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Irish Episcopal Watch

 

SSPX/ Resistance  Watch

 

Aspirations

to be said throughout the day

Jesus! (300 days indulgence)

 

Hail, O Holy Cross, our only hope. (500 days indulgence)

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I offer you my heart and my soul. 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul with you in peace. (300 days altogether, 100 day each; Pius VII, 1807)

 

Eternal Father! I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus, in satisfaction for my sins, and for the wants of Holy Church. (100 days; Pius VII, 1817)

 

Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. (300 days when said with contrition and devotion; Pius IX, 1852)

 

May the most just, most high, most adorable Will of God be in all things done, and praised, and magnified for ever. (100 days once a day; Pope Pius VII, 1815)

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. (300 days)

 

My God and my All.

 

Heart of Jesus, all for Thee.

 

Set thyself, O faithful Virgin, as a seal upon my heart, that in thee and through thee I may be found faithful to God.

 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee. (300 days)

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you, save souls.

 

Prayer to St. Joseph: Remember, most pure husband of Mary ever-Virgin, my loving protector Joseph, that never hath it been heard that any one invoked thy protection or asked aid of thee who has not been consoled. In this confidence, I come before thee, I fervently recommend myself to thee. Despise not my prayer, reputed father of the Saviour of men, but do thou in thy pity receive it. (300 days)

Meditation for the Mysteries of the Rosary

by Antonio Cadavid-Valentin

To the honor and glory of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

Indulgences Canon 911.

All men are to value indulgences highly: that is to say, the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sin even after its guilt has been forgiven, which ecclesiastical authority grants from the treasury of the Church in behalf of the living after the manner of an absolution, and in behalf of the dead after the manner of an intercession. Whenever, either on account of manual labor or some other reasonable cause, there arises an impediment to holding in one’s hand a rosary or crucifix, which has been blessed to enable the faithful thereby to gain the indulgences either of the Holy Rosary or of the Way of the Cross, these same indulgences may be gained, provided that, during the aforesaid recitation, the faithful have upon their person, in some manner or other, a blessed rosary or crucifix (S. P. Ap., Nov. 9, 1933; Acta Ap. Sed., vol. xxv, p. 502).

In order to gain plenary indulgences which are to be obtained as often as the prescribed work is performed, and for which a visit to some church is enjoined, it is necessary and sufficient to say at least six times at each visit Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father (S. P. Ap., July 5, 1930; Acta Ap. Sed., vol. xxii, p. 363).

The faithful, whenever they recite a third part of the Rosary with devotion, may gain: An indulgence of 5 years (Bull “Ea quae ex fidelium”, Sixtus IV, May 12, 1479 ; S. C. Ind., Aug. 29, 1899 ; S. P. Ap., March 18, 1932).

If they recite a third part of the Rosary in company with others, whether in public or in private, they may gain: An indulgence of 10 years, once a day; A plenary indulgence on the last Sunday of each month, with the addition of confession, Communion and a visit to a church or public oratory, if they perform such a recitation at least three times in any of the preceding weeks (S. C. Ind., May 12, 1851 and Aug. 29, 1899 ; S. P. Ap., March 18, 1932).

Those who piously recite a third part of the Rosary in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament publicly exposed or even reserved in the tabernacle, may gain: A plenary indulgence, on condition of confession and Communion (Brief, Sept. 4, 1927).

Note: 1. The decades may be separated, if the entire chaplet is completed on the same day (S. C. Ind., July 8, 1908).

2. If, during the recitation of the Rosary, the faithful are accustomed to make use of a chaplet blessed by a religious of the Order of Preachers or some other priest having special faculties, they may gain other indulgences in addition to those enumerated above (S. C. Ind., April 13, 1726, Jan. 22, 1858 and Aug. 29, 1899).

The faithful who resolve to perform a devout exercise in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary for fifteen uninterrupted Saturdays (or these being impeded, for as many respective Sundays immediately following), if they devoutly recite at least a third part of the Rosary or meditate on its mysteries in some other manner may gain: A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, on any of these fifteen Saturdays, or corresponding Sundays (S. C. Ind., Sept. 21, 1889 and Sept. 17, 1892 ; S. P. Ap., Aug. 3, 1936).

