is the mystery of the faith! This mystery, then, requires that the faithful
believe in it, celebrate it, and live from it in a vital and personal
relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer” (cf.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2558 emphasis mine).
in the car, waiting in line, when we are by ourselves or with others, or as a
family. You can pray it in the chapel, before you get up in the morning, or before you go to sleep. You can pray it while exercising — praying two sets of rosaries, which consists in contemplating 10 mysteries of our Lord’s Jesus life — will make for about a 40 minute walk. Correspondingly, praying one set of mysteries — 5 events of Jesus’ events would be about a 20 minute walk, etc. If prayer is “a surge of the heart … a simple look turned
toward heaven” as St. Therese of Lisieux said, then it is prayer to look at
beautiful artwork and praise God for the beauty He inspired. Reading only one
word or line of Scripture is sometimes all that is needed to make our “hearts burn within us” (cf. Lk 24:32). So, if we can’t find a twenty minute chunk of time to pray one rosary — we can always find time to pray one word or line or contemplate one mystery — which will only take a few seconds to a few minutes.
rosary consists in praying four sets of mysteries:
mysteries recall Jesus’ incarnation, birth and childhood; the Luminous recall Jesus’ public
Jesus’ passion and death, and the
speak of Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension, the birth of the Church and Mary
being raised to heaven.
mysteries includes five events which signify that part of Jesus’ life. Then, each event is meditated on while
praying 10 Hail Marys; thus it is often spoken of as a decade.
God! Yet, prayer, as we all know,
doesn’t always feel good and we don’t always experience God’s presence —
sometimes our prayers just seem dry and lifeless. Yet, persevering in prayer even when we don’t
feel God’s presence is perhaps the most beautiful prayer, for then we are
choosing to pray for God alone, and not for the gifts and graces of consolation
that he bestows on us.
Holy Spirit inspires you – whether it is one prayer, one mystery, one decade,
one set of mysteries —or all four sets of mysteries.
body, recalling the great things God has done for us!
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is with you.’
this greeting could mean. The angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favor. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him
Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High.’
power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age,
herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her
six month for nothing is impossible to God.’
said be done to me.’
left her (cf. Luke 1: 26-38, The Jerusalem Bible).
arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she
entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth
heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was
filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are
you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed God’s word to you would be
fulfilled.’” (cf. Lk 1: 39-45).
3. The Birth
of Jesus –
good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has
been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
Joseph present Jesus to the temple, “as it is written in the law of the
Lord, every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord”
went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve
years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed
its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it. After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them
questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his
answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to
him, ‘Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking
for you with great anxiety.’ And he said to them, ‘Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’” (Luke 2: 41-49).
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of Jesus –
river Jordan asking his cousin John to baptize him. John was confused. This is Jesus, the one whom he foretold, the
one whom he is not worthy to carry his sandals.
Jesus said, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all
righteousness” (Mt 3:15).
tells you” Now there were six stone water jars… each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ So they filled them to the brim. ‘Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this as the beginning of his sins… and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him”(cf. Jn 2:5-11).
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Conversion –
time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near.
and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15).
brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his
face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And
behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.
Peter said to Jesus in reply, ‘Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish,
I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’
them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with
whom I am well pleased; listen to him.’
they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.
touched them, saying, ‘Rise, and do not be afraid.’ And when the
disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone” (Mt 17: 1-8).
of the Eucharist –
remembrance of me’… For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you
proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes” (1 Cor 11:24, 26).
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in the Garden –
even to death. Remain here and keep watch.’ He advanced a little and
fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass by
him; he said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this
cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will’”(Mk 14: 34-36).
was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops
of blood falling on the ground” (Lk 22:44).
Scourging at the Pillar –
Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged” (Jn 19:1).
familiar with pain. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has
turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Is.
Crowning with Thorns –
praetorium, at the same time they assembled the whole cohort. They dressed him
royal purple, then wove a crown of thorns and put it on him and to salute him,
‘All hail King of the Jews!’ Continually
striking Jesus on the head with reed and spitting on him and pretending to pay
him homage” (Mark 15:16-20).
the Cross –
him the guilt of us all” (Is 53:6).
bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is
called in Hebrew, Golgotha” (Jn 19:17).
and with him two others…
whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple,
‘Behold, your mother.’
might be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I thirst.’ When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing his head, he handed
over the spirit” (Jn 19: 18, 26-28, 30).
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and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I
have commanded you” (Mt 28: 18-20).
saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will
accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will
speak new languages. They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they
drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick,
and they will recover” (Mk 15-19).
lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight … suddenly two men dressed in
white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up
from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going
into heaven” (Acts 1: 9-11).
the Holy Spirit –
Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly
there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled
the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues
as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And
they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different
tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim” (Acts 2: 1-4).
greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked
with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me
blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name” (Lk 1:
in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on
her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev 12:1).
‘Come!’ Let him who hears answer, ‘Come!’ Let him who is thirsty come forward;
let all who desire it accept the gift of life-giving water” (Rev 22:17).
This is a companion piece to my previous article: The Truth of the Rosary – Is it Just a String of Beads and a Superstitious Practice that Worships Mary?
Copyright Janet Moore 10-13-2014