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I have noticed that in a few books i have, even a smartphone app when i pray the rosary and i get to the mystery - do i just say ( the 1st sorrowful mystery)

or do i say The Agony of Christ in the garden

or do i need a book and have to read the little scriptures it has for that mystery?
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Catholic Rosary Mysteries

THE ANNUNCIATION

When meditating upon the Annunciation mystery it may be useful to look at a picture of the Annunciation or even listen to some soothing, uplifting music.

Be mindful that the fruit of this mystery is humility and recall this scene as you meditate...


The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, a young Jewish girl.

Gabriel greets Mary saying, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." Luke 1:28.

These familiar words is how Mary is greeted in the Hail Mary Prayer, the main rosary prayer.

Gabriel is declaring that Mary is holy. She never had original sin, in the words of the angel, she is "full of grace".

Mary being very humble is disturbed by the angels words. The angel recognizing this then adds, "Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God."Luke 1:30

Gabriel continues with his message to Mary,
"Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end." Luke 1:31-33


Now because Mary is a virgin she is puzzled and asks the angel how this is possible.

He answers her...
"The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35


Mary knows about the promise of a savior and is well informed of the Messianic prophesies of the Old Testament.

However, when you look at her comments to the angel, Mary obviously doesn't fully understand all that is happening to her but she answers in the most obedient and confident way.

She says...
"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word." -Luke 1:38


Mary always conforms her will to that of God's.

Imitating Mary's attitude toward God's will is a sure way to bring peace to your life.

For the exact Bible account of the Annunciation please see Luke 1:26-38
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In The Visitation Elizabeth Is Overjoyed By Mary's Visit
"And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
-Luke 1:43

The Visitation is took place when Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth.
Considering this scene and looking at a picture, will help you meditate on this mystery of the rosary.


Keep in mind also that the fruit of this mystery is love of neighbor.

Use the following story to help you set the scene;...
During the Angel Gabriel's appearance to Mary, he also tells her that her cousin Elizabeth is expecting a baby.

Elizabeth is much older than Mary and was thought to be infertile because of her age and because she had no children.

Gabriel reveals this to Mary to show that "no word shall be impossible with God" -Luke 1:36.

After the Angel leaves, Mary visits her Cousin Elizabeth. Mary enters into the house of Elizabeth and her husband Zachary.

When Elizabeth hears Mary's greeting she feels her child leap within her. Elizabeth proclaims to Mary...
"Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb." -Luke 1:42


This phrase again is used in the Catholic Rosary Prayers, the Hail Mary Prayer. Elizabeth continues...

"And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." -Luke 1:43-44

Leapt for joy...notice here that St. John the Baptist, Elizabeth's child, is the first to experience the joys of Mary and Jesus. How special he is.

Mary responded to Elizabeth with another famous prayer the Magnificat which is taken directly from St. Luke's Gospel chapter 1:46-55...

My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;
for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me;
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is from generation unto generations,
to them that fear him.
He hath showed might in his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

Notice that it is Biblical to refer to Mary as Blessed.

It says so right in the New Testament, "All generations shall call me blessed."

You obey this command when you pray the Rosary and especially when you meditate upon this mystery, the Visitation.

Mary then stays with Elizabeth for three months. Surely she helps her cousin who was late in pregnancy.

Elizabeth has a son and names him John.

The Bible says that he is the prophet of the highest and that he prepares his way.

The highest is, of course, Jesus and John went before Jesus and "enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace." -Luke 1:79

Meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary and especially the Visitation, will direct your feet into the way of peace.
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All Of Heaven And Earth Rejoiced At The Birth Of Jesus

"And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
-Matthew 2:10



Catholic Rosary Myteries

There are many artistic renditions of the Birth of Jesus, also known as the Nativity. Choose one that most inspires you and keep this scene in mind as you meditate on the Birth of Jesus mystery...

Mary and Joseph must travel to Bethlehem to register for a census of the entire Roman Empire.

People are ordered to travel to the town of their ancestors to register. Joseph (and Mary) are from the family of David and therefore go to Bethlehem, the city of David.

Mary is often depicted as traveling ready to deliver the baby on the back of a small donkey being led by her loyal and chaste spouse, St. Joseph.

Because so many people are traveling at this time, Joseph and Mary can't find anywhere to stay.

They go from place to place seeking a warm room where the baby can be born.

Time after time the door is closed to them with the words "no room in the inn" echoing in their ears.

Finally they are offered lodging in a stable.

Jesus, the Son of God, comes into the world in the most lowly and humble of places.

