The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary

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macarthurWhen I was growing up, my mother and I would say the rosary every day together. Before each decade, she would announce the mystery and the fruit, or virtue, associated with it.

 I have continued the practice of saying the rosary in my adult life. Indeed, it is one of my favorite devotions and can’t imagine life without it. I do remember all the mysteries of the original Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious sets of five decades. It took me a while, but I even managed to memorize the Luminous Mysteries established by Pope John Paul II. My memory had long since forgotten the fruits of the mysteries, however. In talking to some friends recently, we realized we were all in the same boat. No one knew the fruits of the mysteries of the rosary – only that there were some! To rectify that ignorance, here are the mysteries of the rosary and their corresponding fruits along with a brief reflection on each one. They offer yet one more good reason to say the rosary.

The Joyful Mysteries1. The Annunciation – Humility

It is appropriate to begin the rosary with the virtue of humility. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly acknowledge that ‘we do not know how to pray as we ought,’ are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. ‘Man is a beggar before God.’ ” (CCC 2559)

2. The Visitation – Love of Neighbor

Mary hastened to her cousin’s Elizabeth’s house to help her in her time of need. In what ways can we be of service to our own neighbor’s today, whether we find that neighbor in our own home, in our community, at work, or on the internet?

3. The Nativity of the Lord – Poverty of Spirit, Detachment from the Things of the World

We live in a very consumerist culture. This mystery invites us to detach ourselves from our many possessions. What do we truly need and what is excess? What can we share with others?

4. Presentation – Obedience

Mary and Joseph humbly brought Jesus to the temple in accord with Jewish law. Obedience to God and to others can be very difficult, but offers us the opportunity to subjugate our own will to that of our heavenly Father. Not my will, but God’s will be done.

5. Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple – Piety

Piety is dedication to the Church’s sacramental life and devotions. Mary and Joseph were surprised to find Jesus in the temple. We, too, should be dedicated to our Church and the sacraments.

The Luminous Mysteries

1.The Baptism of Jesus – Openness to the Holy Spirit

We each receive the Holy Spirit in a special way in Baptism and again at Confirmation. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. We need only ask the Holy Spirit for help and help will be provided.

2. The Miracle at Cana – To Jesus through Mary

Mary encouraged her Son to perform his first miracle at the Wedding at Cana. She simply told the servants to “do whatever he tells you.” She helps us in a similar way – always pointing us to her Son and interceding on our behalf. We need only to turn to her and ask for help.

3. Proclamation of the Kingdom of God – Repentance, Trust in God

Jesus spent the active years of his ministry preaching and performing miracles to proclaim the Kingdom of God. He asks us to express sorrow from our sin, turn away from sin, and trust in God.

4. Transfiguration – Desire for Holiness

Jesus gave three of his closest friends a glimpse of His glory at the Transfiguration. We, too, are called to holiness, and to ultimately live in glory in heaven. But, we need to want it and we need to want it more than what the world and the devil attempts to offer us.

5. Institution of the Eucharist – Eucharistic Adoration, Active Participation at Mass

Jesus gave us the greatest gift in the Eucharist. He gave us His very self. This mystery invites us to appreciate that gift fully and to participate at Mass often

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony in the Garden – Contrition, Conformity to the Will of God

Jesus, both fully human and fully divine, suffered immensely in the garden. He knew what was coming and he was terrified. He begged His Father to spare him, but submitted Himself fully to His will. We, too, are called to do this.

2. Scourging at the Pillar – Purity, Mortification

Mortification isn’t popular these days, but making small sacrifices and offering them up can be a great help to one’s spiritual life. There is an opportunity every day to sacrifice and to suffer in some small way.

3. Crowning with Thorns – Moral Courage

Jesus remained resolute even as he was being made fun of. Do we have the courage to stand up for our convictions even when we are being laughed at? Whose opinion matters more – God’s or those who surround us?

4. Carrying of the Cross – Patience

Patience is something we all seem to have difficulty with. Jesus patiently carried his cross through the streets of Jerusalem on the way to his Crucifixion. We can look to him for help when we are tempted to lose our patience.

5. Crucifixion – Salvation, Self-Denial

Jesus gave up everything for us on the cross. His took on the sins of the world, past, present, and future, and died for our salvation. We need to be so thankful for that gift. At the same time, when we are asked to die to ourselves and put others first, we can look to the cross for the example of total self-giving.

The Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection – Faith

It takes great faith to believe that Jesus rose from the dead and that we, too, shall rise. As Jesus told his apostles, “Blessed are that who have not seen, and yet believe.” This mystery offers us help in maintaining that faith. “Lord, I believe. Please help my unbelief!”

2. The Ascension – Hope, Desire for Heaven

We hope for a world that is better than this one. We desire to live forever with Jesus in heaven. May that hope help shape our lives here on Earth.

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom, Love of God

The disciples were scared. They huddled together in that upper room not sure of what to do. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon them and they were ready to go out and give their very lives in service to God. May the Holy Spirit also grant us that wisdom and love of God.

4. The Assumption of Mary – Devotion to Mary

We believe that Mary was brought up to heaven body and soul. We are devoted to her because of her relationship to her Son and because God saw fit to raise her up. “Blessed are you among women and Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”

5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Eternal Happiness

We believe that Mary is the Queen of Heaven, enjoying forever her rightful place next to her Son. May we one day share in her happiness.

Copyright 2009 Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

 

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19 Comments

  1. Bless you Patrice. You are probably one of the last truly Catholic folks left in the once great state of Massachusetts.

  2. I love the meditations on each mystery, I will try using this as it makes the rosary all the more meaningful.

    Thank you and God Bless you.

  3. Thank you for the blessings you are passing on. There are so many people that don’t understand the rosary and are missing out on the real reason they say the rosary.
    Keep up Our Lady’s work. I bet you have been to Medjugorie?
    A servant of Jesus and Mary
    Susan

  4. As a rosary maker who has made 23,000 +rosaries,I enjoyed this article immensely….I am 65 and have said the rosary EVERYDAY of my life except two….and they were both emergencies. I still have the rosary my grandmother gave to me when I was five and beads are sooo small but I still pray it….Thank you for the blessings of this article….I also collect rosaries and have them from Lourdes,Fatima,Pontmain,San Rosario,Guadalupe,Banneux and Beauraing and am trying to find one from Octolan and Betania…. Again,thank you for a beautiful article.

  5. People are tuning in and reading your site – why not go the full way and now use it rally the faithfull and start Rosary groups and processions – The power of the Rosary is well documented – Let start using the technology as a good thing and spread the Word – Our Holy Mother wants all Her children with Her in Heaven the Key is the Rosary – God bless Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

    Keep The Faith Now lets spread the Faith and bring peace through the power of the Most Holy Rosary to Our Poor Planet

  6. Good food for thought and reflection. There are many Medjugorje followers out there, and this is good, However, I feel it is probably much more pertinent to follow the canonically-approved (Archbishop Paul Leibold, Archbishop Raymond Burke) Our Lady of America and the events taking place right here in the middle of these United States in ROME CITY, IN.

    Our Lady has asked for the regular praying of the rosary at this place of her apparitions and messages. It is a very moving rosary and Our Lady has repeatedly shown some of those who visit very special visions that have been captured on film and video.

    Please respond to Our Lady of America’s plea for purity in our lives. I believe this is actually a matter of our nation’s security. Our Lady promised miracles greater than Fatima if only we would do as she asks. Are we so indifferent to Her pleadings that we would not honor Her with something so appropriate?

    Before running off to Medjugorje, please consider learning all you can about this approved devotion right here on our own soil. Go to http://www.oltiv.org or http://www.ourladyofamerica.org and follow the bishops to the truth. Then, do yourself the biggest favor you can and visit this special site in Rome City, Indiana and pray in the chapels where Our Lady appeared several times in 1956 to Sister Mary Ephrem (Neuzil).

  7. This is so very helpful! 🙂 Thank you Patrice. May God Bless you Mightily for bringing people closer to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!! Amen.

  8. Hi Patrice,
    Great meditations for the Rosary!! I’M so glad that you’re spotlighting this powerful devotion. Our Lady and Our Savior have great designs for you.
    PEACE TO YOU!!

