Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

The First Luminous Mystery: Jesus is Baptized in the Jordan River
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Scriptural rosary verses may be scanned silently on each bead while the enunciation of the Ave Maria proceeds uninterrupted.

  1. And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea. And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. – Matthew 3:1-2
  2. The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough ways plain. – Isaiah 40:3-4
  3. Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan: And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. – Matthew 3:5-6
  4. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him. – Matthew 3:13
  5. But John stayed him, saying: I ought to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering, said to him: Suffer it to be so now. For so it becometh us to fulfill all justice. Then he suffered him. – Matthew 3:14:15
  6. And Jesus being baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to him: and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him. – Matthew 3:16
  7. And behold a voice from heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. – Matthew 3:17
  8. The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world. – John 1:29
  9. This is he, of whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because he was before me. – John 1:30
  10. Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. – Matthew 4:1

The Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding Feast at Cana

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O Virgin, guest most gracious,
the couple’s last recourse,
unless thy help’s solicited,
they languish in remorse;
Thou bidst us do whatever He says,
His Word’s command Divine,
The type of His great gift of Self,
The water into wine.
  1. And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there. – John 2:1
  2. And Jesus also was invited, and his disciples, to the marriage. – John 2:2
  3. And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to him: They have no wine. – John 2:3
  4. And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to me and to thee? my hour is not yet come. John 2:4
  5. His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye. – John 2:5
  6. Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece. 2:6
  7. Jesus saith to them: Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. – John 2:7
  8. And Jesus saith to them: Draw out now, and carry to the chief steward of the feast. And they carried it. – John 6:8
  9. And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine, and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had drawn the water; the chief steward calleth the bridegroom,… – John 6:9
  10. And saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee; and manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him. – John 2:10-11

The Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

Fr. Jeremiah Cummings Williams, 1824-1866 Orlando Gibbons, 1583-1625
1. Blessed the poor in spirit, they are heirs
To wealth untold, for heaven itself is theirs.
2. Blessed the meek, for without strife their hand
Shall be victorious, and possess the land.
3. Blessed are they that mourn, for God one day
Will comfort them, and wipe their tears away.
4. Blessed who hunger and who thirst, unskilled
in wiles, for justice, for they shall be filled.
5. Blessed the merciful, for they’ll obtain
The mercy which they grant their fellowmen.
6. Blessed the clean of heart, for they shall see
The Lord in all his cloudless purity.
7. Blessed are the peace-makers kind and mild
Children of God they shall be justly styled.
8. Blessed are they that suffer in the right,
For heaven’s kingdom shall their cares requite.

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  1. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom: and healing all manner of sickness and every infirmity, among the people. – Matthew 4: 23
  2. The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment. – Mark 12:29-30
  3. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. … He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:16,19
  4. All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets. – Matthew 7:12
  5. A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another. – John 13:35-35
  6. You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thy enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. – Matthew 5:43-45
  7. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. – Matthew 5:3-6
  8. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. – Matthew 5:7-12
  9. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. – Matthew 5:13-15
  10. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13


The Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration
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  1. And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: – Matthew 17:1
  2. And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow. – Mattehew 17:2
  3. And behold two men were talking with him. And they were Moses and Elias, appearing in majesty. And they spoke of his decease that he should accomplish in Jerusalem. – Luke 9:30-31
  4. And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Rabbi, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. – Mark 9:4
  5. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. – Matthew 17:5
  6. For he received from God the Father, honour and glory: this voice coming down to him from the excellent glory: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. – 2nd Peter 1:17
  7. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. – Matthew 17:6
  8. And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not. – Matthew 17:7
  9. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus. – Matthew 17:8
  10. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead. – Matthew 17:9

The Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

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  1. And he said to them: With desire I have desired to eat this pasch with you, before I suffer. – Luke 22:15
  2. And when supper was done, (the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him,) … He riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments, and having taken a towel, girded himself. After that, he putteth water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. – John 13:2,4-5
  3. If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also. Amen, amen I say to you: The servant is not greater than his lord; neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him. If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them. – John 13:14-17
  4. And when they were at table and eating, Jesus saith: Amen I say to you, one of you that eateth with me shall betray me. But they began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one by one: Is it I? Who saith to them: One of the twelve, who dippeth with me his hand in the dish. – Mark 14:18-20
  5. And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body. – Matthew 26:26
  6. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. – Matthew 26:27-28
  7. For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. – 1st Corinthians 11:26
  8. Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. – John 6:54
  9. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. – John 6:55
  10. The chalice of benediction, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread, which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord? – 1st Corinthians 10:16



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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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