The Five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

pictures of the Joyful Mysteries with St Dominic and St Catherine


The five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are meditations on the life of our Blessed Mother, Mary and the early life of her Divine Son, Jesus.


Through these decades we meditate on the generosity of Mary, accepting the Will of God to become the mother of His Divine Son, and the humility of Jesus submitting Himself first of all to God in becoming Man, and secondly, to St Mary and St Joseph as His parents, those on earth God appointed to have authority over Him in His youth.



Traditionally, the Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday, Thursday, and the Sundays of Advent and the Christmas season.
1. The Annunciation ~ Fruit/Virtue: Humility
2. The Visitation ~ Fruit/Virtue: Charity
3. The Nativity ~ Fruit/Virtue: Detachment from the World
4. The Presentation ~ Fruit/Virtue: Purity
5. The Finding in the Temple ~ Fruit/Virtue: Obedience to the Will of God

Meditation on these mysteries of the Holy Rosary allow us to be more mindful of our vocations and the daily duties of our state in life. Imitation of the Holy Family in their perfect example of doing their duties will be an easy way to gain Heaven if we are 'faithful in the little things'.

Saying the Rosary everyday gives us a more perfect understanding/knowledge of God and in so doing, especially while reciting the Joyful decades, helps us know and understand how to perform our daily duties to the best of our abilities and to be pleasing in the eyes of God.

When are the Five Joyful Mysteries Said?


Traditionally the Joyful decades are said on Mondays, Thursdays and on Sunday during Advent and the Christmas season. On Sundays throughout the year, the Glorious Mysteries are said from Easter Sunday to the Beginning of Advent and the Sorrowful Mysteries are said during Lent.



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