The faithful who during the month of October recite at least a third part of the Rosary, either publicly or privately, may gain: An indulgence of 7 years each day; A plenary indulgence, if they perform this devout exercise on the Feast of the Rosary and throughout the Octave, and moreover, go to confession, receive Holy Communion and visit a church or public oratory; A plenary indulgence, with the addition of confession, Communion and a visit to a church or public oratory, if they should perform this same recitation of the holy Rosary for at least ten days after the Octave of the aforesaid Feast (S. C. Ind., July 23, 1898 and Aug. 29, 1899 ; S. P. Ap., March 18, 1932).

Prayers before the Mysteries of the Rosary

IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

COME, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created; R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray: O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost, grant, that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may always be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

I UNITE with all the saints in heaven and with all the just on earth; I unite with you, my Jesus, to praise your holy Mother worthily and to praise you in her and by her. I renounce all the distractions that may come to me while I am saying this Rosary. O Blessed Virgin Mary, we offer you this Creed to honor the faith you had upon earth and to ask you to permit us to share in that same faith. O Lord, we offer you this Our Father to adore you in your oneness and to acknowledge you as the first cause and the last end of all things. Most Holy Trinity, we offer you these three Hail Marys to thank you for all the graces which you have given to Mary and which you have given to us through her intercession.

I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghot, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

OUR FATHER, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

(3x) HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

GLORY BE to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

This prayer is said at the end of each Mystery of the Rosary O MY JESUS, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need of Thy mercy.

Joyful Mysteries

Typically recited on: Monday, Thursday

First Joyful Mystery: ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this first decade in honor of your Incarnation. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother we ask for humility of heart.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the mystery of the Incarnation come into me and make me truly humble. Material for Meditation

“And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, 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 being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. 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. And of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:26-38).

Here, in this very situation, we see true and sincere humility. Our Blessed Mother did not find herself worthy of the praises of St. Gabriel. But when she finally understood that she was one out of many women chosen to be the Mother of God (Jesus Christ), she in no way took pride in herself. Rather, recognizing immediately that without God, Who made her so, she is nothing, she calls herself the “handmaid of the Lord”. Ready to do all that He asks. God gave us all that we are and all that we have like our body and soul. Can we not humble ourselves like Mary?

Second Joyful Mystery: VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this second decade in honor of the Visitation of your holy Mother to her cousin Saint Elizabeth.Through this mystery and the intercession of Mary we ask for a perfect love of our neighbor.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the mystery of the Visitation come into me and make me truly charitable. Material for Meditation

“And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren. And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth” (Luke 1:36, 39-40, 45).

“Let us therefore love God, because God first hath loved us. If any man say, I love God, and hateth his brother; he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother, whom he seeth, how can he love God, whom he seeth not? And this commandment we have from God, that he, who loveth God, love also his brother” (1 John 4:19-21).

“He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not, abideth in death” (1 John 3:17-18, 14).

What prompted our Blessed Lady to visit St. Elizabeth? It was not due to unbelief of St. Gabriel’s message about St. Elizabeth’s condition since Sacred Scripture states Mary was blessed for believing. However, it was due to the ardent love that she had for neighbor, in this case, St. Elizabeth. As soon as our Lady heard from the archangel that her cousin was pregnant, she without hesitation made haste to her very distant home to care for her [12] needs during her pregnancy. Do we love our neighbor so as to care for their needs as Mary?

Third Joyful Mystery: BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 

We offer you, Child Jesus, this third decade in honor of your holy Birth. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother we ask for detachment from the things of this world, love of poverty and love of the poor.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the Birth of Jesus come into me and make me truly poor in spirit. Material for Meditation

“And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. 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. And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: for, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will” (Luke 2:6-14).

“For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26).

“Then Jesus said to his disciples: Amen, I say to you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:23-24).

Here, we have a wonderful example of spiritual poverty form our Lord Himself. He, Who is God, did not come down from heaven and be born as an infant in an exceedingly rich family as some thought He would. He was not born in a royal family with many possessions. Jesus willed that He should be born of a poor woman with her chaste husband. Why is this when all things of the universe properly belong to Him? According to God’s purpose, this was done by our Lord so that He may show us by word and example that in order to reach God and acquire spiritual treasures, which never perish, we must rid ourselves of love of material things that divert the love of God.

Fourth Joyful Mystery: PRESENTATION OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE 

We offer you, O Lord Jesus, this fourth decade in honor of your Presentation in the temple by the hands of Mary. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother we ask for the gift of wisdom and purity of heart and body.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the mystery of the Purification come into me and make me truly wise and pure. Material for Meditation

“And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons: and behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him. And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; because my eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth” (Luke 2:22-32, 39).

