mystery from the set will be announced on one Our Father bead, in order as you move along the circle portion of your rosary. Five mysteries, five decades. As you pray the ten Hail Mary beads for each specific mystery, concentrate and reflect upon the mystery, and its fruit.
The Glorious Mysteries & Their Spiritual Fruits
1st Glorious mystery: the resurrection of Jesus. The fruit of this mystery is faith.
2nd Glorious mystery: the ascension of Jesus. The fruit of this mystery is Christian hope.
3rd Glorious mystery: the descent of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of this mystery is the love of God.
4th Glorious mystery: the assumption of Mary. The fruit of this mystery is the grace of a happy death.
5th Glorious mystery: the coronation of Mary in Heaven. The fruit of this mystery is trust in Mary's intercession.
The Joyful Mysteries & Their Spiritual Fruits
1st Joyful mystery: the annunciation. The fruit of this mystery is humility.
2nd Joyful mystery: the visitation. The fruit of this mystery is love of neighbor.
3rd Joyful mystery: the birth of Jesus. The fruit of this mystery is poverty in spirit.
4th Joyful mystery: the presentation of Jesus. The fruit of this mystery is purity of mind and body.
5th Joyful mystery: finding the child Jesus in the temple. The fruit of this mystery is obedience.
The Sorrowful Mysteries & Their Spiritual Fruits
1st Sorrowful mystery: the agony in the garden. The fruit of this mystery is sorrow for sin and submission to God's will.
2nd Sorrowful mystery: the scourging at the pillar. The fruit of this mystery is mortification of the senses.
3rd Sorrowful mystery: the crowning with thorns. The fruit of this mystery is the reign of Christ in our hearts.
4th Sorrowful mystery: the carrying of the cross. The fruit of this mystery is the patient bearing of trials.
5th Sorrowful mystery: the crucifixion. The fruit of this mystery is the pardon of injuries.
The Luminous Mysteries & Their Spiritual Fruits
1st Luminous mystery: the baptism of Jesus. The fruit of this mystery is openness to the Holy spirit.
2nd Luminous mystery: the wedding at Cana. The fruit of this mystery is to Jesus through Mary.
3rd Luminous mystery: the proclamation of the kingdom (from the Sermon on the Mount). The fruit of this mystery is the desire for holiness.
4th Luminous mystery: the transfiguration. The fruit of this mystery is spiritual courage.
5th Luminous mystery: the institution of the Eucharist. The fruit of this mystery is adoration.