And the Lord said to her: Grieve not, but let your heart rejoice and be glad; for you have found grace to behold the glory given to me by my Father. What raptures of love and joy must transport her soul at this sight! He is not here, but is risen" … 8 And they remembered his words. 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. viii). They pronounce it blessed for having given her birth; but their heaven much more so in now receiving her for eternity. Hail holy Lady, most noble Queen, Mother of God, and Mary ever Virgin. That which is best and possesses its good without movement is God Himself, because He is utterly unchangeable, according to Malachi 3:6: "I am the Lord, and I change not." This is the week of the Glorious Mysteries for, as John Paul II wrote, "The contemplation of Christ's face cannot stop at the image of the Crucified One. (Collect for Easter), Mark 16:19; Luke 24:46-53; Acts 1:5-11; Romans 8:34, Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God: that we, who believe Thine only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, to have ascended on this day into heaven, may also ourselves dwell in mind amid heavenly things. At times, as she pondered all of these things in her heart, she must have wondered where it all might lead. 21, in Evang. The fruit most commonly associated with the mystery of the Descent of the Holy Spirit is the gifts of the Holy Spirit. in 1638, in memory of which an annual most solemn procession is performed in all parts of that kingdom on this festival of the assumption. Lo, I have foretold it to you. The Glorious Mysteries. While meditating on the mysteries, Catholics also pray for those fruits or virtues. 1. (3), And, since we were dealing with a matter of such great moment and of such importance, we considered it opportune to ask all our venerable brethren in the episcopate directly and authoritatively that each of them should make known to us his mind in a formal statement. Gathering together the testimonies of the Christians of earlier days, St. Robert Bellarmine exclaimed: "And who, I ask, could believe that the ark of holiness, the dwelling place of the Word of God, the temple of the Holy Spirit, could be reduced to ruin? Thank you for this posting of Bishop Sheen’s meditations of the Rosary. . 13:22 And they all adored the Lord, and said to her: The Lord hath blessed thee by his power, because by thee he hath brought our enemies to nought. And now the crown is placed upon her head, a symbol of the crown of sainthood that awaits each one of us, if only we follow her example, by following her Son. Further, Matthew here only mentions directly the time of the coming of the women to the sepulchre, yet he indirectly signifies also the time at which Christ rose, namely, in the early morning, a little before the arrival of the women, according to the common opinion of the Doctors and the Church, which S. Jerome and S. Augustine prove from Ps. And having gone in beside her, and glorified Him who had been born of her, I said: Hail, mother of my Lord, who brought forth Christ our God, rejoice that in great glory you are going out of this life. Consolations, even those that are spiritual, are rather supports of our weakness than the test and school of solid virtue; the character of which is to suffer with patience and constancy. 10. ): "For even to put the faithful beside the unbeliever is to put the unbeliever to shame"; wherefore he goes on to say (10): "'Because I go to the Father; and you shall see Me no longer'"—"For 'blessed are they that see not, yet believe.' Let us pray for all who will die during this time, whether from the coronavirus or from a different illness. Nor can she have less power and credit with her Son; but the more she is honored by him, the more prevalent must her intercession be. 27, a. Hence the tradition which has come down from the time of Christ and the Apostles that in giving a blessing the hands should always form the sign of the Cross. But He did rise from the dead, and faith—the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen—is not vain, but a virtue. Apocalypse 11:19-12:1 And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail. He gave him, therefore, the charge of holy Mary, saying to him: Behold your mother! And the mother of the Lord answered and said to him: Lay Your right hand upon me, O Lord, and bless me. Links . THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES. And she said to them: God has not deprived me of the sight of you. For neither was he left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption. 6 And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. Nothing now is left to us but to perish. The Spirit enlivens and guides the Church, and each of us within the Church, to carry out Christ's man- ... Glorious Mysteries prayed Wednesday & Sundays outside of Lent and Advent: The Resurrection The Ascension The Descent of the Holy Spirit The Assumption 40 And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. Meditation on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The Coronation: The Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary. 3. 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. Thus he already held that such truths could be defined. to Paul, for instance (Acts 9). 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. Reply to Objection 1. (15) Moreover, the fact that a holy fast had been ordered from ancient times for the day prior to the feast is made very evident by what our predecessor St. Nicholas I testifies in treating of the principal fasts which "the Holy Roman Church has observed for a long time, and still observes."