} 511). Luke 2:22, 34, 35. In this case, we can see the error of this thought process if we take a step back and look at what is right in front of us. Prayer, Prayer, and More PrayerBlessing and adoration – Dearest Jesus, we kneel before You in silent adoration, blessing You for Your wisdom and love. I was presenting to God, the Father, your Redeemer in anticipation of the sacrifice He would make on Calvary for your salvation. Third Joyful Mysteries - Your Intentions. He knows who he is and what he came for, even as a boy. The fruit most commonly associated with the mystery of the Nativity is poverty of spirit, the first of the eight Beatitudes. Help us to ponder all Your words and actions in our hearts, to treasure them and make them part of our very being. margin:0px; Mary then stays with Elizabeth for three months. Mary is like a magnifying glass. line-height: 1.42857143 !important; We thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit. And the angel came in unto her, and said: "Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women". At first, I could not understand such a response: and yet I did. I will pray for you so that your prayer may reach the Father. In this mystery, ask Mary to help you and your spiritual friends listen carefully for God’s voice in your lives, so that you can walk with him and with each other. This encounter with Christ takes place in the Temple. We pour out our hearts to You in worship, Jesus, our God, with the Father and the Holy Spirit.Praise – Jesus, You are amazing! What a relief! text-decoration: none !important; Please bring them home safely. } Rejoice that God so loved us that he humbled himself and took human form in the person of Jesus. The Angel Gabriel said to Mary:  “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. "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" (Luke 2:22). The world usually either bitterly opposes Christ, like Herod, or is indifferent to him, like the innkeepers. Instead, He showed us the living a humble and meek life was His way and the only path to His Heavenly kingdom. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. Mary Mother of God, please pray for us that we may raise the children entrusted to us to know God, to love God and to serve God. background-position: 0 0; Do I accept, or demand to know it all up front? How might you pray better and be more attentive at Mass?2. Even as a tiny infant in Your mother's womb, Your presence sanctified John the Baptist, who was still in his mother's womb. The following Joyful Mystery Rosary meditations are ideas of intentions you can pray for as you pray for your spouse, your children, yourself, priests, the Church, and the world. I was in prayer: it was evening. Because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see. God promised Simeon that he would see the Savior before he died. To begin to understand the joy that Mary and Joseph felt on finding Jesus in the Temple, we must first imagine their distress when they realized He was not with them. 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. She gave her consent that Jesus could be sacrificed and she too would suffer as Simeon prophesied. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li { When we think of that holy night, we tend either to idealize it—to imagine it as neat and tidy as the Nativity scenes on our mantels on Christmas Eve—or we think of the physical poverty that Jesus and Mary and Joseph endured. How is the Holy Spirit moving and working in you? Help me to take my place among the Saints. We reflect and pray on Jesus’ humble birth in a stable. In the end God will not judge us based on the cars we drive, the value of our stock portfolio, or what position we held at our jobs. Jesus is the King of Kings and Mary you are the great Queen, pray for us now, especially for this special favor for which I now ask…, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 1985 Miller St, Lakewood, CO 80215. PRAY: We pray that even when our hearts are filled with our own joys and hardships, we will remember to reach out to and love our neighbors. Simeon’s faith allowed him to recognize Christ. Second Luminous Mystery - Wedding at CanaThat I may show my love for the Lord by doing as Our Lady instructed the servants to, "Do whatever He tells you.". We pray that we look towards our local parishes as a way of finding Jesus in “his father’s house.”. To put it another way, God’s ways are not our ways. Ponder that argument.11. We pray that we accept that God’s ways are not always our ways but do lead us to ultimate happiness. There will be plenty of time to think of herself and her Child later; for now, Mary's thoughts lie only with her cousin, and with the child who will become the Forerunner of Christ. You can always find him in the tabernacle. She was only 13 or 14; betrothed, but not yet married; and God was asking her to become the Mother of His Son. The prophecy that Jesus would be a "sign which shall be contradicted" continues to be seen even to this day more than 2,000 years later. What is your attitude toward serving other people?4. Ponder Mary's role and the fulfilled prophecy.17. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a { This image below is a prayer map of the Rosary and uses The Joyful Mystery Set. Pray that Christian families will be obedient to the Father. Baby Jesus had no words to offer, only his presence. Mary and Joseph were presenting the Only Begotten Son to the Eternal Father, in a temple that was merely the shadow and copy of the real temple in heaven. The Visitation. Place yourself at God's disposal and He will do great things for you and with you. Messengers of God, in daily circumstances and opportunities, come to me, too. 