Holy Cross Catholic Church

Mysteries of the Rosary


Joyful Mysteries
Monday & Saturday

  1. The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
  2. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
  3. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
  4. The Presentation of our Lord
  5. Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12

Sorrowful Mysteries
Tuesday & Friday

  1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
  4. Jesus Carried the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion of our Lord

Glorious Mysteries
ednesday & Sunday

  1. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
  2. The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
  3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost
  4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
  5. Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Luminous Mysteries

  1. The Baptism in the Jordan
  2. The Wedding at Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist




How to Pray

  • The sign of the cross on the Crucifix;

  • The prayer "O Lord, open my lips; O God, come to my aid; O Lord, make haste to help me", still on the Crucifix;

  • The Apostles' Creed, still on the Crucifix;

  • The Lord's Prayer at the first large bead (for the intentions of the pope and the needs of the Church);

  • The Hail Mary on each of the next three beads (for the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity); and

  • The Glory Be on the next large bead.

The Praying of the Decades (repeating this cycle for each mystery)

  • Announce the mystery;

  • The Lord's Prayer on the large bead;

  • The Hail Mary on each of the ten adjacent small beads;

  • The Glory Be on the space before the next large bead; and


  • The Salve Regina;

  • The Loreto Litany;

  • Any further intentions; and

  • The sign of the cross.