He is born in a stable among livestock and laid in a manger.

It is interesting to note that the word Bethlehem means "house of bread" and Jesus the "Bread of Life" John 6:35 was born there and laid in a manger, a feeding trough for animals.

This account is a foreshadow of the Institution of the Eucharist.

There are shepherds nearby watching their sheep and suddenly an angel appears to them and says,

"Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:


"Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will." -Luke 2:10-14

The shepherds leaving their flocks are the first to go and worship the baby Jesus.

The shepherds are the first to see Jesus.

The King of kings and Lord of lords humbles Himself to be born in a manger and to have among his first visitors simple shepherds
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Mary is also truly humble.


She says not a word.

She does not seek attention or praise, rather the Bible says, she "kept all these things pondering them in her heart." -Luke 2:20

And upon leaving they are the first to bring the Good News of Jesus' birth to the world.


The Magi, or the Three Wise Men come from the east. They are astrologers who are following a star that is raising up above the place where Jesus is born.

On their travels they stop in Jerusalem and ask King Herod where the king of the Jews is and say that they have followed his star and come to adore him.

Now King Herod being a jealous man tricks the Three Wise Men into thinking that he also wants to worship the newborn king.

He tells them he does not know where the baby is but when they find him to return and tell him so he too may go and worship the baby.

Continuing on their journey, they follow the star to Bethlehem.

"And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh." -Matthew 2:11

These three wise men are the first of the Gentiles to visit Jesus.

After the three wise men leave, St. Matthew goes on to say that an angel appears to St. Joseph in a dream and tells him to flee to Egypt.

King Herod is threatened by the birth of Jesus and tries to kill him.


In Egypt, the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are safe.


When Herod dies, an angel again tells Saint Joseph to go back to Israel because the baby is now safe.

There was no room for the Prince of Peace in the inns of Bethlehem
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Make room for Him in your heart as you pray this mystery of the Rosary
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Presentation Of Jesus In The Temple...
Another Lesson In Obedience

"The sons of wisdom are the church of the just:
and their generation, obedience and love."
-Eccl 3:1



Catholic Rosary Mysteries

This scene sets the stage for the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.


Keep these events in mind as well as the fruit of the mystery which is the virtue of obedience.

You will find it helpful to look at a picture of the Presentation of Jesus or even listen to some music that will uplift your soul...


Mary and Joseph take the baby Jesus to Jerusalem "to present him to the Lord" -Luke 2:22

The presentation of Jesus in the temple is in fulfillment with the Jewish law.


Every male child must be taken to the temple and an animal must be offered as a sacrifice.

That is why Joseph is usually artistically depicted in this scene holding a cage with two doves in it.

The prophet Simeon and the prophetess Anna meet the Holy Family while at the temple in Jerusalem. Simeon was told by God that he would see the Savior before he died.

When Simeon sees baby Jesus he takes him from Mary and holds Him in his arms and praises God proclaiming, "Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation" -Luke 2:29

Simeon then blesses Mary and Joseph and prophesies to Mary:

"Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed." -Luke 34-35

Even though this is a joyful occasion you can see in the words of Simeon a foreshadow of the sorrows that will be shared between Jesus and his Mother Mary.

Mary suffered with Jesus from the beginning to the end.

Anna also proclaims that this child, the baby Jesus, is the long awaited Messiah.

After all this the Holy Family leaves Jerusalem and returns to Nazareth.

There they live in peace and joy for many years before Jesus begins His public life.

For the Bible says...

"The child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him."
-Luke 2:40
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Mary Experienced Relief And Great Joy In Finding Jesus
In The Temple


"Seek, and you shall find."
-Matthew 7:7


Catholic Rosary Myteries

While meditating on Finding Jesus in the Temple, it is helpful to look at a picture or listen to some uplifting music and keep the following story in mind while meditating on this final rosary mystery of the Joyful Mysteries...


Every year during the feast of the Passover, the Holy Family went to Jerusalem.


The Gospel of St. Luke tells of one particular trip when the twelve year old Jesus remains behind in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph don't know this however. Mary thinks Jesus is with Joseph and Joseph thinks He is with Mary. This could easily happen because the women and men would travel in separate groups and Jesus was at the age when he could be either with His father or His mother.

Mary and Joseph do not notice He is missing until an entire day passes. Can you imagine the anxiety they felt? They lost the Christ Child. When realizing He is not with either of them, they look for Him among their family and friends. Much to their sorrow, they do not find Him so they quickly return to Jerusalem.

