The Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Coronation of the Virgin Mary. It's a meditation on Mary being crowned the Queen of heaven and earth.
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The Fourth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It's a meditation on Mary's bodily entrance into heaven at the close of her life.
The Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Presentation. It's a meditation on the presentation of Christ in the temple, forty days after his birth.
25th December “The Son of Man has come to seek out and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10) The birth of Jesus on Christmas Day brought many of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah to fulfilment. As the carol has it, the hopes and fears of all the years were met in Bethlehem … Continue reading Jesus Christ, Son of Man
1st December “Just as in Adam all die, so all will be brought to life in Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:22) We begin this Advent with the famous story of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The book of Genesis, as interpreted in the New Testament, says that the first two … Continue reading Adam and Eve, our first parents
Isaiah was one of Israel’s greatest prophets. As a later biblical writer described him: “By his dauntless spirit he saw the future, and comforted the mourners in Zion. He revealed what was to occur to the end of time, and the hidden things before they happened.” (Sirach 48:22-25) Isaiah’s ministry (740-701 BC) spanned the reigns of … Continue reading The Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 60:1-22)
Following the death of King Saul, David mourned for the man who had been his arch-enemy. After consulting God, he then settled in the town of Hebron. Forces loyal to King Saul continued to resist David’s claim to the throne, but eventually he overcame them. The Second Book of Samuel goes on to say: “All … Continue reading David becomes king (2 Samuel 5:1-3)
After describing the creation of the world, the book of Genesis then turns its attention to the arrival of the first humans. In doing so, it reveals important truths about how God wanted the world to be. It speaks to issues of human identity, of our role in creation and of our relationship with God. … Continue reading The Creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:1-25)
The Prophet Zechariah served God at a critical time, when the Jews had just returned from exile in Babylon (around 520 BC). He was from a priestly family and lived at the same time as the prophet Haggai (Nehemiah 12:1,12,16). The two of them supported the high priest Joshua and the governor Zerubbabel in the … Continue reading The Piercing of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14)
‘The Visitation’ is the formal name for the visit of the Virgin Mary to her elderly relative, St Elizabeth. The episode is described only in St Luke’s gospel. It took place straight after the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was pregnant. Mary’s first thought on receiving this news was for her elderly relative Elizabeth, … Continue reading The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)