Category Archives: Mysteries of Light

The mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the light of the world. This truth emerges in a special way during the years of his public ministry, when he proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom. Each of these mysteries is a revelation of the Kingdom now present in the very person of Jesus.

— Rosarium Virginis Mariae

On the threshold of the public life: the baptism; on the threshold of the Passover: the Transfiguration. Jesus’ baptism proclaims “the mystery of the first regeneration”, namely, our Baptism; the Transfiguration “is the sacrament of the second regeneration”: our own Resurrection. From now on we share in the Lord’s Resurrection through the Spirit who acts in the sacraments of the Body of Christ. The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he “will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body.” But it also recalls that “it is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.”

— Catechism of the Catholic Church 556

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.