The first mystery is referred to as The Annunciation. This is when the angel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that she will be the mother of the Messiah and Our Lady agrees to co-operate with God's plan.
The second mystery is called The Visitation. This is when Blessed Mary, after agreeing to be the Mother of the Messiah, hurries down south to the home of her cousin, Elizabeth, who has become pregnant in her old age with a child who will be St. John the Baptist. As soon as Blessed Mary's greeting sounds in her cousin, Elizabeth's, ears, the baby in Elizabeth's womb leaps for joy and Elizabeth cries out "who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me". I love that story so much.
I am still undecided which one of these four drawings I will use to represent this mystery.
As I indicated above, I am pretty certain I will use the first example. The wording under the second drawing may be too small for you to read so I will tell you what it says: "This one and the following two are all possibilities. What do YOU think?"
Here Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple on the 8th day after his birth and make the required offering of two doves. The priest who receives the baby has been waiting for years for this moment as has an elderly widow named Anna. They both recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
This was when, at the age of 12, Jesus stays behind after the Passover celebrations in Jerusalem to discuss points of the law and the Scriptures with the teachers in the Temple. They are very impressed with his questions and comments, but his parents are frantic with worry until they finally find him on the third day.
So, if you have any comments to make about my selections, please feel free to do so. Otherwise, I will go with the first of the four Nativity scenes and will consider the 5 Joyful Mysteries to be complete.
I started this posting about 3:30 this afternoon and now, after many distractions, I am finally finishing it at 9:30! Some days are just that way. I think it must be time for me to get ready for bed.
Peace be with you all.