The Glorious Mysteries
The Glorious Mysteries reveal the mediation of the great Virgin, still more abundant in fruitfulness. She rejoices in heart over the glory of her Son triumphant over death, and follows Him with a mother’s love in His Ascension to His eternal kingdom; but, though worthy of Heaven, she abides a while on earth, so that the infant Church may be directed and comforted by her “who penetrated, beyond all belief, into the deep secrets of Divine wisdom” (St. Bernard).
– Pope Leo XIII
Recited on Wednesdays and Sundays
The Resurrection of 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. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. And the angel answered and said unto the women: “Fear not ye! For I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here. For he is risen, as he said”.
The risen Jesus has proved that man, together with Him, can have power over sin and therefore death. Jesus, help raise us, deliver us from sin, from evil, give us Your light, give us Your joy. Rekindle inside us the love, the faith, the hopefulness, and the gift of prayer. Let us ask Mary for the gift of an unshakeable faith.
- On the third day He arose as he foretold.
- When Mary Magdalene and some other women arrived at the tomb, they saw that the entry stone had been rolled away.
- There appeared two men in dazzling garments where Jesus had been laid.
- The two angels told the women He had risen as He had foretold.
- He went to Emmaus and recounted for them all the scriptures, from Moses through the prophets, which referred to Him.
- When He had seated Himself with them to eat, He took bread, pronounced the blessing, then broke the bread and began to distribute it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, whereupon He vanished from their sight.
- He appeared several times to the apostles over the course of 40 days and gave them the power to baptize and forgive sins.
- Christ died to bring us to new life.
- He came that we might have life to the full.
- The good news is that Jesus has died and that He has risen.
The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven
And as they are speaking these things, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith to them, “Peace to you”; being amazed, and becoming affrighted, they were thinking themselves to see a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are ye troubled? and wherefore do reasonings come up in your hearts? see my hands and my feet, that I am he; handle me and see, because a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me having.” And having said this, he shewed to them the hands and the feet. … “And, lo, I do send the promise of my Father upon you, but ye — abide ye in the city of Jerusalem till ye be clothed with power from on high.” And he led them forth without — unto Bethany, and having lifted up his hands he did bless them, and it came to pass, in his blessing them, he was parted from them, and was borne up to the heaven.
Jesus, You have not deserted Your apostles in anguish, but have given them the joy of knowing Jesus “glorified” over 40 days . After Your Ascension, You granted to all those who seek You the gift of receiving You in the Eucharist. Through Mary we trust in you. Mary, give us the gift of hope.
- They went out of the town of Bethany and Jesus gave them his final blessing.
- He raised His arms and ascended into heaven.
- They stood below in utter amazement at what had happened.
- Think of what it would be like to see Jesus ascend bodily into heaven.
- Imagine the grief in Mary’s and the apostles’ hearts to see Him go!
- Jesus has not left. He remains with us in His divinity and humanity in the Eucharist today.
- He longs for us to come and receive Him. He waits for us to come and be with Him in front of the tabernacle.
- He gave Himself on the cross. He gives Himself this very day in the Eucharist.
- He loved us so much He died for us. He rose to give us new life. As He ascended into heaven he left behind the most precious gift of all–Himself!
- He said, “For John baptized with water but, in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
The Descent of the Holy Ghost
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Jesus, infuse us with the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, enlighten us with the light of Your Spirit, with His strength enter in the deepest parts of our hearts and heal us. Deliver us, fill up our hearts with Your love. Make us apostles of Yours, dear Lord. Let us ask Mary the gift of true love, the gift of prayer from the heart. “Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved Spouse.”
- The apostles were full of fear and locked themselves in the Upper Room.
- When the Holy Spirit descended on Mary and the apostles, what joy for Mary’s Heart!
- Jesus had promised to send the Holy Spirit. A great wind blew and over their heads appeared parted tongues of fire.
- They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues.
- What joy for Mary to see the apostles transformed from fear to fearlessness!
- Oh, Holy Spirit, come to us and fill our hearts with the fire of Your love.
- Where we are full of fear, make us fearless.
- We long to have the courage to do all God asks of us. Oh, Holy Spirit, give us this courage.
- Holy Spirit, lead us to intimate oneness with You, the Father, the Son and Mary.
- Oh, Holy Spirit, set us on fire for love of God.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
Blessed art thou of the most high God above all the women upon the earth; and blessed be the Lord God, which hath created the heavens and the earth, which hath directed thee to the cutting off of the head of the chief of our enemies. … Thou hast done all these things by thine hand: thou hast done much good to Israel, and God is pleased therewith: blessed be thou of the Almighty Lord for evermore. And all the people said, So be it.
–Judith 13:18-20; 15,10
Now that Mary is raised into heaven, She prays for Her sons and daughters, those sons and daughters Jesus left Her when He was on the cross. Mary, pray for us, You know our fears, take us into Your Heart, the Heart of a Mother. Help us now and in the time of our death to be with You in Heaven. We ask of you a devotion to Your Immaculate Heart, where we may take refuge in times of trouble.
- Many years after Jesus’ death Mary was taken up to heaven.
- Imagine her delight to be forever united with her most precious Son.
- Imagine her joy to be united with the Father and the Holy Spirit. She beheld the face of God.
- She had lived her whole life in service of Him. Now she was taken up to her eternal dwelling place.
- Mary has not left. She remains forever with us. She is wherever Jesus is. She is our spiritual mother. She is forever by our side. She loves us. She mothers us with such motherly love!
- Who are we to have Mary as our mother?
- Mary watched it all. A young Mary, an older Mary, a sad Mary, a joyful Mary-Mary, the reflection of Christ’s life!
- To know Christ is to see Him through Mary’s eyes, to feel Him through Mary’s motherhood, to love Him through Mary’s Heart.
- She forever intercedes for her beloved children. She cares for our every need.
- Heaven is our true home.
The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth
There appeared a great sign in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Let us trust in Mary, Let us call to Her, let us love Her, let us confide in Her, because She gives Her all to us. We have a Mother in Heaven who is also a Queen; thus we need to turn to Her with full faith and hopefulness. If we ask for something while praying the Holy Rosary, it will be granted to us. Ask Her for the gift of prayer, a prayer of the heart, said only for love, a love for Her and Jesus. Let us also ask for a consistency of prayer, to always be joined to Her Heart, and therefore to the Heart of Jesus.
- A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
- Mary was crowned queen of heaven and earth. Our most beloved mother now reigns in the court of heaven!
- Imagine her joy to hear the choirs of angelic voices! Imagine her joy to see the angels and saints praising God!
- She–who carried the baby Jesus in her womb, who held Him in her arms, who walked by His side during the Passion, who stood under His cross, who held His lifeless body and watched Him locked in the tomb–was now crowned Queen of Heaven, forever to reign in the court of heaven with her beloved Son.
- If we remain faithful to the Lord until death, we too will receive a crown of life. In heaven shall be found every good.
- Such treasures for us in heaven! The eye has not seen, the ear has not heard the glories that await him who serves the Lord!
- Heaven is the kingdom of God. We are His heirs.
- There is no more thirsting for union with God, no more longing for Him. We will experience such intense union with Him forever.
- We will never want for love again. We will know His love.
- We will see the face of God and live.