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1) First Joyful Mystery - THE ANNUNCIATION (Humility and trustful obedience)
o The time for the Incarnation is at hand. It had all been planned and scheduled from before Creation.
o Of all women God chose and prepared Mary from conception to be Mother of the Incarnate Word.
o The Angel Gabriel announces: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee."
o Mary wonders at this. Humility does not allow her to think of herself as other than beneath notice.
o The Angel assures her: "Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son."
o Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity, but she trusts fully in God.
o The Angel answers that she will conceive by the Holy Spirit; her Son will be called Son of God.
o The Incarnation, and the Salvation of Man, awaits Mary's consent.
o Mary answers: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word."
o The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Salvation has come to live with men.

2) Second Joyful Mystery - THE VISITATION (Humility and love of neighbor)
o Charity prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.
o The journey to Elizabeth's home is about eighty miles, requiring four or five days.
o Though long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her the Incarnate Word.
o At Mary's salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified and leaps in his mother's womb.
o Elizabeth exclaims: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
o "How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
o "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."
o Mary: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joy in God my Savior."
o Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the Baptist.

3) Third Joyful Mystery - THE NATIVITY (Humility and poverty of spirit)
o Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus.
o The hour for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room for them in Bethleham.
o In the stillness of the night, our Savior is born in a cave, Mary remaining a Virgin.
o She wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.
o In unspeakable joy Mary gathers to her bosom the Flower of her virginity.
o Jesus enters the world in poverty to teach detachment from earthly wealth and pleasures.
o Angels tell the shepherds: "Today is born to you in the town of David a Savior, Christ the Lord."
o The angelic chorus sings: "Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth."
o The shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant Jesus.
o The Magi come from far away to adore the Holy Child and offer Him gifts.

4) Fourth Joyful Mystery - THE PRESENTATION (Humility and purity of mind and body)
o Observing the law, they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord thru circumcision.
o According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to the Lord.
o Mary offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.
o Jesus is not subject to the law of Moses; yet to teach obedience, He submits, and obeys the Laws.
o Mary is not subject to the law of purification, since she is without sin, yet in humility she submits.
o God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
o Recognizing the Child, he prays: "Now dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word."
o "This Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed."
o And, to Mary, Simeon reveals: "And your own soul a sword shall pierce."
o After they fulfill all the Law requires they return to Nazareth.

5) Fifth Joyful Mystery - FINDING JESUS IN THE TEMPLE (Humility and obedience)
o When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the Passover feast.
o After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without Jesus.
o At the end of the first day's journey they discover Jesus is missing.
o His parents return immediately looking for Him.
o This loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Mary and Joseph.
o On the third day they find Jesus in the Temple with the Doctors who were astonished at His wisdom.
o Mary: "Son, why have you done this to us? We have been searching for you in sorrow."
o Jesus: "Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"
o Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.
o Mary keeps all these things in her heart.

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