The Joyful Mysteries     

The Annunciation     

Mary is troubled by the angel's greeting, yet rejoices to do God's will. Let us pray that those who are troubled by their pregnancy may have the grace to trust in God's will.

The Angel Gabriel came to Mary saying, "Rejoice, so highly favoured. The Lord is with you. Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus". Mary accepted God's plan, and was overjoyed to conceive the Son of God. Her womb became a holy tabernacle.

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:    

Mary, we pray that all mothers who are with child will respect their privilege as you did. We pray that the laws of nations and social attitudes will encourage and protect all expectant mothers. May they, too, proclaim, "I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let what you have said be done to me". Mary, you know that God alone gives the gift of life. Help all abortionists to realise that only he has the right to take life back.
 

The Visitation     

John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother's womb. We pray that people may realize that abortion is not about children who "might" come into the world, but is about children who are already in the world, living and growing in the womb, and are scheduled to be killed.

Mary had heard from Gabriel of Elizabeth's becoming pregnant, despite her advanced years. And so the holy Virgin went to stay with her. "Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb" exclaimed Elizabeth. The two holy women treasured the new lives growing within them.

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:

Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist, please pray to Jesus that our society will treasure every human life from conception till natural death.
 

The Nativity     

God Himself was born as a child. The greatness of a person does not depend on size, for the newborn King is very small. Let us pray for an end to prejudice against the tiny babies threatened by abortion.

Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem, in obedience to the command of Caesar Augustus. Mary's time had come, but only a stable was available for lodging. There was no room at the inn.

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:

Mary, in our day there are many expectant mothers with no proper place to have and raise their children. Society would rather they destroyed the child instead. Grant courage to those in such need, and teach our civil authorities to act humanely and responsibly.
 

The Presentation     

The Child is presented in the Temple because the Child belongs to God. Children are not the property of their parents, nor of the government. They - and we - belong to God Himself.

Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple, in obedience to the law of Moses. They presented the Child to God, his Father. Simeon rejoiced to see the light of the world, but spoke also of Jesus as a sign of contradiction, and foretold the sword of sorrow that would pierce Mary's heart.

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:

We pray that all babes be privileged to come to birth and then to baptism in their parish church. May all mothers praise and thank God for their children.
 

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple     

The boy Jesus was filled with wisdom, because He is God. Let us pray that all people may see the wisdom of His teachings about the dignity of life, and may understand that this teaching is not an opinion, but the truth.

On coming of age Jesus' first act is to be about his Father's business. His second is to submit himself to Mary and Joseph as an act of free and mature deliberation. His three days' absence from them foreshadows his absence in the tomb. Mary treasures all these things in her heart. Her Son has given her much to ponder.

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:

Jesus, teach all mothers to choose to be with their children and renounce the violent separation of abortion. Comfort those who suffer the separation of bereavement.

These prayers are taken from the Priests for Life prayers, and from the book Meditations on the Rosary by Cannon James Morrow