We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Incarnation, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy most Holy Mother, a profound humility.
Scripture “...the angel Gabriel was sent from God... to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin‘s name was Mary. And the angel said unto her: ‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. ..Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus… ... And Mary said: ‘Beold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word.’”
Meditation The love of God descended upon all of humanity when the power of the Most High came upon Mary. It is in Mary that the Word was made Flesh, and it is in Mary that we receive the graces with which He wishes to visit us. Let us, within the Heart of Mary, open our hearts to receive in faith the love He wishes to pour into our souls.
Fatima Reflection “What do you want of me?” It is to a heart thus disposed that God sends His tidings of peace, first through the Heart of Mary, and again to us, through the message given to Lucia. We are all called to give our heart to God in asking Him, “What do you want of me?” Let Him enter in. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Incarnation, come down into my soul and make it truly humble.
THE SECOND JOYFUL MYSTERY
The Visitation “Jesus Sanctifying” +Luke 1:39-56
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the Visitation of Thy Holy Mother to her cousin St. Elizabeth, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through Mary’s intercession, a perfect charity towards our neighbor.
Scripture “[Mary] entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth... [who] cried out with a loud voice, and said: ‘Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb’… ‘... And Mary said: ‘My soul doth magnify theLord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior’. Because He hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;… all generations shall call me blessed… .. holy is his name.’”
Meditation Mary’s faith .brought to us our Savior. Her visit to Elizabeth. is the sharing of her Gift of God’s Promise, Whom He entrusted to her. Our Lady’s Magnificat is her Heart’s proclamation of God’s goodness for those who trust that the Word of the Lord to them will be fulfilled. Let us always proclaim the greatness of the Lord! And our spirit will rejoice in God our Savior! Fatima Reflection The angel comes to visit Mary, God’s humble handmaid in Nazareth. At Fatima, Our Lady visits poor shepherd children, just as she visited her cousin Elizabeth. Jesus is with Mary and in Mary. In her, the splendor of God is revealed., Rays shine forth from beside Him where His power is concealed. (‘Malachi 3:4) Let us approach the Throne of Grace. (Mary), as the children did, to ponder the words that proceeds from her lips to bring tidings of hope and peace. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Visitation, come down into my soul and make it truly charitable.
THE THIRD JOYFUL MYSTERY
TheBirth of Jesus “Jesus Born in Poverty”
Prayer We offer Thee, O Child Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Blessed Nativity, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, detachment from things of this world, love of poverty and love of the poor.
“[Joseph] went up... to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem… .to be enrolled with Mary….. . who was with child…. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn... Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.”
Meditation In fulfilling the duties of their state in life, Mary and Joseph obey Caesar’s decree, bearing patiently with the sufferings and inconveniences this journey entailed. Out of this silent suffering was born our Lord, Who came to be with us, and to accompany us through our own daily trials and sufferings, with a promise of peace.
Fatima Reflection “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased!” What does Our Lady say to those souls who seek peace by embracing the devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, which God willed to be made known at Fatima? “I promise salvation”, She says, “and these souls will be loved by God like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne.” Jesus is ‘born again in the hearts of those who love Him and seek to please Our Lady for His sake. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Nativity, come down into my soul and make me truly poor in spirit.
THE FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY
ThePresentation of Jesus in the Temple “Jesus Sacrificed” +Luke 2:22-35
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Presentation inthe Temple by the hands of Mary, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the gift of wisdom and purity of heart and body.
Scripture “...they carried Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord: ..And to offer a sacrifice. . .And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon... told by God that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord... ‘Behold this childis set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted, And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may he revealed’”.
Meditation Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the Temple according to the prescriptions of the law. Marvel with them atSimeon’s revelations of what Jesus would accomplish during His life …a glory and tragedy to be fulfilled, both then and today: a light to those who are separated from Him, and the glory of His people, the New Israel; yet also a sign of contradiction through divisions found among us the same sword which pierces the soul of Mary today.
Fatima Reflection Our Lady reveals her Heart pierced with thorns on every side, outraged by the sins of humanity, and she seeks reparation.”…. God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” “Do not offend the Lord our God anymore because He is already so much offended.” One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Purification, come down into my soul and make it truly wise and pure.
THE FIFTH JOYFUL MYSTERY The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple “Jesus, Wisdom Manifested” +Luke 2:42-52
We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Finding in the Temple among the learned men by Our Lady, after she had lost Thee, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, to convert us and help us amend our lives, and also to convert all sinners, those who have fallen away from the Church, and those who do not believe in God.