After three days, their anxiety turns to joy when they find Jesus "sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom". -Luke 2:46-47

Mary asks Him, "Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing." -Luke 2:48

The child Jesus replies, "How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father's business?" -Luke 2:49

Ones again Mary does not fully understand but she humbly accepts what He says to her. Jesus goes on to set a wonderful example. Jesus, the King of Kings, goes home and is obedient to them.


Peace will penetrate your life when you follow the example of Jesus here and you become obedient first to God, then to Church authority and lastly to civil authority.


Remember,"render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's: and to God the things that are God's" -Luke 20:25

Just as she did at the Nativity, Mary, His mother "kept all these words in her heart." -Luke 2:51

"And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men." -Luke 2:52

The Bible passages for Finding Jesus in the Temple were taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.

If you would like to read the full scriptural account of the Finding Jesus in the Temple can be found in Luke 2:41-52.
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Luminous Rosary Mystery Baptism Of Jesus

"John was in the desert baptizing, and preaching
the baptism of penance, unto remission of sins."
-Mark 1:4



Catholic Rosary Myteries

When meditating on the Baptism of Jesus, it may be useful to look at a picture of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the River Jordan. Or even listen to some uplifting music.

Be mindful that the fruit of this mystery is living your baptismal promises and recall this scene as you meditate...


John the Baptist was Jesus' cousin and the son of Elizabeth.

Jesus and John had a special relationship that began when his mother and Mary were both pregnant with them.

John leapt in his mother's womb when Mary, came to visit her.

John preached throughout the river Jordan. He encouraged people to get baptized to cleanse them of their sins to prepare for the coming of Jesus.

He prophecized that the Messiah would come and baptize with fire and the Holy Spirit.

Seeing Jesus John exclaimed, "behold the lamb of God."


Sometimes St. John the Baptist is shown holding a banner that says "Ecce agnus Dei" which means behold the lamb of God.

John at first refused to baptize him.

But Jesus told him "Let it be so now, for by us must all righteousness be fulfilled." And John then baptized him.

When Jesus came out of the water, the voice of the Lord was heard as the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove.

The voice of God said, "This is my beloved Son, in who I am well pleased."

Then after being filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus went out into the desert where He fasted and prayed for 40 days.
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Luminous Rosary Mystery
Wedding At Cana


"This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee;
and manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him."
-John 2:11


Catholic Rosary Myteries

When meditating on the occasion of Jesus first miracle, the Wedding at Cana, you may find it helpful to look at a picture of the event or listen to some uplifting music.

The story below will help familiarize you with this second of the Luminous mysteries of the rosary prayers...


Mary and Jesus were at a wedding in Galilee in an area called Cana. The hosts ran out of wine. Mary went to Jesus and told him they had no wine. Jesus responded to her, "Woman, what is that to me and to you? My hour is not yet come."

This has been misinterpreted by some who say Jesus is rebuking His mother.

This is not true. How could it be. Jesus is sinless and is the perfect son. He would never rebuke His mother.

Mary did not respond. Rather she went to the waiters and told them, "Do whatever He tells you."

Her remark her proves that she knew He was about to perform a miracle. She knew that he would fulfil her request.

Jesus instructed the servants to fill some huge pots with water. Because of Mary's advice they obeyed. He told them then to draw some water from the freshly filled pots and take it to the head servant. They again obeyed and were amazed to see that the water was miraculously turned into wine.

The head servant not knowing what had occurred, went to the bride and groom and congratulated them on serving the best wine last.

As the Bible states, Jesus first miracle "manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him." -John 2:11


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Luminous Rosary Mystery
Proclaiming The Kingdom of God


"Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ"
-Pius XI


Catholic Rosary Myteries


When meditating on this mystery, remember that Jesus proclaiming the kingdom of God does so in His works and by His examples.

In this mystery, light is shed on the glory of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.


Below you will find some verses that Pope John Paul II cited in his encyclical, Rosarium Mariae.
The fruit of Proclaiming the Kingdom mystery is repentance and trust in God.


Jesus calls His followers to conversion and repentance...


"Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:14-15


Jesus forgives the humble who display faith in Him. The humble show sorrow for their sins. They also show love and hope.


