We pray for forgiveness for the times where we haven’t accepted God’s plan for us. Do you attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days? We pray that our Church leaders follow and faithfully exercise the teachings of Jesus Christ. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Points to Ponder1. How does He question You?8. Then the angel departed from her. We pray for those who do not practice their faith out of discouragement because they don’t think God hears them. How was it a gentle reminder of Who He was and what He had come to do?18. [http://www.guardianangel.in/ga/96-A-GuardianAngel-Rosary.html In obedience to the Law of Moses, forty days after my Son was born, Joseph and I went to Jerusalem to present my Son before the Lord and to redeem Him with two turtle doves. We pray that we imitate Jesus’ obedience to God by obeying the precepts of the Catholic faith. Do we give our best time, best efforts, best talents? Think carefully about this great mystery of God made Man. (Intention: Aged and Social Justice) What impulse of love made you hurry to visit … [http://www.guardianangel.in/ga/96-A-GuardianAngel-Rosary.html]. overflow:hidden !important; Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the temple to offer Him to God. Mary enters into the house of Elizabeth and her husband Zachary. Mary went in haste. "The Law is made for man, not man for the Law," Christ Himself would later say, yet here is the Holy Family fulfilling the Law even though it does not apply to them. "And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" THE VISITATION. Why was the Temple so important to the Jewish people, including the Holy Family?4. Sakeena’s mother, Turfa, says her daughter is bright and always looking out for her siblings. PRAY: We pray for all refugee children, especially those separated from their parents or who have died on their journeys to safety. I should present Christ in the “temple of the Holy Spirit,” my body. God was giving me a taste of what my Son would be doing during His earthly ministry. It was soon that my Son was born: that the King of Kings would be born a pauper. We pray that we see Jesus in everyone, even our enemies. } She is the cause of our joy. What Eve lost through disobedience, Mary gained again by obedience (Catechism, No. And then those wondrous words emerge from His lips, "Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?". Take away from your life whatever is displeasing to God so that your worship at mass and your worshiping prayer will be acceptable to God the Father. They had their baby in a manger because, like many refugees in the Middle East today, they were on the road and had to make do with what they could find. We consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary, so that she can guide and care for us as her little children. This is the moment of the Incarnation: The Word becomes flesh. They were also acknowledging that this child was not their own, and that his first bond of kinship was to his Heavenly Father. The Eucharist gives me many glimpses. As the body of our Lord is growing in her own womb, Mary spends three months caring for Elizabeth, leaving only shortly before the birth of Saint John the Baptist. special prayer intentions for our country We offer this Rosary for the conversion and peace in our country; that all may live according to the teachings of our Catholic Church, so that families may recover the values of the Catholic faith and for the sanctification and needs of our beloved priests. We lift up to You all parents who are desperately seeking missing children. Any new parents in their shoes would have been worried about sanitation and keeping their baby warm—not to mention their own need for a place to rest. There is a parallel between this mystery and the sacrifice of Abraham which is found in Genesis 22:1-18. Many are traumatized by the violence they’ve witnessed. Joseph and Mary assumed Jesus was with members of their close-knit extended family in which cousins were “brothers.”. The Visitation. Reflection: All of the joyful mysteries are somehow tinged with sorrow, but they are also touched with light and glory. You obey this command when you pray the Rosary and especially when you meditate upon this mystery, the Visitation. For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." } “Through my prayers to God I feel optimistic that tomorrow will be a better day,” Hassan says. Their obedience to the Law was not lessened by their purity of soul but made all the greater. But they also share a spiritual kinship because of how the Holy Spirit is acting in their lives, fashioning the Messiah and his prophet deep inside their wombs. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Khaled Basheer, the father, says, “We were also very frightened of an attack by [ISIS]. Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. How often do we refuse to let Christ into our lives? The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God. float:left !important; Was He acting prophetically? Mary shared in Jesus' mission of saving the human race. God even used the oppression of the Roman government to bring about your salvation: because in this time of oppression, my Son, your Savior, was born. Mary responded to Elizabeth with another famous prayer the Magnificat which is taken directly from St. Luke's Gospel chapter 1:46-55... And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Let us pray for the strength to not put our earthly desires ahead of our Heavenly needs. I was praying that soon the Messiah would come to take away all hatred: to take away all sins from my people. She might not be believed. Second Joyful Mysteries - Your Intentions. The angel assured me, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you: the shadow of the Most High will enwrap you and the child to be born of you will be called Son of God." This is an important mystery to focus on, not just during the Christmas season, but throughout the year. Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. Use the following story to help you set the scene... During the Angel Gabriel's appearance to Mary, he also tells her that her cousin Elizabeth is expecting a baby. We pray for the elderly and dying, that they have lived the faith to the best of their abilities so that they may go peacefully into God’s kingdom. Are you amazed by Jesus? He was their Son, so they knew Him well, and they must have remembered all that had happened at His birth. Reflect on how Mary treasured all these things in her heart. 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. This is one more occasion when Mary is obedient to God's laws. Elizabeth is much older than Mary and was thought to be infertile because of her age and because she had no children. We pray that God lovingly nudges those who have swayed from God’s path back to His truth. Are they pure?3. Childless until now, Elizabeth is beyond the normal childbearing years; she has even hid herself from the eyes of others because her pregnancy is so unexpected. } Imagine being all-powerful God – and limiting yourself to the abilities of a baby. Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to his mission: “I must be about my Father’s work” (Catechism, 534). When I think of this mystery the first word that comes to my mind is “humility.”  Jesus came into this world in the humblest of surroundings. Simeon was content after one glimpse of Christ. Mary is like a magnifying glass. Ponder what it means to lose Jesus and search for Him.10. Do you recognize her for who she is and treat her accordingly?6. Mary knew that Jesus would one day be offered to God as a true sacrifice. Intention: Priestly obedience of faith. How could they ever endure it if something had happened to Him? So what does it mean to refer to the "days of her purification"? margin:0px !important; We pray that we take the time to periodically examine our conscience and remember to confess our sins. He was born surrounded by peasant shepherds, not a royal court. Like Christ, we must be about the Father's business in our own lives—at every moment of every day. God promised Simeon that he would see the Savior before he died. Here are a few intentions I use for each mystery. We pray for those who have a broken family life, that they look to the Holy Family for guidance. With no end in sight to the conflict in their homeland, Syria, they continue to live in limbo. Think about how the Jerusalem Temple was the center of Jewish worship. Are you focused or distracted at Mass? It says so right in the New Testament, "All generations shall call me blessed.". FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: Purity of Mind and Body. What was Jesus teaching? #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li{ You also can find Jesus through the arms of Mary. Can an artist truly, literally, fully become part of the very painting that he or she creates? What does it mean to scatter the proud in the thoughts of their hearts?15. Jesus looked at me with Love and yet with conviction and He said to me, "But why were you looking for Me? He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. May also be substituted for the Glorious Mysteries on the Sundays from Epiphany until Lent, if desired. Guide them and guard them on their journeys.Petition – Lord, we beg You, make us lowly and humble before You. But Mary models this for us. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? How wonderful is this poverty! This is a powerful way to cover many things in the Holy Rosary recitation altogether. “The sword of sorrow predicted for Mary announces Christ’s cross” (Catechism, 529). Because of the immensity of Love that the Lord had filled me with, I felt no pain at His birth. We pray for expecting mothers, especially those with unplanned pregnancies (like Mary) and those who are scared of their future. The Lord is with thee.”, The Angel assures her: “Fear not . margin-bottom: -1px !important; Do you believe that God fulfills His promises?14. he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. [https://www.fullycatholic.com/praying-rosary-fifth-joyful-mystery/]. The Visitation took place when Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth. Jesus was missing three days. See the face of my Son in those in need, those in want, and respond in love to Him. . "The Beatitudes," writes Fr. "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3). Reflection: There had never been a presentation like the one that took place in the Temple that day, and there never would be again. Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. Please bring them home safely. This mystery shows that it is important not to neglect the duty of teaching children about God and His laws. They are working, preparing for Elizabeth’s baby, quietly conversing, and praying. There was pure joy at the coming of my Son. They’ve been there ever since. What did they do and talk about?18. Prayer, Prayer, and More PrayerBlessing and adoration – Dearest Jesus, we kneel before You in silent adoration, blessing You for Your wisdom and love. (Luke 2:49). They lived in a tent outside Aleppo after their home was bombed, but unlike many other refugee families, every member survived and they remain together. She is transparent, but she makes the Lord appear bigger to those who look at and through her. The Lord is with you.”But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. I was presenting to God, the Father, your Redeemer in anticipation of the sacrifice He would make on Calvary for your salvation. As soon as I realized by Gabriel's message that Elizabeth, my cousin, who had been barren for a long time and who was yet now old, had nonetheless conceived, I was prompted by God's grace to go to help her in her need. My heart was torn in two: the sufferings predicted by Simeon were already starting. Yet she obeyed it anyway. Mary had conceived the Son of God as a virgin; she gave birth to the Savior of the World, and her virginity remained intact; through her piety and that of Saint Joseph, she would remain a virgin for her entire life. