The Joyful Mysteries

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The Annunciation

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Virtue: Love of God

OUR FATHER…

1. Long ago, in the tiny town of Nazareth, God sent an angel to a girl named Mary. HAIL MARY…

2. The angel Gabriel told Mary that God wanted her to be the mother of His Son. HAIL MARY…

3. Mary knew that God is a loving Father, so she trusted in His love for her. HAIL MARY…

4. Mary said yes to God’s will. HAIL MARY…

5. God is our Father too, and He loves us very much. HAIL MARY…

6. God made us in His image, which gives us great dignity. HAIL MARY…

8. Our body and soul work together so we can think, choose, and love. HAIL MARY…

9. God, our loving Father, thank you for the gift of life and for creating us in your image. HAIL MARY…

10. God, our loving Father, please help us to always be respectful of ourselves and one another. HAIL MARY…

GLORY BE, FATIMA PRAYER (OH MY JESUS)…

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The Visitation

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VIRTUE: LOVE OF NEIGHBOR

OUR FATHER…

1. The angel told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby. HAIL MARY…

2. Mary thought about how Elizabeth would need help, since she was very old. HAIL MARY…

3. Mary went quickly to help Elizabeth. HAIL MARY…

4. Mary showed her love for Elizabeth by making a gift of herself and caring for her cousin’s needs. HAIL MARY…

5. The help that Mary offered was very pleasing to God and brought joy to both Mary and Elizabeth. HAIL MARY…

6. God gives us many opportunities throughout the day to follow Mary’s example. HAIL MARY…

7. God wants us to make a gift of ourselves and show our love for others through kind words and thoughtful deeds. HAIL MARY…

8. Each one of us is a gift, and God wants us to share that gift. HAIL MARY…

9. God, our loving Father, thank you for giving us our family and friends so we can love and help one another. HAIL MARY…

10. God, our loving Father, please help us to love like you love. HAIL MARY…

GLORY BE, FATIMA PRAYER (OH MY JESUS)…

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The Nativity

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VIRTUE: HUMILITY

OUR FATHER…

1. God wanted us to know how much He loves us, so He sent Jesus to us. HAIL MARY…

2. God made Himself visible by coming into this world as a baby. HAIL MARY…

3. Mary gave birth to the baby Jesus not in a castle but in a lowly manger. HAIL MARY…

4. God made Himself small to make it easier for us to understand Him, welcome Him, and love Him. HAIL MARY…

5. God took on human nature to show us the dignity of all people and our place above the rest of creation. HAIL MARY…

6. Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds experienced God’s love by seeing, hearing, touching, and kissing Jesus. HAIL MARY…

7. God gave us our senses so that we could experience His love in many ways. HAIL MARY…

8. We worship and praise God with our senses at Mass; we smell incense, hear prayers, taste the Eucharist, touch the holy water, and see the priest and all the people. HAIL MARY…

9. God, our loving Father, thank you for sending us the little baby Jesus so that we could know your love for us. HAIL MARY…

10. God, our loving Father, please deepen our desire to spend time with you so we can come to know you and all you have planned for us. HAIL MARY…

GLORY BE, FATIMA PRAYER (OH MY JESUS)…

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The Presentation

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VIRTUE: SHARING JESUS WITH OTHERS

OUR FATHER…

1. Forty days after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple to offer Him to God. HAIL MARY…

2. In the Temple, they met a man named Simeon and a woman named Anna. HAIL MARY…

3. Simeon knew that Jesus was sent by the Father as our Savior; he took Jesus into his arms and thanked God. HAIL MARY…

4. Anna told people about Jesus and thanked God for sending us a savior. HAIL MARY…

5. Just as Mary and Joseph brought the gift of Jesus to others, we are meant to bring Jesus to others. HAIL MARY…

6. Before we can bring Jesus to others, we have to open our hearts to receive Him ourselves. HAIL MARY…

7. God doesn’t want us to be alone, so He gives us family, friends, and the Church. HAIL MARY…

8. We call the Church “Our Mother,” and we are brothers and sisters in her. HAIL MARY…

9. God, our loving Father, thank you for giving us family, friends, and the Church. HAIL MARY…

10. God, our loving Father, please help us to love Jesus and to bring Him to others. HAIL MARY…

GLORY BE, FATIMA PRAYER (OH MY JESUS)…

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The Finding in the Temple

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VIRTUE: HOPE

OUR FATHER…

1. When Jesus was twelve, He traveled with Mary and Joseph to Jerusalem. HAIL MARY…

3. After searching for Jesus for three days, Mary and Joseph found Him in the Temple praying and asking questions of the teachers. HAIL MARY…

4. Jesus was doing the work that His Father in Heaven sent Him to do. HAIL MARY…

5. God entrusted Jesus with a mighty mission. HAIL MARY…

6. Jesus’ mission was to help us get to Heaven by teaching us how to love God and our neighbor. HAIL MARY…

7. Jesus is with us every day to help us act like He did. HAIL MARY…

8. Jesus wants all of us to be happy with Him now and forever in Heaven. HAIL MARY…

9. God, our loving Father, thank you for the mission you gave to Jesus. HAIL MARY…

10. God, our loving Father, please help us to do what Jesus teaches us to do through His words and example. HAIL MARY…

GLORY BE, FATIMA PRAYER (OH MY JESUS)…

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These reflections are from On a Mission to Love: Rosary Meditations for Children and Families ©2018

Artwork by Bradi Barth. Used with permission from “Herbronnen vzw“, the sole owner of the copyright for the paintings of Bradi Barth. Not to be reproduced.

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