The Rosary & The Bible

When we Pray the Rosary, we Catholic Christians are reflecting upon Sacred Scripture (The Word of God’s Love).

The Joyful Mysteries:

  1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)
    Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
  2. The Visitation (Luke 1:39-56)
    Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
  3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20)
    Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
  4. The Presentation (Luke 2:22-40)
    Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)
    Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.

The Mysteries of Light:

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan (Matt 3:1-17; John 1:19-49; Luke 4:1-2)
    God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1-11)
    At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
    Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom. (Matt 4:17; John 2:1-11; Matt 5:3)
  4. The Transfiguration of Jesus (Luke 9:28-31; Matt 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-9)
    Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Luke 22:14-20; Mark 14:22-26; John 6:51-56)
    Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.

The Sorrowful Mysteries:

  1. The Agony in the Garden (Matt 26:36-41; Luke 22:39-53)
    Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar (John 19:1; Is. 53:5)
    Jesus is lashed with whips.
  3. The Crowning with Thorns (Mark 15:17-20)
    Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
  4. The Carrying of the Cross (Mark 15:20-22)
    Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
  5. The Crucifixion (John 19:18-30)
    Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.

The Glorious Mysteries:

  1. The Resurrection (John 20:1-29)
    God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.
  2. The Ascension (Acts 1:6-12)
    Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.
  3. The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13)
    The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples.
  4. The Assumption of Mary (Rev. 12:1-2)
    At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.
  5. The Coronation of Mary (Rev. 12:1-2, 5)
    Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

The Our Father (Matthew 6:9-13)

“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. (Luke 1:28) Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb [Jesus!]” (Luke 1:42)

The angelic psalter. We pray to see the events through the eyes of the Virgin Mary, completely full of grace. And to see the Resurrection at each Mass when the Host is raised.

My somewhat old New American Bible, in Rev. 12:12, says, quoting “a loud voice in heaven”:
So rejoice, you heavens,
and you that dwell therein!
But woe to you, earth and sea,
For the devil has come down upon you!
His fury knows no limits,
for he knows his time is short.

I don’t see the connection with the Assumption. Would you please explain?

Yeah, that doesn’t make sense. It should be 12:1-2 (where it describes her as clothed with the sun and crowned with 12 stars). Thank you for catching that : )

Here is a deeper explanation from Dr. Scott Hahn’s Apostolate. And here is an even better explanation that I like even better.

These words were probably spoken by an angel. And the Virgin Mary is the Queen of the angels. She will defeat the dragon.

Reason to choose a dedicate time just to pray it is very important. Evoiding any distraction.