Scripture “And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, and having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and his parents knew it not... ‘Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I sought thee sorrowing’…. ‘How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about My Father’s business?’”
Meditation Seeking Him, Mary and Joseph find Jesus on the third day. Two days of sorrow, followed by the third day of joy, turns into amazement upon their finding Him. A similar loss and finding was to come later - an event which Mary would forever ponder in her Heart: Jesus’ Death and Ressurection. This loss is one that we should never forget, lest we lose Him forever.
Fatima Reflection Our Lady comes to a world that has largely lost Christ due to sin. Mary comes seeking Him among us, His members, to teach us how to find Him through prayer and repentance. Let us seek the Holy Face of Christ in the Eucharist - where He is really and truly present and in each other - where He is veiled under human form, so that in loving God for Himself, and loving each other for His sake, we may experience the joy of finding Him inthis life and in the next. Let us show Him to a lost and suffering world. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, come down into my soul and truly convert me.
THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES
The Baptism of Jesus “Jesus Baptized” +Mark 1:2-11, Matthew 3:1-17 / Luke 3:15-22 / John 1:29-37
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Holy Baptism, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a firm determination to fulfill our baptismal vows.
Scripture “It came to pass, in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And forthwith coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit as a dove descending, and remaining on Him. And there came a voice from heaven: ‘Thou art My beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased.’”
Meditation As the Lord Jesus submits to John’s baptism of repentance and enters the waters of the Jordan River, He not only makes known His willingness to take on our sins as the Lamb of God, but He also sanctifies the waters of our own baptism. We enter into these hallowed waters, are cleansed of all sin and are drawn into the bosom of the Holy Trinity. May we have the faith to see the heaven that was torn open for us and for our salvation.
Fatima Reflection Jesus comes to communicate His desire to form a binding Covenant of Love with the whole human race. It is already accomplished in the bond He has formed Heart to Heart with Mary — OurTwo-in-One Paragon of Love and Love’s response. As we have entered the waters of this Covenant at Baptism, let us now enter upon the way Jesus and Mary lived and pointed out to us in the relationship of these Two Hearts revealed in Our Lady’s Message at Fatima. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of Our Lord’s Baptism, come down into my soul and make me truly committed to keep my baptismal vows.
THE SECOND LUMINOUS MYSTERY TheWedding Feast at Cana “Jesus Manifests His Divinity”
+ John 2:1-11
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the Wedding Feast at Cana where Thou didst perform Thy first miracle at the request of Thy Blessed Mother, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through Her intercession, the grace of fidelity and generosity in Thy service.
“…... there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus also was invited, and His disciples…..And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to Him: ‘They have no wine.’… ‘... His mother saith to the waiters: ‘Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.’”
Meditation in order to make known to His disciples the New Covenant that will transform the old, Jesus, at the prompting of His Mother, changed water into choice wine. He performs the miracle that anticipates the transformation of wine into Blood in the Passover cup. May we find, in the faith-filled petitions of the Mother of God, a source of new faith; and may we be faithful to the sacramental grace that flows from the open side of the Lamb who was slain.
Fatima Reflection Atthe Last Vision, the Eucharistic Cup receives the Blood that flows from Jesus’ Face and Side, with Our Lady at His side as though to beckon us to participation: “Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as anact of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication far the conversion of sinners”…..“and say many times.. ‘O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ Thou has saved the best wine until now!” One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of Our Lord’s first miracle, come down into my soul and make me faithful and generous.
THE THIRD LUMINOUS MYSTERY The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the Call to Repentance “Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom” +Mark l: 14-15 Matthew 13:24-34 / Matthew 13:36-43 / Matthew 13:44-52
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the Proclamation of Thy Kingdom and the Call to Repentance, and we ask of’ Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, an awareness of God’s Kingdom within us and to be truly repentant.
Scripture “And after that John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying: ‘The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel.’”
Meditation Jesus spent three years proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom. All were blessed to witness the tender, yet fierce love of Israel’s God. In the Gospels we find not only the immensity of God’s saving wisdom in Jesus’ public ministry, but also the bewildering array of responses offered by fallen humanity; and in that story we find our own. May we never tire of drinking from the well of Jesus’ teachings and reverencing the Gospels as the daily bread that alone can satisfy our soul’s hunger for holiness.
