The Seven Day Bible Rosary - The Preparation

The first mystery of the Preparation

Mary consents to be the Mother of the Christ

God has a universal will for all of us which is contained in the Ten Commandments, the Great Commandment of Love, and the precepts and the moral teaching of the Church.

God also has a special will for each one of us. For Mary, God's special will was that she should be the Mother of the Messiah. Her acceptance is the model for every Christian.

We pray for the grace to accept God's special will for us.


Our Father
1. The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth.
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2. To a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary.
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3. And the angel said to her: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee."
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4. When she heard him, she was troubled at his word, and wondered what sort of greeting this might be.
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5. And the angel said to her: "Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.
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6. "Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
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7. "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and his kingdom shall have no end."
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8. Mary replied to the angel, "How can this be since I know not man?"
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9. The angel said to her: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you."
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10. And Mary said: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to your word."
Hail Mary
Glory be

The second mystery of the Preparation

Mary goes to help her cousin Elizabeth

Mary has just been given the greatest honor of the human race the Motherhood of the Messiah, the Motherhood of the God-Man. At the same time she is told about her cousin Elizabeth.

She does not expect to be waited upon because of the honor God has given her. Instead she promptly leaves home to help her older cousin.

It is noteworthy that in this first example of Christian service, help is extended to a member of Mary's own family. How peaceful will be the Christian family inspired by this spirit of being helpful to others.

We pray for the grace to be helpful to others.

Our Father
1. "Behold, your cousin Elizabeth has conceived a son in her old age;
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2. "She who was called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible with God."
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3. Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country to a town of Judah, and she entered the house of Zachary and greeted Elizabeth.
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4. When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, The babe leaped in her womb.
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5. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out with a loud voice -
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6. Saying: "Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
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7. "And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
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8. "The moment I heard your greeting, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.
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9. "Blessed is she who believed that the things promised her by the Lord would be fulfilled."
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10. And Mary said: "My soul shows forth the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior ,the babe leaped in her womb.
Hail Mary
Glory be

The third mystery of the Preparation

Jesus is born in Bethlehem

The angels announce the birth of the Saviour as good news of great joy." In taking on our human nature, God the Son poured himself out for us, and from this we learn that joy comes from the giving of self.

Another message of the angels is that joy comes from personal acceptance of Jesus as our saviour. The proud can never experience this joy, for they refuse to admit their need for salvation; or they pursue a futile chase for joy in pleasures and possessions.

We give thanks that the Son of God came to save us.

Our Father
1. Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem for the census, the time came for her delivery;
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2. And she gave birth to her first-born son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes;
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3. She laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
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4. There were shepherds in the same region,living 'in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks at night.
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5. And behold, an angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of God shone round about them, and they were very much afraid.
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6. The angel said to them: "Do not be afraid for! bring you good news of a great joy which is for all the people;
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7. "Today in the town of David there has been born to you a Saviour who is Christ the Lord;
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8. "And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."
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9. Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God,
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10. And saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will."
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Glory be

The fourth mystery of the Preparation

The Holy Family fulfills the law

It is common to be tempted to think that we are above the law. Almost anything suffices for this temptation-a bit of excellence in athletics, the arts, or education; personal Achievement, political office, recognition, or honors. These can feed the germ of false pride which can lead us to think we are above God's laws instead of giving humble thanks for whatever we have received.

Joseph and Mary knew that they were very special, unique in the history of mankind. Yet they did not think they were above the law.

We pray for an increase in religious obedience.

Our Father
1. When the time came for her purification according to the Law of Moses, they took Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.
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2. There was in Jerusalem a just and devout man named Simeon, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
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3. When the parents of the child Jesus brought Him into the temple, Simeon took Him into his arms and blessed God
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4. Saying: "Now you can let your servant go in peace, O Lord, according to your word, because r eyes have seen your salvation."
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5. And he said to Mary: "Behold, this child is destined to be a sign which is rejected, and your own soul a sword shall pierce."
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6. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem for the Passover as was the custom.
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7. After the feast was over and they were returning, the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.
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8. After three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening, asking them questions, and amazing them with his understanding.
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9. And He said to them: "Why did you look for me? Did you not know that must be about my Father's business?"
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10. And He went down with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them, and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
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Glory be

The fifth mystery of the Preparation

John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus

The last event in the divine preparation for the public ministry of Jesus was the preaching of John the Baptist. He was led by the Holy Spirit to preach the call to repentance as Jesus would also do. And for teaching marital faithfulness, he paid the price of martyrdom.

St. John the Baptist is the first adult martyr of the New Testament; he is the only one to die specifically for his witness to the marriage bond.

We pray for the gift of true repentance.

Our Father
I. John the Baptist was in the wilderness of Judea, preaching: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
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2. The people went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
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3. Then he saw many of the Pharisees and Saducees coming for baptism;
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4. He said to them: "Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
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5. "If you are repentant, bring forth the right kind of fruit."
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6. Herod seized John and bound him in prison because Herod had married Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.
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7. John had told Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
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8. Herodias wanted to kill John, but she could not because Herod feared John, knowing he was a just and holy man.
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9. But Herod said to the daughter of Herodias after tier dance: "Ask me for whatever you want, and I will grant it."
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10. She asked her mother, "What shall I ask for?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist."
Hail Mary
Glory be


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