The Glorious Mysteries
(Said on Wednesday and Sunday)
1. The first Glorious Mystery
The Resurrection of our Lord
On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, the women went to the tomb. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering they could not find the body of Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled about this, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side and said to them, “Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here, He has risen.” (cf. Luke 24:1-6)
O Mary, in this mystery, we contemplate the resurrection of Christ and His victory over death, sin, selfishness, our “idols” and whatever that keeps us from the Resurrected Christ.
Lord, we pray that the Spirit of the Risen Lord may enlighten the two major religions in Africa – Christianity and Islam – to overcome conflicts, and seek ways of increasing mutual understanding through their common love for the one true God.
2. The second Glorious Mystery
The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven
Jesus said to the apostles, “You will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which will come on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem, but throughout Judea and Samaria, and indeed to earth’s remotest end.” (cf. Acts 1:8-9)
O Mary, you returned with the disciples to Jerusalem, believing that Jesus would be with us always to the end of time.
Lord, we pray for the Church of the Americas, that taking her place in the forefront of the Church’s missionary activity, the Gospel of Life may defeat the “culture of death” now pervading so many aspects of the global society.
3. The third Glorious Mystery
The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles
When the day of Pentecost came, the disciples and Mary were all together in one place. Then, suddenly there came from Heaven a sound of a violent wind which filled the entire house where they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues of fire. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages. (cf. Acts 2:1-4)
O Mary, in this mystery, we contemplate the beginning of the Church, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit who enabled them to proclaim the Good News to all peoples.
Lord, we pray that the Holy Spirit, who is the soul and the principal agent of mission, may inspire parents in Europe to foster a truly Christian family life, open to missionary vocations for their children.
4. The fourth Glorious Mystery
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven
God, being rich in faithful love, through the great love with which He loved us, brought us to life with Christ and raised us up with Him and gave us a place with Him in Heaven in Christ Jesus, for the good works which God has already designated to make up our way of life. (cf. Ephesians 2:4-6, 10)
O Mary, you listened to God’s Word, pondered it in your heart and put it into practice. By the merits of Christ, you experienced the first fruits of the Resurrection.
Lord, we pray for all the nations of Asia, and the many people who do not yet know You, that through the power of Your redeeming Cross and Resurrection, all may know the ultimate joy of Your salvation.
5. The fifth Glorious Mystery
The Queenship of the Virgin Mary
A great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars in her head. (cf. Revelation 12:1)
O Mary, your faithfulness to God’s call was confirmed in heaven, and now you show your loving care for all your children by constantly interceding for us.
Lord, we pray that the works of evangelization in the continent of Oceania may create the civilization of love, where indigenous groups can maintain their cultural identity, and so face the challenge of globalization.
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