"And they came to him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was carried by four. And when they could not offer him unto him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was; and opening it, they let down the bed wherein the man sick of the palsy lay. And when Jesus had seen their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy: Son, thy sins are forgiven thee. And there were some of the scribes sitting there, and thinking in their hearts: Why doth this man speak thus? he blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins, but God only? Which Jesus presently knowing in his spirit, that they so thought within themselves, saith to them: Why think you these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say to thee: Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house. And immediately he arose; and taking up his bed, went his way in the sight of all; so that all wondered and glorified God, saying: We never saw the like. And he went forth again to the sea side; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them." -Mark 2:3-13

While Jesus was proclaiming the kingdom of God, he explained that His kingdom is filled with mercy and will last for all time...
"When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." -John 20:22-23


When speaking of the truths of Jesus, the Nicene Creed states the phrase, "of whose kingdom there shall be no end". This phrase points to the eternal kingship of Jesus.


"As long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations." -Pius XI from the encyclical Quas Primas
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Luminous Rosary Mystery
The Transfiguration


"Follow peace with all men, and holiness:
without which no man shall see God."
-Hebrews 12:14


Catholic Rosary Myteries

When meditating on The Transfiguration of Jesus it may be helpful to look at a picture of this event or listen to some uplifting music.

The Transfiguration is the fourth of the new Luminous Mysteries rosary and is a key event in the life of Jesus.
It beautifully complements both the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries by adding meditations on the Rosary that gave strength to the apostles during Jesus passion and were a foreshadow of Jesus' glory that was soon to come.


As you read this retelling of the Transfiguration, keep in mind that the fruit of this mystery is a desire for holiness.

Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor.

When the three disciples and Jesus reached the top of the mountain, Jesus' "face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow."

Then suddenly Peter, James and John saw Moses and Elias appear.

They were talking to Jesus. Peter got very excited and didn't really understand the significance of what was happening as he called out to Jesus saying...

"Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias."

Jesus did not answer him and a bright cloud came and covered them.

A booming voice came from the cloud.

It was the voice of God.

The words they heard were, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him."

This frightened Peter, James and John. Immediately they fell prostrate.

Jesus went to them, stooped down, gently touched them then said, "Arise, and fear not."

When they arose, they only saw Jesus and the apparition was over.

While they were making their descent from the mountain Jesus gave them this command...

"Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead." -Matthew 17:9
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Luminous Rosary Mystery
Institution Of The Eucharist


"I am the living bread that has come down from heaven.
If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever."
-John 6:51-52


Catholic Rosary Myteries

The Institution of the Eucharist is the greatest gift Jesus left you - a gift that will help you lead a holy and peace filled life. It is the final of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. and a very fitting conclusion to this new set of Rosary mysteries.

You may find that it is helpful to look at a picture of the apostles and Jesus Last Supper. Or even listen to some music that will help you recall this blessed scene.


The following story will help your meditations on the Rosary as you keep it in mind as you pray the Rosary prayers.

The fruit of this mystery is adoration.

"Satan entered into Judas" and he went to the chief priests to betray Jesus". -Luke 22:3

The chief priests were very pleased because they wanted to have Jesus put to death but they couldn't find a quiet way to arrest Him.


They promised to pay Judas thirty pieces of silver and the betrayal was arranged.


The time for the Passover was drawing near. Jesus gave directions to the disciples to go into Jerusalem where they would meet a man carrying a pitcher of water.

They were to follow the man and tell him that Jesus wanted a place to eat the Passover meal with His twelve apostles.

Following Jesus' directions, they entered the city and found the man who in turn led them to a room that was prepared for their meal.

During the meal Jesus said, "Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me."

This really disturbed them all and they began asking "Is it I, Lord?"


Jesus said in response...
"He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me...woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born."


Then Judas who had already committed to betraying Jesus asked, "Is it I, Rabbi?"

Jesus just responded, "Thou hast said it."

Then Jesus took bread then blessing it, He broke it and gave it to His disciples and said, "Take ye, and eat. This is my body."

Then He took the chalice filled with wine and gave it to them saying...
"Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins."


After the meal they all went out to the Mount of Olives where Jesus entered His agony.

For an exact scriptural account you can read Mark 14:10-15, Matthew 26:19-30
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The Sorrowful Rosary Mystery
The Agony in the Garden


Jesus' agony In the garden reassures You that you are not alone In your suffering...

"Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were
hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not."
-Isaias 53


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The Agony in the Garden is such a sad event. It's when Jesus sweat drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane and has been often depicted by artists throughout the ages.

While meditating on this Sorrowful Mystery, you may find it helpful to view some pictures of this sad event or even listen to some music that will put you in the meditative mood.

It is the first of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary prayers.

