Together, they are like a little monastic community. He will, of course, continue to obey His mother and His foster father, but today marks a turning point, a foreshadowing of His public ministry and even of His death on the Cross. We pray that we continue to pray even when we doubt God answers us. []. How easy it would have been to say no, or at least to ask God to choose someone else! It took us two days to go back to Jerusalem and on the third day we found my Son in the temple. Mary says Yes to God without knowing the whole picture – what will happen and how it all will end. Priests For Life has some suggested pro-life Rosary intentions for each of the 20 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. We pray that we are humble enough to allow God to be born into our hearts. God promised Simeon that he would see the Savior before he died. Mary had to have known what others would think, how people would look at her; for most people pride would prevent them from accepting God's Will. … Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. The Bible says that he is the prophet of the highest and that he prepares his way. "And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Second Joyful Mysteries - Your Intentions. Be it done unto me according to your word.”. Joseph left me in the stable and went outside for a while thinking that he was not worthy to be present at such a great miracle. Simeon took the Child into his arms and said, "Now Lord You can release your servant according to Your word in peace, for my eyes have seen the salvation which You have raised for all peoples to see: a light of revelation to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel." Have you ever lost Jesus? We ask You to bless them and keep them safe and healthy. Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the temple to offer Him to God. As cousins, Mary and Elizabeth share a bond of kinship. #tab_container_10927 .tab-content{ How blessed we would be if we, like they, could unite our lives so fully to Christ that we could see the fallen world around us in the light of Heaven! margin-top: 0px; What is true devotion to Mary?13. How often do we refuse to let Christ into our lives? Even though Mary was pregnant herself, she made the trip to spend time with her cousin and share Elizabeth’s joy. He was among a group of elders, rabbis, and He was reading the Law with them. Jesus was twelve years old and Joseph and I, as custom dictates, wished to take Him to Jerusalem for the Passover. God has ordained specific ways for people to worship Him. 511). His mission was not one of earthly conquest and accumulation of power nor was it to bring the Jews out of the submission of the Romans. Do I recognize that they are a temporary gift from God and that I should care for them with my life? This was a day of fulfillment and joy—one of many along a path also rich in crosses. During Our Lady's fourth apparition in Fatima, she told the children, "Pray, pray very much and make sacrifices for sinners. How special he is. From a young age, her parents had dedicated her to the service of the Lord; now, this humble servant would devote her entire life to the Son of God. God's will always does contain suffering but God's will also brings peace. They were discussing the Law of Moses: He astonished the elders who marveled at His insight to the Law. REFLECTIONMary gave birth to Jesus not only without modern-day comforts, but without even the limited comforts of her own day. God became an embryo – I shouldn’t refuse opportunities that would be good even if I think them “beneath me.”, [], SCRIPTURE The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. Here among the sights and sounds and stench of the stable, their souls are one in perfect happiness, because they are poor in spirit. How was it a gentle reminder of Who He was and what He had come to do?18. I imagine her kneeling in wonderment at the angel Gabriel, his hands encompassing hers, his forehead pressed against hers as he tells her of God’s great plan. How much time do you spend rejoicing in the Lord?9. While meditating on the mysteries, Catholics also pray for those fruits or virtues. She has been working as a teacher since she fled to Turkey. Yet even she, the selfless and obedient one, was promised that a sword of sorrow would pierce her heart on the day of separation. This image below is a prayer map of the Rosary and uses The Joyful Mystery Set. }. (Philippians 2:7-8). God even used the oppression of the Roman government to bring about your salvation: because in this time of oppression, my Son, your Savior, was born. Fourth Joyful Mysteries - Your Intentions. Ponder what it means to lose Jesus and search for Him.10. 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. “The sword of sorrow predicted for Mary announces Christ’s cross” (Catechism, 529). They checked with friends and relatives first. Maybe Mary’s heart skipped a few beats. So they fled to Jordan with just the clothes on their backs. If she had been so motivated, she would have gone before saying yes. Is there a metaphor here for people's journey to God?11. Many are traumatized by the violence they’ve witnessed. []. Yet now—what had they done? What does it feel like to find Him?5. 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." 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. We pray that like the shepherds in the fields, we make time to be with Jesus through prayer. Meditation: In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I ask for the grace to hear You calling me. Considering this scene and looking at a picture, will help you meditate on this mystery of the rosary. Luke 2:22, 34, 35. Visitation: That pregnant mothers will have a safe delivery. -Luke 2:37. background-image: none; Reflect on the symbolism of Passover and how it was transformed by Jesus, Who is the new Lamb and the new Passover sacrifice.3. How do you worship the Lord? Do I take my family on special trips to holy places? Did you not know I should be about My Father's business." The Visitation. "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God." First Glorious Mystery - The Resurrection"Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe.” Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. Third Glorious Mystery - The Descent of The Holy SpiritFor the Confirmation Candidates of Our Lady of Fatima who are preparing to receive the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit next spring. It all seemed so wonderful that God would use me for His kingdom; for His glory. While he was thinking, the moment came when my Son was introduced to the world. In our lives too, God gives us spiritual friendships and soul-mates who help us grow closer to him. I should present Christ in the “temple of the Holy Spirit,” my body. 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. As I arrived at Zechariah's house, I greeted Elizabeth. Was He ready to begin His mission immediately? We pray that we follow the signs to Jesus like the wise men and the shepherds at his birth. THE JOYFUL Mysteries of the Holy Rosary allow us to meditate on the early life of Jesus Christ.Let us remember that the Holy Rosary is Mary’s testimony of Jesus: her experiences of His life, His ministry, and the Gospel.. Once the blessing comes, we understand that the only way to understand God’s plan was to live it. I was praying towards Jerusalem because my people prayed three times a day, morning, noon, and evening facing Jerusalem. Mary set out almost immediately for the hill county of Judea where Elizabeth lived with her husband, Zechariah. PRAY: We ask the intercession of the Holy Family as we pray especially for all refugees who are raising their families on the road without basic needs and the comforts they once had. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav{ We pray for forgiveness for the times we haven’t seen Jesus in our brothers and sisters. Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. . #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a .fa{ An innkeeper who could have been transformed by Christ – even his business might have prospered – refused. You also can find Jesus through the arms of Mary. Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. border:0px solid #ddd; We pray for strength for those who are undertaking the difficult path of redemption from their sins. “Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised. "And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? We thank You for dialoguing with us. Pray to the Heavenly Father: pray that He will give you the grace through my prayers to accept His will in all things. During those months, Mary and Elizabeth don’t just sit around waiting. The Lord is with thee.”, The Angel assures her: “Fear not . This is one more occasion when Mary is obedient to God's laws. color: #ffffff !important; Both Mary and Abraham prove their faith and obedience to God. What amazing power and love You have poured out upon Your people over the centuries and still lavish on us today!Thanksgiving – We thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your mother, who is our mother, too. Before the Syrian civil war began, Hassan Zaroid (shown right) was a business owner in the city of Homs. 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. margin:0px; I will ask the Father to give you the grace to be generous with those less fortunate. Luke 1:42-44. With her thick black hair pulled into a long ponytail, a bright pink T-shirt and multicolored nail polish, Sakeena looks like your typical 11-year-old. Then the angel departed from her. This emphasizes what we originally saw in the 1st Joyful Mystery: that Jesus, as a result of being an adopted son of Joseph, will be not only within the house of David, but also a Son of David (Luke 1: 26-33) and will carry with Him all the prophetic implications that come along with such a title. Pray for vocations to the priesthood. Any new parents in their shoes would have been worried about sanitation and keeping their baby warm—not to mention their own need for a place to rest. We pray that our Church leaders follow and faithfully exercise the teachings of Jesus Christ. What was offered us was a stable not too far from where the shepherds were guarding their flock. We are not called as Christ was, but we are called to follow Him, to take up our own crosses in imitation of Him and in obedience to God the Father. I suppose that Mother Mary would have recalled how they had to flee when Jesus was a baby in order to save his life from the evil king Herod who wanted to destroy the Christ child. background-position: 0 0; (Gal 2:20) Each Mystery of the Rosary contains an evolutionary challenge as the events of our life and the lives of Jesus and Mary unfold through this spiritual practice. Third Luminous Mystery - Proclamation of the KingdomGive power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts may be brought to repentance and return to you, Lord. 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. What is your attitude toward serving other people?4. We pray that we aren’t afraid to be visible and public witnesses of our faith. "My children, be always open to seek the will of God in your life no matter what it is. (Intention: Aged and Social Justice) What impulse of love made you hurry to visit … #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a:after { All through the ages He has had enemies oppose His church. Joseph and I came to Bethlehem because there was a decree that all should go to their ancestral town to be registered. } I had a house. “Now, they are no longer screaming or shouting [in fear].”. We pray for spiritual, physical, and emotional strength for pregnant women who carry a precious life like Mary and Elizabeth. The humble recognize their giftedness and worth, which come from God. Do you believe what has been spoken to you by the Lord?7. After the Angel leaves, Mary visits her Cousin Elizabeth. Mary has done so, and so has Joseph; and Christ, of course, is Christ. Four sets of Mysteries (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious) are prayed on a specific day of the week. In this mystery, ask Mary to give you a deep trust in the one who invites you to follow. Might we not learn from their example? Why does God give us such beautiful gifts and then ask us to give them up? The Holy Spirit was very active, first on baby John, then on his mother, Elizabeth. First Joyful Mysteries - Your Intentions. We pray for those who do not practice their faith out of discouragement because they don’t think God hears them. 488). For us he’s a short drive away, in the tabernacle. (Luke 1:43). "The Law is made for man, not man for the Law," Christ Himself would later say, yet here is the Holy Family fulfilling the Law even though it does not apply to them. First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation. In response, Mary proclaimed her “Magnificat,” a beautiful song of praise to God for the mercies He was showing to Israel and the whole world. Sakeena and the many other refugee children who bring hope to those around them point us to Christ.PRAY: We pray that we will see Christ in those around us, especially in the gift of children. I was presenting to God, the Father, your Redeemer in anticipation of the sacrifice He would make on Calvary for your salvation. 