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Rosary: Seven Joys of Mary

by Fr. Michael Adams (Rosaries of Divine Union)
Rosary Franciscan-style

Prayer of Intention

We who gather to pray this rosary do have in our minds and hearts the following intentions: (Here a few moments of silence allow all to clarify their intentions). We ask that these intentions may bring forth the results desired, according to Your will. Amen.
  1. Holding the cross in the right hand (if right handed), with the rest of the rosary in the left hand, bless yourself with the Invocation:
          In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

  2. Holding the cross in the right hand (if right handed), and with the rest of the rosary draped across the left hand, begin with this prayer of St. Francis:
          Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in complete surrender that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

  3. On the first bead after the cross say the "Our Father":
          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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

    Alternate "Our Father" translated from the Aramaic:
          O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos, focus your light within us—make it useful. Create your reign of unity now; Your one desire acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms. Grant what we need each day in bread and insight. Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strand we hold of othersí guilt. Donít let surface things delude us, but free us from what holds us back. From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all; from age to age it renews. Amen.

  4. On the next three beads say the "AVE MARIA":
          Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Amen.

  5. After the third AVE MARIA hold the chain and say the GLORIA PATRI:
          Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is how and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  6. Name the mystery, and if desired read the thoughts. Then read the prayer. Begin with the OUR FATHER on the bead just before the medal and the AVE MARIA on the next ten beads following the medal. On the chain following these ten beads, say the GLORIA PATRI.

  7. Then, name the next mystery and proceed exactly as above until all the mysteries have been said—that is say the OUR FATHER on the single bead, then the ten AVE MARIAs, then on the chain the GLORIA PATRI, then the next mystery.

    The Joyous Mysteries

    First Joyous Mystery: The Annunciation

    Mary said "I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say." Luke 1:38.

    In the Gospel of Luke, when Mary received the news that she was to be the bearer of Christ, her first reaction was of surprise. Doubting the message, asking "Why me" and "Really, Me?" are the expressions that she may have used when contemplating this extraordinary event. She must have felt such love from this understanding! When Mary accepted her condition, she surrendered to the will of the Divine. This reaction illustrates something important about our own relationship with our deepest being in God. When she understood that she carried divinity within her, she was changed in a fundamental way so that she could never really look at life, even common events, without making reference to the deepest values and depths of her being—a reflection of the joy she contained in her womb. In this way, we too react in much the same way when we are presented with the same kind of reality: that we are carrying divinity inside of our awareness, at the deepest level of our being. We too ask "Really, me?" and we too are given to remember that we have a relationship with that aspect of Christ in us, a relationship with the wholeness of life that is encompassed thereby. Like Mary, we are called to surrender to the Divine.

    Maryís responsibility became different at that point: for in conceiving and nurturing the divinity within, her relationship to all of Life became her focus, her reason for living. For her, nurturance would give way to birth. Like Mary, it is our responsibility to feel within ourselves the divinity that both gives and seeks nurturance. This recognition begins with the question "Really, Me?", and the growth process from nurturing to birth is the focus of this joyous Mystery as we say "let thy will be done."

          O Heavenly Mother, who responded to the call with Love and commitment, we ask you for your blessings that we may respond to our call to interior life with the same Love and commitment. May we, with your aid and compassion, experience the depths of conception and nurturance as you did, and may we answer our own call to divinity with the development of nurturance for all of life. Amen.

    Second Joyous Mystery: The Visitation

    Mary set out proceeding in haste into the hill country to a town of Judah, where she entered Zechariahís house and greeted Elizabeth. Luke 1:39

    Maryís visit to Elizabethís house was the scene for the recognition of the importance of what she carried within her. For as Elizabeth heard the voice of Mary, her own baby-in-the-womb reacted to the sound and Elizabeth was overcome with joy in the Holy Spirit. Our task, like that of Mary and Elizabeth, is to recognize the joy of God within us, not as an abstract concept, but as a living reality. As it says in the next part of the narrative, in the passage giving rise to the Magnificat, "My soul doth magnify the Lord". These are words that we need to contemplate in our hearts, words that Mary spoke from joy and love, words that reflected her own recognition of the Divinity growing inside of her. We are made to magnify the Lord, to bring to life the qualities of Love and Joy.

          O Heavenly Mother, who was recognized as blessed among women, and who recognized and accepted the work of God within you, so bless us with your prayers, your love, and your help that we may experience the Joy of the Godís work within us and recognize the same in all of life. Amen.

