The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation to Mary
The Messenger of God Announces to Mary that she is to be the Mother of God. Humility
30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, 33 and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
- Luke 1:30-33
2. The Visitation of Mary
Mary visits and helps her cousin Elizabeth. Love of Neighbor
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, 42 cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
- Luke 1:41-42
3. The Nativity of Our Lord
Mary gives birth to Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. Spirit of Poverty
10 The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For today, in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord"
- Luke 2:10-11
4. The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Jesus is presented in the Temple. Obedience to God's Will
29 "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word,
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel."
- Luke 2:29-32
5. The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
Jesus is found in the Temple. Fidelity to Vocation, Joy in finding Jesus
48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."
49 And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
50 But they did not understand what he said to them.
51 He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.
- Luke 2:48-52
The information on this page was extracted from the "Catholic Calendar" website at the following address: http://www.easterbrooks.com
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