Meditating – This means that you are thinking about what was happening during these events of the Sacred Mysteries and even imagining you are there watching as they took place.
The Sacred Mysteries – What we mean when we say Sacred Mysteries is that as we pray the rosary we look at and meditate on the events in the story of Jesus’ life. And these events are called the Sacred Mysteries of the rosary.
There are four sets of these “sacred mysteries” and each set contains five events…each event focused on important part of the life of Christ. So you can think about it as though the Sacred Mysteries are like a set of four little books and each book has five chapters.
The four different sets of these stories, or mysteries, which tell the story of Jesus and Mary are:
The Joyful Mysteries which are about Jesus’ birth and his early life.
The Luminous Mysteries tell about Jesus’ ministry when He went out to the people to teach them about God.
The Sorrowful Mysteries teach us about the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross.
The Glorious Mysteries tell us about Jesus’ resurrection from death and the glorious life that awaits us in heaven.
And each of these Sacred Mysteries has five parts.