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Saint Francis' Mysteries Of The Rosary Prayer Group


(Recited On Thursdays)

The Rosary is made up of praying twenty decades (groups of ten) of Hail Marys, each introduced by the Lord's Prayer and finished with the doxology (Glory Be and O My Jesus).                                                                                                 (Read "Hail Holy Queen" only once, At the Conclusion of the Rosary & End with Closing Prayers).

Each decade is connected with a mystery, a meditation on an important event or moment in the life of Jesus or Mary.

 These reflections are divided into four groups of five mysteries. The first contains joyful mysteries (recited on Mondays and Saturdays); the second, the mysteries of light or luminous mysteries (Thursdays); the third, the sorrowful mysteries (Tuesdays and Fridays); and the fourth, the glorious mysteries (Wednesdays and Sundays). To help memory, the prayers are usually counted on a string of beads.

The Luminous Mysteries


I: The Baptism of our Lord                            

A Reading from the Gospel According to Mark:

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased."

The Word of the Lord.


II: The Wedding at Cana of Galilee

A Reading from the Gospel According to John:

There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and  Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no more wine."

 And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come."  His mother then said to the servants, "Do whatever He tells you!"

 Now there were six stone water jars set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus said to them, "Fill the water jars with water." So they filled them up to the brim.

Then He said to them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it to him. When the headwaiter tasted the water which had now become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter then called over the bridegroom, and said to him, "Everyone serves the best wine first, and after people have been drinking awhile ,  a lesser vintage; but what you have done is to keep the choice wine until now."

 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.         

The Word of the Lord.


III: Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom of God

A Reading from the Gospel According to Mark:

Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

The Word of the Lord.


IV: The Transfiguration of our Lord

A Reading from the Gospel According to Mark:

Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His garments became radiant and dazzling white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."  For he did not know what to say; for they became terrified.

 Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, then a voice came out of the cloud, "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!"   

The Word of the Lord.


V: The Supper of the Lord

A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians:

I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.

The Word of the Lord.




Prayers for Praying the Rosary

Sign Of The Cross:    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Glory be, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your Mercy. Amen

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!  (Recite only once, at the conclusion of the Rosary).

(Leader): Pray for us O Holy Mother of God,

All: That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

(Leader): Let us pray.

All: O God whose only begotten Son by his life, death, and Resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant we beseech thee, that meditating on these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise through the same Christ our Lord.    Amen.

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