Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Mysteries of Light - The Holy Rosary

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Pope John Paul II offered an additional set of mysteries, the "Mysteries of Light." These mysteries are centered on Jesus's public ministry.

The First Mystery of Light
Our Lord's Baptism in the Jordan

And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and 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."
- Matthew: 3:16-17

We pray for the grace to be open to
the transforming power of God in our
human hearts and daily lives.


The Second Mystery of Light
Our Lord's Self-Manifestation at the Wedding of Cana

His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
- John 2:5

We ask for the intercession of the
Blessed Virgin Mary for all our needs.


The Third Mystery of Light
Our Lord Proclaims the Kingdom of God
and Calls Us to Conversion

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."

We pray for a spirit of repentance and
deeper trust in God's mercy as we
seek His kingdom in all our actions.


The Fourth Mystery of Light
Our Lord's Transfiguration

Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and Jame, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white.
- Luke 9:28-29

We pray for the grace to let the
transforming light of God's presence
illuminate our vision.


The Fifth Mystery of Light
Our Lord's Institution of the Eucharist as the
Sacramental Expression of the Paschal Mystery

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."
-Matthew 26:26

We pray for a deeper faith in the
Real Presence and the great gift we receive
in the Eucharist


Through Jesus signs and miracles, His preaching and the gift of Himself through the Eucharist, Jesus transforms our lives, just as light transforms a darkened room.
The Rosary has been a means of bringing light into a darkened world since its use by the Dominican order to comban heresy in the thirteenth century.

As the Holy Father noted in his letter, the Rosary, especially with the additional mediatations on Jesus' compassionate and loving work in the world, can bring that same transforming light to a world darkened by "the seductions of the drug culture, the lure of an unbridled hedomism, the temptation to violence, and the manifold expressions of meaninglessness and despair" today (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 42).

When we meditate on the Mysteries of Light, we fill the gap between the Joyful and Sorrowful mysteries, giving us a more complete encounter with Jesus, the Light of the World.

The Holy Father suggested that those who incorporate the Mysteries of Light, or Luminous Mysteries, into the praying of the Rosary use the following schedule:

Joyful Mysteries: Mondays and Saturdays
Luminous Mysteries: Thursdays
Sorrowful Mysteries: Tuesdays and Fridays
Glorious Mysteries: Wednesdays and Sundays.

For more on the Holy Rosary and its Mysteries, please visit:

Read the fifteen promises of Our Lady to those who pray the Holy Rosary: