Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary (Wednesdays & Sundays

Pray the Rosary every day, for it is a source of great blessings. Silently meditate on the Five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary every Wednesday and every Sunday:
*First Decade (9-22): The Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord (Jn 20:1-29)
And on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalen comes early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher: and she saw the stone taken away from the sepulcher. She ran therefore and comes to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved and says to them: "They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher: and we know not where they have laid Him." Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple: and they came to the sepulcher. And they both ran together: and that other disciple did outrun Peter and came first to the sepulcher. And when he stooped down, he saw the linen cloths lying: but yet he went not in. Then comes Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulcher: and saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place. Then that other disciple also went in, who came first to the sepulcher: and he saw and believed. For as yet they knew not the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. The disciples therefore departed again to their home. But Mary stood at the sepulcher without, weeping. Now as she was weeping, she stooped down and looked into the sepulcher, and she saw two angels in white, sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid. They say to her: "Woman, why do you weep?" She says to them: "Because they have taken away my Lord: and I know not where they have laid Him." When she had thus said, she turned herself back and saw Jesus standing: and she knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus says to her: "Woman, why do you weep? Whom do you seek?" She, thinking that it was the gardener, said to Him: "Sir, if you have taken Him hence, tell me where You have laid Him: and I will take Him away." Jesus says to her: "Mary." She turning, said to Him: "Rabboni" (which is to say, Master). Jesus says to her: "Do not touch Me: for I am not yet ascended to My Father. But go to my brethren and say to them: I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to My God and to your God." Mary Magdalen comes and tells the disciples: "I have seen the Lord; and these things He said to me." Now when it was late the same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them: "Peace be to you." And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. He said therefore to them again: "Peace be to you. As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." When He had said this, He breathed on them; and He said to them: "Receive the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the place of the nails and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." And after eight days, again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus comes, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst and said: "Peace be to you." Then He said to Thomas: "Put in your finger hither and see My hands. And bring hither the hand and put it into My side. And be not faithless, but believing." Thomas answered and said to Him: "My Lord and my God." Jesus said to him: "Because you have seen Me, Thomas, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen and have believed."
*Second Decade (23-36): The Ascension of Our Lord (Lk 24:36-53)
Now, whilst they were speaking these things, Jesus stood in the midst of them and says to them: "Peace be to you. It is I: Fear not." But they being troubled and frightened, supposed that they saw a spirit. And He said to them: "Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? See My hands and feet, that it is I Myself. Handle, and see: for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see Me to have." And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet. But while they yet believed not and wondered for joy, He said: "Have you here anything to eat?" And they offered Him a piece of a broiled fish and a honeycomb. And when He had eaten before them, taking the remains, He gave to them. And He said to them: "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled which are written in the law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms, concerning Me." Then He opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. And He said to them: "Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, the third day: And that penance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name, unto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. And I send the promise of My Father upon you: but stay you in the city till you be endued with power from on high." And He led them out as far as Bethania: and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. And it came to pass, whilst He blessed them, He departed from them and was carried up to Heaven. And they adoring went back into Jerusalem with great joy. And they were always in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
*Third Decade (37-50): The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41)
And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place; and suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with diverse tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were, dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews — devout men, out of every nation under Heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: "Behold, are not all these that speak Galilean? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." And they were all astonished, and wondered, saying one to another: "What does this mean?" But others, mocking, said: "These men are full of new wine." But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: "You men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you and with your ears receive my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day: But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass, in the last days, (says the Lord), I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And upon My servants indeed and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit: and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heaven above, and signs on the earth beneath: blood and fire, and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord to come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.' You men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him, in the midst of you, as you also know: This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. Whom God has raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that He should be holden by it. For David says concerning Him: 'I foresaw the Lord before my face: because He is at my right hand, that I may not be moved. For this my heart has been glad, and my tongue has rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. Because You will not leave my soul in hell: nor suffer your Holy One to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life: You shall make me full of joy with Your countenance.' You men, brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David: that he died and was buried; and his sepulcher is with us to this present say. Whereas therefore he was a prophet and knew that God has sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne. Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For neither was He left in hell: neither did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus has God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses. Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He has poured forth this which you see and hear. For David ascended not into Heaven; but he himself said: 'The Lord said to my Lord: Sit on My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.' Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly that God has made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, Whom you have crucified." Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the Apostles: "What shall we do, men and brethren?" But Peter said to them: "Do penance: and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call." And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: "Save yourselves from this perverse generation." They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.
*Fourth Decade (51-64): The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
*Fifth Decade (65-78): The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

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