Fatima Reflection “What do you want of me?” Lucia’s question at each apparition reveals an eagerness of heart that can be ours in seeking the Will of God. Our Lord instructs, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.” Our Lady comes with a Message for childlike souls who wish to learn of the Kingdom of God. “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God to bear all the sufferings He wills to send you...?” The faithful fulfillment of duties God seeks and requires. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the, Proclamation of God’s Kingdom and Call to Repentance, make me hunger and thirst for a deeper union with Christ present in my soul.
THE FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY TheTransfiguration “Jesus Transfigured” +Mark9:1-8 Luke 9:28-36 / Matthew 17:1-9
We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Transfiguration, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, spiritual courage.
Scripture ……………. Jesus taketh with Him Peter and James and John, and leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves, and was transfigured before them... And there was a cloud overshadowing them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying: ‘This is My most beloved son; hear ye Him.’”
Meditation In this mystery of light, the Lord ascends Mount Tabor to manifest His glory to His inner circle of disciples. They witness Moses and Elijah conversing with the glorified Jesus of His upcoming Passion and discover the unity of the Old Testament’s witness to Jesus’ destiny, as well as the hope that awaits them on the far side of Golgotha. May we also find faith in the mysterious providence of God that penetrates life’s darkest corners. Per Crucem ad Lucem: “Through the Cross to the Light.”
Fatima Reflection Our Lady, transfigured in her heavenly state, opened her hands and bathed the children in light which penetrated their souls, making them see themselves in God. They were caught up in the ecstasy of what participation in the life of God means: “O most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the Most Blessed Sacrament!” This memory was to carry them through their trials, just as the Blessed Sacrament will be our strength during ours. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Transfiguration, come down into my soul and strengthen it in fortitude.
THE FIFTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY The Institution of the Holy Eucharist “Jesus Gives Himself as Food” +Luke 22:14-20 Mark 14:22-26 / Matthew 26:26-30
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the Holy Eucharist, wherein Thou didst sacrificially give Thine own Body and Blood to be our Food, made possible through Mary’s gift of self; and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy most Holy Mother, a deep and intimate love for Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
Scripture “And He said to them: ‘With desire I have desired to eat this pasch with you before I suffer For I say to you, that from this time I will not eat it, till it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
Meditation In the institution of the Eucharist, the Lord Jesus left us a token of a love beyond all human comprehension. So great was His desire to grant us a total sharing in His Divine Life that He shattered the substance of bread and wine and filled them with Himself. It was the gift of His paschal sacrifice that He left mystically hidden in the Eucharist, that we who receive should become what we eat and drink: living sacrifices of love broken and offered for the life of the world. May the Lord, who offered this precious Gift, preserve us in faith, hope, and love, that we may never be parted from Him now or in the world to come.
Fatima Reflection The Fatima Message is Christ-centered in the Heart of Mary. Our Lady leads us to be Eucharistic-centered by uniting our heart with hers. Reparation is an expression of love which consoles the pain of the Beloved. “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.” Offer it “in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference with which He is offended.” ‘ In showing mercy, we are shown mercy. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, come down into my soul and inflame me with the fire of love for Christ truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
The Agony in the Garden “Jesus in His Agony” +Luke 22:39-46 Matthew 26:36-46 / Mark 14:32-42
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Mortal Agony in the Garden of Olives, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, perfect sorrow for our sins and the virtue of perfect obedience to Thy Holy Will.
“…kneeling down, He prayed, saying, ‘Father: if Thou wilt, remove this chalice from Me: but yet not My will, but Thine be done.’ And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in an agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.”
Meditation Jesus’ participation in the anxieties of His agony lead us to consider how to act when it seems all our strength, supports, and even our friends, have left us in our time of need. It is in that moment we must face the knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s Will, and our inner pain of natural resistance, to accept what we have no power to change. “And being in an agony, He prayed the longer.”
Fatima Reflection The children were trained in the exercise of prayer, as directed by the angel, to make sacrifices that were necessary to save souls, and as a means to overcome their own natural feelings of recoiling from difficulty. Falling prostrate, they would pray for hours offering to the Lord all that mortified them, repeating the prayer the angel taught them. Jesus said, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, “yet, like Jesus, these children exercised their will in prayer to overcome temptation and weakness.
One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be’, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of Our Lord’s Agony, Comedown into my soul and make me truly contrite and perfectly obedient to Thy Will.
