Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: We pray this rosary with the intentions for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. And may our local community be open to supporting those who the Lord is calling. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
All: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Leader: for the virtues of faith, hope and charity.
Pray One Our Father, three Hail Marys and one Glory be.
For each mystery, pray one Our Father, ten Hail Marys and one Glory be.
The Joyful Mysteries
The annunciation: Each vocation has a call and a response. Mary was not expecting the Angel Gabriel to appear to her nor was she expecting the angel to ask her to be the mother of our Lord. Without delay and without excuse, she accepted the message of the angel and said “yes.” As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray we have the courage to respond, without delay, to our vocation.
The visitation: Mary finds her vocation early in life; Elizabeth later. What is important is both find their vocation and respond to the Lord with great joy. Joy in finding one’s vocation and place in God’s plan is illustrated in this mystery when Elizabeth greets Mary, when John leaps in Elizabeth’s womb and when Mary sings her song of praise. As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray that we receive the grace to seek God’s plan in our lives so we may have that same joy.
The nativity: Faithfully embracing our vocation can be difficult. Neither Joseph nor Mary totally understood what was asked of them, yet they endured the hardship of traveling across desert at an 8 month pregnancy, giving birth in a stable, having strangers come in the middle of the night to embrace the baby, and leaving in a hurry so the child does not get murdered. Yet through all of this, Joseph lead his family with great courage. All these are signs that embracing our vocation can be difficult. As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray for those who struggle with the difficulties of their vocation that they may be given the same courage and fortitude given to Joseph.
The presentation in the temple: Simeon lived his vocation so faithfully and thoughtfully that the Holy Spirit promised him he would not die until he saw the Messiah. Simeon’s award is what awaits all of us who live out our vocation; to see God and be eternally happy with him in heaven. As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray that we have the obedience to follow the will of God in our lives so we may reach our ultimate reward, eternal life in heaven with God.
The finding in the temple: Vocation demands action. Even though it caused his mother and Joseph to worry, Jesus wasted no time being about the will of his father in heaven. Without acting on it, no vocation can be fulfilled. As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray for the strength to act in cooperation with God’s plan for us.
The Luminous Mysteries
The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan: At Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove lands on Jesus’ shoulder and the voice of the Father is heard saying, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” Jesus shows us that at our baptism, we receive the graces and blessings necessary to live out the vocation the Father gives us at our baptism. As we meditate on this mystery, let us be mindful the graces we received at our baptism is for us to find and live out our vocation God has chosen for us.
The wedding at Cana: Jesus performs his first miracle through the prompting of one he loves, his mother. Jesus begins by telling his mother his time has not yet come; Mary says to the servants words that we should live by, “Do whatever He tells you.” Once in a while, we all need to be challenged from ones we love to help us grow. As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray for the grace to be challenged and encouraged by others to follow the path the Lord has for us.
The proclamation of the kingdom of God: “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” This is an often heard expression of Jesus Christ. Our words and actions of living for Jesus are pointless if we do not first repent of our own sinfulness. As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray asking the Lord to give us the courage to repent of our sins in the sacrament of reconciliation so we can more worthily proclaim, “the kingdom of God is at hand.”
The Transfiguration: At Mount Tabor, Peter, James, and John witnessed Jesus in all his glory and the Father say, “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Peter was moved to want to stay, but it was necessary for them to leave so they could go on and live their vocation for which they were called. The transfiguration is a foretaste of what will come when we live out our vocation, life with God in heaven. As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray that we have the desire to live a life of holiness doing what the Father asks of us so we too may be with him in glory on the last day.
The institution of the Eucharist: Through the celebration of the Eucharist, Jesus gives himself totally over to us: body, blood, soul and divinity. When we receive him in the Eucharist, unimaginable graces are given to us to do His work, to sustain us and to bring us to eternal life. As we meditate on this mystery, let us pray for an increase in love for the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and for the ability to recognize the call we received at our baptism.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The agony in the garden: Knowing what was about to happen, Jesus asked his closest friends to join him in prayer. His friends were unable to stay awake. So, Jesus finds himself alone with His Father. Sometimes while following our vocations, we may find ourselves alone with the Father. It is in these prayer times we must be honest with the Lord about our fears, doubts, and troubles. In prayer, the Father will strengthen us and fortify us with the graces needed to accomplish what lie ahead. As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask the Lord for the ability to continue to turn to him when the journey gets difficult.
The scourging at the pillar: This was an unnecessary act given to Jesus by Pontius Pilate. If we live out our vocation faithfully, we will suffer acts of persecution and be treated unfairly. As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask the Lord that when we face these difficult trials we may deal with them in patience and humility. Let us unite our sufferings to the Lord for “by his stripes, we are healed.”
The crowning with thorns: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness.” When we are working for the Lord and the work is belittled, mocked or criticized, it is the Lord himself, through our suffering who is crowned with thorns. As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask ourselves, “Are we greater than he that we should be spared the same trials?”
Jesus carries his cross: Living out God’s plan for us, our vocation, is not always easy. Jesus’ cross is a torment and a necessary tool for salvation. Jesus tells each of us, take up your cross and follow me. What are we waiting for? As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask for the resolve to pick up our cross and walk the road to Calvary and to our salvation.
The crucifixion: Jesus loved us so much that he laid down his life for us so that we might have life to the fullest. He restored our relationship to the Father. When we try to live out our vocation, we must take everything in ourselves that gets in the way of our relationship with the Father and nail it to the cross, no matter how painful that might be. As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask the Lord for courage to honestly examine our lives and nail those things that do not belong to the cross so that we might have everlasting life.
The Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection: The Lord is Risen! This statement is true and central to every Christian vocation. But it can only be realized once we have journeyed through Good Friday and experienced the sufferings of the Lord with the Lord. In rising from the dead, the Lord showed us that perseverance and faithfulness to our vocation brings us to eternal life. As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask God for the gift of faithfulness so with our very lives we can cry out, “The Lord is risen!”
The Ascension: Forty days after his resurrection the Lord ascended to heaven promising to be with his disciples always. The 11 apostles, Mary, and the other disciples went about the task of praying. As we meditate on this mystery, let us be thankful of the great graces that are bestowed upon us when we pray.
The descent of the Holy Spirit: As Mary and the Apostles are praying in the Upper Room, a gust of wind swirls around the room. Tongues of fire descend upon their heads anointing them with the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that empowered the Apostles is given to us at our Baptism and Confirmation. We not only receive our vocation from the Lord, but the Holy Spirit fills us with the gifts we need to live out that vocation. As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask the Lord to renew us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit so we may proclaim the Word of God as we are called.
The assumption of Mary: The belief that our Mother at the end of her life was taken body and soul into heaven should affect the way we live out our vocation. By giving us a public sign that she shares in the fruits of her Son’s suffering, death and resurrection, God promises and shows that, by imitating her virtue, we too shall share her reward. As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask God to make us more like Mary, with our eyes fixed on her son Jesus.
The coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: When God crowned Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth, He created in her a strong intercessor for our prayers. Rewarded for her fidelity and love she is both a model and help for us. As we meditate on this mystery, let us ask her intercession that she ask her Son to more clearly show us our vocation and to strengthen those who are already living out their vocation.
To Conclude the rosary after the fifth decade:
All: Hail Holy Queen…
Leader: Pray for us o Holy Mother of God
All: that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Leader: Let us pray,
All: O God, whose only begotten Son, by His death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life. Grant, we beseech thee, that by meditating on these mysteries of the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.