God also uses such men as suitable instruments united to Himself. Her virginity and womb remains intact, “as the rays of the sun penetrate glass.”. 1, recount. THE FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY: The Annunciation . And why did he obey his mother and father when he himself had called them into existence?  Perhaps Mary also reflected on these questions, wondering at the sweetness and respect with which God introduces himself into our lives, as a fellow pilgrim who lives our lives with us, whose questions make us reflect and grow, who listens to us with kindness and interest, and who perhaps has obeyed us—answering our prayers, forgiving our sins in confession, coming into our hearts in holy Communion— far more than we have obeyed him. Through this mystery, she can help your heart accept what your mind cannot understand. The Joyful Mysteries. The mother was not filled before the son, but when the son had been filled with the Holy Spirit, he filled the mother also.”. It is rather they who speak such nonsense against me who deserve to be ridiculed. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, she was found to be with child of the holy Spirit.” But who would ever consider that the godhead of the only begotten was a creature of the Spirit? In memory of the event the Church of the Three Shepherds was afterwards built on this spot. For this reason did the Lord declare that the first should in truth be last, and the last first. Matthew 19:30, Matthew 20:16 And the prophet, too, indicates the same, saying, instead of fathers, children have been born unto you.For the Lord, having been born the First-begotten of the dead, Revelation 1:5 and receiving into His bosom the ancient fathers, has regenerated them into the life of God, He having been made Himself the beginning of those that live, as Adam became the beginning of those who die. 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 Wherefore also Luke, commencing the genealogy with the Lord, carried it back to Adam, indicating that it was He who regenerated them into the Gospel of life, and not they Him. John’s profession of faith was accepted by Cyril and became the doctrinal formula of union. It is included here, together with Cyril’s letter in which he at some length praises John’s profession and accepts it, adding to it some explanation about his own expressions; this letter is mentioned in the definition of Chalcedon. Be thou among women as one of them, for so too is thy Son among men.”, Tropologically, the purification of the soul is penance, and this the Blessed Virgin underwent, not for her own sins, seeing that she had none, but for those of others, as Christ did. By a common decree the sacred synod has expelled them from ecclesiastical communion and deprived them of the exercise of their priestly office, through which they have been able to harm some and help others. 3. The Angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. This would be the place most becoming to Him, and most consonant to the wishes both of Son and Mother; and from thence she placed Him in the manger. The Joyful Mysteries with Pro-life meditations (Said on Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays of Christmas season) 1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation Spiritual fruit: Humity. The First Joyful Mystery. After a day’s journey, His parents discover that Jesus is not with their kinsfolk and return to Jerusalem in order to find Him. This is what Paul says to all. c. 5). 3. It is to focus on the realism of the mystery of the Incarnation and on the obscure foreshadowing of the mystery of the saving Passion. From these words Joseph Scaliger argues that Christ was born in September; for it is then, he says, and not in December, the depth of winter, when everything is stiff with frost or snow, that sheep are herded and fed in the fields. Ten thousand other expressions witness to the human race that they should not think that it was the godhead of the Son that was recently killed but the flesh which was joined to the nature of the godhead. Each of the following meditations on the mysteries of the rosary are taken from the book Father Peyton's Rosary Prayer Book, 1984. Ver. 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. Simeon moved by the Spirit enters the temple and when the parents bring in the child, he receives Him blessing God. Mary says to Him in wonder and reverence, “Son, why has Thou done so to us? . The child, however, so offered might be redeemed by his parents for five shekels (Num. (Luke 1:39-56) The Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbor. 9. Eve was the originator of sin, Mary of merit.”. 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. For this did I take flesh upon Me, that thou mightest say with Paul, I live now not I, but Christ lives in me. The vigorous and zealous execution of all these decrees is enjoined upon the reverent bishops Valerian and Amphilochius and the other reverent bishops throughout the whole province. © PrayingLatin.com Copyright All Rights Reserved. Hence S. Bernard (Serm. 3 On the Purification) says: “In this conception, and in this child-birth, there was nothing impure, nothing sinful, nothing that had to be purged, for this offspring is the fount of purity, and is come to make a cleansing of sins. ch. . Mary enters the house of Zachary and greets Elizabeth with the words “Peace be to thee.” The voice of the Virgin was as the voice of God Incarnate in her.Â. Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. 1). Hiding Himself away, however, He was made manifest and glorified by God, through the star that summoned the wise men, the angels sent to the shepherds, the over-turning of idols, and other miracles which Orosius, bk. (Luke 1:26-38) The Fruit of the Mystery: Humility. When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. Mary submits to the divine Will: Fiat! For when he was about to mention the death, to prevent anyone supposing that God the Word suffered, he says “Christ”, which is a title that expresses in one person both the impassible and the passible natures, in order that Christ might be called without impropriety both impassible and passible impassible in godhead, passible in the nature of his body. Behold the Handmaid of the Lord; be it done to Me according to thy … Blessed art thou among women.”. Those, therefore, who allege that He took nothing from the Virgin do greatly err, [since,] in order that they may cast away the inheritance of the flesh, they also reject the analogy [between Him and Adam]. I would have added many of their testimonies, proving my opinions from theirs, had I not feared that the length of the letter would be made tedious thereby. And anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him”. But this came to pass by the supreme foreknowledge and providence of Christ, that he might give us an example of the greatest humility and poverty. Pray As You Go is a free service that doesn’t seek a profit and are grateful to those who freely contribute and put their time, creativity, voices and talent at the service of the prayers of so many. . But this is to say, that He also appeared putatively as man when He was not man, and that He was made man while taking nothing from man. Let Solomon, the wisest of kings, teach who this is;—“The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. What then are the words in which your remarkable teaching finds expression ? vi. Ver. . This, therefore, the Word of God was made, recapitulating in Himself His own handiwork; and on this account does He confess Himself the Son of man, and blesses the meek, because they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 The Apostle Paul, moreover, in the Epistle to the Galatians, declares plainly, God sent His Son, made of a woman. Galatians 4:4 And again, in that to the Romans, he says, Concerning His Son, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, who was predestinated as the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 1:3-4.