    Third Joyous Mystery: The Nativity

    She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. Luke 2:7

    All people are mothers. All of life is a giving birth—a birthing process that creates and sparks new places and times for love to manifest, for ideas to emerge, for Christ to be born in our lives and in the lives of others. We must nurture Christ within us and give birth to Christ within us and give birth to Christ in others. Mary gave birth to both a son of man as well as a son of God. The fruit of her surrender to God was the birth of God, the birth of the Prince of Peace.

          O Queen of Peace, help us to surrender to the process of the birth of life within us; bless us with the strength and the courage to give birth to Christ in ourselves, our lives and our world. Amen.

    Fourth Joyous Mystery: The Presentation

    When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought him up to Jerusalem so that he could be presented to the Lord. Luke 2:22

    When the time came to bring the baby to the Temple for his day of blessing by the Temple priests, Mary was treated to the sight of a holy man who held Jesus and exclaimed Him to be the salvation not only of Israel, but of the Gentiles as well. Mary had seen the beginning of divinity within herself, the nurturance and birthing of that Divinity and now she was witness to the recognition of that divinity by others. She, who was holy, was thus offering that which was Holy to the world. By His consecration in this mystery, all peoples are thus consecrated to work for the good of all life, for the evolution of all people to God.

          O Queen of our hearts, who offered yourself in consecration to the service of God, bless us that we may so consecrate our lives to His service that we may ever serve Him joyfully in all that we do. Amen.

    Fifth Joyous Mystery: The finding of Jesus in the Temple

    Son, why have you done this to us? You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow. Luke 2:48

    Mary and Joseph had been searching for their son. He was not in any of the usual places, so they retraced their steps back to Jerusalem and found Him in the temple. While searching, they felt abandoned and alone. They were relieved and joyed to find him, and were amazed at the depth and profound nature of His knowledge as He discoursed with the temple priests. Like the Holy Family, we too must search for Christ, and must look for Him in our temple, the temple of the soul. Once finding Him, we can say with Mary, "I have found you!" The search is through retracing our own steps—our own steps away from God around us and God within us. Our steps, taken in prayer and contemplation, take us back to the Temple where He awaits us.

          O Mother of Divine Grace, hear us in our search for the temple. Bless us with your guidance and inspiration that we may always find the temple, and become reunited with He who dwells therein. Amen.

    Sixth Joyous Mystery: The resurrection

    On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" Then they remembered his words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. Luke 24:1-10

    The word Resurrection has many meanings, among them is "renewal". A renewal of heart, of purpose, of Love, of Grace in our lives is a resurrection of spirit. Mary and the disciples witnessed the ultimate act of creation in the resurrection: God renewing Himself through Himself as Christ Risen. This demonstration was the living Spirit of Love that promised the same to all: renewal of heart and transformation of Being in Christ.

          O Heavenly Mother, wrap us in your Love and bring us to the place where our renewal is the Work of God within us: help us experience the joy of resurrection even as you did. Amen.

    Seventh Joyous Mystery: The Assumption and Coronation of Our Lady

    A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. Revelation 12:1

    In her role as the Divine Mother, Mary through her Assumption becomes accessible to all, pointing the way to Christ. She is the embodiment of unconditional Love, of nurturance, of patience, and of compassion. Her promise is the promise of discovering Christ within ourselves, even as she discovered the Divine Son.

          O Heavenly Mother, bring to us the compassion of service, the joy of surrender, and the love of Christ as we seek Him in all things. Amen.


    After the last decade has been said, and the connecting medal has been reached, the following prayer is said: I give myself this day to the strong power of Love
    To the obedience of Angels, the faith of confessors, the preaching of Apostles, to the purity of simple souls.
    I give myself this day to the virtues of the starlit heavens, the brightness of the sun, the whiteness of the moon, the flashing of lightening, the restlessness of wind, the stability of earth, and the deepness of the sea.
    I give unto myself this day the power of God to lead me, His eye to watch over me, His hand to guide me, His Word to give me speech.
    Christ with me, Christ beside me,
    Christ behind me, Christ within me,
    Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me,
    Christ in lying down, Christ in sitting, Christ in rising up,
    Christ in the heart of every person who may think of me,
    Christ in the mouth of everyone who may speak of me,
    Christ in the eye of everyone who may look on me,
    Christ in the ear of everyone who may hear me.
    I give myself this day to the strong power of Love. Amen.

This document is part of The Global Library,
from the The Southern Province USA of the North American Old Catholic Church.

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