The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Mysteries of the Rosary
We conclude our series of Rosary meditations, compiled by a Sister of St Cecilia’s Abbey on the Isle of Wight.
The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
We, too, though we are not witnesses of Christ’s actual resurrection, are so spiritually. By a heart awake from the dead, and by affections set on heaven, we can as truly and without figure witness that Christ liveth, as they did. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself. Truth bears witness by itself to its Divine Author. He who obeys God conscientiously, and lives holily, forces all about him to believe and tremble before the unseen power of Christ.
(PS i, 22, 292-93)
2. The Ascension
O what a time of triumph! They understood it now. They understood how weak it had been in them to grudge their Lord and Master, the glorious Captain of their salvation, the Champion and First fruits of the human family, this crown of His great work. It is the triumph of redeemed man. It is the completion of his redemption. It was the last act, making the whole sure, for now man is actually in heaven. He has entered into possession of his inheritance. The sinful race has now one of its own children there, its own flesh and blood, in the person of the Eternal Son.
(Mediations and Devotions: The Ascension)
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
My God, I adore Thee, as the Third Person of the Ever-Blessed Trinity...As a fire Thou didst come down from heaven on the day of Pentecost; and as a fire Thou burnest away the dross of sin and vanity in the heart and dost light up the pure flame of devotion and affection. It is Thou who unitest heaven and earth by showing to us the glory and beauty of the Divine Nature, and making us love what is in Itself so winning and transporting. I adore Thee, O uncreate and everlasting Fire, by which our souls live, by which alone they are made fit for heaven.
(Meditations and Devotions: The Paraclete, the Fount of Love)
4. The Assumption
One reason for believing in our Lady’s Assumption is that her Divine Son loved her too much to let her body remain in the grave. A second reason – that now before us – is this, that she was not only dear to our Lord as a mother is dear to a son, but also that she was so transcendentally holy, so full, so overflowing with grace. Adam and Eve were created upright and sinless, and had a large measure of God’s grace bestowed upon them; and in consequence, their bodies would never have crumbled into dust, had they not sinned; upon which it was said to them, Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return. If Eve, the beautiful daughter of God, never would have become dust and ashes unless she had sinned, shall we not say that Mary, having never sinned, retained the gift which Eve by sinning lost?
(Meditations and Devotions: The Sinless Mother)
5. The Coronation of Our Lady and the Glory of all the Saints
This is why the Blessed Virgin is called Powerful – nay sometimes, All-powerful, because she has, more than anyone else, more than all Angels and Saints, this great, prevailing gift of prayer. No one has access to the Almighty as His Mother has; none has merit such as hers. Her Son will deny her nothing that she asks; and herein lies her power. While she defends the Church, neither height nor depth, neither men nor evil spirits, neither great monarchs, nor craft of man, nor popular violence, can avail to harm us; for human life is short, but Mary reigns above, a Queen for ever.
(Meditations and Devotions: The Powerful Virgin)
PS: Parochial and Plain Sermons