Upon seeing Jesus, Simeon said “Now Master, You can dismiss Your … And Albertus Magnus (super Missus Est, c. 82) says, “The Blessed Virgin is the mother of all who are in virginity, since she was the first to make an offering of her virginity to God, through which offering she became the mother of all virgins.” Wherefore the Blessed Virgin, being most anxious concerning her virginity and the vow she had made with respect to it, makes mention of it as it were by way of objection to the angel. And so she appropriated whatever is good in the threefold state of women, and whatever is evil she rejected. What is there in me for a legal observance to purify—in me, who, by this immaculate parturition, am become most pure? Meditating on the conception and early life of Jesus, affords us with the perfect example by which we optimally pattern our lives. 39.—And Mary arose in those days. The Visitation of Mary to … (Collect for Circumcision), Spiritual Fruit: Piety | Devotion to the duties of our state of lifeSpiritual Work of Mercy: Counsel the Doubtful, Instruct the Ignorant, O LORD Jesus Christ, Who, being subject to Mary and Joseph, didst sanctify home life with ineffable virtues, grant that, with the aid of both, we may be taught by the example of Thy Holy Family, and attain to eternal fellowship with them. Also, use them as a springboard to create your own meditations on the Joyful Mysteries. . © PrayingLatin.com Copyright All Rights Reserved. Joseph could abandon her. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and was buried. Mary’s heart is full of grief in one of her seven sorrows, as she and Joseph diligently search for Him for three long days. [Read at the council of Ephesus and included in the proceedings . Wherefore he adds that in her, nature conspired with grace and co-operated with it in every respect. In this first glorious mystery of the Rosary, we recall the Resurrection of … S. Augustine (Serm xviii de Sanctus) says, “Mary is filled with grace, and Eve is made clear from guilt; the curse of Eve is changed into the blessing of Mary.” Toletus (annotat. 33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end. In addition, those who have been condemned are not to be permitted to govern monasteries, lest tares be sown and increase. 2. The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary 2. When, therefore, any of those who love to upset sound doctrine pervert my words to their way of thinking, your holiness should not be surprised at this, but should remember that the followers of every heresy extract from inspired scripture the occasion of their error, and that all heretics corrupt the true expressions of the holy Spirit with their own evil minds and they draw down on their own heads an inextinguishable flame. 0 prodigies! Yet, in her zeal for humility, in order to make herself like other women who bear children, that she might not give scandal in seeming to be singular, and that she might conceal her virginity and her conception by the Holy Ghost, the Blessed Virgin was willing to be purified, even as Christ, for similar reasons, was willing to be circumcised. It is not permitted to produce or write or compose any other creed except the one which was defined by the holy fathers who were gathered together in the holy Spirit at Nicaea. Cornelious Lapide, The Great Biblical Commentary, Gospel of St Luke Chapter 1, v. 44. We thank you for tuning in and trust you will find our conservative Christian programming to be encouraging, uplifting, and worthy of worship to our Lord and Savior. And the third, that if the offspring be a male, and the firstborn, it be set before God, and offered to Him as His due, and holy, that is, consecrated on account of the immunity of the firstborn of the Hebrews granted them by God, when the firstborn of Pharaoh and the Egyptians were smitten by the angel in the time of Moses (Exod. After a day’s journey, His parents discover that Jesus is not with their kinsfolk and return to Jerusalem in order to find Him. 1st Joyful Mystery -The Annunciation 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. 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. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. Mention is made of Cyril’s letter in the definition of Chalcedon. 46 And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. Because there was no room for them in the inn—namely, for Mary and Joseph. For, with such exultation and gladness of soul did I bear Him that I felt no trouble nor any pain; but straightway I wrapped Him in the clean clothing which I had prepared long before. Symbolically this “dancing” in the womb prefigures John’s own martyrdom, as the dancing of Herodias would be the means by which he would be beheaded. The Joyful Mysteries are those events at the beginning of the life of Christ: The Annunciation of the Archangel to MaryThe Visitation of Our Lady to St ElizabethThe Nativity of Our LordThe Presentation of Our Lord in the TempleThe Finding of Christ teaching among the Elders in the Temple Each one of these represents a… And therefore is that most chosen Mother fitly likened to the burning bush which Moses saw, that took no hurt. This rosary meditation focuses on The Fourth Joyful Mystery — The Presentation of our Lord.. Joyful Mysteries . You may use them as they are written or adapt them as you wish. For this reason Mary was full of grace, and a sea of graces; for as all rivers run into the sea, so all graces which angels, patriarchs, apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins possessed, came together in her, as S. Bonaventura says. He likewise received the extraordinary gifts which befitted the future forerunner of Christ. 