Fr John invites you to pray the Rosary with him each day during the month of May, recorded in the Lady Chapel at St Stephen’s Church.

In his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, written in October 2002 to mark the beginning of his Silver Jubilee year as Pontiff, Pope St John Paul II introduced the Mysteries of Light: The Luminous Mysteries and suggested a weekly pattern indicating:

“Thursday would then be free for meditating on the “mysteries of light”. This indication is not intended to limit a rightful freedom in personal and community prayer, where account needs to be taken of spiritual and pastoral needs and of the occurrence of particular liturgical celebrations which might call for suitable adaptations. What is really important is that the Rosary should always be seen and experienced as a path of contemplation.”

That freedom being given I have suggested that we follow the mysteries of Jesus’ life death and resurrection through the Rosary prayer and meditation in this month of May chronologically:

Monday: The Joyful Mysteries

Tuesday: The Luminous Mysteries

Wednesday: The Sorrowful Mysteries

Thursday: The Glorious Mysteries

Friday: The Sorrowful Mysteries (because it was on a Friday Jesus died for us)

Saturday: The Glorious Mysteries (because it is Eastertide)

Sunday: The Glorious Mysteries – because it is the Lord’s day, the weekly anniversary of the Lord’s Resurrection.


The Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary


The Luminous Mysteries

The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

Wednesday & Friday

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

The Glorious Mysteries

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary