Eph. See the Brief of the venerable Pontiff Innocent XI., Nuper pro parte, of July 31, 1679; also another Brief of Pius VII., Ad augendam, of February 16, 1808, and the above-named decree of Pope Pius IX., of May 12, 1851. Let us look at Mary and see her Son. 27 For my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. But some are longer, because I thought more was needed to set the context of the events that the scripture meditations are focused on. And in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we get a glimpse of what they mean. Mary said yes. Note, moreover, that our holy Father declared, in his Constitution Pretiosus, of May 16, 1727, § 4, that simple people who could not meditate might obtain the Indulgence by merely saying the Rosary devoutly. 1st glorious mystery - The Resurrection of Jesus Christ In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2. 24 I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. 25 In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Accordingly, being compelled, he sends a tribune of the soldiers against the apostles to Bethlehem. The following individual meditations contain enough depth to be dwelt upon for an entire decade. The angel laid upon the stone the foundations of the faith upon which Christ was going to found His Church. He is the Risen One!” The Rosary has […] Let us consider a little the life of Mary. Further, the Son of God took human flesh for our salvation. On which words Augustine says (Tract. The Vatican Council, Constitution Dei filius, c. 4. 13 They say to her: Woman, why weepest thou? 1. Rosary Meditations & Prayers . Then, as it were in a rage, they went to the sepulchre, which was a new one hollowed out in the rock, and took up the stone; but they did not find the body, not knowing what to say, because they had been convicted by the words of Thomas. Even the angels, who by nature are greater than humans, hail Mary as their beloved Queen. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh. Every Sunday at Mass, we recite those words in the Nicene Creed: "I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come." Thus St. John Damascene, an outstanding herald of this traditional truth, spoke out with powerful eloquence when he compared the bodily Assumption of the loving Mother of God with her other prerogatives and privileges. That privilege has shone forth in new radiance since our predecessor of immortal memory, Pius IX, solemnly proclaimed the dogma of the loving Mother of God's Immaculate Conception. 12. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. Nay, how much nearer a relation she bore to him, and how much dearer and more precious she was in his sight, so much a larger portion of his cup did he present to her above his other saints. As she nourished the infant Jesus, she continues to spiritually nourish the infant Church. The Glorious Mysteries. You will say, How do Matthew and Mark say that the angel sat, when Luke says that he stood? Adam, the first man, was a gardener, and here she thinks the New Adam was likewise a gardener, and yet in another way Our Lord does fit this title as the Gardener of our souls. xciv super Joan. The queen stood on thy right hand, in gilded clothing; surrounded with variety. His soul descends into the realm of the dead to… And the holy mother of God answered and said to me: The Jews have sworn that after I have died they will burn my body. The fathers, moreover, encourage us to place a confidence in her holy patronage, by frequent miraculous instances which they have recorded. Moreover, cities, dioceses, and individual regions have been placed under the special patronage and guardianship of the Virgin Mother of God assumed into heaven. In the name of the Father, And of the Son, And of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Soon afterwards the angel descended and caused an earthquake, and removed the stone from the sepulchre that He might arouse the watch, and open a way for the women to the sepulchre. (32) Explaining these words of Sacred Scripture: "Who is this that comes up from the desert, flowing with delights, leaning upon her beloved? 2 She ran, therefore, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith to them: They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. And when they had prayed, there was thunder from heaven, and there came a fearful voice, as if of chariots; and, behold, a multitude of a host of angels and powers, and a voice, as if of the Son of man, was heard, and the seraphim in a circle round the house where the holy, spotless mother of God and virgin was lying, so that all who were in Bethlehem beheld all the wonderful things, and came to Jerusalem and reported all the wonderful things that had come to pass. About this page He descended into hell. "(11), What is here indicated in that sobriety characteristic of the Roman liturgy is presented more clearly and completely in other ancient liturgical books. And, behold, while they were carrying her, a certain well-born Hebrew, Jephonias by name, running against the body, put his hands upon the couch; and, behold, an angel of the Lord by invisible power, with a sword of fire, cut off his two hands from his shoulders, and made them hang about the couch, lifted up in the air. These Rosary meditations for the Jubilee of the Order of Preachers are taken from the Order’s Rosary website www.rosarium.op.org, where they were posted as an aid to those who wish to pray the Rosary. Before the ages You foreknew all things along with the Father, with whom to You and the Holy Spirit there is one Godhead, equal and infinite power. St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Tertia Pars, Question 57. In the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery we meditate how Jesus was condemned to die, and, for His greater ignominy and pain, the heavy tree of the cross was laid upon his shoulder. What, when she lost him in the temple, and saw him exposed to hardships and ill-treatment on other occasions! That she is most ready and desirous, no one can doubt, seeing that, among all pure creatures, there never was any zeal or charity equal to hers who bore charity itself in her womb. Jesus: “My daughter, in my Resurrection, the right was given to creatures to rise again in me to new life. And when Mary saw him, she exulted in joy, and said: I beg of you, my son John, be mindful of the words of my Lord Jesus Christ, in which He entrusted me to you. The glorious mysteries have likewise five decades, in which we meditate upon the glory of Christ and His blessed Mother. Although Christ's bodily presence was withdrawn from the faithful by the Ascension, still the presence of His Godhead is ever with the faithful, as He Himself says (Matthew 28:20): "Behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." Saint Mary Major was built in Rome in the time of pope Liberius, and consecrated by Sixtus III. [7] Ibid. For you have blessed it, and raised it up when it was ruined, by bringing forth the Light of the world. And immediately the Saviour was received up into heaven along with the angels. Meditations on the Glorious Mysteries The following meditations are taken from St. Louis de Montfort and other traditions. Therefore, says Theophylact, we should learn when about to leave our dependents or friends, to give them our blessing, and, signing them with the sigh of the Cross, commit them to the keeping of God. OBJ 3: Further, the salvation which Christ bestows is an everlasting one, according to Is. Glorious Mysteries. 12 And after that he appeared in another shape to two of them walking, as they were going into the country. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying, 7 And the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place. And the Jews, seeing her lingering by the divine sepulchre, came to the chief priests, saying: Mary goes every day to the tomb. 2), and the Church in the Paschal hymn, Aurora lucis. Glorious Mysteries. Secondly, Christ dying at the third hour in the afternoon, immediately as to His soul went down into hell; but His body was taken down from the Cross, and washed and wrapped in linen, so that He was buried before night, for it was the night of the Sabbath, on which the Jews must rest from all work. One Pater noster, ten Ave Maria's, and one Gloria Patri; so also in all the mysteries. To believe this is no doubtful matter. These include her exalted holiness, entirely surpassing the sanctity of all men and of the angels, the intimate union of Mary with her Son, and the affection of preeminent love which the Son has for his most worthy Mother. And, behold, one of them, who was chief of the priests of the Jews in his rank, filled with fury and rage, said to the rest: Behold, the tabernacle of him who disturbed us and all our race, what glory has it received? The following explanation of the Glorious Mysteries is taken from the October 16, 2002 apostolic letter The Rosary of the Virgin Mary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae) by Pope John Paul II. That is, on the first day after the Sabbath, on the Lord’s day; about the religious observance of which day S. Augustine thus writes (Serm. Christ has gone before us to prepare the way, and when He returns, if we have been faithful to Him, our reward will be great in Heaven. What a singular pleasure must she feel to behold him whom she had with so much solicitude ministered to, so affectionately attended, and so grievously mourned for, now placed on the throne of his majesty, resplendent with the glory of the divinity, and proclaimed everywhere the Lord of all things! There is a great earthquake, in which the earth which trembled with horror at the death of Christ, as it were, leaps for joy at the Resurrection. "(41) Relying on this common faith, they considered the teaching opposed to the doctrine of our Lady's Assumption as temerarious, if not heretical. (45) Consequently, just as the glorious resurrection of Christ was an essential part and the final sign of this victory, so that struggle which was common to the Blessed Virgin and her divine Son should be brought to a close by the glorification of her virginal body, for the same Apostle says: "When this mortal thing hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. Listen to what S. Gregory says (Hom. And since the nature assumed by the Son of God remained a creature, as is clear from what was said above (III:2:7; III:16:10; III:20:1), it is not unbecoming if some movement be attributed to it. If, therefore, it were possible to be done in the presence of the power of Your grace, it had seemed to us Your servants to be right that, just as Thou, having vanquished death, reign in glory, so, raising up again the body of Your mother, Thou should take her with You in joy into heaven. The Church strongly recommends to us this wholesome devotion by establishing so many feasts in honor of this holy virgin. repeated and added to by many other Saints throughout history. 8 But they going out, fled from the sepulchre. Fourthly, About the ninth hour of the night of the Lord’s day, Christ, having passed forth from hell with the fathers, came to the sepulchre, and there He showed them His body, livid, blood-stained, and torn for them; and presently cleansing His body from all lividness, blood, and ointment, and again sending angels (though some are of opinion that all these things were done not by angels, but by the soul of Christ itself, which had this power through the hypostatic union with the Word) to gather up the blood which had been scattered by the scourging; and after it had been gathered up, He again infused it into the veins of His body, which the glorious soul of Christ entered, and uniting to itself, animated and glorified. 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