3. In this mystery, ask Mary to help you see and touch this goodness of Jesus in your own life. 11 He came unto his own: and his own received him not. For we do not say that the. Primum Mysterium Gaudiosum: Annuntiatio (The First joyful mystery: The Annunciation) ( Mathew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38 ) 2. For God judges nothing to be acceptable except what is truly in itself acceptable; wherefore when He makes any one just and acceptable to Himself, He bestows upon him the gift of justice and inherent grace. Luke 2:41 And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch, 42 And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, 43 And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. Shortly afterwards, probably in 436, Nestorius was definitely sent into exile by the emperor . God also uses such men as suitable instruments united to Himself. In addition, when they come together, they should commit clearly to writing whatever conduces to the creation of concord, communion and order. Peace be to thee. Luke 1:39-48 – During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. While saying the prayers of the Rosary, Catholics meditate on what are called the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. Any other production savouring of the like impiety which is found anywhere is to be treated similarly. (Luke 1:26-38) In the sixth month, 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. Superfluous, too, in that case is His descent into Mary; for why did He come down into her if He were to take nothing of her? 48 Such as is the earthly, such also are the earthly: and such as is the heavenly, such also are they that are heavenly. S. Ambrose mentions as the first cause of her haste that she might not tarry long out of the house in the public ways. For, as we have just said, that creed is sufficient both for the knowledge of godliness and for the repudiation of all heretical false teaching. The synod of Nicaea produced this creed: We believe … [the Nicene Creed follows]. Moreover the Blessed Virgin was more the parent of Christ than other mothers are of their children; for from her Christ received all His substance, and other sons receive it not only from their mother and but also from their father. By Rosemary Bogdan 9/29/2014 7:02:00 PM. This is what Paul says to all. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. xiii. For this is the Effect-of Sin; it Separates the Soul, from God: “Your Iniquities have Divided-between you and your God”.” (St Alphonsus Liguori, On the Dolors of Mary). And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. “And of His kingdom there shall be no end.”, “Blessed art thou among women, for thou hast brought forth life…The mother of our race brought punishment into the world; the mother of our Lord brought salvation to the world. 43.—And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem. 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. While praying a scriptural rosary, you read the provided scripture verse either before, after or while praying Hail Mary prayer. What was it that so great a God did, lying in so small a covering of flesh in the crib? She could face disapproval. The Spirit enlivens and guides the Church, and each of us within the Church, to carry out Christ's man- date to make disciples of all peoples. She whispers “yes” knowing that her life is forever changed and possibly going to be mu… The holy and great synod, therefore, stated that. These are the words of your reverence and you may recognise them. Mary says to Him in wonder and reverence, “Son, why has Thou done so to us? . Matthew 28:1-8 – After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. Mary goes in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth and is praised by her as "blessed among women."  Ibid. This is on the authority of S. Jerome, “Ep, 18 ad Marcellam,” Bede, “de Locis Sanctis ” ch. 1. [9*] Symbolically this “dancing” in the womb prefigures John’s own martyrdom, as the dancing of Herodias would be the means by which he would be beheaded. And Joseph and his mother knew not of it, because Jesus asked leave of His parents, who were lingering a little in Jerusalem from motives of devotion or business, to visit His relations, as if he were about to go on with them, and, having obtained permission, went to them, but soon withdrew quietly to the Temple—God so directing—in order that His parents, though at other times always solicitous about Him, should be unaware of this, and think that He was in the company of His kinsfolk. Hence some think that John was free from sinful desire, and never committed venial sin; but this privilege seems to have been peculiar to the Blessed Virgin, to whom John was inferior. The decrees of the council were approved by Pope Sixtus III shortly after his own ordination on 31 July 432. 22. my Lord! Our free will is the only thing in the world that is our own. JOYFUL MYSTERIES. bk. And wrapped Him in swaddling clothes—and cheap, but clean and decent. well says, “There is no place in the world of greater dignity than the temple of the virginal womb in which Mary conceived the Son of God, nor in heaven is there any place of higher dignity than the royal throne on which her Son has exalted Mary.” And in Serm. The same was said of Jael and Judith, but it is said here of the Blessed Virgin in a far more excellent way, for she excelled Jael and Judith, and all virgins and matrons a thousand times in blessings, gifts, and graces. If you hold his hand in the darkness, he will give you strength, peace, and an intimate joy that nothing can take away. This Novena is prayed from 30 November to 24 December. 27, Brochardus, and others say that it was the same place where Jacob fed his flocks, and which was called the Tower of Edar, or the flock, because it is rich in pasturage; Gen. xxxv. and hear Him answer; learn of Isaiah,—“Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Isaiah ix. Cyril’s letter was declared by the fathers to be in agreement with Nicaea, The 12 anathemas and the preceding explanatory letter, which had been produced by. The most exquisite flowers sometimes take the longest to develop. v). 1: 26-27) - Hail Mary... 2. Through the bowels of My compassion have I “the Dayspring from on high” visited thee; I have joined in one person the Word with flesh, a spirit with the slime of earth, God with man, and most intimate have I made the union. Book 3, Chapter 22. 1. 145) says on these words, “She was truly blessed, for she was greater than the heaven, stronger than the earth, wider than the world; she by herself alone contained God, whom the world contains not; she bore Him Who bears the world; she brought forth Him by Whom she had been begotten, she gives nourishment to the Nourisher of all things living.”. If anyone does not confess that Emmanuel is God in truth, and therefore that the holy virgin is the mother of God (for she bore in a fleshly way the Word of God become flesh, let him be anathema. 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. It is therefore the pleasure of the holy and ecumenical synod to secure intact and inviolate the rights belonging to each province from the first, according to the custom which has been in force from of old. The English translation is from the Greek text, which is the more authoritative version. In the Greek φυλάσσντες φυλακάς—keeping watch through the four watches of the night to guard their flocks lest they might be pillaged by wolves or robbers. To a city of Judah. 3 All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. Joyful Mysteries . The Joyful Mysteries. 1 Corinthians 15:45 The first man Adam was made into a living soul; the last Adam into a quickening spirit. O fools, whose only competence is in slander! The Mysteries of the Rosary are meditations on episodes in the life and death of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Ascension and beyond. 38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. Mary remains with Elizabeth for about three months serving her until the birth of John the Baptist. Some pray the Joyful Mysteries every day during Advent and Christmastide as a devotion. ” Consider a further piece of evidence: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. 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. Among women. He is thereby cast out by the synod from all ecclesiastical communion and is deprived of all ecclesiastical authority. This guided centering prayer (or meditation) of the Holy Rosary will take you on a journey through the Joyful Mysteries. 10) says, “Mary is by interpretation illuminator or star of the sea; for she brought forth the Light of the world. He is not here, but is risen" … In this way the disputed questions should through their means be brought to an appropriate solution. Tropologically, the soul filled with God, as the soul of the Blessed Virgin was, ascends the mountain heights, i.e., toils up the steep paths of virtue. The following individual meditations contain enough depth to be dwelt upon for an entire decade. . I know not a man, because I have made a vow of virginity: if God wishes to dispense with this vow, though it be hard, yet I will obey the will of God: but if He seeks to know my desire, I certainly declare that I earnestly desire to preserve the virginity that I have vowed to Him: for He who is a most pure spirit, and therefore the first virgin, has Himself put it into my mind; and it will be honourable to my Son Jesus if He is born of a virgin. Let her then be the mistress of humility in whom is the profession of chastity.”. Truly, 0 Blessed Virgin, thou hadst no need for purification; but had thy Son need of circumcision? Mary set free through faith, thy bone and thy flesh,.! 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