Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
THE ROSARY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
"The NEW Mysteries of Light"
John Paul II has declared October 2002 through October 2003 as the Year of
the Rosary, and announced five new mysteries to be prayed. These mysteries
are called the Mysteries of Light, or the Luminous Mysteries, and focus on
Jesus' divinity and ministry.
new mysteries are:
with the new mysteries comes a new schedule for praying the rosary.
new mysteries are not a requirement, however we are encouraged to pray
them as they truly help us to journey through the life of Jesus in our
people may feel disturbed at the idea of "changing" the Holy
Rosary. It is worth noting that the rosary is a form of prayer that has
evolved over time, from memorizing and reciting all 150 psalms, to substituting
a Hail Mary for each psalm, then adding the meditations. The most recent
commonly used addition to the Holy Rosary would be the Oh My Jesus prayer,
added in 1917 when the Blessed Virgin Mary taught it to the Fatima seers.
Additionally, the final prayer of the Holy Rosary is most commonly the
Hail Holy Queen, but many people use other Marian prayers, such as the
Holy Rosary is an intensely personal form of prayer, in that we meditate
on each mystery in our own way, trying to grasp its full significance and
learn from it. There are no prescribed forms of meditations that must be
used, and in fact, many people who have never had a strong rosary devotion
will often simply hold a rosary in their hands while praying any of
hundreds of different prayers.
The Holy Rosary is not a required form of prayer in the Catholic church, but it is a special form, because it helps us to observe the life of Jesus through the eyes of His Blessed Mother. The new mysteries and schedule only serve to enrich the experience of praying the rosary.
The Holy Father Comments On Each Of The New Mysteries
Baptism in the Jordan is first of all a mystery of light," the
Pope writes. "Here, as Christ descends into the waters, the innocent
one who became 'sin' for our sake (cf.
2 Corinthians 5:21), the heavens open wide and the voice of the
Father declares him the beloved Son (cf.
Matthew 3:17 and parallels), while the Spirit descends on him to
invest him with the mission which he is to carry out."
To view the entire Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae.
When Should It Be Prayed?
"Where might the 'mysteries of light' be inserted?" asks the Pope. "If we consider that the 'glorious mysteries' are said on both Saturday and Sunday, and that Saturday has always had a special Marian flavor, the second weekly meditation on the 'joyful mysteries,' mysteries in which Mary's presence is especially pronounced, could be moved to Saturday. Thursday would then be free for meditating on the 'mysteries of light,' the Luminous Mysteries.
Meditations on the New Mysteries
Luminous Mystery: Christ is Baptized in the Jordan
Jesus is baptized, the Father's voice is heard: "This is my beloved
Son." All are called to become adopted sons and daughters of God
through baptism. We pray that children in the womb may be protected, so
that they may be born and welcomed into the Christian community by
Luminous Mystery: Christ is made known at the Wedding of Cana
revealed His glory by the miracle at Cana. The new couple was blessed not
only with wine, but with faith in Christ. Let us pray for strong
marriages, rooted in the Lord, and open to the gift of new life.
Luminous Mystery: Christ proclaims the Kingdom and Calls All to Conversion
and believe the Good News." Let us pray that these first words of
Jesus' public ministry may be heard by all who have committed abortion.
May they know that the Lord calls them to conversion, and may they
experience life-giving repentance.
Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration
is transformed on the mountain, and the disciples see His glory. May the
eyes of all people be transformed, that they may see each and every human
life as a reflection of the glory of God Himself.
Luminous Mystery: Jesus gives us the Eucharist
is My Body, given up for you." The Eucharist teaches us how to live
and how to love. Let us pray that parents who sacrifice the babies for the
sake of themselves may learn instead to put themselves aside for the sake
of their babies.