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. } He casts down so He can lift up. After the Angel leaves, Mary visits her Cousin Elizabeth. He was asked to humbly support her despite his own uncertainty and the possible scandal. } font-size:16px !important; We pray that we make time to regularly receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and resolve not to commit the same sins again. background-image: none; Those are just the trappings of this world, the ornamental decorations, while how well you followed Jesus’ path is the real substance. Do I take my family on special trips to holy places? What was offered us was a stable not too far from where the shepherds were guarding their flock. Rather than a monumental and lofty arrival on earth, as we might expect of the coming Messiah, our Lord and Savior reveals Himself in what appears to be an anticlimactic manner: ‘she gave birth to her firstborn son. God has humbled Himself to become man and the Mother of God gives birth in a stable. She was in her sixth month: I went from Nazareth to Judea. Think about Jesus' answer to Mary. background-repeat: repeat-x; Fifth Glorious Mystery - The CoronationThe mother of the king is the queen to whom the people go for mediation. We thank You for doing such great things for us and for having mercy on us and for lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry with good things. And we are amazed by Your teaching, by Your wisdom, and by the answers You give us when we pray to You. text-align:center !important; Maybe Mary’s heart skipped a few beats. They knew about the birth of my Son: the angels had told them. After the days of Passover were done, Joseph and I went back to Nazareth in the caravan of family members and friends that we came in. She cried out, blessing Mary and the infant in Mary's womb. As some time past, the shepherds that were near the stable also came. THE VISITATION. In this mystery, we recall how the angel Gabriel visited Our Lady. How do you search for Jesus? Are they pure?3. } Do you recognize her for who she is and treat her accordingly?6. Why not something bigger, something more becoming of a person of His stature and power? margin-top: 0px; In His divine nature, He did not change, but in His human nature, He did. How do you honor Mary? Yet the Annunciation is not only about the humility of the Virgin Mary. It was an orderly search. } Pause and reflect on what you want Blessed Mary to use your prayers for. What are your motives for doing good for people? We pray for the return of those who have wandered far from God’s grace. First Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony in the GardenThat I might above all, and in spite of all, do the will of the Father. Now it had become a life, a beautiful baby. [https://www.rosarycenter.org/homepage-2/rosary/how-to-pray-the-rosary/joyful-mysteries-without-distractions/], [https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/a-rosary-for-life-the-joyful-mysteries]. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. Eternal Father, your humble servant Mary presented Jesus to you in the Temple.Through Jesus and Mary, may the Church be animated by a pure faith, strong hope and ardent love. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a:focus { He humbled himself . REFLECTIONMary gave birth to Jesus not only without modern-day comforts, but without even the limited comforts of her own day. Here among the sights and sounds and stench of the stable, their souls are one in perfect happiness, because they are poor in spirit. If Mary can give up all worldly reputation to bear His Son, and His Son can empty Himself and, though sinless, die the death of sin on our behalf, how can we refuse to take up our cross and follow Him? We pray that we listen to God’s truth no matter how unlikely the source. We pray for expecting mothers, especially those with unplanned pregnancies (like Mary) and those who are scared of their future. “The presentation of Jesus in the Temple shows him to be the firstborn son who belongs to the Lord” (Catechism, 529). The highest is, of course, Jesus and John went before Jesus and "enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace." Guide them and guard them on their journeys.Petition – Lord, we beg You, make us lowly and humble before You. Joyful Mysteries. Keep in mind also that the fruit of this mystery is love of neighbor. . " We pray for increased faith in God’s plan for me even when confronted with difficulties and disappointments. Mary set out almost immediately for the hill county of Judea where Elizabeth lived with her husband, Zechariah. I was praying towards Jerusalem because my people prayed three times a day, morning, noon, and evening facing Jerusalem. First Joyful Mysteries - Your Intentions. … Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. What great things has God done for you? He was born without money, riches, or any earthly power. Do we give our best time, best efforts, best talents? We also lift up to You all travelers, Lord. [https://www.cathedralofmary.org/faith-formation/resources/pray-the-rosary-online/the-joyful-mysteries]. The Holy Spirit was very active, first on baby John, then on his mother, Elizabeth. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus. The Visitation. Remember to take the time to pray diligently, with focus and a … Maybe they even ran all the way back. This is a powerful way to cover many things in the Holy Rosary recitation altogether. Below is a set of scripture-based mysteries to assist those who pray to focus their prayer of the Rosary for the intentions of Vocations in the Dicoese of Brooklyn. How does Jesus carry on a dialogue with You? For us he’s a short drive away, in the tabernacle. Yet here are the Son of God and His Mother, both purer than any of us will ever be, abiding by the Law that Christ Himself came not to abolish but fulfill. If Mary's humility was remarkable, how much more so that of Christ! He was an upright and devout man. I had a car,” he says. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? But it seems like the heart of such questions stems from a far bigger issue: whenever we, human beings, expect more from God than what we receive or perceive, it is usually based on faults we have in our own expectations. As I arrived at Zechariah's house, I greeted Elizabeth. And when the parents brought in the child Jesus, he took him into his arms and blessed God. Simeon is not anxious about death, rather he looks forward to it because he hopes for heaven. display:none !important ; Both of us thought that Jesus was with the other. First Glorious Mystery - The Resurrection"Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe.” Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. When Simeon tells Mary that her heart shall be pierced by a sword, the meaning is clear. Jesus, Mary and Joseph protect all pre-born children from conception to 3 months of age from abortion. Visitation: That pregnant mothers will have a safe delivery. Their obedience to the Law was not lessened by their purity of soul but made all the greater. } When the days of her purification were fulfilled they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…Simeon blessed them and said to his Mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted; and thy own soul a sword shall pierce.”, Catechism of the Catholic Church: #527, 529. margin-right:0px !important; The First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation, The First Joyful Mystery- THE ANNUNCIATION. 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