The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary is essentially a contemplative prayer, which requires “tranquility of rhythm or even a mental lingering which encourages the faithful to meditate on the mysteries.”
The Mysteries of the Rosary are:
- The Joyful Mysteries
- Jesus with the Doctors
- The Sorrowful Mysteries
- Agony in the Garden
- Scourging at the Pillar
- Crowning with Thorns
- Carrying the Cross
- The Glorious Mysteries
- Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles and Our Lady
- Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven
- The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and the glory of all the Saints
Traditionally, a pious custom assigns the different parts of the Rosary to different days of the week.
The Joyful Mysteries are honoured on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the year, and on all Sundays from the First of Advent to the first of Lent.
The Sorrowful Mysteries are honoured on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year, and on Sundays of Lent.
The Glorious Mysteries are honoured on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, and on all Sundays from Easter to Advent.