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The Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries are marked by the joy radiating from the event of the Incarnation.  To meditate upon the joyful mysteries is to enter into the ultimate causes and the deepest meaning of Christian joy. It is to focus on the realism of the mystery of the Incarnation and on the obscure foreshadowing of the mystery of the saving Passion. Mary leads us to discover the secret of Christian joy, reminding us that Christianity is, first and foremost, evangelization, "good news", which has as its heart and its whole content the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the one Savior of the world.   - Pope John Paul II 

1 posted on 02/26/2007 4:40:23 PM PST by Carolina
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The First Joyful Mystery:  The Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary

Annunciation by Fra Angelico

At the announcement that she would give birth to "the Son of the Most High" without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that "with God nothing will be impossible:" "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word." Thus, giving her consent to God's word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus. Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to serve the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God's grace.

Hail Mary...(ten times)
Glory be...
O, my Jesus...

2 posted on 02/26/2007 4:41:00 PM PST by Carolina
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