Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Luminous Mysteries

The Luminous mysteries tell us of Jesus's earthly ministry, from his baptism to his institution of the Eucharist. They are:

  1. The Baptism in the Jordan
    Qui apud Iordanem baptizatus est.
    He Who was baptized in the Jordan.
  2. The Wedding at Cana
    Qui ipsum revelavit apud Canense matrimonium.
    He Who revealed Himself at the wedding feast of Cana.
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
    Qui Regnum Dei annuntiavit.
    He who announced the Kingdom of God.
  4. The Transfiguration
    Qui transfiguratus est.
    He Who was transfigured.
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist
    Qui Eucharistiam instituit.
    He Who instituted the Eucharist.

As you probably know, the luminous mysteries are a fairly recent addition to the Rosary. There have been many people in favor of their addition, and many people who believe them to be a great insult to Mary.

What I know is this:

  • The Rosary is not Liturgy. While traditional and universally known, it is a devotion, and there are several variants.
  • As revealed to St. Dominic, the Rosary is a means of teaching the faith. Blessed John Paul the Great's addition is to the teaching aspect.
  • The luminous mysteries are and always will be optional. If you don't like them, don't say them.
What I know is that Bl. JPM said that these are five mysteries of Christ worthy of meditation. That is all I need to know, totus tuus Maria!

Mary, loving mother who tells us to do the will of your Son, pray for us!

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