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Nativity of Jesus

The Nativity of Jesus of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Holy Night Nativity - Antonio da Correggio - 1522-1530

The Nativity of Jesus the third decade of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, one of the most powerful prayers given to us from above.  It covers the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, and the involvement of the shepherds in this event.

Scripture
Luke 2:1-20
The Nativity of Jesus

In those days it occurred that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole Roman empire should be registered.  This was the first enrollment, and it was made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

And all the people were going to be registered, each to his own city or town.
Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married) wife, who was about to become a mother.

And while they were there, the time came for her delivery, And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds in Their Fields

And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.  But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!  And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].

The Shepherds Visit Bethlehem

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing (saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.  So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. 

And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child, And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing and pondering them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.

Decade Prayers of the Nativity of Jesus
Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary

Repeat 10 Times

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be To The Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.  Amen.

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Guides

We have downloadable and printable Rosary guides available for your use also.  These are free for downloading and sharing.

Instruction

If you are using the liturgical form of the Rosary, read all of the scriptures.

If you are new to the Rosary, you can visit our page, How to Pray the Rosary to get an explanation of the structure of this powerful prayer.

Perform this prayer at the beginning of your day.  There is no time for it to have any effect if it is said after all of the day’s events are over. 

 

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