Glorious Mysteries are usually said on Wednesdays and Sundays.
rosary should be a prayerful experience. To help you in your meditation, a point
to meditate is provided for each bead of the decade on which the “Hail Mary” is
1. The Resurrection
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. An angel
appeared and said, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking
Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised just
as He said.” (Mt
The body of
Jesus is placed in the tomb on the evening of Good Friday.
descends into the realm of the dead to announce to the Just the
tidings of their redemption.
body of Jesus will be taken, the chief priests place guards at the
On the third
day Jesus rises from the dead, glorious and immortal.
quakes as the angel rolls back the stone, the guards flee in terror.
women coming to annoint the body of Jesus are amazed and frightened
to find the tomb open.
calms their fears: “He is not here. He has risen as He said.”
to Mary Magdalen and Peter and two disciples on the way to Emmaus.
He appears to the apostles behind locked doors: “Peace be unto you
… do not be afraid.”
breathes on them and gives them the power to forgive sin.
2. The Ascension of Our Lord
As Jesus blessed them He parted from them and was taken up to
on earth forty days after His Resurrection to prove He has truly
risen from the dead.
commissions the apostles to preach the gospel to every creature, and
promises to be with them forever.
He will not
leave them orphans, but will send the Holy Spirit to enlighten and
proceeds to Mt. Olivet accompanied by His Mother and the apostles
pierced hands over all in a last blessing, He ascends into heaven.
As He ascends
a cloud takes Him from their sight.
to take His place at the right hand of the Father.
jubilation there must be amid the angels of heaven at the triumphant
entry of Jesus.
The wounds in
His glorified body are an endless plea before the Father on our
leave Mt. Olivet and “return to Jerusalem with great joy.”
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be
with you. Receive the Holy Spirit.” (Jn
are gathered in the upper room where Jesus had held the Last Supper.
A sound comes
from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it fills the whole
Spirit descends on each of them in the form of tongues of fire.
the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, they are enlightened and strengthened
to spread the gospel.
all fear of the Jewish leaders, the apostles boldly preach Christ
multitudes are confounded because every man hears them speak in his
Spirit comes upon the Infant Church never to leave it.
day Peter goes forth to preach and baptizes three thousand.
The feast of
Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, for on that day it begins
4. The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven
“Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of
original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished,
was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory.” (from
Munificentissimus Deus (1950):DS 3903)
apostles have dispersed, the Blessed Mother goes to live with John,
the beloved disciple.
many years on earth after the death of Christ.
She is a
source of comfort, consolation and strength to the apostles.
As she had
nourished the infant Jesus, so she nourishes spiritually the infant
not of bodily infirmity, but is wholly ravished in a rapture of
Her body as
well as her soul is taken up into heaven.
burial the apostles go to the tomb and find only fragrant lilies.
not permit the sinless body of His Mother to decay in the grave.
the body is an effect of original sin from which Mary is totally
The bodies of
all mankind, at the last judgment, will be brought back and united
again to the soul.