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. The Lord of the Universe has become one of His own creatures, a man like us in everything but sin, but even more humble than the best of us, because the Author of Life, in the very moment of His Annunciation, became "obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8). Pray to the Heavenly Father: pray that He will give you the grace through my prayers to accept His will in all things. Do you understand the importance of formal, ritualized worship? The First Joyful Mystery- The Annunciation. margin-right:0px !important; She is all beautiful, all holy, all pure, the pearl of creation. But, in order to be saved you must believe in Him and obey His commandments. Luke 1:26-38. Christ’s religious life was that of a Jew obedient to the law (Catechism, 31). Do I recognize that they are a temporary gift from God and that I should care for them with my life? She pondered the events, knowing that God was active in her life and speaking to her through each and every incident. The Joyful Mysteries. } Like Mary, despite all she carried herself, Malak brings love to others by being present to their needs. God makes our redemption dependent on Mary’s free decision (Catechism, No. Then the angel departed from her. Truly, as Mary responds to her cousin's greeting in the canticle we call the Magnificat, her soul does "magnify the Lord," not least through her love of neighbor. PRAY: We ask the intercession of the Holy Family as we pray especially for all refugees who are raising their families on the road without basic needs and the comforts they once had. Everyone has a mission, especially your children that God has given to you. margin-left:5px !important; Nine months ago, she had given that first “yes” in the garden. Join in a perpetual rosary with others around the world. We pray that we continue to pray even when we doubt God answers us. She may also have recalled the words of the prophetess when they presented Jesus in the temple. Can you think of some events in your life that turned out to be much more meaningful than you realized at first? 511). Joseph and Mary “do not understand” Jesus’ answer, and yet they accept it (Catechism, 534). It appears to make sense at first, but anyone who has taken a class in logic knows that the conclusion that is derived here does not necessarily follow from the first two premises. First Luminous Mystery - Baptism in the JordanIn thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Baptism, which cleanses us of Original Sin and makes us the beloved children of the Father. What great things has God done for you? Yet here are the Son of God and His Mother, both purer than any of us will ever be, abiding by the Law that Christ Himself came not to abolish but fulfill. Seek guidance from the Holy Spirit to direct your heart as you pray. We pray for those who have not gone to confession in a long time, that they may find the courage and humility to become fully united with God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We thank You for dialoguing with us. We pray that we make time to regularly receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and resolve not to commit the same sins again. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. border:0px solid #ddd; She was only 13 or 14; betrothed, but not yet married; and God was asking her to become the Mother of His Son. As an adult, do I look after children placed in my care? Have mercy on us, Lord, and fill us with good things, for we are hungry for You and for Your love. How do you listen to God?7. First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation of Our Lord. Those are just the trappings of this world, the ornamental decorations, while how well you followed Jesus’ path is the real substance. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li { Allow our souls to magnify You. } font-size:16px !important; Mary has just received life-changing news, news that no other woman will ever receive: She is to be the Mother of God. border: 1px solid #121212 !important; Have you ever experienced the fear of losing a child, even for a short time? #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li { And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice." Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me." I was only pondering the message that the angel had given me. } 488). He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." With her thick black hair pulled into a long ponytail, a bright pink T-shirt and multicolored nail polish, Sakeena looks like your typical 11-year-old. They must know all too well the feelings Mary and Joseph experienced when they couldn’t find their son for 3 days. Mary recognized her role in salvation history and proclaimed that a prophecy had been fulfilled. Each mystery is associated with a particular fruit, or virtue, which is illustrated by the actions of Christ and Mary in the event commemorated by that mystery. Because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see. Knowing that, I said, "Behold the handmaid, the servant of the Lord: be it done to me according to Your word. 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