As you meditate on this mystery you should feel a true sorrow for the sins you have committed, for they too contributed to the emotional pain Jesus suffered.

Following the Institution of the Eucharist at the last supper, Jesus takes His disciples to an olive grove, called Gethsemane. He tells most of them to stay behind while He leads Peter, James and John further into the garden to pray.

The Bible says Jesus "began to grow sorrowful and to be sad." He reveals to Peter, James and John, "My soul is sorrowful even unto death". He tells the three of them to stay behind and watch as he goes further alone to pray.


Jesus falls upon his face in an agony being overwhelmed by what He knows He must suffer the next day in atonement for the sins of mankind. He prays to God, "My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

An angel came and comforted Jesus. St. Luke's gospel says, "And being in an agony, he prayed the longer." -Luke 22:43

Returning to Peter, James and John, who have fallen asleep, Jesus somewhat disappointed asks them, "Could you not watch one hour with me?"

He tells them to pray that they will be guarded against temptation. Then He leaves them once again and goes off alone once more to pray. Again He prays to God saying, "My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done."

Once again Jesus returns to Peter, James and John. And once again they have fallen asleep.


He leaves them for a third time and prays the same prayer and this time upon returning and finding them asleep Jesus says, "Sleep ye now and take your rest; behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners."

Judas approaches Jesus along with soldiers and kissing Him he says, "Hail, Rabbi." Previously, Judas told the soldiers that the Man whom he would kiss would be Jesus. And Jesus sadly replied saying, "Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a kiss?" -Luke 22:48

The soldiers take hold of Jesus and all the disciples run away abandoning Him. Jesus is then taken to Caiphas, the high priest where many people are already gathered awaiting Him.

The Bible passages of Jesus' Agony were taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.


If you are looking for a more modern language version of the Agony in the Garden, our recommendation would be the St. Ignatius Press Bible.

Most of what is recounted above about the Agony in the Garden, can be found in St. Matthew's Gospel in Matthew 26:36-57.
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The Sorrowful Rosary Mystery
Scourging At The Pillar


Understand The Nature Of Suffering
To Bring Serenity In Your Life


"Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 5:10


Catholic Rosary Myteries

The scourging at the pillar is a mournful event that serves as a reminder of the horrors Jesus suffered for love of you.

It may be useful to look at a picture of the scourging at the pillar. Or even listen to some uplifting music while meditating on this mystery of the rosary.

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When meditating on this second of the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary, keep in mind that the fruit of the mystery is purity.

Jesus scourged is a truly sorrowful event in the life of Jesus.

It is beneficial to meditate upon it and you can do so in the Rosary prayer. Below is an account of Jesus' trial and scourging.
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After Jesus was arrested, He was brought before Ciaphas the high priest. Ciaphas, after finding Him "guilty" took Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ruled over those parts.

Jesus was brought before Pilate, because Jesus' enemies wanted Him executed and only the Roman ruler could have a prisoner put to death.

This all made Pilate quite uncomfortable.

Pilate went on to interview Jesus.

During the interview, Pilate asked Jesus...

"Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice. Pilate saith to him: What is truth?" -John 18:37-38.

In all justice, Pilate believed it was wrong to condemn Jesus to death.

His crime did not warrant such a punishment.

Pilate was also a coward. He was afraid the leaders of the Jews would start a rebellion if he did not give into their demands.

Trying to weasel his way out of this predicament, and in honor of the feast day of the Passover, he offered to release a prisoner.

Hoping the people would chose Jesus, Pilate had them choose either Jesus or Barabas a violent criminal.

His plan backfired and the people chose to have Barabas released and demanded that Jesus be crucified.


Knowing he was backed into a corner and being a weak man, he caved into the pressure from the crowd and symbolically asked for a bowl and then washed his hands in the water claiming he was innocent of Jesus blood.

"Then he released to them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him unto them to be crucified." -Matthew 27:26

Jesus was stripped of His clothes and tied to a stone pillar.

He was surrounded by a blood thirsty mob who were shouting and encouraging the cruel Roman soldiers as they lashed His divine flesh with leather whips tipped with sharp stones.

Blood flowed forth as His flesh was torn from His sacred body.


The Bible passages for the Scourging at the Pillar were taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
If you are looking for a more modern language version of the Scourging at the Pillar, our recommendation would be the St. Ignatius Press Bible.


