Here are some brief meditations on the Mysteries of the holy Rosary. Each Mystery focuses on one brief line from Scripture as the starting point for meditation – the meditation is the soul of the Rosary, even as the words of the prayers are it’s body. It can only truly come to life when both parts are present. I hope you might find these simple meditations beneficial.
The Joyful Mysteries
“Let it be done unto me as you have said” – Luke 1:38
Lord, grant us the humility and trust of the Blessed Virgin; like Her, may we place our own desires and wishes far behind those You have for us. Help us let go of self will and seek nothing less and nothing more than Your own divine will for us.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord” – Luke 1:46
Lord, let everything we do be a hymn of praise to You – and never more so than when we see You in others and seek to serve them out of love for You. May we always see You in them – and by our love, may they see You in us.
“She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger” – Luke 2:7
Lord, as Your Mother prepared the manager and placed You within it, may She similarly prepare our poor hearts, removing the detritus gathered there, that we might be better prepared to welcome and to receive You.
Presentation in the Temple
“My eyes have seen Your salvation” – Luke 2:30
Lord, grant us trust in Your word. Help us to believe in You and to patiently await the fulfilment of all You promise us, confident in Your love for us. May Your divine light always illuminate our hope and provide us with the perseverance we need.
Finding in the Temple
“His Mother kept all these things in Her Heart” – Luke 2:51
Lord, grant us the gift of prayer, that we might contemplate within our hearts the mysteries Your Gospels reveal to us. In the school of the Blessed Virgin, may we treasure all these things and may they draw us ever closer to You.
The Luminous Mysteries
The Baptism of Christ
“Behold the Lamb of God” – John 1:29
Lord, grant us the grace to recognise You as You approach us in life; to prepare ourselves to encounter You fully and to be powerfully transformed by You, the ‘beloved Son in Whom the Father is well pleased’.
The Wedding at Cana
“Do whatever He tells you” – John 2:5
Lord, help us to bring all thing to You in prayer. May our faith in You remain always simple, founded on a perfect trust in Your compassionate love for us, that what is of concern to us is also of concern to You.
Proclamation of the Kingdom
“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” – Matthew 4:17
Lord, give us the interior freedom to put all things away in order that we might follow You ever more perfectly; let no created thing stand in the way of our answering Your call to repentance and to the coming of the Kingdom.
“He was transfigured before them; His face shone like the sun” – Matthew 17:2
Lord, when we are troubled and at those times when we need encouragement, may the divine light of Your countenance fall gently upon us, illuminating us and encouraging us to keep moving forward, trusting always in You.
Institution of the Eucharist
“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” – John 13:34
Lord, let this great Sacrament of Your presence be for us a sign of your love for us – and of our love for You and for one another. In partaking of Your precious Body and Blood, may it signify and make real our unity.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
Agony in the Garden
“Could you not keep watch for one hour?” – Mark 14:37
Lord, as Christians, our duty is to share in Your agony in Gethsemane, and in the agony of all who suffer; grant us the compassion and the determination to do so – and forgive us for all the times when we fail to be compassionate.
Scourging at the Pillar
“I am innocent of this Man’s blood” – Matthew 27:24
Lord, how often we seek to wash our hands – to distance ourselves from responsibility for the world and the events in it. Grant us courage, Lord, that we might work always toward good, no matter the forces which oppose us.
Crowning with Thorns
“Kneeling before Him, they mocked Him” – Matthew 27:29
Lord, how often our lips say one thing while our actions proclaim something else. Preserve us from hypocrisy, Lord; let our minds, our hearts and our wills always act in unison, so that our intentions always have integrity.
Carrying of the Cross
“They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon” – Mark 15:21
Lord, You ask us to take up our cross willingly – yet how often we, like Simon, have it placed upon us against our will. Grant us faithfulness, Lord, that we not only take up our cross, but deeply embrace it, for love of You.
“Today, you will be with Me in Paradise” – Luke 24:43
Lord, let us die to ourselves and live for You alone. In Your Holy Cross is everything; it is the way to eternal life through You, with You and in You. It is the door to Paradise. Let nothing keep Your Cross from us, Lord.
The Glorious Mysteries
“Why do you seek the living one among the dead?” – Luke 24:5
Lord, let all that we are and all that we do proclaim our faith in You, Who are truly risen from the dead and now live in eternal glory. Let the divine radiance of that first Easter morning touch and illuminate every moment of our lives.
“I am with you always” – Matthew 28:20
Lord, grant us the grace to be active for love of you, rather than being preoccupied with what is unimportant and which is little more than distraction. Keep our eyes fixed on You always, in the certainty of Your return one day.
Descent of the Holy Spirit
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” – Acts 2:4
Lord, You promise us the Advocate and You send Him. Help us to remember that the Holy Spirit is given to us as much as to the Apostles – that He is given to us for a reason, that His presence in us has a clear intention and purpose.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven
“Heaven was opened and the Ark of the Covenant could be seen” – Revelation 11:19
Lord, the Assumption of Your holy Mother into Heaven is the promise of what is offered to Your Church and to each one of us. May we look forward always with hope and may the prayers of the Blessed Virgin assist us to Heaven.
Coronation of the Blessed Virgin
“A great sign appeared in Heaven – a Woman clothed with the sun” – Revelation 12:1
Lord, may our lives always be authentically devoted to Your holy Mother, for She is the compass who unfailingly point to You; She is always the road – but You alone are the destination. May Her prayers assist us to come to You.