The Luminous mysteries tell us of Jesus's earthly ministry, from his baptism to his institution of the Eucharist. They are:
- The Baptism in the Jordan
Qui apud Iordanem baptizatus est.
He Who was baptized in the Jordan.
- The Wedding at Cana
Qui ipsum revelavit apud Canense matrimonium.
He Who revealed Himself at the wedding feast of Cana.
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom
Qui Regnum Dei annuntiavit.
He who announced the Kingdom of God.
- The Transfiguration
Qui transfiguratus est.
He Who was transfigured.
- 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.
Mary, loving mother who tells us to do the will of your Son, pray for us!