First Joyful Mystery:
The Annunciation
(Intention: Population and right to life)

[ Recite 1 Our Father - 10 Hail Marys - 1 Glory be to the Father ]

When the darkness of sin covered mankind, your love and humility, kind Mother, turned the face of the Father toward His erring children. Though the message of the Angel was difficult for you to understand, you accepted the Will of God with trust and love.

You questioned neither His Power nor His Wisdom, but asked only how this great Mystery was to be accomplished. We live in a world that does not accept the Father's Wisdom, does not trust in His Providence, does not believe in His Power. We cannot see beyond tomorrow and so the present moment is bereft of the knowledge of His Presence.

Your trust in the Father's Will made the miraculous simple. Why can't we trust His plan in our lives as you trusted Him in your's? Even though the child born to be the Saviour would suffer untold agonies, you never for a moment hesitated in your Fiat. The women of our day fear the future of their unborn children. In an act of misguided zeal they sometimes deprive the Father of the opportunity to manifest His Power, bestow upon us His Goodness and populate the Kingdom with children of light.

Give us a share of your Faith and Hope that we may bow before the Infinite Wisdom of God and accept the treasures He deigns to bestow upon us. Let us leave creation to His Omnipotence, the future to His Providence and mankind to His Wisdom.


Second Joyful Mystery:
The Visitation
(Intention: Aged and Social Justice)

[ Recite 1 Our Father - 10 Hail Marys - 1 Glory be to the Father ]

What impulse of love made you hurry to visit your cousin Elizabeth, kind Mother? At a moment when you had every right to rest in the
jubilant news that you would be the Mother of the Messiah you left the place of your exaltation.

No doubt the advanced age of Elizabeth caused you concern. Your compassionate Heart turned toward her. Elizabeth, in her old age, needed the comfort of your youth. The Child in your womb, conceived by the Holy Spirit, began His work of Redemption by sanctifying John.

Your zeal to carry Jesus to others, no matter what the cost, embarrasses us and causes us to blush with shame. We neglect the aged because we are too busy. We permit the Generation Gap to widen because we do not possess the love to bridge the distance. We permit social injustice because we do not wish to be our brother's keeper. Holy Mary, bring Jesus to us through the merits of your visit to Elizabeth. Obtain for us the graces we need to magnify the Lord by our humility in dealing with our neighbor, our concern for the aged, our zeal for social justice and our courage when duty calls for sacrifice.


Third Joyful Mystery:
The Nativity
(Intention: Motherhood, Poverty, Social Ethnic Groups)

[ Recite 1 Our Father - 10 Hail Marys - 1 Glory be to the Father ]

We look with wonder at the Wisdom of God as the Promised Woman gives birth to the Promised Messiah in a cold cave! Deprived of all material things, the Splendor of Heaven entered the world - that work of His hands - in abject poverty.

Jesus and Mary want us to know that their love for us is pure and devoid of any selfishness. The Mother of God says to all Mothers, "Let the dignity of your Motherhood rise above created things and the richness of your love cover your poverty."

Can we ever imagine the ecstasy of Mary as her eyes met the eyes of God in her tiny infant? Can our hearts ever feel the agony as she saw His outstretched arms form a cross? Can we in our finest moments ever fathom such love and pain?

Sweet Mother, we want to take our place with the Shepherds to tell Jesus of our love and gratitude. We want to reach out to the men of, all nations just as the Infant reached out to the Wise Men of the East. We want to put aside our prejudice and bigotry and offer the gift of our love to all men.

Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus in the lowly and offer Jesus to the forgotten. Teach us how to be holy, so we may give the Father the glory and Jesus the pleasure of making sinners into saints.

Fourth Joyful Mystery:
The Presentation
(Intention: Mentally Retarded)

[ Recite 1 Our Father - 10 Hail Marys - 1 Glory be to the Father ]

Kind Mother, did another Magnificat rise to your lips as you walked up the Temple steps to present Jesus to the Father? What must have been
your joy as you gave Jesus to Simeon! Were you expecting this man of God to prophesy the great things this Child would accomplish? Did you think he would shout throughout the Temple precincts, "The Lord has come"?

If you expected great things to be pronounced, was your heart torn by the realization that this Child was a sign of contradiction - destined for the rise and fall of many?

You did not fall beneath this bitter-sweet experience. The plan of God may not have been to your liking but you accepted it with all the love of your pure Heart.

Obtain for all parents, whose retarded children are specially chosen, like Jesus, to accomplish hidden works for the glory of God, the same courage you manifested in the Temple.

The Child of your womb was destined to be great but how few recognized that greatness. Give the parents of these special children a deep
realization of the power of their suffering. Let the suffering rise to heaven as a sweet smelling incense for the salvation of souls. Let the beauty of their souls, hidden from the eyes of men in this life, shine like bright stars in the glory of the Father's Kingdom.

Fifth Joyful Mystery:
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
(Intention: Family Life and Youth)

[ Recite 1 Our Father - 10 Hail Marys - 1 Glory be to the Father ]

Kind Mother, we cannot conceive the agony of your pure Heart as you looked for your Child for three days. The unspeakable torture of wondering what you had done wrong must have pierced your soul to its very core.

Even the joy of finding Him was mixed with the wonder of why it happened. Today, dear Mother, many families are torn with the grief of those who stray from the right path. Your Son was found in the Temple of the Lord, but our loved ones are often lost on the highways of sin and evil.

Though the place in which we find them is different, the agony is the same.

Obtain for our families a deeper union with the Trinity. Make the father head, the mother heart, and the children members of one another. When the sword of separation in mind, heart or ideals tears the family apart, grant that the healing balm of love may find them in the Temple of God's Will, listening to His voice speaking of harmony in the depths of their souls.