The Jesus Rosary

A modern take on an ancient devotion

The Jesus Rosary is a modern take on the ancient devotion of the Jesus Prayer, practiced for centuries by Eastern Orthodox Christians.

It also incorporates aspects of the traditional Catholic devotion of the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which became popular in the Middle Ages as a way to prayerfully meditate on the events in the life of Jesus. These events in the life of Jesus and his blessed mother Mary are commonly referred to as the “Mysteries” of the Rosary, traditionally grouped around the Joyful Mysteries commemorating his birth; the Sorrowful Mysteries contemplating his death; and the Glorious Mysteries celebrating his resurrection. In 2002, Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries, recalling the life and ministry of Jesus, the Light of the World.

(Throughout this devotion, when we refer to the “Mysteries,” we are speaking of those events in the life of the Lord Jesus that reveal his true identity as the only-begotten Son of God incarnate, the Eternal Word made flesh).

The Jesus Rosary also draws from Scripture and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer with readings and prayers that help to focus on each of the Mysteries. Thus the Jesus Rosary draws from Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant spirituality as a truly ecumenical pathway into the Mysteries of Jesus.

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