The Third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Descent of the Holy Spirit. It's a meditation on when Christ sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and his mother, following his Ascension.
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After being sentenced to death, Christ was ordered to carry his cross to the hill outside Jerusalem where he was to be crucified. At the time, this was standard practice for criminals. Christ probably only carried the heavy cross-beam, rather than the entire cross. The beam would then have been fixed onto an upright stake … Continue reading Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)
This episode in the life of Abram reveals him to be a military man, but it also tells us about his contact with a priestly king, Melchizedek, who came to symbolise Christ. The background to their meeting involved a regional war among the kings of various city-states. Abram’s nephew, Lot, got caught up in the … Continue reading Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)
The story of the burial of Christ in a garden tomb is told most vividly in the Gospel of John, although it’s covered in the other gospels too (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56). Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea - who were secret disciples of Christ - came to help remove, anoint and bury his … Continue reading The Burial of Christ (John 19:38-42)