Youth Ministry at St. Matthew Parish!
Good evening everyone,
Welcome to week 3 of our Rosary challenge. If you have joined in these last few weeks, thank you! If you haven't joined yet, it's never too late! Please consider joining your prayers to others in our parish family in asking for the intercession of our Heavenly Mother.
For a guide to praying the Rosary, see this page from the USCCB website
Or, if you just want to see the prayers, click here
The Glorious Mysteries:
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost
- The Assumption
- The Coronation of Mary as the Queen of Heaven
Typically prayed on: Wednesdays and Sundays
It's easy to remember that it is prayed on Sunday, since each Sunday is a mini-Easter where we remember Our Lord's victory over sin and death. As for Wednesdays, I'll be sharing a way to remember this during my reflection. The Glorious Mysteries are so called because they reveal to us the glory of Heaven. Christ has over come death, and with His Mother, seated with God, waiting for the day that we are united with them.
A few years back, I started a weird tradition for Lent and Holy Week. Since I had to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, I had a lot of time on my hands during my lunch break at work, since it only took about five minutes to eat my PB&J without any chips or cookies to go with it. So, I decided to spend the rest of my lunch break doing a Rosary walk. This meant, appropriately, praying the Sorrowful Mysterious on Good Friday. More interestingly though, was the fact that I would end up praying the Glorious Mysteries on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Even on that somber day that we begin our journey of fasting, penance, and almsgiving, we have a reason to rejoice. Even at the start of the season we associate with His suffering and death, we are able to look past that to the hope of His Resurrection.
This is what the Glorious Mysteries offer us. Even in the midst of hardship, even in the midst of suffering, we have hope, because we have a promise of eternal life. Death does not have the last word, Christ does. Even when He seems distant or when we can no longer see Him, He has given us the promise of help in this life: the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. This week, we remember His departing from this life, knowing that He left by giving us the promise of something greater (John 16:7). Yes, the Glorious Mysteries tell us of future glory, the glory of Heaven that we will experience body and soul, just like Jesus and just like our Mother, the Queen. However, Christ gives us temporal promises as well in these mysteries. He has promised, and we have received, His gift of the Holy Spirit, the means for us to persist and to attain the promise of Heaven. So take heart (John 14:27; 16:33), He has not left us orphans (John 14:18) but has given us a great gift.
These last few months have been filled with darkness, hardship, and fear. Many have lost their health, others their livelihoods, and some their lives. Many more have suffered the deprivation of family and friends, their supports and comforts in this life. Others suffer in invisible ways, through loss of safety and security, or suffer from mental, emotional, and spiritual wounds during this time of isolation. But, these are exactly what the Apostles felt leading up to the Resurrection and after the Ascension. These are likely the same pains Mary felt as she grew old and began preparing herself for death without her husband or Son. Our ancestors in the faith were afraid and felt the sting of isolation and loneliness. Yet we call these things glorious, because we worship the God who brings great blessings out of the worst evils. We worship the God who overcame suffering, gave us the Holy Spirit so we could too, and promises us a share in His eternal joy and perfect love. This is the Glorious Mystery of our faith.
Peace in Christ,
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