“The pains she escapes in childbirth she bears at the time of His Passion.”. Blessed art thou among women.”. And anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him”. 10) “Woe to him that is alone, for when he falleth he hath not one to lift him up.” In matrimony the education of offspring in what is good is highly esteemed, but not the loss of Virginity. The angel gives the reason why she was full of grace, that is, because the Lord was with her in a singular manner, so that He wrought in her the singular work of the Incarnation of the Word. Mary learns from the Angel Gabriel that God wishes her to be the mother of God and she humbly accepts. Any who dare to compose or bring forth or produce another creed for the benefit of those who wish to turn from Hellenism or Judaism or some other heresy to the knowledge of the truth, if they are, In the same way if any should be discovered, whether bishops, clergy or laity, thinking or teaching the views expressed in his statement by the priest, the manner of the incarnation of the only begotten Son of God —. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Mary Visits Elizabeth Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Most Blessed of all women. 51 He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. A decree about the autonomy of the church of Cyprus. my Lord! Luke 1:42-44. Nor is it to be wondered at. 2. S. Bridget also shows in her Revelations, i. But you are not in the flesh, you are in the spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. For this is the Effect-of Sin; it Separates the Soul, from God: “Your Iniquities have Divided-between you and your God”.” (St Alphonsus Liguori, On the Dolors of Mary). Let us hear Him as He teaches us from His Manger-Throne,—teaching not by word but by example.” I, who with three of my fingers poise the earth’s vast mass, I who did create heaven and earth, the King of Glory and Lord of Majesty, beneath whom the columns of heaven tremble, and they that bear the globe are bowed down,—I, for love of thee alone, 0 man, to deliver thee from thy sin and from the eternal flames of hell, and to bring thee to the happiness of heaven, have come “leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills;”—from heaven have I leapt down upon earth, from the bosom of the Father to the Virgin’s womb. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. For what does he say ? before the arrival either of the Roman legates or the eastern bishops led by, His teaching was examined and judgment passed upon it, which. Our free will is the only thing in the world that is our own. xii. THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES by St. Alphonsus de Ligouri. 3, “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib,”—such is the explanation given on these passages by S. Jerome, Nazianzen, Cyril, Paulinus, and others, quoted by Baronius. 46 And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. 22 ud Eustochium), John of Avila, commenting on Lev. “In his mother’s womb he was filled with the spirit of prophecy.” So a1so S. Cyril, S. Ambrose, S. Chrysostom. Mary’s “Amen” Mary Full of Grace. 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: 32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. S. Bridget, Revel. Rosary Meditations As part of the efforts of the St. John Paul II Society to promote devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, we have created these meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary.  Ibid. Mary and Joseph were presenting the Only Begotten Son to the Eternal Father, in a temple that was merely the shadow and copy of the real temple in heaven. Truly, 0 Blessed Virgin, thou hadst no need for purification; but had thy Son need of circumcision? They may also be read with one meditation for each Ave or stopped and meditated upon further when one is found to be compelling. the Resurrection of Jesus. 17 And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. In answer to Scaliger’s argument, it may be urged that in warm climates, such as Palestine, flocks stay in the fields even in winter; whether in the open air, or in sheds prepared for the purpose, such as there doubtless would have been in “the Tower of Edar.” So in Italy one sees sheep and cattle feeding on the plains the whole winter. In this mystery we see Mary and Joseph present Jesus at the temple as was the Jewish tradition. Announce “ The Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity of Our Lord ” and then say the Our Father. The reasons why Christ would be made Man and born on earth were many. Eve was the originator of sin, Mary of merit.” Peter Chrysologus (Serm. Jesus asks leave of His parents to spend time with kinsfolk and then quietly withdraws to the temple. And let the Sybil of the Gentiles tell us in Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are the final of the three traditional sets of events in the life of Christ and His Blessed Mother upon which Catholics meditate while praying the rosary. You may use them as they are written or adapt them as you wish. Moreover as, when the Son of God was conceived, He entered throughout the whole body of the Virgin with His Divinity, so, when he was born with His Humanity and His Godhead, He was poured forth throughout her body, like all its sweetness shed whole from the bosom of the rose, the glory of maidenhood remaining entire in His Mother.”