Season of Joy: Reflecting on the Joyful Mysteries


14 Nov 2018

Individuals and prayer groups will be able to explore the Joyful Mysteries this Advent, with a series of weekly reflections leading up to Christmas.

For more than 800 years, generations of God’s people have reached for the Rosary in times of trial and anxiety, seeking strength and solace in God. The rosary prepares us for living — offering a communal prayer that brings us together as Catholics.

The Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries are prayed as part of the Rosary — connecting this deep prayer with the Gospel stories of Christ. The Joyful Mysteries are particularly relevant to the Christmas season — featuring the stories of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), the Visitation (Luke 1:39-45), the Nativity (Luke 2:1-7), the Presentation (Luke 2:22-40) and the Finding in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52).

In the lead-up to Advent, Jesuit Communications has asked a number of people to reflect on one of these Joyful Mysteries. Their reflections will be published in a weekly series, accompanied by questions of reflection for use in communities and prayer groups.

Quick links to the weekly reflections

Week One – The Annunciation

Week Two – The Visitation

Week Three – The Nativity

Week Four – The Presentation

Week Five – The Finding of Jesus in the Temple


James O'Brien is an Editorial Assistant with Jesuit Communications.
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