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The mysteries of the Rosary: Part 4

14 Feb 2015, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Mater Dei

As the name suggests, the five glorious mysteries of the Holy Rosary leads us into reflections over the glory that followed the sorrowful Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. His suffering and death was not the end of the story but the beginning of the manifestations of the glory of God. The five glorious mysteries are The Resurrection, The Ascension, Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption, and The Coronation.

The Resurrection: The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most glorious events recorded in the bible. The resurrection power is so great that St. Paul said all he wanted was to know Christ and his resurrection power (Phil.3:10).res1 After the crucifixion and death of Jesus, the world thought it was over, but he rose triumphant from the grave three days later. His resurrection assures us of our own resurrection; because death had no power over him, death will have no power over us who believe. Our faith is meaningful because of the resurrection; there are healing and deliverance because of the resurrection. In this first mystery of the Glorious mysteries, we meditate on the resurrection power of Jesus Christ and its implications in our lives.

The Ascension: In this second mystery of the five Glorious mysteries, we recall the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Jesus is God who came down in the form of man to save man, and after completing the work of our salvation, he returned to the Father (Act. 1:6-11). res2The ascension into heaven may first appear to be a sad event; we are left alone, but he assures us that he is with us in the spirit, which gladdens the heart of every believer. The master leads we follow; he ascended into heaven, so every believer is sure of heaven. In this glorious mystery, we meditate on the ascension of Jesus into heaven and also pray for the grace to follow where he leads.

Descent of the Holy Spirit: As I said above, the ascension of Jesus at first may seem to be a sad event, but Jesus assures us of His constant presence. He promised to send an advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will teach us everything. 50 days after his resurrection, he fulfilled his promise and sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and implication upon the Church.res3 Jesus empowered the Church with the Spirit of boldness and self-control. In this mystery, we recall and meditate on the Holy Spirit’s descent and pray for the grace to be open to the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Assumption: In this fourth mystery of the glorious mysteries, we meditate on the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. Some people see this as controversial because it is not recorded in the bible. Yes, it is not recorded in the bible, but I would want you to read the article I posted on January 16, 2015. The article is titled; “The faith of the Catholic Church” and posted in the column reserved for doctrines in this blog. The faith of the Church and our Fathers’ faith tells us that Mary was assumed into heaven, body, and Soul. Mary’s Assumption was proclaimed officially as a dogma of faith by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950. “We pronounce, declared, and define it to be divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her life on earth, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory. res4The teaching authority of the Church (The magisterium) is from Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit. In the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, God takes the glory. In this mystery, we meditate on the power of God, the favor he showed to his handmaid (Mary), and also pray to God to grant us his favor.

Coronation: In this last mystery of the glorious mysteries, we celebrate Blessed Virgin Mary’s queen-ship. Mary was crowned in heaven, the queen of heaven and earth. res5Mary’s queen-ship is from the kingship of Jesus Christ; Jesus is king, and so his mother must be queen. Through the Tradition of the Church teaches this fact, the bible also attests to its truthfulness. In the book of Rev. 12:1, the bible talks about a woman who appeared in heaven clothed with the Sun, with the Moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with a Child… As we celebrate Mary’s queen-ship, we also meditate on the blessings of God that awaits his people in heaven.