THE SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY
The Scourging at the Pillar “Jesus Scourged” +Luke 23:13-25 Matthew 27:11-26/ Mark 15:1-15 / John 18:37- 40; 19:1
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy bloody scourging and we ask of Thee, through this Mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, the grace to mortify our senses perfectly.
Scripture “[Pilate] said to them: ‘You have presented unto me this man, as one that perverteth the people; and behold I, having examined Him before you, find no cause... in those things wherein you accuse Him... I will chastise Him therefore, and release Him’…but Jesus he delivered up to their will.”
Meditation Vehemently accused by the chief priests, Jesus did not return accusations or justify Himself before Pilate. And in a man-made hour of mercy, a man of death is chosen to be freed of his prison, while Christ our Life is delivered to death - He Who so desires to free us from the prison we create by what we choose to do of our own free will. How forcefully do we impose our will in our dealings with others? How easily do we back down before the insistent force of those who have no respect for the least among us?
Fatima Reflection The shepherd children, from very early on, had to overcome human respect and the scourging of words: the incessant attention, the false accusations, even threats of death. They held fast to their appointed task, and to the truth, for in Mary they heard His voice. We must all have the determination of martyrs, in the face of every obstacle, to hold firm to the fullness of our Catholic Faith to the end. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of Our Lord’s scourging, come down into my soul and make me truly mortified.
THE THIRD SORROWFUL MYSTERY The Crowning with Thorns “Jesus Crowned with Thorns” + John 19:2-16 Matthew 27:27-31 / Mark 15:16-20
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Cruel Crowning with Thorns, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a great contempt of the world.
Scripture “And the soldiers platting a crown of thorns put it upon His head, and they put on Him a purple garment. And they came to Him, and said. ‘Hail, king of the Jews’;and they gave Him blows... [Pilate] saith to them: Behold the Man …Shall I crucify your king?’ The chief priests answered: ‘ We have no king but Caesar. ‘Then therefore he [Pilate] delivered Him to them to be crucified.”
Meditation Christ is ridiculed as a mock king. They hailed Him as “the Son of David Who comes in the Name of the Lord” upon His entry into the Holy City; yet shortly thereafter, they said, “We have no king but Caesar!” The only earthly crown Jesus accepts is the crown of thorns. What could possibly be a reason for such a radical rejection of Jesus and of His Kingdom? The terms of accepting Christ’s Kingship exclude determining for ourselves the law by which we are to live.
Fatima Reflection In the humble ways of a child, which Jesus bids us to live, the Fatima children submit to the demands of their parents, Church leaders and government officials. Yet in all of its agonizing circumstances, the children kept their priorities straight. There is no power except that which is given from above. Jesus does not use His Power to assert His personal rights; and the Fatima children surrender themselves to God’s Power, Who prevails in the end. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of Our Lord’s Crowning with Thorns, come down into my soul and make me despise the world.
THE FOURTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY
Jesus Carries the Cross
“Jesus Carrying His Cross” +Luke 23:26-32 Matthew 27:32-33/ Mark 15:21-22
We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Carrying the cross and we ask of Thee through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, to give us great patience in carrying our cross in Thy footsteps every day of our life.
Scripture “And as they led Him away... they laid the cross on [Simon ofCyrene] to carry after Jesus... Women... bewailed and lamented Him... ‘Weep not over Me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren... Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us;…Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?’”
Meditation Jesus, as if to bear up the lives of each of us as a family upon His shoulders, takes up His Cross. Without Jesus looking to seek relief, they laid hold of Simon; though not for the sake of charity. Women lament Him, but Jesus directs their grief to the source of His affliction — the rejection by those who had experienced His love. (Luke 23:29-31, Is. 2:19, Rev. 6:16-17)
Fatima Reflection “Penance! Penance! Penance!” was the cry of the avenging angel of the Third Secret whose fiery sword was prevented by Our Lady from striking the earth. “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners,” Our Lady pleads, ‘for many souls go to hell because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.” In imitation of the loving Hearts of Jesus and Mary, let us direct all things to g1orify God, and to save souls, to keep the waters of grace flowing.
One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Carrying of the Cross, come down into my soul and make me truly patient.
THE FIFTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY
The Crucifixion “Jesus Crucified” +John 19:17-30 Matthew 27:33-50 / Mark 15:22-37 / Luke 19:17-30 / Luke 23:33-47
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Crucifixion on Mt. Calvary, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a great horror of sin, a love of the Cross, and the grace of a holy death for us and for those who are now in their last agony.
