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The Luminous Mysteries

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"This cup which is poured out for you is

the new covenant in my blood."

(Fifth Luminous Mystery/Lk22:20)

(Cf.1Cor11:25)

 

 

THE FIRST LUMINOUS MYSTERY

~The Baptism of Jesus~

Divine humility manifested...

                                                

 "He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and

alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying:

'"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

(Mt3:17)

Optional scripture reading:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.  The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.  But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.  We have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.  

John bore witness to him, and cried,

'This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'  

And from his fullness have we all received grace upon grace.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ

No one has ever seen God; only the Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.  And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him,

'Who are you?'  

He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed,

'I am not the Christ.'  

And they asked him,

'What then? Are you Elijah?'  

He said,

'I am not.

'Are you the prophet?'  

And he answered,

'No.'  

They said to him then,

'Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?'  

He said,

'I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah said.'

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.  They asked him,

'Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?' 

John answered them,

'I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know, even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.'

This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.  The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,

'Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is he of whom I said, after me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.  I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.

And John bore witness,

'I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.  I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me,  He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'  And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.'" (Jn1:1-34)

(Please pray the decade prayers of the Rosary.)

 

 

THE SECOND LUMINOUS MYSTERY

~The Wedding Feast at Cana~

Mary's intercessory role revealed...

                         

"His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.'"

(Jn2:5)

Optional scripture reading:

"On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine.' And Jesus said to her,

'O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.'  

His mother said to the servants,

'Do whatever he tells you.'

Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to them,

'Fill the jars with water.'

And they filled them up to the brim.  He said to them,

'Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.'  

So they took it.  When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him,

'Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.'  

This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.(Jn2:1-11)

(Please pray the decade prayers of the Rosary.)

 

 

THE THIRD LUMINOUS MYSTERY

~Jesus Proclaims  the Kingdom of God~

The Good News of the Redemption revealed...

 "Repent, and believe in the gospel."

(Mk1:15)

Optional scripture reading:

"At the set time which I appoint I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars.  I say to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horn;  do not lift up your horn on high, or speak with insolent neck.'  For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up; but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another."               (Ps75:2-7)

"Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying,

'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.'

And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them,

'Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.' 

And immediately they left their nets and followed him.  And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.  And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him.  And they went into Caperna-um; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.  And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.  And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.'  

But Jesus rebuked him, saying,

'Be silent, and come out of him!'

And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.  And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying,

'What is this? A new teaching! With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.' 

And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee." (Mk1;14-28)

 

(Please pray the decade prayers of the Rosary.)

 

 

THE FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY

~The Transfiguration of Jesus~

The manifestation of the Messianic age ...

"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."

(Mt17:5)

Optional scripture reading:

"How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!  My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.  'You are the fairest of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you for ever.'" (Ps84:1-2;45:2)

"And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.  And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light.  And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.  And Peter said to Jesus,

'Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.' 

He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said,

'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.'

When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying,

'Rise, and have no fear.'

And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.  And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them,

'Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.'

And the disciples asked him,

'Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?'

He replied,

'Elijah does come, and he is to restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands.'

Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist."(Mt17:1-13)

 

(Please pray the decade prayers of the Rosary.)

 

 

THE FIFTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY

~Jesus Institutes the Most Holy Eucharist~

"Divine Mercy complete..."

"This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

"This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

(1Cor11:24, 25)

Optional scripture reading:

"I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."       (Ps 81:16)

"The eyes of all look to thee, and thou givest them their food in due season.  Thou openest thy hand, thou satisfiest the desire of every living thing." (Ps145:15-16) 31.

"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord.  But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."(Jer31:31-34)

"For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said,

'This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' (1Cor11:24 RSV)

In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,

'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.                                                                                                                                            (1Cor11:25)                    

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.  That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.  But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged.  But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world.  So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another---if any one is hungry, let him eat at home--lest you come together to be condemned." (1Cor11:23-34 RSV)

 "'I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.' (Jn6:48-51 RSV)

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'
So Jesus said to them,

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;  he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.  As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.  This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.'"  (Jn6:53-58 RSV)

 

(Please pray the decade prayers of the Rosary.)

 

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