+ Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: The Nativity

+ Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: The Nativity

Begin with the Our Father.
Read each verse, then say the Hail Mary.
At the end, say the Glory Be.

Optionally, finish with the Fatima Prayer below.


1 Joseph went to Bethlehem to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was expecting a child.

2 While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son.

3 She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

4 In the nearby countryside there were shepherds living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock throughout the night.

5 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.

6 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for I bring you good news of great joy for all the people.”

7 “For this day in the city of David there has been born to you, a Savior who is Christ, the Lord.”

8 They set off in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

9 When they saw the child, they recounted the message that had been told them about him. All who heard it were amazed.

10 As for Mary, she treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

The Fatima Prayer: O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

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The Nativity / Sir Ninian Comper / 1897 / Downside Abbey, Somerset / Altarpiece

References: Luke 2:4-20

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