During this month, I’ll be going through the mysteries of the rosary and offering a reflection for each of them, along with the virtue associated with each mystery and a saint we can pray to for each mystery to ask for their intercession along with Mary’s. I’ll start with just a brief overview of each group of mysteries.
- The Joyful Mysteries start at the beginning of Christ’s life (because Newsflash: life begins at conception!!), with the announcement of His coming and Mary’s impending motherhood by the angel Gabriel and end with Mary and Joseph finding Him in the temple. They are called “joyful” because they relate the joy of our salvation coming into the world and the joy of finding the Child after losing Him for three days.
- The Luminous Mysteries, which were instituted by now-St. John Paul II in 2002, start approximately 18 years after the finding in the temple. They begin at the start of Jesus’s public ministry with His Baptism and end with the institution of the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday. They are called “luminous,” meaning “full of light,” because they illustrate the Light of God that Jesus brought into the world through His teachings and miracles.
- The Sorrowful Mysteries start on Holy Thursday night, almost immediately following the Institution of the Eucharist, with Jesus’s Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and they go all the way through His Passion, ending with the Crucifixion. They are called “sorrowful” for obvious reasons, because they detail the bitter and sorrowful Passion and Death that our Savior undertook for our salvation.
- The Glorious Mysteries start as a happier time emerges, beginning with the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead and ending with the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. They are called “glorious” because they reveal the fullness of the glory of Our Lord as He raises from the dead and ascends into Heaven, as well as the glory that Mary shares with Him by Her Assumption and Coronation. This also foreshadows the glory that we are all called to share after our earthly life.
Be on the lookout for my rosary reflections all throughout this month! Depending on how long the reflections are, some may be split into parts. And don’t forget that this is the month of the rosary. Take the time to get more acquainted with saying it if you haven’t been, and if you don’t say it daily already, this month is the perfect time to start!