Category Archives: Rosary

The Agony in the Garden

The Agony in the Garden
The First Sorrowful Mystery:  The Agony in the Garden

In Gethsemane, Christ experiences a moment of great anguish before the will of the Father, against which the weakness of the flesh would be tempted to rebel. There Jesus encounters all the temptations and confronts all the sins of humanity, in order to say to the Father: “Not my will but yours be done.”  This “Yes” of Christ reverses the “No” of our first parents in the Garden of Eden.  The cost of this faithfulness to the Father’s will is made clear in the following mysteries.

— Rosarium Virginis Mariae

The Annunciation

The First Joyful Mystery: The Annuciation
The First Joyful Mystery:  The Annunciation

The Archangel Gabriel announces to the Blessed Virgin that She has been chosen to be the Mother of the Messias, the Mother of God.  She responds: “Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

Grace of the Mystery: Conformity to the adorable Will of God.

The Wedding at Cana

Self -Manifestation at The Wedding at Cana

The Second Mystery of Light: Self-Manifestation at The Wedding at Cana

The first of the signs, given at Cana, when Christ changes water into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers.

The role that Mary assumes at Cana accompanies Christ throughout his ministry. The revelation made directly by the Father at the Baptism in the Jordan and echoed by John the Baptist is placed upon Mary’s lips at Cana, and it becomes the great maternal counsel which Mary addresses to the Church of every age: “Do whatever he tells you.”

This counsel is a fitting introduction to the words and signs of Christ’s public ministry and it forms the Marian foundation of all the “Mysteries of Light”.

— Rosarium Virginis Mariae

The Baptism in the Jordan

Baptism of Christ by Grigory Gaagarin

The First Mystery of Light: The Baptism in the Jordan

Jesus’ public life begins with his baptism by John in the Jordan.  John preaches a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

As Christ descends into the waters, the innocent one who became sin for our sake, the heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares him the beloved Son, while the Spirit descends on him to invest him with the mission which he is to carry out.