“Judge me, O Lord, for I have walked in my innocence: and I have put my trust in the Lord, and shall not be weakened. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; burn my reins and my heart. For thy mercy is before my eyes; and I am well pleased with thy truth. I have not sat with the council of vanity: neither will I go in with the doers of unjust things. I have hated the assembly of the malignant; and with the wicked I will not sit. I will wash my hands among the innocent; and will compass thy altar, O Lord: that I may hear the voice of thy praise: and tell of all thy wondrous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of thy house; and the place where thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with bloody men: in whose hands are iniquities: their right hand is filled with gifts. But as for me, I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way: in the churches I will bless thee, O Lord” (Psalm 25).

Observe the sheer wisdom of our Lady. She seeks with due attentiveness to please God by following His holy laws. In her time, it was the Law given to Moses by God, but now, we have the laws of Holy Mother Church that Christ has placed in authority over the care of souls. Our Holy Mother found it a delight even though it cost her family a pair turtledoves, which was the sacrificial offering of those who did not have much. The burden meant little to her who desired nothing but the glory of God and the salvation of souls, including her own. Let us seek with more devotion those things which are eternal like God’s laws with a spirit of sacrifice.

Fifth Joyful Mystery: FINDING OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this fifth decade to honor Mary's Finding you in the temple among the learned men after she had lost you. Through this mystery and the intercession of your blessed Mother we ask you to convert us and all sinners, heretics, schismatics and pagans.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the mystery of the Finding of Jesus in the temple come into me that I may be truly converted. Refer to the Prayers after the Mysteries of the Rosary. Material for Meditation

“And the child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him. And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch, 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. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers” (Luke 2:40-47).

“Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

“All things are delivered to me by my Father. And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him. Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light” (Matt. 11:27- 30).

Can one not wonder at the fact that our Lord began to reveal Himself at the tender age of 12 to those learned men of the Jewish Temple? They were desirous of truth, but were unsure what it was. Jesus began to speak with them so that they could draw to Him, Who is their Lord. He wanted them to be believers of Him, Who would be the Savior. Even now, our Lord desires that all men would come to Him and be saved. Pray for poor souls who are lost and cannot find the sweet Fount of Salvation. In consideration of yourself, think if all your thoughts, words, and actions are suitable as a Catholic and ask if they have been for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

Sorrowful Mysteries

Typically recited on: Tuesday, Friday

First Sorrowful Mystery: AGONY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN THE GARDEN

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this sixth decade in honor of your intense Agony in the garden of Olives. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother we ask for perfect sorrow for our sins and perfect conformity to your holy will.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the Agony of Jesus come into me and make me truly contrite and perfectly obedient to the will of God. Material for Meditation

“Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani; and he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray. And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here, and watch with me. And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh to his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me? Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak. Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done. And he cometh again and findeth them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word. Then he cometh to his disciples, and saith to them: Sleep ye now and take your rest; behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners” (Matt. 26:36-45).

“O ye sons of men, how long will you be dull of heart? why do you love vanity, and seek after lying?” (Psalm 4:3).

“Attend to my soul, and deliver it: save me because of my enemies. Thou knowest my reproach, and my confusion, and my shame. In thy sight are all they that afflict me; my heart hath expected reproach and misery. And I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none” (Psalm 68:19-21).

“But he answering, said to them: Well did Isaias prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mark 7:6).

“Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth” (Isaiah 53:3-7).

Behold the Godman, Jesus Christ, praying to His heavenly Father in this time of great agony. As God, He knows His ultimate purpose is to suffer and die for man’s salvation. But as man, He is tempted by the devil, who tries to persuade Him to give up His ultimate purpose to save us men. Our Lord, as the Son of Man, is tempted by the fact that He will suffer and die for a few holy souls while many will continue to remain ungrateful and selfish in their sins. The devil questions Him if these souls are worth suffering and dying for if they still are not going to forsake sin. In all of this difficulty, our Lord chose the will of God no matter what sorrow we cause Him by our sins. Imagine what sorrow your sins caused our Lord during this unspeakable agony. Gather sorrow for all the sins you have committed, confess those which bind your soul for hell and make amendment or perform pious actions to make up for sins that you have committed.

Second Sorrowful Mystery: SCOURGING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AT THE PILLAR

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this seventh decade in honor of your cruel Scourging. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother we ask for the grace to mortify our senses. Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the Scourging of Jesus come into me and make me truly mortified. Material for Meditation

“Then therefore, Pilate took Jesus, and scourged him” (John 19:1).

“I say then, walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would. But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences” (Gal. 5:16-24).

“For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live” (Rom. 8:13).

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols. For which things the wrath of God cometh upon the children of unbelief” (Col. 3:5-6).

“This then I say and testify in the Lord: That henceforward you walk not as also the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts. Who despairing, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto the working of all uncleanness, unto covetousness” (Eph. 4:17-19).

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping), that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction; whose God is their belly; and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things” (Phil. 3:18-19).

“For unto you it is given for Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him” (Phil. 1:29). “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church” (Col. 1:24).

Jesus was scourged for us men. Jesus allowed this so that His own Body would be mortified. Mortification involves making our flesh suffer in some matter like fasting or preventing our carnal flesh to enjoy a pleasure that we usually would have. Does this really seem too difficult when we know that our Lord loved us so as to suffer like this? Could our not mortify yourself for the love of Christ? Or are we too sensual to stop pampering our tender flesh?

Third Sorrowful Mystery: CROWNING WITH THORNS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this eighth decade in honor of being Crowned with Thorns. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother we ask for a deep contempt of the world.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus. May the grace of the mystery of our Lord's Crowning with Thorns come into me and make me truly opposed to the world. Material for Meditation

“Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band; and stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews. And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head” (Matt. 27:27-30).

“Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

“If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for my name's sake: because they know not him who sent me” (John 15:18-21).

“I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world; as I also am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil. They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world. Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth” (John 17:14-17).

“Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence. Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice” (John 18:36-37).

“Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you” (Matt. 5:11-12).

“And I say to you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God. But he that shall deny me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9).

Crowned with thorns, our Lord was and still is mocked, insulted, and hurt by the world through the Church, His Mystical Body. Are you with Christ or against Him? Are you a Catholic or a hypocrite? Do you join the world in making our Lord suffer? Stand firm at Christ’s side, at Whom the world is always against. Be not with the world, but stand apart from it as Christ is always apart from it.

“For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh (that is the unruly desire of things that please the flesh), of the eyes (that is the desire of having many material things), and the pride of life (that is the making of one self great in the eyes of men and himself)” (1 John 2:16).

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: CARRYING OF THE CROSS BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this ninth decade in honor of your Carrying the Cross. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother we ask for great patience in carrying our cross after you all the days of our life.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the mystery of the Carrying of the Cross come into me and make me truly patient. Material for Meditation

“Then therefore he delivered him to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him forth. And bearing his own cross, he went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha” (John 19:16-17).

“Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth: patiently bearing till he receive the early and latter rain. Be you therefore also patient, and strengthen your hearts: for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:7-8).

“My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations; knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience. And patience hath a perfect work; that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing” (James 1:2-4).

“But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other: and if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him. And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two, give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away. You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thy enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this? Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:39-48).

Burdened by the Cross, our Lord advances to Calvary, which we understand as the hill of self-sacrifice. No matter how weak He was, or how mistreated He was others, He did not give up, but continued to patiently and lovingly carry the Cross. Is our cross, the sufferings that we experience daily, too burdensome for us? Suffering is the result of sin. It is always here unless we are found fit for heaven at death. Let us accept it patiently in union with our Lord’s sufferings as we follow His example on the way up to Calvary.

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this tenth decade in honor of your Crucifixion on Mount Calvary. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother we ask for a great horror of sin, a love for the Cross and the grace of a holy death for us and for those who are now in their last agony.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus. May the grace of the Death and Passion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ come into me and make me truly holy. Refer to the Prayers after the Mysteries of the Rosary Material for Meditation

“And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified him there; and the robbers, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. But they, dividing his garments, cast lots. And the people stood beholding, and the rulers with them derided him, saying: He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the elect of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying: If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. And there was also a superscription written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil. And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise. And it was almost the sixth hour; and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up the ghost. Now the centurion, seeing what was done, glorified God, saying: Indeed this was a just man. And all the multitude of them that were come together to that sight, and saw the things that were done, returned striking their breasts” (Luke 23:32-48).

“Jesus answered them: Amen, amen I say unto you: that whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin” (John 8:34). [37]

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness” (Eph. 5:2).

“Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself, and I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17-18).

“And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish; but may have life everlasting. For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved. But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God” (John 3:13-21).

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers: but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled” (1 Pet. 18-19).

“He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things?” (Rom. 8:32).

“For think diligently upon him that endured such opposition from sinners against himself; that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds” (Heb. 12:3).

“All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6).

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth, who hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Apoc. 1:5).

“And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh; he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences: blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the cross” (Col. 2:13- 14).

“Now is the judgment of the world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself” (John 12:31-32).

On the Cross we see love in all its greatness. Jesus, our Lord and God both suffered and died on the Cross so that we, by the shedding of His Blood, could be washed from our sins. Of all deaths, Jesus accepted the most shameful and cruel death of the Cross which properly belonged to the most guilty criminal. Cannot His infinite love inspire in us a deep hatred of sin. Which our Lord greatly despised? Cannot love convince us that sin is distasteful and committed out of selfishness? Mourn for your sins, seek the sacraments, and, in prayer, stay beneath the Cross for therein is life.

Glorious Mysteries

Typically recited on: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

First Glorious Mystery: RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this eleventh decade in honor of your triumphant Resurrection. Through this mystery and through the intercession of your holy Mother we ask for a lively faith.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the Resurrection come into me and make me truly faithful. Material for Meditation

“But now put you also all away: anger, indignation, malice, blasphemy, filthy speech out of your mouth. Lie not one to another: stripping yourselves of the old man with his deeds, And putting on the new, him who is renewed unto knowledge, according to the image of him that created him. Where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free. But Christ is all, and in all. Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection: and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful” (Col. 3:8-15).

“Know you not that all we, who are baptized in Christ Jesus, are baptized in his death? For we are buried together with him by baptism into death; that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin may be destroyed, to the end that we may serve sin no longer. For he that is dead is justified from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall live also together with Christ: knowing that Christ rising again from the dead, dieth now no more, death shall no more have dominion over him. For in that he died to sin, he died once; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God: so do you also reckon, that you are dead to sin, but alive unto God, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Let no sin therefore reign in your mortal body, so as to obey the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of iniquity unto sin; but present yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of justice unto God” (Rom. 6:3-13).

“Furthermore I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ: and may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead” (Phil. 3:8-11).

“To put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: and put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth. Wherefore putting away lying, speak ye the truth every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Give not place to the devil. He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need. Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith, that it may administer grace to the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and anger, and indignation, and clamour, and blasphemy, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ” (Eph. 4:22- 32).

What glory and power did our Lord rise with from the dead. Conquered, death no longer has power over Him. Our Lord was always perfect in ever aspect, but He uses this great moment to show us how glorious our rising from sin should be. Let us not have a dead faith by which we claim Jesus as our Lord yet live ungodly. But let us have living faith by which we are truly children of God.

Second Glorious Mystery: ASCENSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this twelfth decade in honor of your glorious Ascension. Through this mystery and the intercession of your holy Mother we ask for a firm hope and a great longing for heaven.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the mystery of the Ascension of our Lord come into me and prepare me for heaven. Material for Meditation

“And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11). 

“For Jesus is not entered into the holies made with hands, the patterns of the true: but into heaven itself, that he may appear now in the presence of God for us” (Heb. 9:24).

“But our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20).

“My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. But if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the just” (1 John 2:1).

“All these died according to faith, not having received the promises, but beholding them afar off, and saluting them, and confessing that they are pilgrims and strangers on the earth. For they that say these things, do signify that they seek a country” (Heb. 11:13-14). “In my Father's house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

“O clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of Joy, God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of trumpet” (Psalm 46:2, 6).

“Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead, and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places. Above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. And he hath subjected all things under his feet, and hath made him head over all the church” (Eph. 1:20-22).

“Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence” (John 18:36).

“Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5).

“For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also” (Matt. 6:21).

“Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me may be with me; that they may see my glory which thou hast given me, because thou hast loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:24). “In these days hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high” (Heb. 1:2-3).

“Therefore, if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above; where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God: mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth” (Col. 3:1-2).

Ascending on high, our Lord left this earth to return to His rightful place on the right hand of the Father. One should understand that this is a wondrous thing since Christ now acts as our Mediator between His Father and us. He will obtain all possible ways for us to enter into heaven, as long as we desire to fulfil His will, out of love for us. Be as those who were present at the Ascension. They gazed up into the sky desirous to behold our Lord in all His glory in heaven which is beyond all understanding and joy.

Third Glorious Mystery: COMING OF THE HOLY GHOST

We offer you, O Holy Ghost, this thirteenth decade in honor of the mystery of Pentecost. Through this mystery and the intercession of Mary, your most holy Spouse, we ask for your holy wisdom that we may know, taste and practice your truth and share it with everyone.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of Pentecost come into me and make me truly wise in the eyes of God. Material for Meditation

“And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: and suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:1-11).

“And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:40-42, 47).

“And when they had prayed, the place was moved wherein they were assembled; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with confidence. And the multitude of believers had but one heart and one soul: neither did any one say that aught of the things which he possessed, was his own; but all things were common unto them. And with great power did the apostles give testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord; and great grace was in them all” (Acts 4:31-33).

“And we are witnesses of these things and the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to all that obey him” (Acts 5:32).

“But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you” (John 14:26).

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and the things that are to come, he shall shew you. He shall glorify me; because he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it to you. All things whatsoever the Father hath, are mine. Therefore I said, that he shall receive of mine, and shew it to you” (John 16:13-15).

“But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me” (John 15:26).

“He that believeth in me, as the scripture saith, Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Now this he said of the Spirit which they should receive, who believed in him: for as yet the Spirit was not given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:38-39).

Remember that without the grace and gifts of the Holy Ghost, we are weak, ignorant men. If we truly seek the Lord, and beseech the Holy Ghost to help us, we will indeed be spiritually empowered as the Apostles were at Pentecost. It is only in, by and with the Holy Ghost that we can learn, live and save others like Jesus Christ.

Fourth Glorious Mystery: ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this fourteenth decade in honor of the Immaculate Conception of your holy Mother and her Assumption into heaven body and soul. Through these two mysteries and her intercession we ask for the gift of true devotion to her in order to live a good life and have a happy death.

Our Father.

(10x) Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

May the grace of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary come into me and make me truly devoted to her. Material for Meditation

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Apoc. 12:1).

A holy man continueth in wisdom as the sun: but a fool is changed as the moon” (Ecclus. 27:12). “And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:28).

“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name” (Luke 1:46-49).

“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. For my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger: and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that hearkeneth to me, shall not be confounded: and they that work by me, shall not sin. They that explain me shall have life everlasting” (Ecclus. 24:24-31).

“And I preferred her before kingdoms and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither did I compare unto her any precious stone: for all gold in comparison of her, is as a little sand, and silver in respect to her shall be counted as clay. I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for her light cannot be put out. Now all good things came to me together with her, and innumerable riches through her hands” (Wis. 7:8-11).

“The Lord hath blessed thee by His power, because by thee He hath brought our enemies to nought. Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth. Blessed be the Lord who made heaven and earth, who hath directed thee to the cutting off the head of the prince of our enemies. Because he hath so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever, for that thou hast not spared thy life, by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, but hast prevented our ruin in the presence of our God. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honor of our people” (Jdt. 13:22-25, 15:10).

“Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8).

Oh what beauty, grace and glory our Lord has bestowed on our Lady. He has chosen her out of millions of women to bear His Beloved Son. By this grace, she is raised above all women, and, in fact, above every creature of God. For she bore Him Who knows no beginning or end, the Lord of all. She was pure in her human nature (body and soul). This being understood, it is no wonder why it is true that both her body and soul were taken up to heaven after her death. Learn of her and lover her for she is indeed our Mother and Queen.

Fifth Glorious Mystery: CROWNING OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IN HEAVEN

We offer you, Lord Jesus, this fifteenth and last decade in honor of the Crowning in glory of your holy Mother in heaven. Through this mystery and her intercession we ask for perseverance and an increase in virtue up to the moment of our death and thereafter the eternal crown that is prepared for us. We ask for the same grace for all the just and all our benefactors.

Our Father.

(10x)Hail Mary.

Glory Be.

O My Jesus.

We beseech you, Lord Jesus, by the fifteen mysteries of your life, death, passion and glory, and the merits of your holy Mother, to convert sinners, to help the dying, to free the souls in purgatory, and to give all of us your grace so that we may live well and die well. We pray also for the light of glory to see you face to face and love you during all eternity. Amen. Refer to the Prayers after the Mysteries of the Rosary. Material for Meditation

“Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34).

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire, and them that had overcome the beast, and his image, and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having the harps of God: and singing the canticle of Moses, the servant of God, and the canticle of the Lamb, saying: Great and wonderful are thy works, O Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, O King of ages. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and magnify thy name? For thou only art holy: for all nations shall come, and shall adore in thy sight, because thy judgments are manifest” (Apoc. 15:2-4).

“And there shall be no curse any more; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his face: and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more: and they shall not need the light of the lamp, nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall enlighten them, and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Apoc. 22:3-5).

“But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery: and their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace. And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality. Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace he hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust he hath received them, and in time there shall be respect had to them. The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever” (Wis. 3:1-8).

“After these things I heard as it were the voice of much people in heaven, saying: Alleluia. Salvation, and glory, and power is to our God. For true and just are his judgments, who hath judged the great harlot which corrupted the earth with her fornication, and hath revenged the blood of his servants, at her hands. And again they said: Alleluia. And her smoke ascendeth for ever and ever. And the four and twenty ancients, and the four living creatures fell down and adored God that sitteth upon the throne, saying: Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out from the throne, saying: Give praise to our God, all ye his servants; and you that fear him, little and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of great thunders, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord our God the Almighty hath [57] reigned. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath prepared herself. And it is granted to her that she should clothe herself with fine linen, glittering and white. For the fine linen are the justifications of saints. And he said to me: Write: Blessed are they that are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith to me: These words of God are true” (Apoc. 19:1-9).

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone, and the sea is now no more. And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away. And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me: Write, for these words are most faithful and true. And he said to me: It is done. I am Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end. To him that thirsteth, I will give of the fountain of the water of life, freely. He that shall overcome shall possess these things, and I will be his God; and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Apoc. 21:1-8).

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him” (James 1:12).

After our life is ended, there awaits us a crown of glory and everlasting life, or the cup of the bitter and eternal wrath of God. In order to receive the crown from God, we must persevere or continue to grow in sanctifying grace by the sacraments and in virtue by changing our way of life unto holiness. Though our crown may not be as glorious as Mary’s, rest assured that every crown will be accompanied by perpetual peace, everlasting happiness and eternal bliss.

Prayers after the Mysteries of the Rosary

HAIL, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary...

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech Thee, that as we have meditated on these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Optional Prayers

Prayer to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena

O holy Priest of God and glorious Patriarch, Saint Dominic, thou who wast the friend, the well-beloved son and the confidant of the Queen of Heaven, and didst work so many miracles by the power of the holy Rosary; and thou, Saint Catherine of Siena, first daughter of this Order of the Rosary, and powerful mediator at Mary's throne with the Heart of Jesus, with whom thou didst exchange thy heart; do thou, my beloved Saints, have regard to my necessities and pity the sad condition in which I now find myself. On earth you opened thy hearts to the miseries of thy fellow-men and thy hands were strong to help them; now in Heaven thy charity hath not grown less nor hath thy power waned. Pray, ah, pray for me to the Mother of the Rosary, and to her Divine Son, for I have great confidence that through thy intercession I shall obtain the favor I so much desire. Amen.

(3x)Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

In honor of St. Vincent Ferrer,

(3x) Glory be, etc. and in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas,

(3x) Glory be, etc.

“THE ROSARY is made up of two things: mental prayer and vocal prayer. In the Holy Rosary mental prayer is none other than meditation of the chief mysteries of the life, death and glory of Jesus Christ and if His Blessed Mother. Vocal prayer consists in saying fifteen decades of the Hail Mary, each decade headed by an Our Father, while at the same time meditation on and contemplating the fifteen principal virtues which Jesus and Mary practiced in the fifteen mysteries of the Holy Rosary. So the Rosary is a blessed blending of mental and vocal prayer by which we honor and learn to imitate the mysteries and the virtues of the life, death, passion and glory of Jesus and Mary.”

“I do not think that you will mind my giving you this little mystical rose tree which comes straight from Heaven and which is to be planted in the garden of your soul. So please do not scorn this beautiful and heavenly tree, but plant it with your own hands in the garden of your soul, making the resolution to say your Rosary every day. By saying it daily and by doing good works you will be tending your tree, watering it, hoeing the earth around it.”

“Eventually you will see that this little seed which I have given you, and which seems so very small now, will grow into a tree so great that the birds of Heaven, i.e., predestinate and contemplative souls, will dwell in it and make their nests there. Its shade will shelter them from the scorching heat of the sun and its great height will keep them safe from the wild beasts on the ground. And best of all, they will feed upon the tree's fruit----which is none other than our adorable Jesus, to Whom be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. So be it.” -St. Louis de Montfort