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. 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. In light of God's promise to Abraham, it can be deduced that God would grant to Mary a similar promise in the fact that she would have a multitude of spiritual children who would be counted among the elect. Heaven was rejoicing at the birth of my Son.My children, look upon the greatness of your Lord Who has loved you so much as to come down to show the immensity of His Love for you. Points to Ponder1. display:none !important; For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." This humble birth was no accident as it showed from the very beginning that Jesus’ ways were not the world’s ways. So what does it mean to refer to the "days of her purification"? } This is a powerful way to cover many things in the Holy Rosary recitation altogether. There was nothing of the self in Mary. @media (min-width: 769px) { He was their Son, so they knew Him well, and they must have remembered all that had happened at His birth. Thank you Jesus for giving us so loving a Mother. In our lives too, there are times when God asks us to make a choice that we do not fully understand, and the blessing reveals itself only later in time. Malak, a young Syrian woman who fled her home in Aleppo several years ago (shown right), is a modern-day example of someone who is present to and sharing joy with her neighbors, despite all she holds in her own heart. float: left; Do you understand the importance of formal, ritualized worship? #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a:before { We pray for increased motivation for those who hear God’s call but are afraid to act on it. []. She played a very profound and active role. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a:focus { Luke 1:26-38. How are you being called to counter the norms and standards of the world?13. Imagine how Mary’s heart shone with a love spanning the tender, protective love of a mother holding her baby in her arms and the profound adoration of a soul adoring her Creator and Lord in the flesh. Think closely about this message regarding priorities in life.16. Pray that Christian families will be obedient to the Father. You can always find him in the tabernacle. She hopes that her daughter will someday become a teacher. Show your immensity of love for Him: be humble, be grateful for what you have, be it little or great, and whatever you do have, use it in a way that will give pleasure to my Son. But he did not begin by teaching, just as he did not begin by commanding. Because of the immensity of Love that the Lord had filled me with, I felt no pain at His birth. -Luke 1:43-44. I wish to come into your situation whatever it may be: to be present with you and to pray with you and for you. -Genesis 22:17-18, Read more on Abraham's Sacrifice and it's relation to the Presentation here. The trappings of this life literally trap us into living only for this world which amount to absolutely nothing in Jesus’ Heavenly kingdom. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. I am with you to pray with you. []. Why not something bigger, something more becoming of a person of His stature and power?” The answer is that there is nothing bigger, nothing more becoming of a person of His stature and power then to do what none would think of, to do what no one and nothing else could possibly do of their own volition: to take on a nature below one’s own. Simeon’s faith allowed him to recognize Christ. margin-right:0px !important; Khaled Basheer, the father, says, “We were also very frightened of an attack by [ISIS]. Joseph and Mary “do not understand” Jesus’ answer, and yet they accept it (Catechism, 534). Help us to pray and worship in the ways You ordain for us, in the ways that are pleasing to You. Help us to see the deep meanings in the events of our lives. The Fifth Joyful Mystery - The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple 5th Joyful Mystery - The Finding of Child Jesus in the Temple The Fifth Joyful Mystery- THE FINDING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE We pray for the wanting to serve others rather than be served. They had been hearing explosions and gunfire nearly every day. float:none !important; We pray for increased faith in God’s plan for me even when confronted with difficulties and disappointments. What did she say about these subjects?14. Have you ever experienced the fear of losing a child, even for a short time? The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. At that instance, I remembered the prophesy of Isaiah. It was an orderly search. Mary offered her son just as other mothers did, but it was different with Mary. 200 intentions to keep your rosary prayers focused. FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: Purity of Mind and Body. Because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see. That’s love. How does He question You?8. Why didn't Jesus' parents understand Him?20. The Annunciation. font-size:16px !important; The Joyful Mysteries. God's will contains Joy. margin-right:5px !important; -Luke 1:42. Therefore, the way we see, hear, or in any other way experience His existence when He comes, will be grand and splendorous. The angel asks her if she would consent to be the mother of Jesus. How are you responding?5. Yet in announcing this to her, the angel Gabriel also revealed that Mary's cousin Elizabeth is six months' pregnant. Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity. They had their baby in a manger because, like many refugees in the Middle East today, they were on the road and had to make do with what they could find. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs a{ If you hold his hand in the darkness, he will give you strength, peace, and an intimate joy that nothing can take away. Guide them and guard them on their journeys.Petition – Lord, we beg You, make us lowly and humble before You. } But around the world, refugee families are separated. Can you imagine how anxious they both were? And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! background-color: #dd9933 !important; She is all beautiful, all holy, all pure, the pearl of creation. "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). Second Joyful Mystery - The VisitationJesus, Mary and Joseph protect all pre-born children from 3 to 6 months of age from abortion. She cried out, blessing Mary and the infant in Mary's womb. Thy Will … The prophetess Anna is an example for those advanced in years. “But then I lost everything.”. She laid her newborn in straw. Mary has just received life-changing news, news that no other woman will ever receive: She is to be the Mother of God. And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. I am a virgin: I had intended to be a virgin the rest of my life even though I agreed to live with Joseph. We pray that we make an effort to attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He was an upright and devout man. Think carefully about this great mystery of God made Man. margin-right:-1px !important; First Joyful Mystery - The AnnunciationJesus, Mary and Joseph protect all pre-born children from conception to 3 months of age from abortion. As Mary must have struggled with her own puzzlement at the angel's annunciation, her response melted into … Trust Him, trust Him my children. He was created for God: He was created to obey His Father in all things. } “And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for Mary to be delivered were fulfilled. At first, I could not understand such a response: and yet I did. There was pure joy at the coming of my Son. This went on for some time before they realized that is was not the case. He has always been obedient to Mary and Joseph, and through them to God the Father, but now His obedience to God is even more direct. But Mary models this for us. "The Beatitudes," writes Fr. Intention: Priestly obedience of faith. We pray that we have the patience for God’s plan to manifest itself. God-made-Man submitted with great humility to His human parents. } She shows us what true love of neighbor means: placing the needs of others above our own, devoting ourselves to our neighbor in his or her hour of need. But Mary was not subject to the Law, because of the special circumstances of Christ's Birth. I held Him in my arms: He was the very Savior of the world. When we entered the temple, there was a holy priest by the name of Simeon. 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". (Luke 1:26-33, 38)As an angel proclaimed the conception of Christ in Mary's virginal womb, so do mothers and fathers learn every day of the conception of their child. We looked for a place but there was no room in the inn: the town was so full. May it be done to me according to your word." #tab_container_10927 { Then the angel departed from her. [], Luke 1:28, 31, 38. . " @media (max-width: 768px) { John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, "are expressions of the New Covenant, where happiness is assured already in this life, provided a person totally gives himself to the imitation of Christ." They now rely mostly on support from others to survive. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. But here He is, "sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions" (Luke 2:46). line-height: 1.42857143 !important; Why were Mary and Joseph astonished by Jesus' speech? Luke 2:41-51 – Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. Gone were her dreams, expectations and plans. Do you treasure even small things because God is directing them and speaking to you through them? Mary and Joseph offered a sacrifice, in accordance with the Law: "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons" (Luke 2:24), to redeem the Son of God, Who needed no redemption. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. Like Elizabeth, we should be eager to recognize Christ in others. 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. This was a very emotional moment for Elizabeth, a very moving experience. We pray for the motivation to go out and do God’s will as Mary did when she visited and helped Elizabeth. What does it mean to scatter the proud in the thoughts of their hearts?15. 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. } (Luke 1:28) Fruit of the Mystery… Catechism of the Catholic Church: #495-497, 717. These questions must be brought to Mary, who suffered this sword in a terrible way, more than any mother, any father. Let us pray to the Mother of all the Living that every child be treasured and protected from the first moment of conception as an inestimable and wondrous gift of God.Our Father...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: inspire the hearts of all newly pregnant women with the joy of which you sang at the Annunciation... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: deliver all parents from fear, and implant in their hearts a joyful hope... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray that joy may embrace the lives of all expectant parents...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray for grandparents, that the witness of their joy might be a source of strength to their expectant children... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: be with all new parents, that the miracle of new life silently growing in the womb will awaken in them a commitment to cherish and protect their child... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray that all might be inspired by the wonder of new life and embrace God's overwhelming gift...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: watch over all new parents with your maternal care, from the first moments of new life...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: rejoice with the mother who first feels the stirring of the child in her womb...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: intercede for all parents who long to carry a child in their arms...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Bless adoptive parents and rejoice with them in the beauty of their child...Hail Mary, full of grace...Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. 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