When you pray the Rosary, you are connecting with Christ. You are using a visual aid (the Rosary) to inspire reflection on the life and nature of Christ.
The Joyful Mysteries
On Mondays and Saturdays, Catholics reflect on the life of Mary, and the events leading up to Christ’s birth and His early childhood (the Joyful Mysteries).
1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel
2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Elizabeth by Mary
3rd Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of Our Lord
4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of Baby Jesus
5th Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Young Jesus in the Temple
The Luminous Mysteries
On Thursdays, the Rosary is a meditation on some of Christ’s miracles and His early ministry, leading up to the Last Supper, (the Luminous Mysteries).
1st Luminous Mystery: Baptism of Christ
2nd Luminous Mystery: Wedding at Cana
3rd Luminous Mystery: Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
4th Luminous Mystery: Transfiguration
5th Luminous Mystery: Institution of the Holy Eucharist
The Sorrowful Mysteries
On Tuesdays and Fridays, the Rosary is a meditation and a reflection on the events of Good Friday, beginning with the Garden when Jesus is betrayed, leading up to His crucifixion (the Sorrowful Mysteries).
1st Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden
2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging
3rd Sorrowful Mystery: Crowning with Thorns
4th Sorrowful Mystery: Carrying of the Cross
5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion
The Glorious Mysteries
On Wednesdays and Sundays, the Rosary meditations are a celebration of Christ’s resurrection and ascension, the events of the early Church, and Mary’s life of obedience to God, rewarded at the end of her earthly life (the Glorious Mysteries).
1st Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection
2nd Glorious Mystery: The Ascension
3rd Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4th Glorious Mystery: The Assumption
5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation