Thursday, March 18, 2010

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary (Thursdays)

Pray the Rosary every day, for it is a source of great blessings. Silently meditate on the Five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary every Monday and every Saturday:Silently meditate on the Five Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary every Thursday:
*First Decade (9-22): The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan (Mt 3:13-17)
Then comes Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan, unto John, to be baptized by him. But John stayed Him, saying: "I ought to be baptized by You, and You come to me?" And Jesus answering, said to him: "Allow it to be so now. For so it becomes Us to fulfill all justice." Then he allowed Him. And Jesus being baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to Him: and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him. And behold a voice from Heaven saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased."
*Second Decade (23-36): The Wedding at Cana, when Christ manifested Himself (Jn 2:1-11)
And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the marriage. And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus said to Him: "They have no wine." And Jesus says to her: "Woman, what is that to Me and to you? My hour is not yet come." His mother says to the waiters: "Whatsoever He shall say to you, do." Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece. Jesus says to them: "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim. And Jesus says to them: "Draw out now and carry to the chief steward of the feast." And they carried it. And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had drawn the water: the chief steward calls the bridegroom, and said to him: "Every man at first sets forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But you have kept the good wine until now." This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee and manifested His glory. And His disciples believed in Him.
*Third Decade (37-50): The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mk 1:14-15)
And after that John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God, and saying: "The time is accomplished and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel."
*Fourth Decade (51-64): The Transfiguration of Our Lord (Mt 17:1-8)
And after six days Jesus takes unto Him Peter and James, and John his brother, and brings them up into a high mountain apart: And He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him. And Peter answering, said to Jesus: "Lord, it is good for us to be here: if You will, let us make here three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo a voice out of the cloud, saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear Him." And the disciples hearing fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them: "Arise, and fear not." And they lifting up their eyes, saw no one, but only Jesus.
*Fifth Decade (65-78): The Last Supper, when Our Lord gave us the Holy Eucharist (Mt 26:1-29)
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, He said to His disciples: "You know that after two days shall be the pasch: and the Son of man shall be delivered up to be crucified." Then were gathered together the chief priests and ancients of the people, into the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas: And they consulted together that by subtlety they might apprehend Jesus and put Him to death. But they said: "Not on the festival day, lest perhaps there should be a tumult among the people." And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, there came to Him a woman having an alabaster box of precious ointment and poured it on His head as He was at table. And the disciples seeing it had indignation, saying: "To what purpose is this waste? For this might have been sold for much and given to the poor." And Jesus knowing it, said to them: "Why do you trouble this woman? For she has wrought a good work upon Me. For the poor you have always with you: but Me you have not always. For she in pouring this ointment on My body has done it for My burial. Amen I say to you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which she has done shall be told for a memory of her." Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests. And said to them: "What will you give me, and I will deliver Him unto you?" But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver. And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray Him. And on the first day of the Azymes, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: "Where will You that we prepare for You to eat the pasch?" But Jesus said: "Go into the city to a certain man and say to him: 'The Master says, "My time is near at hand. With you I make the pasch with My disciples."'" And the disciples did as Jesus appointed to them: and they prepared the pasch. But when it was evening, He sat down with His twelve disciples. And whilst they were eating, He said: "Amen I say to you that one of you is about to betray Me." And they being very much troubled began every one to say: "Is it I, Lord?" But He answering said: "He that dips his hand with Me in the dish, he shall betray Me. The Son of man indeed goes, as it is written of Him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed. It were better for him, if that man had not been born." And Judas that betrayed Him answering, said: "Is it I, Rabbi?" He said to him: "You have said it." And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave to His disciples and said: "Take and eat. This is My Body." And taking the chalice, He gave thanks and gave to them, saying: "Drink all of this. For this is My Blood of the New Testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the Kingdom of My Father."

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