. Shortly afterwards, probably in 436, Nestorius was definitely sent into exile by the emperor . So says Ribadaneira in his life. I imagine her kneeling in wonderment at the angel Gabriel, his hands encompassing hers, his forehead pressed against hers as he tells her of God’s great plan. Mary embarks on a long journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth so that she may announce the conception of the Word, cleanse St John, congratulate her kinswoman, and give example of humility and charity for all to follow. Jerusalem, according to Albertus Magnus and S. Bonaventura; but Jerusalem is generally mentioned by name, Jerusalem also is in the tribe of Benjamin, not of Judah. Perhaps Mary also reflected on these questions, wondering at the sweetness and respect with which God introduces himself into our lives, as a fellow pilgrim who lives our lives with us, whose questions make us reflect and grow, who listens to us with kindness and interest, and who perhaps has obeyed us—answering our prayers, forgiving our sins in confession, coming into our hearts in holy Communion— far more than we have obeyed him. If Mary Wept the Absence of her Son for Three (3) Days, how should Sinners Weep, who have Lost Divine Grace, and to-whom God says: “You are not My People, and I will not be yours”. He began in the humble position of one who listens and asks questions. Christ was placed in the manger for two reasons; first, because there was no place better fitted to hold Him—the straw in it forming a kind of bed on which the tender babe might repose; and, secondly, that in the rigour of winter, He might be warmed by the breath of the ox and the ass. 16 And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. The Joyful Mysteries. So says Bede. We do not permit anyone in any way to upset the defined faith or the creed drawn up by the holy fathers who assembled at Nicaea as the times demanded. 35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. Imagine how Mary’s heart shone with a love spanning the tender, protective love of a mother holding her baby in her arms and the profound adoration of a soul adoring her Creator and Lord in the flesh. This rosary meditation focuses on The Fourth Joyful Mystery — The Presentation of our Lord.. Tertium Mysterium Gaudiosum: Nativitas. Still she did not undergo the Sacrament of Penance, because she had no sins of her own to confess. The Annunciation is the Mystery of the joy of freedom. Rather do we follow the divine Paul who clearly proclaimed: “The first man was of the earth, earthly, the second man is the Lord from heaven”. de Assump. Am I, Christ, the King of kings, born poor and needy, and dost thou, 0 Christian, seek after comforts and riches? I answer that they are said to have been full of grace, but in different ways. . 6. From the moment of her Immaculate Conception, God prepared Mary to be the mother of the Incarnate Word. For all these are tokens of the flesh which had been derived from the earth, which He had recapitulated in Himself, bearing salvation to His own handiwork. The Resurrection – Jesus rises from the dead three days after his crucifixion.. Scripture. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Mary says to Him in wonder and reverence, “Son, why has Thou done so to us? I brought Him forth as thou hast now seen me, kneeling alone in prayer in the stable. St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies. Rosary Meditations & Prayers . For God judges nothing to be acceptable except what is truly in itself acceptable; wherefore when He makes any one just and acceptable to Himself, He bestows upon him the gift of justice and inherent grace. behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. By Tom Hoopes, June 25, 2016. 33 And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him. So S. Ambrose, Augustine, &c. We may learn here how great was the zeal and love for virginity which the Blessed Virgin had, because, as Nyssen says, “she preferred chastity to the angelic tidings; and preferred being a virgin to being absolutely the Mother of God, as S. Anselm says. And it has, in fact, happened that the first compact looses from the second tie, but that the second tie takes the position of the first which has been cancelled. 19 But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. They are working, preparing for Elizabeth’s baby, quietly conversing, and praying. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” In this mystery, ask Mary to help you see and touch this goodness of Jesus in your own life. He also began in the humility of a boy who obeys his parents. 2 The Holy Spirit and the Church are in fact inseparable. Instead he is to be subjected to the bishops of his own province and the surrounding metropolitans, provided they be orthodox, even to the extent of being completely deposed from the rank of bishop. For, as we have just said, that creed is sufficient both for the knowledge of godliness and for the repudiation of all heretical false teaching. Our Father... 