The Mysteries of the Rosary

Use our step-by-step guide to pray the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary.  Each set of mysteries includes the accompanying virtues, or fruits of the mysteries, and scripture passages.


If Monday or Saturday, pray the Joyful Mysteries:

The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation 

Pray for the fruit of: Humility

Scripture passage: Luke 1: 26-38


The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth 

Pray for the fruit of: Charity, love of neighbor 

Scripture passage: Luke 1: 39-56


The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity

Pray for the fruit of: Poverty, detachment of worldly things

Scripture passage: Luke 2: 6-19; Matthew 2: 1-11


The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Pray for the fruit of: Obedience to the law

Scripture passage: Luke 2: 22-40


The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Pray for the fruit of: Piety, moral wisdom

Scripture passage: Luke 2: 41-52


If Thursday, pray the Luminous Mysteries

The First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism in the Jordan

Pray for the fruit of: Openness to the Spirit, docility

Scripture passage: Matthew 3: 5-17


The Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding Feast at Cana

Pray for the fruit of: Fidelity, seeking Jesus through Mary

Scripture passage: John 2: 1-11


The Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven

Pray for the fruit of: Repentance, conversion of heart

Scripture passage: Matthew 4: 17, 5: 1-20, 10: 7-8


The Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Pray for the fruit of: Spiritual courage, desire for holiness and Sainthood

Scripture passage: Matthew 17: 2-7; Luke 9: 28-36


The Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist

Pray for the fruit of: Adoration, Active Participation in the Holy Mass

Scripture passage: Matthew 26: 26-27; Luke 22: 19-20, John 6; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-29


If Tuesday or Friday, pray the Sorrowful Mysteries

The First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

Pray for the fruit of: Conformity to God's will, sorrow for sin

Scripture passage: Matthew 26: 36-50, Luke 22: 39-46


The Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

Pray for the fruit of: Purity, spirit of mortification

Scripture passage: Isaiah 53: 3-8; John 18: 36-37, 19: 1


The Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

Pray for the fruit of: Moral courage

Scripture passage: Matthew 27: 27-30, 50; John 18: 36-38, 19: 1-5


The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Heavy Cross

Pray for the fruit of: Perseverance, patience

Scripture passage: Luke 23: 26-31, John 19: 17


The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion 

Pray for the fruit of: Salvation, forgiveness

Scripture passage: Luke 23: 33-49; Matthew 27: 33-54


If Wednesday or Sunday, pray the Glorious Mysteries

The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection

Pray for the fruit of: Faith

Scripture passage: Matthew 28: 2-8; Mark 16: 6; Luke 24: 1-8


The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

Pray for the fruit of: Hope for Heaven

Scripture passage: Mark 16: 19; Luke 24: 50-52


The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Pray for the fruit of: Zeal, mission for God

Scripture passage: Acts 2: 1-13


The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption

Pray for the fruit of: The grace of a holy death

Scripture passage: Judith 15: 9-10; Acts 2: 26-28; Revelation 11: 19


The Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Pray for the fruit of: Marian devotion, trust in Mary's intercession

Scripture passage: Sirach 24: 24-27; Judith 13: 16-18, 23-31; Revelation 12: 1