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Joy Mysteries of The Rosary.

by John Tobin
(Australia)

I believe the correct Mysteries of The Rosary to be prayed on Sundays between the first Sunday of Advent and the celebration of the Epiphany are the Joyful Mysteries.

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Rosary Mystery Days
by: The Rosary Team

Dear John Tobin,

Bl. Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Rosarium Virginis Mariae suggested the following schedule for praying the Holy Rosary...

...Joyful mysteries - Monday and Saturday

Luminous - Thursday

Sorrowful - Tuesday and Friday

Glorious - Wednesday and Sunday The exceptions being...

...Joyful - Sundays of Christmas season

Sorrowful - Sundays of Lent

We cannot find where all Sundays during Advent are Joyful. Do you have a source we could refer to?

For further study, part of the encyclical letter aforementioned is presented here:

"Distribution over time

38. The Rosary can be recited in full every day, and there are those who most laudably do so. In this way it fills with prayer the days of many a contemplative, or keeps company with the sick and the elderly who have abundant time at their disposal. Yet it is clear ? and this applies all the more if the new series of mysteria lucis is included ? that many people will not be able to recite more than a part of the Rosary, according to a certain weekly pattern. This weekly distribution has the effect of giving the different days of the week a certain spiritual ?colour?, by analogy with the way in which the Liturgy colours the different seasons of the liturgical year.

According to current practice, Monday and Thursday are dedicated to the ?joyful mysteries?, Tuesday and Friday to the ?sorrowful mysteries?, and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday to the ?glorious mysteries?. Where might the ?mysteries of light? be inserted? If we consider that the ?glorious mysteries? are said on both Saturday and Sunday, and that Saturday has always had a special Marian flavour, the second weekly meditation on the ?joyful mysteries?, mysteries in which Mary's presence is especially pronounced, could be moved to Saturday. Thursday would then be free for meditating on the ?mysteries of light?.

This indication is not intended to limit a rightful freedom in personal and community prayer, where account needs to be taken of spiritual and pastoral needs and of the occurrence of particular liturgical celebrations which might call for suitable adaptations. What is really important is that the Rosary should always be seen and experienced as a path of contemplation. In the Rosary, in a way similar to what takes place in the Liturgy, the Christian week, centred on Sunday, the day of Resurrection, becomes a journey through the mysteries of the life of Christ, and he is revealed in the lives of his disciples as the Lord of time and of history."

-Bl. Pope John Paul II Rosarium Virginis Mariae

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