Thirdly, that he was the guardian of the sepulchre of the Lord, says S. Jerome, so that no one seeing it empty might bring in another dead body, and say that Christ had not risen. Thus, during the earliest period of scholastic theology, that most pious man, Amadeus, Bishop of Lausarme, held that the Virgin Mary's flesh had remained incorrupt-for it is wrong to believe that her body has seen corruption-because it was really united again to her soul and, together with it, crowned with great glory in the heavenly courts. viii). During the course of time such postulations and petitions did not decrease but rather grew continually in number and in urgency. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. 11 And these words seemed to them as idle tales; and they did not believe them. Otherwise she would not possess her complete beatitude. 39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. Then, as it were in a rage, they went to the sepulchre, which was a new one hollowed out in the rock, and took up the stone; but they did not find the body, not knowing what to say, because they had been convicted by the words of Thomas. And the holy mother of God says to me: Pray, and cast incense. By these was Mary to purchase her great crown; and to furnish her with occasions for the most perfect exercise of these and all other virtues in the most heroic degree, God was pleased to visit her with the sharpest trials. He is the Risen One!” The Rosary has […] And, saluting each other, they wondered, saying: What is the cause for which the Lord has assembled us here? Mary surpassed all others in sanctity in proportion as she excelled them in the most pure, most ardent, and most perfect charity. GLORIOUS MYSTERIES. Meditationes Rosarii: (Meditations of the Rosary) The following are the three sets of Mysteries revealed by our Lady to St Dominic, totaling 150 Ave’s corresponding exactly by intention to the 150 Psalms. I answer that, The place ought to be in keeping with what is contained therein. She is the refuge of sinners; but of such as sue for pardon with sincere repentance; not of those who wilfully continue to crucify her Son. To build up the Body of Christ, which is His Church! “As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you.” Jesus breathes on them and says, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost. 4th glorious mystery - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven Blessed art thou of the most high God above all the women upon the earth; and blessed be the Lord God, which hath created the heavens and the earth, which hath directed thee to the cutting … Do you, with your clergy and people, desire it? the delinquency to be corrected or prevented is a grievous one; there is no good reason to believe that the sinner will adequately provide for himself; there is a well-founded expectation that the admonition will be heeded; there is no one else just as well fitted for this work of Christian charity and likely to undertake it; there is no special trouble or disadvantage accruing to the reformer as a result of his zeal. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. In the First Joyful Mystery we meditate on the Annunciation made by the angel Gabriel to most holy Mary, that she was to conceive and bear a Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. This mission of … Apocalypse 11:19-12:1 And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail. And they were straightway cured. How bitter must the prolongation of her banishment amidst the sins of the world have been to her, whose burning charity surpassed that of all other saints! For nine days they had prayed, and now their prayers are being answered. The linked Scriptures are also available for additional insights into the mystery, and the sacred images provide a direction and window into the divine life. By the grace with which you are honored, by the mercy which you have brought forth, obtain that he who through you put on our weakness, may through you make us partakers of his bliss and glory.” But to obtain the protection of the Mother of God, we must not content ourselves to implore it barely in words, but must do this also with our hearts, and with a sincere desire of serving God with fervor. Since the universal Church, within which dwells the Spirit of Truth who infallibly directs it toward an ever more perfect knowledge of the revealed truths, has expressed its own belief many times over the course of the centuries, and since the bishops of the entire world are almost unanimously petitioning that the truth of the bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven should be defined as a dogma of divine and Catholic faith--this truth which is based on the Sacred Writings, which is thoroughly rooted in the minds of the faithful, which has been approved in ecclesiastical worship from the most remote times, which is completely in harmony with the other revealed truths, and which has been expounded and explained magnificently in the work, the science, and the wisdom of the theologians - we believe that the moment appointed in the plan of divine providence for the solemn proclamation of this outstanding privilege of the Virgin Mary has already arrived. 9 And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. She received from him that zeal for the glory of God, and those bowels of tenderness and compassion for the souls of poor sinners, which surpassed those of all angels and men. Rosary Meditations: The Glorious Mysteries. 13 And they going told it to the rest: neither did they believe them. And having heard this from the holy archangel, she returned to holy Bethlehem, having along with her three virgins who ministered unto her. So bountiful is God, so brief is the suffering, so long the reward and the glory. Then He received the prayer of His beloved mother, and said to her: O palace and temple of the living God, O blessed mother, O queen of all saints, and blessed above all women, before you carried me in your womb, I always guarded you, and caused you to be fed daily with my angelic food, as you know, how can I desert you, after you have carried me, and nourished me, and brought me down in flight into Egypt, and endured many hardships for me? He remembers the affection, piety, and fervor with which she sanctified herself before she conceived him, and during the remainder of her life; with which she bore him in her womb, cherished and served him in his mortal body upon earth, and suffered with him, by compassion, on Mount Calvary; and now he repays her by the honor with which he receives and crowns her. Then all promised that they would watch. That which is best and possesses its good without movement is God Himself, because He is utterly unchangeable, according to Malachi 3:6: "I am the Lord, and I change not." And she had along with her three virgins, Sepphora, Abigea, and Zaël; but the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ had been already dispersed throughout the whole world to preach to the people of God. Since our Redeemer is the Son of Mary, he could not do otherwise, as the perfect observer of God's law, than to honor, not only his eternal Father, but also his most beloved Mother. The fruit most commonly associated with the mystery of the Descent of the Holy Spirit is the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 10:19): “We have [Vulg. They stood and went in, and saluted the queen with the following words, and adored her: Hail, Mary, full of grace! And they said: Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in work and word before God and all the people; 20 And how our chief priests and princes delivered him to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21) explains, “our Redeemer rising before it was light, not only came forth free from hell, but destroyed also the bars of hell. And when the apostles raised the bier, part of him hung, and part of him adhered to the couch; and he was vehemently tormented with pain, while the apostles were walking and singing. When they go on to explain this point, they adduce various proofs to throw light on this privilege of Mary. Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith. Matthias is chosen through an act of apostolic authority. Symbolically: The earth which trembled with horror at the death of Christ, as it were leaped with joy at the resurrection. 14), “They ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.” And the 103d Psalm, quoted by Paul, Heb. You were blessed with the fullness of grace and goodness. The great Church of Ephesus bore her name when the general council was assembled in it against Nestorius in 431. In the Third Joyful Mystery we meditate how, when the full time of Mary's delivery was come, she brought forth our Saviour Jesus Christ at midnight, in the city of Bethlehem, and laid Him in a manger between two brute beasts. Jesus: “My daughter, in my Resurrection, the right was given to creatures to rise again in me to new life. As she nourished the infant Jesus, she continues to spiritually nourish the infant Church. The Descent of the Holy Spirit: The Third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary. says, “By the women coming early in the morning to the sepulchre, we have an example given to us, that, having cast away the darkness of our vices, we should come to the body of the Lord. On the first day of the week. All the glory of the king's daughter is within in golden borders. 5, ad 8; Expositio Salutationis Angelicae; In Symb. Then the blessed Mary said to her brethren: What is this, that you have all come to Jerusalem? Short Rosary Meditations for the Elderly, Ill, and Homebound ~From the Hearts of Jesus and Mary~ Rita Ring Shepherds of Christ Publications Madison, Indiana He is the Risen One!” The Rosary has […] First Latin Form And his bishopric let another take. 2, on the Resurrection) thinks that the women went four times to the sepulchre. Come, go to the procurator at Jerusalem. Reply to Objection 2. 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