(16). This "outstanding agreement of the Catholic prelates and the faithful,"(5) affirming that the bodily Assumption of God's Mother into heaven can be defined as a dogma of faith, since it shows us the concordant teaching of the Church's ordinary doctrinal authority and the concordant faith of the Christian people which the same doctrinal authority sustains and directs, thus by itself and in an entirely certain and infallible way, manifests this privilege as a truth revealed by God and contained in that divine deposit which Christ has delivered to his Spouse to be guarded faithfully and to be taught infallibly. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. And the Holy Spirit said to me: This voice which you heard denotes that the appearance of your brethren the apostles is at hand, and of the holy powers that they are coming hither today. She is the refuge of sinners; but of such as sue for pardon with sincere repentance; not of those who wilfully continue to crucify her Son. And there came a voice out of the heavens saying the Amen. The following are a selection of excerpts from the Glorious Mysteries. But it was no better thing for Christ to be in heaventhan upon earth, because He gained nothing either in soul or in body by being in heaven. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It would seem that it was not fitting for Christ to ascend into heaven. When they go on to explain this point, they adduce various proofs to throw light on this privilege of Mary. The soul is not a person, but the soul, joined to the body, is a person. And Peter, and I John, and Paul, and Thomas, ran and wrapped up her precious feet for the consecration; and the twelve apostles put her precious and holy body upon a couch, and carried it. 2:1 And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 18 And upon my servants indeed, and upon my handmaids will I pour out in those days of my spirit, and they shall prophesy. The same path which conducted her to glory, will also lead us thither; we shall be partners in her reward, if we copy her virtues. Cf. She detests the false confidence of such, and can never countenance their presumption and impiety. But He did not ascend into heaven immediately after rising again, for He said after the Resurrection (John 20:17): "I am not yet ascended to My Father." 21) explains, “our Redeemer rising before it was light, not only came forth free from hell, but destroyed also the bars of hell. The Resurrection. To build up the Body of Christ, which is His Church! Christ went to Bethany to say farewell to Lazarus and his sister, and to bring them with Him to mount Olivet, in order that they might witness His ascension, and share in His triumph. 18 And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst: and all his bowels gushed out. These are the names of the disciples of the Lord who were brought there in the cloud: John the evangelist and James his brother, Peter and Paul, Andrew, Philip, Luke, Barnabas, Bartholomew and Matthew, Matthias who is called Justus, Simon the Chananæan, Judas and his brother, Nicodemus and Maximianus, and many others who cannot be numbered. That it was so clear, first, from S. Mark, who says, and when the Sabbath was passed; secondly, because S. Matthew is wont to sum up many things in a few words. And that Church becomes for us not only Mother and Teacher, the certain measure of truth, but the conduit of the Spirit. The prelates assembled in the general council which was held at Ephesus in 431, mention as the highest prerogative of that city, that it had received a great lustre from St. John the Evangelist and the Mother of God, saying, In which John the Theologian, and the Virgin Mother of God the holy Mary conversed, or rather, are honored with churches held in special veneration.1 Tillemont and some others conjecture from this passage that she died at Ephesus; but others think rather at Jerusalem, where, in later ages, mention is made of her sepulchre cut in a rock at Gethsemani. But ought we not rather to stop our inquiries in silent raptures of admiration and praise, than presume to pursue them in an object which is the astonishment of the highest angels? For, as we honor the departure of other saints out of this world, so we have great reason to rejoice and praise God on this day, when the mother of Christ entered into the possession of those joys which he had prepared for her. Secondly, because as the high-priest under the Old Testament entered the holy place to stand before God for the people, so also Christ entered heaven “to make intercession for us,” as is said in Heb. If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. But they were struck with blindness, striking their heads against the walls, and striking each other. I The Resurrection. 5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And, behold, on a sudden, by the command of God, all the apostles were snatched up, raised on a cloud, from the places in which they were preaching the word of God, and set down before the door of the house in which Mary dwelt. Hence, on Psalm 15:11: "At Thy right hand are delights even unto the end," the gloss says: "I shall delight in sitting nigh to Thee, when I shall be taken away from the sight of men.". (14) Again, St. Leo IV saw to it that the feast, which was already being celebrated under the title of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother of God, should be observed in even a more solemn way when he ordered a vigil to be held on the day before it and prescribed prayers to be recited after it until the octave day. But this is an absurd figment of theirs, and altogether opposed to the consent of the Fathers, the Doctors, and the Church. Then the Saviour said: Let it be according to your opinion.