53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. The important thing is to meditate on the holy mysteries of salvation. Book 3, Chapter 22. Abiding in the field. But it would be false to apply such ideas to the deity and would involve us in just accusation because of our calumny. This would be the place most becoming to Him, and most consonant to the wishes both of Son and Mother; and from thence she placed Him in the manger. The Agony in the Garden – Jesus prays in Gethsemane on the night before his death.. Scripture. Say 15 times a day from St. Andrew's Day (30 November) until Christmas In our lives too, God gives us spiritual friendships and soul-mates who help us grow closer to him. For Christ, in His Incarnation, is ever calling aloud to us; I have given Myself all to thee, do thou in turn give thyself whole to Me. If any one produces a version which is at variance with what is here decided, the holy and ecumenical synod unanimously decrees it to be of no avail. I hope these meditations enrich your prayer life and prove fruitful for the world. “Not only is the Lord the Son with thee whom thou art clothing with thy flesh, but also the Lord the Spirit by Whom thou art conceiving, and the Lord the Father who begat Him whom thou art conceiving.”, S. Bridget (Revel. So says Ribadaneira in his life. These can be used during or immediately before praying in order to direct and greatly deepen one’s meditation. [10] St Andrew Novena Prayer in Anticipation of Christmas. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus. Hence in Latin ave is Eva reversed, because Mary turned the maledictions of Eve into blessings. 39.—And Mary arose in those days. . I must speak therefore but with brevity. This house is thus described by Adrichomedus on the authority of Nicephorus in his description of the Holy Land, “It is one mile distant from Emmaus, near the hills. Therefore did I take flesh upon Me, that thou mayest eat My flesh, that joining it to thy flesh thou mayest breathe the breath of Heavenly and Divine Life.”. Suarez shows that the grace possessed by the Blessed Virgin in the first instant of her conception was greater than the grace which the highest angel possesses, who by one or two acts has perfected all his merits, and therefore she merited more than thousands of men merit through their whole life. We welcome you to the new Joyful Meditations! 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. This was a day of fulfillment and joy—one of many along a path also rich in crosses. Luke 2:6 And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. Mary said yes. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. And the angel came in unto her, &c. He glided into the chamber of the Virgin as she was praying in secret for the advent of the Messiah and the salvation of men, either through the window or through the door. The following individual meditations contain enough depth to be dwelt upon for an entire decade. When these documents had been read out, the holy synod decreed the following. Also, use them as a springboard to create your own meditations on the Joyful Mysteries. In the end, on 23 April 433, Cyril and John of Antioch made peace. Others also of the saints are said to have been full of the Holy Spirit, as Stephen. [7] Ibid. The usual practice is to meditate on five mysteries each day of the week. Such was the work of the Incarnation and Nativity of the Word,—hitherto inconceivable, and, as it were, incredible to the angels, as being the supreme and appropriate work of the Divine Power, Wisdom, Justice, and Clemency—surpassing every understanding of men and of angels. There’s no point in mindlessly repeating the prayers while our thoughts wander somewhere else. The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary 2. 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). 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. . Both are here printed. Mary’s heart is full of grief in one of her seven sorrows, as she and Joseph diligently search for Him for three long days. On the third day, they rejoice to find Jesus in the Temple — for the place of God incarnate is in the Temple — there is He to be sought and there is He to be found. I think they hope in this way to delight your ears and so they spread abroad uncontrolled expressions. But this is to say, that He also appeared putatively as man when He was not man, and that He was made man while taking nothing from man. Joyful Meditations Ministries provides high quality Sacred, Conservative, Christ honoring music, media, and devotional resources for the entire Christian family, in a non-commercial enviroment, 24x7 throughout the world. We made investigation and the god-fearing and reverent Valerian produced a synodical document concerning these people, which had been drawn up in great Constantinople in the time of Sisinnius of blessed memory. Then I was by him, as one brought up with him.” Prov. St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies. . S. Augustine (Serm. Cornelious Lapide, The Great Biblical Commentary, Gospel of St Luke Chapter 1, v. 44. The First Glorious Mystery. And therefore is that most chosen Mother fitly likened to the burning bush which Moses saw, that took no hurt. All the angels accompanied Christ, their God and Lord, to earth, as all royal households accompany a king when he goes abroad. When we meditate on the Scriptures, the deepest parts of our hearts begin to surface. For you must surely know that almost all our fight for the faith arose in connexion with our insistence that the holy virgin is the mother of God. Luke 2:41 And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch, 42 And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, 43 And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. xv. The mother of S. Francis, being pregnant, and, unable to give birth to her child, advised by a poor pilgrim to betake herself to a stable, did as she was told, and there gave birth to S. Francis, the imitator of Christ’s poverty. Mary said yes. JOYFUL MYSTERIES. For by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers”. 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. The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are the first of the three traditional sets of events in the life of Christ upon which Catholics meditate while praying the rosary. Pope John XXIII composed meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary on a retreat during his later years. 50 And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them. Matthew 1:18 Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. The first is that of Lev. “The last great age, foretold by sacred rhymes, In my view these subsequent views seemed to subvert what came first. There is a question as to what place was the first to receive Christ at His birth. “The holy and great synod states that the only begotten Son, begotten of God the Father according to nature, true God from true God, the light from the light, the one through whom the Father made all things, came down, became incarnate, became man, suffered, rose.”. The same was said of Jael and Judith, but it is said here of the Blessed Virgin in a far more excellent way, for she excelled Jael and Judith, and all virgins and matrons a thousand times in blessings, gifts, and graces. Announce “ The Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity of Our Lord ” and then say the Our Father. Saying “Yes” to Jesus’ invitation to allow Him into our Lives. (Luke 1:26-38) In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 12 But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. Meditating on the conception and early life of Jesus, affords us with the perfect example by which we optimally pattern our lives. The Lord is with thee. This word therefore signifies—1. St. Iraneaus, Against Heresies, Book III, Chapter 22. Not Zacharias; both because he was deaf, and because it was not becoming that a man should be saluted by the Virgin. That he might signify that whatever is most excellent in the threefold condition of women is found in the Blessed Virgin. Let your holiness be persuaded and let no one else cherish any doubt, that we everywhere follow the opinions of the holy fathers especially those of our blessed and glorious father Athanasius, with whose opinions we differ not in the slightest. 47, implies that, at His birth, Christ came of His own accord into the hands of His sweet Virgin Mother, and this may be piously believed with great probability. Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. . 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And it is another rich mystery of meditation… so much to pray and think about: Mary and Joseph’s utter panic… the day and a half it would have taken them to return to Jerusalem, and the ongoing fear in their hearts at having lost the Christ child. Hence the Blessed Virgin incurred no defilement, and therefore was not bound by the law of purification. says, “Gabriel is sent to prepare a chamber worthy of the most pure Bridegroom; he is sent to contract espousals between the creature and the Creator.” Also S. Bernard (Serm 1 de Assump.) Scripture. For virginity is in itself a virtue most pleasing to God, while maternity is not so absolutely. Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. The second, that the mother offer to God a lamb, as a holocaust for her own purification (not that of her child, as S. Augustine would have it), and a young turtle-dove or pigeon as a sin-offering, if she be rich; but if poor, only a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons (Lev. During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town … In order to encourage attitudes of respect and reverence for the mysteries of procreation, the biological facts are presented in the context of a meditation on the joyful mysteries of the rosary. If you apply my words as fraternal medicine, I shall set the words of the holy fathers before you and shall free them from the slander against them and through them against the holy scriptures. It was still inhabited in the time of Saligniacus, and travellers were accustomed to salute it reverently. For there was a conflict in her between the desire of conceiving the Son of God and the fear of losing her virginity: and therefore she obtained both. This retreat was held for the associates of your order in the Chapel of St. Gabriel in the summer of 1883. Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed therefore art thou, 0 Blessed Virgin, in whom the great God became a little child, the eternal God and invisible Creator became a visible creature.” The Blessed Virgin answers, “Why do you compare me with Solomon and his Temple, since I am the mother of Him Who has neither beginning nor end, for the Son of God, Who is my Son, is Priest and King of kings. 40 And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. [12] Ibid, Chapter 2, v. Secondly, as she conceived so she brought forth, remaining a virgin, so that Christ was born while the womb of his mother was closed, and penetrated as the rays of the sun penetrate glass. before the arrival either of the Roman legates or the eastern bishops led by, His teaching was examined and judgment passed upon it, which. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. 10. For, as Maldonatus rightly says, a fountain is full of water, so is a river, so are streams, although there is more water and purer in a fountain than in a river, and in a river than in streams. Galatians 4:4 And again, in that to the Romans, he says, Concerning His Son, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, who was predestinated as the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. “For Mary,” says S. Ambrose, “who before dwelt alone in the secret of her chamber, neither virgin modesty caused to shrink from the public gaze, nor the rugged mountains from fulfilling her purpose, nor the length of the journey from performing her duty.”. 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. ” Consider a further piece of evidence: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. He descended into hell. But in the Syrian language Mary is called Lady, because she brought forth the Lord.”. First, that suffering and dying in the flesh He might redeem us from our sins and from hell. After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…And He returned with His parents to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation If anyone, therefore, says that it was not the very Word from God who became our high priest and apostle, when he became flesh and a man like us, but as it were another who was separate from him, in particular a man from a woman, or if anyone says that he offered the sacrifice also for himself and not rather for us alone (for he who knew no sin needed no offering), let him be anathema. It is better, therefore, with Toletus and Baronius, to suppose that Hebron is meant; for it was situated in the hill country of Judah. This is what Paul says to all. 17 And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. The days are accomplished that Mary should deliver her Son, but there is no room for them in the inn. These men, despite the fact that they were members of the ecclesiastical community, had no licence either to do harm through their priestly dignity or to do good, because some among their number had already been deposed. Cornelious Lapide, The Great Biblical Commentary, Gospel of St Luke Chapter 1, v. 34. Mary risked a lot because she had faith in God’s goodness. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothing and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”, Catechism of the Catholic Church: #437, 535-536. 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. The linked Scriptures are also available for additional insights into the mystery, and the sacred images provide a direction and window into the divine life. “And of His kingdom there shall be no end.”, “Blessed art thou among women, for thou hast brought forth life…The mother of our race brought punishment into the world; the mother of our Lord brought salvation to the world. The Visitation – Mary Visits Elizabeth. formed in purest fashion from the flesh and blood of the Virgin alone His Human Body. of confession and praise, must be reached by us; and in the perfection of faith, hope, and love, we must abide there for three months.”, With haste. 1. Christ is full of grace, like a fountain where grace gushes forth and is collected as in a reservoir, and from which it flows forth to all men, as from a head to the members. The Joyful Mysteries: THE ANNUNCIATION. God intended by means of Elizabeth, being a matron advanced in years, to make known to the world the conception of the Virgin, and the secret Incarnation of the Word that had taken place in her. Wherefore, under the title of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin, many congregations have been instituted for visiting the poor and the sick, and those in prison, and recently under this title S. Francis of Sales, Bishop of Geneva, has instituted a congregation of religious women, who are well known throughout France, for ministering to the sick. . If anyone dares to say that the man who was assumed ought to be worshipped and glorified together with the divine Word and be called God along with him, while being separate from him, (for the addition of “with” must always compel us to think in this way), and will not rather worship Emmanuel with one veneration and send up to him one doxology, even as “the Word became flesh”, let him be anathema. 44.—The babe leaped. For this did I take flesh upon Me, that thou mightest say with Paul, I live now not I, but Christ lives in me. . 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. 2, et seq., that a woman, if she have borne a male child, shall remain unclean for forty days, and then be purified in the temple legally, that is by the sacrificial rite prescribed by the law. In Virgins chastity is praised, but not barrenness; in widows liberty of mind is commanded, but not solitude, for it is written (Eccles. Further S. Thomas (Quæst. Upon seeing Jesus, Simeon said “Now Master, You can dismiss Your … How did you become so perverted in thought and fall into such a sickness of idiocy? well says, “There is no place in the world of greater dignity than the temple of the virginal womb in which Mary conceived the Son of God, nor in heaven is there any place of higher dignity than the royal throne on which her Son has exalted Mary.” And in Serm. That she might announce the conception of the Word to others. Nestorius had already been given permission to revisit his monastery at Antioch, and on 25 October 431 Maximianus was ordained patriarch at Constantinople. If any clerics should apostatise and in private or in public dare to hold the views of Nestorius or Celestius, it is thought right that such should stand deposed by the holy synod. The sense therefore is: “I surely believe that I shall conceive and bring forth Jesus, the Son of God, but I am doubtful as to the way in which this will be. Meditating on the conception and early life of Jesus, affords us with the perfect example by which we optimally pattern our lives. my Lord! Cornelious Lapide, The Great Biblical Commentary, Gospel of St Luke Chapter 2, v. 7. The reconciliation between the Cyrilline party and the eastern bishops was not easy. So the all-wise Peter speaks of “Christ suffering for us in the flesh” and not in the nature of his unspeakable godhead. Saint Josemaría Escrivá's Meditations on the Rosary - Joyful Mysteries. So the Blessed Virgin was all vigorous and in good health, absorbed in the love and contemplation of her Son, each moment expecting His birth, and longing to see and embrace Him. THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES. 48 Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. S. Augustine (Serm xviii de Sanctus) says, “Mary is filled with grace, and Eve is made clear from guilt; the curse of Eve is changed into the blessing of Mary.” Toletus (annotat. 33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end. These questions must be brought to Mary, who suffered this sword in a terrible way, more than any mother, any father. 34.—And Mary said to the angel, &c. The Virgin had no doubt concerning the truth of the prophesy and promise of the angel, as Calvin blasphemously asserts, but she was anxious as to the manner of its fulfilment, lest the conception of a son should involve a loss of virginity, and a breaking of the vow which she had made concerning it. A fourth set, the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary was introduced by Pope John Paul II in 2002 as an optional devotion.) And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 1. What then are the words in which your remarkable teaching finds expression ? The Mysteries of the Rosary are meditations on episodes in the life and death of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Ascension and beyond. Wherefore κεχαζιτωμένη is the same as full of grace: as it is rendered in our version and the Syrian, &c.; also by S. Ambrose and others of the Fathers. Joyful Mysteries . We do not say that his flesh was turned into the nature of the godhead or that the unspeakable Word of God was changed into the nature of the flesh. 7. That she by means of this gift of grace was wonderfully well-pleasing in the sight of God and of all His angels, and in their eyes altogether lovely and beautiful, so that Christ chose her before all others for His mother. There John was born and circumcised, and concealed in a cave that he might not be slain with the children of Bethlehem by Herod, &c. And saluted Elizabeth, with the usual Hebrew salutation. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? 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