First Glorious Mystery 

The Resurrection 
But at daybreak on the first day of the week 
they took the spices they had prepared and
went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled
away from the tomb; but when they entered, 
they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, two men in
dazzling garments appeared to them,  "Why do you
seek the living among the dead? He is not here, 
but he has been raised. Remember what he said
to you  while he was still in Galilee, that the Son
of Man must be handed over to sinners and be
crucified, and rise on the third day." 
And they remembered his words. 
Luke 24: 1-8 


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654 The Paschal mystery has two aspects: 
by his death, Christ liberates us from sin;
by his Resurrection,  he opens for us the way
to a new life. This new life  is above all justification
that reinstates us in God's grace,  "so that as Christ
was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, 
we too might walk in the newness of life." Justification
consists in  both victory over death caused by sin and
a new participation  in grace. It brings about filial
adoption so that men become Christ's brethren, as
Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection:
"Go and tell my brethren." We are brethren 
not by nature, but by the gift of grace, because that 
adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of
the only Son,  which was fully revealed
in his Resurrection. 
Catechism of the Catholic Church 654 


The Ascension 

Second Glorious Mystery 

The Ascension 
When they had gathered together they 
asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to 
restore the kingdom to Israel?" He answered them, 
"It is not for you to know the times or seasons that 
the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will
  receive power when the holy Spirit
comes upon you,
  and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, throughout
 Judea and Samaria, and
to the ends of the earth."
When he had said this, as they were looking on, he
was lifted up,  and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking  intently at the sky as he
was going, suddenly two men dressed in white
garments stood beside them. They said,  "Men of
Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? 
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return  in the same way as you have seen him
going into heaven." 

Acts 1: 6-12 


662"And when I am lifted up from the earth, 
I will draw all men to myself." The lifting up of Jesus
on the cross signifies  and announces his lifting up by
his Ascension into heaven,  and indeed begins it. Jesus
Christ, the one priest of the new and  eternal Covenant,
"entered, not into a sanctuary made by human hands... 
but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God 
on our behalf." There Christ permanently exercises his priesthood, 
for he "always lives to make intercession" for "those who draw 
near to God through him." As "high priest of the good things to come" 
he is the center and principal actor of the liturgy 
that honors the Father in heaven. 
663 Henceforth Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father: "By 
`the Father's right hand' we undertsand the glory and honor 
of divinity, where he who exists as Son of God before all ages, 
indeed as God, of one being with the Father, is seated bodily 
after he became incarnate and his flesh was glorified. 
664 Being seated at the Father's right hand signifies the inauguration 
of the Messiah's kingdom, the fulfillment of the prophet Daniel's 
vision concerning the Son of man: "To him was given dominion 
and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages 
should serve him; his dominion, which shall not pass away, 
and his kingdom one that will not be destroyed." 
After this event the apostles became witnesses 
of the "kingdom [that] will have no end." 

Catechism of the Catholic Church 662, 663, 664 


The Descent of the Holy Spirit 

Third Glorious Mystery


The Descent of the Holy Spirit 
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, 
they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came 
from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled 
the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them 
tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. 
And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak 
in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. 

Acts 2: 1-4 


731 On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks 
of Easter had come to an end, Christ's Passover is fulfilled 
in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given,
and communicated  as a divine person: of his fullness,
Christ, the Lord,  pours out the Spirit in abundance. 
732 On that day, the Holy Trinity is fully revealed. Since
that day,  the Kingdom announced by Christ has been
open to those who believe  in him: in the humility of the
flesh and in faith, they already share  in the communion
of the Holy Trinity. By his coming, which never ceases, 
the Holy Spirit causes the world to enter into "the last days," 
the time of the Church, the Kingdom already inherited 
though not yet consummated: 

We have seen the true Light, we have received the
  Spirit, we have found the true faith:
we adore the indivisible Trinity,
 who has saved us. 

726 At the end of this mission of the Spirit, Mary became the Woman, the new Eve ("mother of the living"), the mother of the "whole Christ." As such, she was present with the Twelve, who "with one accord devoted themselves to prayer," at the dawn of the "end time" which the Spirit was to inaugurate on the morning of Pentecost with the manifestation of the Church.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 731, 732, 726 


    The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

    Fourth Glorious Mystery 

    The Assumption of the Virgin 
    The queen takes her place at your 
    right hand in the gold of Ophir. 
    All glorious is the king's daughter as she enters; 
    her raiment is threaded with spun gold. 
    In embroidered apparel she is borne in to the king. 
    Psalms 45: 10,14,15 


    966 "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free 
    from all stain of original sin, when the course of
    her earthly life  was finished, was taken up body
    and soul into heavenly glory,  and exalted by the Lord
    as Queen over all things, so that she might be 
    the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords 
    and conqueror of sin and death. The Assumption
    of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in
    her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the
    resurrection of other Christians: 

    In giving birth you kept your virginity; 
    in your Dormition you did not leave the world, 
    O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. 
    You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, 
    will deliver our souls from death. 
    Catechism of the Catholic Church 966 


    The Coronation of the Virgin 

    Fifth Glorious Mystery

    The Coronation of the Virgin 
    A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman 
    clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, 
    and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child 
    and wailed aloud in pain as her labored to give birth. 
    She gave birth to a son, a male child, 
    destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. 
    Her child was caught up to God and his throne. 
    Revelation 12: 1-2, 5 


    972 After speaking of the Church, her origin, mission, 
    and destiny, we can find no better way to conclude
    than by looking to Mary.  In her we contemplate what
    the Church already is in her mystery  on her own
    "pilgrimage of faith," and what she will be in the homeland 
    at the end of the journey. There, "in the glory of the
    Most Holy Trinity,"  "in the communion of all the saints,"
    the Church is awaited  by the one she venerates as
    Mother of her Lord and as her own mother. 

    In the meantime the Mother of Jesus, in the glory 
    which she possesses in body and soul in heaven, 
    is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be 
    perfected in the world to come. Likewise she shines forth 
    on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign 
    of certain and comfort to the pilgrim People of God. 
    Catechism of the Catholic Church 972 


    Hail Holy Queen! 

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    Hail, Holy Queen. 
    Mother of Mercy, 
    Our life, our sweetness, 
    And our hope. 
    To you do we cry, 
    Poor banished children of Eve. 
    To you do we send up our sighs, 
    Mourning and weeping 
    In this valley of tears. 
    Turn, then, Most Gracious Advocate, 
    Your eyes of mercy towards us, 
    And after this, our exile, 
    Show unto us 
    The blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. 
    O clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary. 
    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. 
    That we may be made worthy of 
    The promises of Christ. 


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