1. Mary and Joseph also redeem their offered Son according to the law with five shekels, which are said to represent the five wounds of Christ with which He redeems the human race. Mary wraps the Infant in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger, a feeding trough for animals, symbolizing that Our Lord will one day become Food in the holy Eucharist. If it is so, be it so.” Whence on hearing immediately from Gabriel that she would conceive not by a man, but by the Holy Spirit, she immediately breaks forth with great joy of heart, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And even as she, having indeed a husband, Adam, but being nevertheless as yet a virgin (for in Paradise they were both naked, and were not ashamed, Genesis 2:25inasmuch as they, having been created a short time previously, had no understanding of the procreation of children: for it was necessary that they should first come to adult age, and then multiply from that time onward), having become disobedient, was made the cause of death, both to herself and to the entire human race; so also did Mary, having a man betrothed [to her], and being nevertheless a virgin, by yielding obedience, become the cause of salvation, both to herself and the whole human race. Therefore, when in meditation if one’s mind and heart are particularly found to be directed to God in charity or contemplation, the soul should remain there as long as God permits. 28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. [20*] “By these Words, she had no Idea of Reproving Jesus, as Heretics Blasphemously Assert, but only meant to express to Him, the Grief proceeding from the Great Love she Bore Him, which she had Experienced during His Absence” (St Alphonsus Liguori, On the Dolors of Mary). S, A blessing to be all together for our 51st anniver, One of the great beauties of the Catholic Church i, @ecyd_in_dc had a Holy Hour for Advent All are astonished at His wisdom and answers. Because there was no room for them in the inn—namely, for Mary and Joseph. Her virginity and womb remains intact, “as the rays of the sun penetrate glass.”. But I turn to a subject more fitting to myself and remind you as a brother in Christ always to be very careful about what you say to the people in matters of teaching and of your thought on the faith. This guided centering prayer (or meditation) of the Holy Rosary will take you on a journey through the Joyful Mysteries. 1. The firstborn is he who is born first, though no other be begotten after him; for such an one enjoys the rights and privileges of primogeniture. In this Paul was their teacher who, when he remembers the divine becoming man and then wishes to introduce the suffering, first mentions “Christ”, which, as I have just said, is the common name of both natures and then adds an expression which is appropriate to both of the natures. Ver.  St John of Damascus, de Fide, lib. SCRIPTURE: Announcement of the Birth of Jesus. God reveals to a just and devout man Simeon that he will not see death until he sees the Messiah. The Rosary is most effective when we meditate on the mysteries. Say 15 times a day from St. Andrew's Day (30 November) until Christmas If the number of those who are distressed is very large, then surely we should use every skill and care to remove scandals and to expound the healthy word of faith to those who seek the truth. Thou hadst become as the horse and the mule that have no understanding. iv. The emperor therefore decided to summon it together with his co-emperor Valentinian III and with the agreement of Pope Celestine I. Theodosius’s letter of 19 November 430 requested all those who had been summoned to be present at Ephesus on 7 June 431, the feast of Pentecost. Whereupon deservedly the angel proclaims her Blessed above all women. 49 And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? (Luke 1:26-38) The Fruit of the Mystery: Humility. The most effective way to achieve this end will be zealously to occupy ourselves with the words of the holy fathers, to esteem their words, to examine our words to see if we are holding to their faith as it is written, to conform our thoughts to their correct and irreproachable teaching. They were also acknowledging that this child was not their own, and that his first bond of kinship was to his Heavenly Father. The first is that of Lev. 30 Mansell Court, Suite 103 Joyful Mysteries . All other quotes may be found in the Scriptures cited after each mystery above. Ver. Luke 1:28, 31, 38. And so she appropriated whatever is good in the threefold state of women, and whatever is evil she rejected. 38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. Listen to another witness if you will: “Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called the Christ. . And on this account does the law term a woman betrothed to a man, the wife of him who had betrothed her, although she was as yet a virgin; thus indicating the back-reference from Mary to Eve, because what is joined together could not otherwise be put asunder than by inversion of the process by which these bonds of union had arisen; so that the former ties be cancelled by the latter, that the latter may set the former again at liberty. 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