Mary Our Mother and Queen // The Glorious Mysteries

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Bible verse 1: Mark 16:6, 16:19

Bible verse 2: Acts 2:4

    The Glorious Mysteries are those in which Mary takes a bit of a back seat, because she’s not front and center like she is in the Joyful Mysteries. However, given that she’s such an integral part of Christ’s life, and how great a devotion the rosary is, the Glorious Mysteries arestill an important part of Marian doctrine.

    The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection

    “…Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here,” (Mark 16:6). In the first Glorious Mystery,the tomb is discovered empty. Mary had buried her Son, and here He was, missing from the tomb. When Christ returned, how joyful must Mary have been?

    The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

    “So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God,” (Mark 16:19). When Christ returned, he stayed for 40 days. He commissioned the apostles to preach the gospel to every creature, and promised to be with them forever. He took his mother and the apostles to Mt. Olivet, and extended His pierced hands over all of them in a blessing and was taken up to heaven. They left the mount and returned to Jerusalem with joy!

    The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

    “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim,” (Acts 2:4). When the Holy Spirit descended, Mary was in the Upper Room, where the Last Supper was held, with the Apostles. That first day, Peter went forth to preach and baptized three thousand. The feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, for on that day it begins to grow.

    The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption

    While there isn’t a direct scriptural reference to Mary’s assumption, Mary’s sinless body wouldn’t have needed to die, as death was the punishment for original sin that Adam and Eve were dealt. Her body, which would have been venerated, was never found.   

    The Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation

    “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, With the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev 12:1) While the other people are mentioned in Revelation as souls, Mary is specifically mentioned in a corporeal manner.

    The mysteries of the rosary are such a wonderful way to get closer to mama Mary, and to learn more about our spiritual history. We’re blessed to have so many ways to pray and get closer to our Spiritual mother.

Reflection question 1: Now that we’ve gone over the Joyful and the Glorious Mysteries, which do you feel a closer connection with?

Reflection question 2: Do you feel more of a connection  with the Apostles or with Mary when you read the Glorious Mysteries?

Act: Make time to pray a decade of the rosary, ponder one of the Glorious mysteries, and keep it in your heart.

 

Mary Our Mother and Queen // Our Lady of Guadalupe

 Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patron Saint of the Americas, and her feast day is December 12th. When people first started coming from Europe to the New World, they sought gold, religious freedoms, and conversions of the natives.

Mary Our Mother and Queen // Our Lady of Knock

I have always been very fascinated by the Marian apparitions. It’s just so overwhelmingly awesome to think that there are so many people with the wonderful faith and fortune to have witnessed our dear Mother appear in person.

Mary Our Mother and Queen // Our Center of the Joyful Mysteries

Often, when I’m saying my prayers or praying a decade of the rosary before bed (those nights you just can’t get to sleep? Try a decade of the rosary; it’s so peaceful and calming, it helps me almost right away!)

Mary Our Mother and Queen // The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

For all the joy and love in Mary’s life, it is hard to forget the immense sorrow and pain she also endured for her son and for us, her spiritual children.

Mary Our Mother and Queen // Preparing the Way for Mary

What do Sarah, Rachel, Esther, and Abraham all have in common with Mary? While they weren’t all alive at the same time, there is a remarkable symmetry between each of these Old Testament figures and Mary.

Mary Our Mother and Queen // Mary's Immaculate Conception

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Luke 1:26-38 Isaiah 7: 14

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is one surrounded by a LOT of confusion. It’s a completely unique and singularly significant mystery of the Church. While some believe it was Christ who was conceived on the Feast,  truly it is the conception of Mary by her parents (ya’ll know how that  works—if you don’t, ask your mamma).  

Mary was conceived without original sin, and with an amount of sanctifying graces we cannot even fathom. Mary was truly pure, in every sense of the word. The Angel’s greeting to her at the Annunciation indicates to us that she was in a state of being full of grace. She’d certainly need to be in such a state in order to carry and bear the ultimate new covenant: Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mary’s blameless state was predicted in Isaiah 7:14,

“Maid shall be with child, and shall bear a son, that shall be called Emmanuel.”

This predicts Mary’s state of virginity and grace. There is a simple and direct analogy used to explain how Mary can be truly human and still truly sinless: pretend there is  a deep pit and a guy falls in. Another guy comes along and saves the first guy from the pit by pulling him out. A lady walks by and is about to fall in, but the second guy stops her from falling into the pit in the first place. She’s also saved from the pit, by being prevented from falling into it in the first place! In the same way, Mary was saved from original sin from the very beginning through the grace of God the Father.

Mary’s state of perpetual grace opened the way for her to have the Lord dwell within her womb. When she was visited by the angel, Gabriel greeted her and told her that she would conceive in her womb and have a son whom she was to name Jesus. She asked the angel how this could be, as she’d not known a man. The angel tells her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and her son would be known as the Son of God Luke 1:26-38. The way Luke structures this chapter and the language he uses is full of Old Testament allusions and symbols. (give an example of said symbols)Mary immediately tells the angel to let it be done according to his  word, and in her acceptance of God’s will (remember—she still had free will even though she had no original sin; Adam and Eve had free will and chose sin) she becomes at once the physical mother of Christ, and the spiritual mother of His church.

The Catechism gives us a beautiful reminder of just how special Mary is to us: At once virgin and mother, Mary is the symbol and the most perfect realization of the Church: "the Church indeed. . . by receiving the word of God in faith becomes herself a mother. By preaching and Baptism she brings forth sons, who are conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of God, to a new and immortal life. She herself is a virgin, who keeps in its entirety and purity the faith she pledged to her spouse." (CCC 507)

Reflection question 1: Do you feel close to Mary as our spiritual mother?

Reflection question 2: What can you do to work on and improve your relationship with Mary our Mother?

Act: Spend some time in reflection, even if it’s just a minute or two, and consider how scared but STRONG our mama Mary was to say YES to the Lord’s will without hesitation! What a gift!