Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary


The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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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. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead; on the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; He will come again 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.
The Our Father. The Hail Mary (× 3).


The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection

Catholic Church Hymnal with Music (New York, 1905), p.168. # 118 (Hark the Herald Angels Sing)

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1. The Resurrection.
By the first bright Easter day,
When the stone was rolled away;
By the glory round Thee shed,
At Thy rising from the dead;
(Chorus)
(Chorus) King of glory, hear our cry;
Make us soon Thy joys to see,
Where enthroned in majesty
Countless angels sing to Thee.

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 1  Our Father. Hail Mary (× 10). Glory Be.

Scriptural rosary verses may be scanned silently on each bead while the enunciation of the Ave Maria proceeds uninterrupted.

  1. Joseph [of Arimathea] taking the body [of Jesus], wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth. And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument, and went his way. – Matthew 27:59-60
  2. And the next day, which followed the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate, saying: Sir, we have remembered, that that seducer said, while he was yet alive: After three days I will rise again. – Matthew 27:62-63
  3. Pilate saith to them: You have a guard; go, guard it as you know. And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting guards. – Matthew 27:65-66
  4. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought sweet spices, that coming, they might anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen. – Mark 16:1-2
  5. And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe: and they were astonished. Mark 16:4-5
  6. Who saith to them: Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he is risen, he is not here, behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see him, as he told you. – Mark 16:6-7
  7. Why seek you the living with the dead? He is not here, but is risen. Remember how He spoke unto you, when He was in Galilee, saying: The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered His words. – Luke 24:5-8
  8. [The women] told these things to the apostles. And these words seemed to them as idle tales; and they did not believe them. – Luke 24:10-11
  9. But Mary stood at the sepulchre without, weeping. Now as she was weeping, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre…she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing; and she knew not that it was Jesus. – John 20:11,14
  10. Jesus saith to her: Do not touch me, for I am not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren, and say to them: I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God. – John 20:17

The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

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2. The Ascension.
By Thy parting blessing given,
As Thou didst ascend to heav’n;
By the cloud of living light,
That received Thee out of sight;
(Chorus)
(Chorus) King of glory, hear our cry;
Make us soon Thy joys to see,
Where enthroned in majesty
Countless angels sing to Thee.

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 2  Our Father. Hail Mary (× 10). Glory Be.

  1. And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth. For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence. – Acts 1:4-5
  2. They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? But he said to them: It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power. – Acts 1:6-8
  3. But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. – Acts 1:6-8
  4. And he led them out as far as Bethania. He spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. – Luke 24:50
  5. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. – Luke 24:50; Matt. 28:18-20
  6. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. And lifting up his hands, he blessed them. –Matt. 28:20
  7. And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, while they looked on, he was raised up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. He was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God.– Acts 1:9; Mark 16:19
  8. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven. – Acts 1:10-11
  9. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is nigh Jerusalem, within a sabbath day’s journey. – Acts 1:12
  10. All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. – Acts 1:12, 14

The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Ghost

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3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost.
By that rushing sound of might,
Coming down from heaven’s height;
By the cloven tongues of fire,
Holy Ghost our hearts inspire!
(Chorus)
(Chorus) King of glory, hear our cry;
Make us soon Thy joys to see,
Where enthroned in majesty
Countless angels sing to Thee.

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 3  Our Father. Hail Mary (× 10). Glory Be.

  1. And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. – Acts 2:1-2
  2. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. – Acts 2:3-4
  3. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. – Acts 2:5-6
  4. But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my words.… But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.… And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. – Acts 2:14, 16-17, 21
  5. Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it. – Acts 2:22-24
  6. Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear. – Acts 2:33
  7. Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? – Acts 2:36-37
  8. But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. – Acts 2:38
  9. They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. – Acts 2:41
  10. And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers. – Acts 2:42

The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, Body and Soul

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4. The Assumption of Our Lady.
See the Virgin Mother rise,
Angels bear her to the skies;
Mount aloft imperial Queen,
Plead on high the cause of men;
(Chorus)
(Chorus) King of glory, hear our cry;
Make us soon Thy joys to see,
Where enthroned in majesty
Countless angels sing to Thee.

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 4  Our Father. Hail Mary (× 10). Glory Be.

The Eternal Son holds the Immaculately Conceived soul of the Mother at the moment of her Dormition
  1. MAGNIFICAT: And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. – Luke 1:46-47
  2. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; – Luke 1:48
  3. For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. – Luke 1:48
  4. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. – Luke 1:49
  5. And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him. – Luke 1:50
  6. He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. – Luke 1:51
  7. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. – Luke 1:52
  8. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. – Luke 1:53
  9. He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy: – Luke 1:54
  10. As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever. – Luke 1:55

The Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

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5. The Coronation of our Lady.
Mary reigns upon the throne,
Pre-ordained for her alone;
Saints and angels round her sing,
Mother of our God and King;
(Chorus)
(Chorus) King of glory, hear our cry;
Make us soon Thy joys to see,
Where enthroned in majesty
Countless angels sing to Thee.

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 5  Our Father. Hail Mary (× 10). Glory Be.

  1. I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: – Genesis 3:15
  2. She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. – Genesis 3:15
  3. And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail. And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. – Revelation 11:19-12:1
  4. And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered. – Revelation 12:2
  5. And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth…. – Revelation 12:3-4
  6. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son. – Revelation 12:4
  7. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God…. – Revelation 12:5:6
  8. And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. – Revelation 12:7-9
  9. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman, who brought forth the man child: And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth. – Revelation 12:13-16
  10. And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. – Revelation 12:17

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Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, 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, our 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. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, 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 You, that through meditating on these mysteries of the rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
May the Divine assistance remain always with us, and may all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.




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1. Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
Hail, Mother of Mercy and of Love, O Maria! Refrain
Triumph, all ye cherubim,
Sing with us, ye seraphim!
Heav’n and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!
2. Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria! Refrain
3. As exiles all to you we cry, O Maria!
Come, soothe with hope our misery. O Maria! Refrain
4. Turn then, most gracious advocate, O Maria!
T’ward us your eyes compassionate, O Maria! Refrain
5. O gentle, loving, holy one, O Maria!
Make us each day more like your Son, O Maria! Refrain
6. And when from death to life we’ve passed, O Maria!
Show us your Son, our Lord, at last, O Maria! Refrain
Amen.

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