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Joyful Mysteries of The Rosary
Five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Annunciation to Mary
Picture the scene of the Annunciation. God proposes the mystery of the
Incarnation which He will accomplish in the Virgin Mary but not until she
has given her consent. The accomplishment of the mystery is held in suspense
awaiting the free acceptance of Mary. At this moment Mary represents all of
us in her own person; it is as if God is waiting for the response of the
humanity to which He longs to unite Himself. What a solemn moment this is!
For upon this moment depends the decision of the most vital mystery of
But see how Mary gives her answer. Full of faith and confidence in the
heavenly message and entirely submissive to the Divine Will, the Virgin Mary
replies in a spirit of complete and absolute abandonment: "Behold the
handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy word." This "Fiat"
is Mary's consent to the Divine Plan of Redemption. It is like an echo of
the "Fiat" of the creation of the world. But this is a new world, a world
infinitely superior, a world of grace, which God will cause to arise in
consequence of Mary's consent, for at that moment the Divine Word, the
second person of the Blessed Trinity, becomes Man in Mary: "And the Word was
made Flesh and dwelt among us."
The Visitation of Mary
See how the Holy Spirit greets the Virgin Mary through the mouth of Elizabeth:
"Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb! And
blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be
accomplished that were spoke to thee by the Lord." Blessed indeed, for
by this faith in the word of God the Virgin Mary became the Mother of
What finite creature has ever received honor such as this from the Infinite
Being? Mary gives all the glory to the Lord for the marvelous things which
are accomplished in her. From the moment of the Incarnation the Virgin
Mother sings in her heart a canticle full of love and gratitude.
In the presence of her cousin Elizabeth she allows the most profound
sentiments of her heart to break forth in song; she intones the "Magnificat"
which, in the course of centuries, her children will repeat with her to
praise God for having chosen her among all women:
"My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid...
Because He Who is mighty has done great things for me
And holy is His name."
The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Virgin Mary sees in the Infant that she has given to the world, a child in
appearance like all other children, the very Son of God. Mary's soul was
filled with an immense faith which welled up in her and surpassed the faith
of all the just men of the Old Testament; this is why she recognized her God
in her own Son.
This faith manifests itself externally by an act of adoration. From her very
first glance at Jesus, the Virgin prostrated herself interiorly in a spirit
of adoration so profound that we can never fathom its depth. In the heart of
Mary are joined in perfect harmony a creature's adoration of her God and a
Mother's love for her only Son.
How inconceivably great the joy in the soul of Jesus must have been as He
experienced this boundless love of His Mother! Between these two souls took
place ceaseless exchanges of love which brought them into ever closer unity.
O wonderful exchange: to Mary Jesus gives the greatest gifts and graces, and
to Jesus Mary gives her fullest cooperation: after the union of the Divine
Persons in the Blessed Trinity and the hypostatic union of the divine and
human natures in the Incarnation, no more glorious or more profound union
can be conceived than the union between Jesus and Mary.
The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
On the day of the Presentation God received infinitely more glory than He had
hitherto received in the temple from all the sacrifices and all the
holocausts of the Old Testament. On this day it is His own Son Jesus Who is
offered to Him, and Who offers to the Father the infinite homage of
adoration, thanksgiving, expiation and supplication.
This is indeed a gift worthy of God. And it is from the hands of the
Virgin, full of grace, that this offering, so pleasing to God, is received.
Mary's faith is perfect. Filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, she has
a clear understanding of the value of the offering which she is making to
God at this moment; by His inspirations the Holy Spirit brings her soul into
harmony with the interior dispositions of the heart of her Divine Son.
Just as Mary had given her consent in the name of all humanity when the
angel announced to her the mystery of the Incarnation, so also on this day
Mary offers Jesus to the Father in the name of the whole human race. For she
knows that her Son is "the King of Glory, the new light enkindled before the
dawn, the Master of life and death."
The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
"How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My
Father's business?" This is the answer that Jesus gave to His Mother when,
after three days' search she had the joy of finding Him in the Temple. These
are the first words coming from the lips of the Word Incarnate to be
recorded in the Gospel.
In these words Jesus sums up His whole person, His whole life, His whole
mission. They reveal His Divine Sonship; they testify to His supernatural
mission. Christ's whole life will only be a clarifying and magnificent
exposition of the meaning of these words.
St. Luke goes on to tell us that Mary "did not understand the word that He
spoke." But even if Mary did not grasp the full significance of these words,
she did not doubt that Jesus was the Son of God. This is why she submitted
in silence to that Divine Will which had demanded such a sacrifice of her
"Mary kept these words of Jesus carefully in her heart." She kept them in
her heart, for there was the tabernacle in which she adored the mystery
concealed in the words of he Son, waiting until the full light of
understanding would be granted her.
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