The purpose of the rosary in the Roman Catholic Church is to commemorate certain events in the life of Jesus Christ, and to thank and praise God. There are a total of twenty Mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into four groups of Mysteries: Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious.
The Catholic rosary contains five decades, each one a reflection of one of the Mysteries within the Mystery group. Mystery groups are prayed on a certain day of the week or during a particular time of the year.
Following are the Glorious Mysteries, which are prayed on Wednesdays, on Sundays, and during the Easter season.
1st Glorious Mystery – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The risen Jesus has proved that man, together with Him, can have power over sin and therefore death. Jesus, help raise us, deliver us from sin, from evil, give us Your light, give us Your joy. Rekindle inside us the love, the faith, the hopefulness, and the gift of prayer. Let us ask Mary for the gift of an unshakeable faith.
2nd Glorious Mystery – The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
Jesus, You have not deserted Your apostles in anguish, but have given them the joy of knowing Jesus “glorified” over 40 days . After Your Ascension, You granted to all those who seek You the gift of recieving You in the Eucharist. Through Mary we trust in you. Mary, give us the gift of hope.
3rd Glorious Mystery – The Descent of the Holy Ghost
Jesus, inffuse us with the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, enlighten us with the light of Your Spirit, with His strength enter in the deepest parts of our hearts and heal us. Deliver us, fill up our hearts with Your love. Make us apostles of Yours, dear Lord. Let us ask Mary the gift of true love, the gift of prayer from the heart.
“Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved Spouse.”
4th Glorious Mystery – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
Now that Mary is raised into heaven, She prays for Her sons and daughters, those sons and daughters Jesus left Her when He was on the cross. Mary, pray for us, You know our fears, take us into Your Heart, the Heart of a Mother. Help us now and in the time of our death to be with You in Heaven. We ask of you a devotion to Your Immaculate Heart, where we may take refuge in times of trouble.
5th Glorious Mystery – The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth
Let us trust in Mary, Let us call to Her, let us love Her, let us confide in Her, because She gives Her all to us. We have a Mother in Heaven who is also a Queen; thus we need to turn to Her with full faith and hopefulness. If we ask for something while praying the Holy Rosary, it will be granted to us. Ask Her for the gift of prayer, a prayer of the heart, said only for love, a love for Her and Jesus. Let us also ask for a consistency of prayer, to always be joined to Her Heart, and therefore to the Heart of Jesus.