“The glorious mysteries thus lead the faithful to greater hope for the eschatological goal towards which they journey as members of the pilgrim People of God in history. This can only impel them to bear courageous witness to that ‘good news’ which gives meaning to their entire existence.” – Pope St. John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae
The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection
John 20:11-18 RSV-2CE
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rab-bo’ni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Mary Mag’dalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Fruit of the mystery: Faith
The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension
Mark 16:19 RSV-2CE
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
Fruit of the mystery: Hope
The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:1-41 RSV-2CE
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Fruit of the mystery: Love of God
The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
Psalm 132:8 RSV-2CE
Arise, O LORD, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
Revelation 11:19-12:1 RSV-2CE
Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars
Fruit of the mystery: Grace of a happy (holy) death
The Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Mary
Revelation 12:1, 5 RSV-2CE
And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars… She brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne.
Fruit of the mystery: Trust in Mary’s intercession