The Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)
When Mary was a young woman, God sent the angel Gabriel, who told Mary that she was filled with God’s grace and that she would conceive a boy named Jesus, who would rule forever.
The angel also explained that the Holy Spirit would come upon Mary and her son would be called the Son of God.
Although Mary was frightened, she knew that God wanted this, so she said, “Let it be done to me according to God’s word.” Then the angel went back to heaven.
- The Visitation ( Luke 1:39-56)
Because the angel Gabriel told Mary that her cousin, Elizabeth, was also going to have a child, (John the Baptist), Mary visited Elizabeth. As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the little baby in her womb leaped up because he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth, too, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she understood that Mary was to be God’s mother.
She said, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the Fruit of your womb. Who am I that the
Mother of my Lord should come to me? You are blessed, Mary, because you believed God’s word.”
- The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 2:1-12)
The Roman Emperor demanded a census. So, Joseph and Mary had to travel 90 miles to Bethlehem, to enroll their names. When they arrived, there was no room at the inn where travelers usually stay.
Therefore, Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, kept warm by the animals. Also, angels appeared to shepherds telling them to go to Bethlehem. There, they would find the child who was their Lord and Savior.
When they came to the manger they told Joseph and Mary what happened. Mary always remembered their words.
Later, three wise men came from the east. A star guided them to Jerusalem and to Bethlehem. They
gave Jesus their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
- The Presentation in the Temple (Luke 2:22-35)
Forty days after Christmas (February 2) Joseph and Mary presented Jesus in the temple to fulfill the Jewish law. A man named Simeon was led by the Holy Spirit to prophesy that Jesus would be a light to the nations and the glory of Israel.
He also told Mary that Jesus would be a sign of contradiction and that her own heart would be pierced with suffering. A woman prophet, Anna, told everyone that the child would bring about the deliverance of Jerusalem.
- The Finding in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)
Every year, the Holy Family went to Jerusalem (90 miles from Nazareth) for the Passover feast. When Jesus was 12 years old, he stayed behind in the temple.
Soon, Joseph and Mary realized that Jesus was lost, and they returned to Jerusalem. On the third day they found him in the temple, speaking and asking questions. All were amazed at his learning. However, Mary was confused. “Why did you do this to us?” she asked. Jesus replied, “Did you not realize that I had to be in my Father’s house?” answered Jesus.
Jesus returned with them to Nazareth. For the next 18 years, Jesus was a carpenter. At 30, he was baptized and began his preaching mission.