Scripture “...He went forth to that place which is called Calvary... where they crucified Him...Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother,… ... and the disciple standing whom He loved... ‘Woman, behold thy son’…to the disciple: ‘Behold thy mother.’…when He had taken the vinegar... bowing His head, He gave up the ghost.”
Meditation Jesus experienced utter desolation, refusing to deliver Himself from death. Who overcomes when even faith is at the brink of being lost? The answer is found where the heart is formed: “Woman, behold Thy son.” After that He said to the disciple: “Behold thy. Mother.”“ <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]-->
Fatima Reflection What could motivate children to want to give up their lunch, or refuse to drink water in the heat of summer, or choose to wear stiff bristled ropes day and night, or to suffer still more when a choice is given to go on suffering or receive now the promise of heaven? Today, children and adults alike are unwilling to give up anything that pleases themselves. It is only through devotion to Mary that we can take refuge in her Immaculate Heart and find therein the way that leads us to God. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Death and Passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, come down into my soul and make me truly holy.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES The Resurrection “Jesus Risen from the Dead” +Luke24:36-48 Matthew 28:1-15/Mark 16:1-14 /Luke 24:1-12 /Luke 24:13-35/ John 20:1-10/John 20:11-18/John 20:19-29/John 21:1-14
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Triumphant Resurrection, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a lively faith.
Scripture “And He said to them: ‘Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead, the third day: and that penance and remission of sins should be preached in His name, unto all nations…you are witnesses of these things.’”
Meditation Jesus, having conquered death with life, and sin with love, appears to the women and His followers, at various times and in various ways, to deliver a pro-life message that goes beyond what this finite existence is able to contain. Christ’s power is over life and death in this world and in the next! LOVE is more powerful than death; LIFE reaches beyond the grave for those who believe. Suffering has saving power! Penance, and remission of sins in Christ, saves souls.
Fatima Reflection The day of the miracle had arrived. Not since the resurrection was a miracle of this magnitude ever foretold. Undaunted by the fears of those who said it might not take place, Lucia believed; and her faith was not disappointed. Our Lady keeps her promises. The sun displayed its power, pilgrims cried out for mercy, some confessed their sins and conversions took place. Let us enter into partnership with Mary and faithfully keep our commitments for true peace. God cannot be outdone in generosity.
One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Resurrection, come down into my soul and make me truly faithful.
THE SECOND GLORIOUS MYSTERY
The Ascension “Jesus Ascending to Heaven” +Acts 1:4-12 Matthew 28:18-20 / Mark 16:15-20/ Luke 24:46-53
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of Thy Glorious Ascension, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Thy Blessed Mother, a firm hope and a great longing for Heaven.
Scripture “...you shall be witnesses unto Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. And when He had said these things…He was raised up: and a cloud receivedHhim out of their sight.”
Meditation All that Jesus said and did, His Life He gave, His Spirit He imparted, was entrusted to His apostles that they might preach to all nations, giving what they had received. As members of His Body, we, too, have a part in this commission to live out in our own lives what we have received from Christ in body and in spirit. His ascension into heaven is the incense of our presence in Christ before the Father, Who presents all our love and needs to Him, until God’s Plan is fulfilled in making Jesus and Mary known and loved.
Fatima Reflection Our Lady drew all three children to live a way of life that brought them to the heights of holiness in a very short period of time. Jacinta and Francisco were taken to heaven soon. But Lucia was to stay here some time longer. Do we recognize in this invitation the same call for us to spread the Gospel in our own day? “Jesus wishes to make use of you to make Me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart.” How will I respond? One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, DecadePrayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Ascension of Our Lord, come down into my soul and make me ready for Heaven.
THE THIRD GLORIOUS MYSTERY
The Descent of the Holy Spirit “Jesus Filling Thee with the Holy Spirit” +Acts 2:1-18, 34-41
Prayer We offer Thee, O Holy Spirit, this decade in honor of Pentecost, and we ask of Thee, through this mystery and through the intercession of Mary, Thy most faithful Spouse, Thy Holy Wisdom so that we may know, really love and practice Thy truth, and make all others share in it.