If you would like to read the full scriptural account of the Scourging at the Pillar it can be found in Mark 15:15 and the Old Testament prophesy Isaias 53:2-5.
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The Third Sorrowful Mystery
Understand Suffering Like Jesus' Crowning With Thorns
To Achieve Peace In Your Life


"If doing well you suffer patiently; this is thankworthy before God.
For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving you an example that you should follow his steps."
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By meditating upon jesus' Crowning With Thorns you will come to see that suffering must be understood before peace can be grasped.

When meditating on Jesus' Crown of thorns, the third of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, you may find it helpful to listen to some uplifting music or look at a picture of the suffering Jesus thorn crown.


Keep in mind as you read this account that the fruit of the mystery is moral courage.

As if it wasn't bad enough having Jesus Scourged, the cruel soldiers mocked Him and crowned Him with thorns.

They clothed Him in a scarlet robe, the color of royalty.

Then they pressed upon Jesus thorn crown.


They placed a reed into His right hand and made fun of His Divine Kingship.

Mocking Him all the while with their pretend coronation.

The inhumane executioners pranced around Jesus shouting in jest, "Hail King of the Jews" and mockingly they bowed down before Him.

They taunted Him and took the reed from His hand and struck His head with it.

His own blood blinded Him as it trickled into His Eyes.

How those agonizing blows made Jesus suffer compounding the throbbing pain caused by the crown of thorns upon His head.

Three out of the four Gospels recount this sorrowful event in the life of Jesus.

Jesus being crowned with thorns is one of the sorrowful events in the life of Jesus that it makes your heart sigh that they would treat Jesus as such.

The Bible passages for the Crowning With Thorns were taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.

If you are looking for a more modern language version of the Crowning With Thorns, our recommendation would be the St. Ignatius Press Bible.

The exact Bible text can be found in Mark 15:16, Matthew 27:28-30 and John 19:4-5.
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The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery Jesus Carrying The Cross
Embracing Your Sufferings Leads To Peace And Serenity


"Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened,
and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn
of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall
find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light".
-Matthew 11:28-30


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In Carrying the cross, Jesus shows how embracing suffering is the only way to peace. It is one of the most beneficial meditations on the rosary.

When you are praying the rosary prayers you will find a greater appreciation for this sad event in Jesus' life and come to understand how you must embrace your own crosses and sorrows.


When meditating upon Jesus Carrying the cross, it may be useful to look at a picture or listen to some meditative music of this sorrowful event.

Be mindful as you say the rosary prayers that the fruit of this mystery is patience and recall this scene as you meditate.

Jesus carrying the cross demonstrates the need to embrace suffering and carry your own cross as the only way to peace and serenity It is the fourth of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary prayers.

As you meditate on this mystery you should feel a true sorrow for the sins you have committed, for they too contributed to the emotional pain Jesus suffered.


After Jesus was mocked and crowned with thorns, He was stripped of the purple robe and dressed in His own clothing.

This caused such torment for the wounds from the scourging were reopened and pained Jesus anew.

Jesus was then forced to carry His own cross to Calvary.

The journey was excruciatingly painful.

Jesus already weak from the torture He underwent stumbled and faltered along the way.

He fell many times and the weight of the heavy cross came crashing down upon His weary body.


Mary accompanied by John and Mary Magdalen followed Jesus as He carried His cross. Mary wanted to look upon her Son.

The moment presented itself and there Mary was face to face with her Son, God made Man in all His suffering.

Simeon's prophecy rang true at this moment when her heart was pierced with sorrow as she beheld Jesus in such pain.

Seeing her brought much comfort to Jesus and gave Him renewed strength and courage to carry on with His mission.

So Jesus continued on as best He could. But He was so weak and His wounds were to immense that He could have expired on the way to Calvary. Seeing this, the executioners picked a man from the crowd, Simon of Cyrene, and forced Him to help Jesus for fear that Jesus would not make it to the place where He was to be crucified.

So Simon helped Jesus carry His cross.


Along the way there was a holy woman named Veronica. She was a follower of Jesus and as she waited to see Him.

As He approached her, she removed her veil and wiped His bloody face. Her gesture was so refreshing and loving that Jesus performed a miracle.


The image of His face was impressed upon her veil.

When Jesus finally completed His long and agonizing journey, the executioners threw Him to the ground and stripped Him once again of His clothing and prepared to crucify Him.

The Bible passages for Carrying The Cross were taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.

If you are looking for a more modern language version of the Carrying The Cross, our recommendation would be the St. Ignatius Press Bible.

Most of what is recounted above about Carrying The Cross, can be found in various bible verses like Luke 23:27-32, Mark 15:20-21, and John 19:17.
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