When one is to contemplate the Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary they actually contemplate the thoughts of the angels.
Understanding that each Mystery holds fast to eternal truths which are supported and confirmed by Sacred Scripture and Tradtion.
But what do we mean when we say “Mysteries”?
Is this a puzzle that we must piece together or an equation to solve?
No, not in the literal sense are the Rosary's Mysteries to be looked at as such. Rather,
the Most Holy Rosary's Mysteries are but significant meditations that imply greater supernatural truths than what is percieved on the surface.
In studying the Rosary, we discover that it isn't just a collection of prayers but rather a deep and profound theology. Let me explain...
Possibly and arguably the greatest student and teacher of the Most Holy Rosary was St. Louis De Monfort. It is because of great works like his book,
The Secret of the Rosary,
that we have a better understanding of Our Lady and the Blessed Trinity's divine will in using Mary to reform the heart of the world to her Son and Lord Jesus Christ.
The Rosary is actually a fulfillment of what we know to be the book of the Old Testament,
the Psalms (Davidic Psalms) which are precisely 150 in number.
These Psalms were primarily prophesying of the messiah to come and rightfully priests today pray these Holy Pslams by way of the Liturgy of the Hours.
But it is the Rosary that mirrors these Psalms as in its original form, given to St. Dominic by Our Lady, which was comprised of 150 Angelic Salutations (Hail Marys).
Understanding this, the prayer of the Most Holy Rosary is not,
like the Pslams, meditating on the messiah to come but rather meditating on Christ who not only came but will come again!
This is one of the reasons the Most Holy Rosary has greater spiritual abundance than that of the Pslams as our beloved Savior is adored by name while the Pslams only prophesy of His arrival.
Also the theology of the Rosary deepens as it was then separated into three groups of meditation to honor the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost: the Joyful,
Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries.
Let us deepen our faith as we divulge into these splendid Mysteries born of Heaven.
Now these Mysteries are:
1. The Baptism of Jesus – Spiritual Fruit is the Sacrament of Baptism
2. The Wedding of Cana – Spiritual Fruit is the receiving Jesus Through Mary & gratitude for the gift of faith
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven – Spiritual Fruit is Repentance and Trust in God / Desire of holiness
4. The Transfiguration – Spiritual Fruit is Spiritual Courage
5. The Institution of the Holy Eucharist – Spiritual Fruit is Adoration of Christ Truly Present in the Eucharist
Where these are holy mysteries to meditate on and do give us great measures of graces, it is not however, a part of the original theology of the Most Holy Rosary.
In many ways, the “Luminous Mysteries”
are a separate devotion all together much like the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
which is often prayed using a rosary.
Let us also remember that is a Daily Rosary
recommendation, and they are:
* Sunday - Glorious Mysteries
* Monday – Joyful Mysteries
* Tuesday – Sorrowful Mysteries
* Wednesday – Glorious Mysteries
* Thursday – Joyful Mysteries or the “Luminous Mysteries” Rosarium Virginis Mariae
* Friday – Sorrowful Mysteries
* Saturday – Glorious Mysteries
As we devote ourselves to the Most Holy Rosary,
we not only are recommending ourselves to Our Lady
who intercedes for us but also to the Sacred Heart
of Jesus whom Our Lady dearly loved.
For how else can one profess deep devotion to Our Lord
without first loving Him through the eyes of His mother, Mary.