Scripture “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with diverse tongues... Now when [the multitude] had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart... But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized... in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Meditation Compunction of the heart, penance, remission of sins: These are the work of the Holy Spirit, Who helps us choose to live without sin, like Mary “... and they that work by Me, shall not sin.” (Eccli. 24:30) As we come to realize our spiritual birth as members of the Church, let us live a new life for God as children of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Fatima Reflection “Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.”Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, can make supple our heart to receive all the inspirations God wishes to send us. When we deny ourselves, we can be moved by inspiration. Jesus can use us to bring light to a world in darkness which is moved only by its lusts and self interests. Let sacrificial love be the moving force of your life as the Fatima children allowed themselves to be moved, no longer acting according to their feelings and personal desires. One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mystery of Pentecost, come down into my soul and make me truly wise in the eyes of the Almighty God.
THE FOURTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY Our Lady’s Assumption “Jesus Raising Thee up Body and Soul into Heaven” + Ecciesiasticus 24:22-32 Ecclesiasticus 24:1-11 / Ecclesiasticus 24:12-19
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Thy Holy and Blessed Mother, Body and Soul into Heaven, and we ask of Thee, through these two mysteries and through her intercession, ‘the gift of true devotion to her to help us live and die in holiness.
Scripture “I am the mother of fair love, and of fear and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits.. .He that hearkeneth to me, shall not be confounded... They that explain me shall have life everlasting.”
Meditation “Then the Creator of all things commanded, and said to me: and He that made me, rested in my tabernacle” (Eccli. 24:12). All that can be said of Mary can be expressed in saying that she is all that any of us want to be in loving Jesus with the fullness of that love, which He deserves. She is the perfection of all the love He desires from us. We can offer our hearts to Him, united to hers, offering a total love, which makes up for our deficiencies. Our Lady’s assumption into heaven is the incense of our presence in Mary’s Immaculate Heart before Christ, who presents all of our love and needs to Him, to help us be disposed to fulfill God’s Plan.
Fatima Reflection Our Lady made known her desire to have the Rosary recited every day. At the last apparition she held out the Brown Scapular because she wants us to wear it. Our Lady was not communicating a mere symbolic presence. She has given us a means to enter into a mystical union with her, a union which is caught up in the mystery of Mary’s bodily assumption. What does this suggest to you in your offering of prayers at Holy Communion? One Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, One Glory Be, Decade Prayer
Prayer Grace of the mysteries of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary, come down into my soul and make me truly devoted to her.
THE FIFTH GLORIOUS MYSTERY
The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth “Jesus Crowning Thee” +Psalm 44:10-18 Revelation 12:1-8,13-17
Prayer We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this decade in honor of the Glorious Crowning of Thy Blessed Mother in Heaven, and we ask of Thee through this mystery and through her intercession, the grace of perseverance and increase of virtue until the very moment of death and after the eternal crown that is prepared for us. We ask the same grace for all the just and for all our benefactors.
Scripture “On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir... So will the king desire your beauty: he is your lord, pay homage to him… The daughter of the king is clothed with splendor, her robes embroidered with pearls set in gold. She is led to the king with her maiden companions...May the peoples praise you from age to age” [Office of Readings]
Meditation As the world, lost through Adam, was restored through Christ, so also man sinned by the influence of a woman, and by a Woman, the old influence was replaced. Ave reverses Eva, and Life reverses Evil. By means of Mary, Christ crushes the head of Satan; and in the original translation of Gen. 3:15 (“She shall crush thy head”), we see Mary’s role in playing her part in God’s Plan of salvation. As members of His Body, Jesus gathers us together in Himself, with Mary as Type and Model. In her let us allow Christ to use us, too, in fulfilling our part in accomplishing His ultimate victory.
Fatima Reflection “Continue to pray the Rosary everyday in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you.” Our Lady’s role as Mother and Queen is intrinsic in our relationship with God, if we are to live according to God’s pleasure. Not according to our ways does God see things, but according to His own. Therefore, let us fulfill the desire of Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart: to console Him by relieving the wounds directed against our Mother and Queen by means of the reparation of the Five First Saturdays for the conversion of sinners and for peace.
Prayer Grace of the mystery of the Coronation of the Blessed Mother in Heaven, convert sinners, help the dying, deliver the holy souls from purgatory and give us all thy grace so that we may live and die well – and please give us the light of thy glory later on so we may see Thee face to face and love Thee for all eternity. Amen. So be it.
Diocesan Imprimatur: Rev Msgr William Benwell,J.C.L., Vicar General, Diocese of Metuchen, January 17, 2008