Sunday, 14 December 2008

Glorious Mysteries

Well, finally, here are the drawings of the five Glorious Mysteries.

This first one is "The Resurrection" and shows Christ overcoming death -- the final enemy. This icon depicts several different actions as you may recall from the first time I showed it to you: the chaining of Satan and the emptying of Sheol -- the underworld.

The second mystery is the "Ascension of Christ into Heaven" -- and by Heaven we don't mean the sky!

The Blessed Mother and the Apostles watch as Christ is taken from their sight and they know he will no longer be with them physically, but will always be with them in the Spirit. Even knowing that she will see her divine Son again, the Blessed Mother is shown reaching after Him with such longing and desire.

The third mystery is the "Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Blessed Mother and the Apostles".

This was the Spirit that Christ had told them to await. The Blessed Mother, of course, was already quite familiar with the Holy Spirit, but not the Apostles nor those they would lead to conversion. This is the very Spirit of God that would now enable St. Peter and the others to build the Church that Jesus Christ had founded. The signs of the Spirit are the flames of fire above their heads and the wind which shook the house they were in.

The fourth mystery is "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary".

The Faithful have always believed that Jesus could not leave His Mother in the tomb and so soon after she was laid to rest, she was taken up by Him, body and soul, into Heaven. Left behind in her sepulcher were dozens of fragrant flowers. She was therefore "assumed" into Heaven.

The fifth and final mystery is "The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen".

I realize that this mystery is difficult for those who are not Catholic or Orthodox to be comfortable with, but this belief goes back to the days of the early Church. The belief that God gave His "mother" the status of queen of angels and men. She was the one, after all, who had to say "Yes" to God in order for His divine will to be done "on earth as it is in Heaven". This is all part of the great mystery that is God.

This is really what we have been talking about through all these "mysteries" of the Rosary. Each one is an event in the life of Christ and His blessed Mother that contains many elements which are beyond our limited, human understanding. As we meditate on each mystery while praying the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Gloria, we slowly grow in faith and knowledge and love.

Peace be with you all.

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