  9. According to “The Most Holy Rosary” writtin by Father Eugene Grimm, C.SS.R. in 1887, and confirmed in “Rosary Novens to Our Lady” by Charles Lacy 1925 the mysteries of the Rosary and their fruits are as follows?
    Annunciation Humility
    Visitation Charity
    Nativity Detachment from the world
    Presentation Purity
    Finding in the temple Obedience to the will of God

    The Agony Resignation to the will of God
    The Scourging Mortification
    The Crowning Humility
    Carrying the Cross Patience in adversity
    The Crucifixtion Love of our enemies

    The Resurrection Faith
    The Ascension Hope
    Descent of the Holy Ghost Charity
    The Assumption of Mary Union with Christ
    Coronation of Mary Union with Mary

    You will note Humility and Charity, the two greatest virtues are repeated twice.
    As Our Blessed Mother has yet to appear and approve any other mysteries, I
    have no source for virtues attached to JPII’s additional 5 decades.
    Hope this helps.

  10. I am so pleased that this article has touched so many people. Thank you for your comments and please feel free to share this article in any venue that you think might help people.

    Here is the link for where I got my list of the fruits of the mysteries: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=8331. I am familiar with “Rosary Novenas to Our Lady” by Charles Lacy and certainly his list can be used, I think that simply educating more people about these fruits is a wonderful thing!

    Thank you to all of you!

    Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

  11. connie oswald on

    When I was growing up ( I’m 63) my Dad made up a mnemonic for us to remember the virtues associated with the mysteries..Joyful was ” Humility changes Dad’s parental obligations.” Humility, charity,detachment, purity, and obedience.
    the sorrowful mysteries was ‘Real men have pure lives.”..Resignation, Mortification,Humility, patience, and love of our enemies. The Glorious mysteries were fairly easy so he didn’t do one for them.
    He also made up one for the 13 fruits of the Holy spirit…something like ” Charlie just put peanuts behind Grandma’s couch.Mother finally made Charlie clean-up…charity, justice, peace, patience, benignity( yes!), and , honestly, after all these years I’ve forgotten.

  12. Grace Fernandes on

    I was often trying to find the meaning of rosary, though i used to offer each decade for various different intentions for the sick, prisoners, drug addicts, alcoholics, youth, christian unity, pregnant mothers for safe delivery, barren wombs to be blessed with children, unborn protection, priests, purity, souls in purgatory….etc. I was trying to understand the rosary and today, i am sooooooooooo thankful, i now really know the true meaning of rosary and why it is soooooo important to say the 15 decades and now the luminous rosaries. I will now with love say the rosary and ask for the fruits to live a true christian life and also will distribute it to several people. god bless and keep the work love of god…humility and love of neighbour. this is the true meaning i found in the rosary today.

  13. Michelle Gallo on

    Thank you for informing me of these beautiful “fruits” of the Rosary. They will make my daily Rosary even more powerful and fulfilling! God bless you!

  14. Thanks for a great piece. And by the way, I don’t know if you noticed it, care, or can do anything about it, but the Google Ad on this is pushing an anti-Catholic website (the “New Church”).

  15. Thanks, Patrice, for the Luminous mystery “fruits”. I knew the others but not these. Now I can feel more complete saying the Rosary.

  16. Susan, Nairobi Kenya on

    Patrice,
    Reading about the mysteries of the rosary just makes my heart warm and feels me with a lot of love. Thanks for keeping our Mother’s candle lighting. She is truly a mother to all her children allover the world. A rosary devotion is the sweetest thing any Roman Catholic can ever do, even if it is just once in a year. Lets start a Rosary Group on the net and lets pray the rosary together. I am sure the angels in heaven will definitely join our group. Holy Mary Mother of God, Pray for us.

  17. I got your message from the Spirit Daily. Thank you for giving my heart the spirit of humility & charity. Keep up the good works.

    God bless your heart.
    Linda

  18. I wholeheartedly agree with Rosalyn. I am one of the pilgrims to Rome City Indiana who experienced the strong smell of roses as well as the Miracle of the Sun (spinning and pulsating without harm to the naked eye) after praying the Friday Night Rosary (15 decades plus the Divine Mercy Chaplet). Not only I, but all 5 of my companions witnessed the same phenomena and the pictures taken at the time displayed miraculous images not visible to the naked eye. The rosary has been prayed every Friday night in Rome City since 2000.Through the intercession of Our Lady of America my health has improved immensely and is noticeable to all my acquaintances. I have been making rosaries after visiting and being “inspired” to do so. Our Lady asks for a return to purity, which will help America lead the world to peace. I also believe the messages are so important in light of the lack of respect for life and the proliferation of abortion. If you ever get the chance to visit Rome City you will not be disappointed or leave without some “gift” from Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. “By Thy Holy and Immaculate Conception O Mary, deliver us from evil.” Please visit oltiv.org

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