Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Thessalonians 5:16-18

   

               
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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



1. The Agony in the Garden - In the Garden of Gethsemane, Our Lord Jesus awaits the betrayal of Judas and His excruciating Passion and death. It is here that Christ prayed fervently with His Father that if it be possible to avoid this torture but devoutly offered not His will but His Father's will to be done. In deep meditation of Christ's agony we should pray to obtain the spiritual fruit of true sorrow for our sins.



2. The Scourging at the Pillar - Our Lord Jesus is forcibly restrained at pillar to be scourged. Lash after lash, Christ's sacred flesh is mercilessly abused and flayed. We meditate on this Mystery with great difficulty as we focus on the words of the rosary but imagine in minds the gruesome torture Jesus goes through! In this Mystery, His flesh is offered up as sacrifice for our impurities. This is why we pray fervently for the spiritual fruit of purity.



3. The Crowning of Thorns - Beaten, mocked, ridiculed, and deserted by all save His mother Jesus withstood the torment of man's ignorant cruelty. As gesture of mockery, the Roman soldiers that tortured Him clothed Christ with a purple robe, septor in hand, and on His head a crown of ruthless Thorns! To further humiliate Christ, they mockingly bowed and saluted Him “King of the Jews!” Then proceeded to spit and slap Him in the face. We ask in this Mystery of Christ through the intercession of Mary the spiritual fruit of Fortitude.





4. The Carrying of the Cross - Here we witness the heart wrenching moment in Christ's Passion where He was forced to carry His heavy cross and therefore the terrible burden and weight of the sins of the world. We know also from the traditional Stations of the Cross Our Lord Jesus fell three times on His way to Calvary. Here we contemplate the great endurance Our Lord had in maintaining His mission for the salvation of souls and by also reflecting through Him our very selves when we fall as He did. We may well meditate on the bruised face of Jesus knocked

down to the ground as we, unlike Him, fall due to our sins so that we may have the courage to rise with Him in carrying our cross to follow Him. This is why we pray to obtain the spiritual fruit of Patience and Endurance in this Mystery for the Glory of God and through the intercession of His blessed mother, Mary.




 5. The Crucifixion – At last we have come the Mystery of Our Lord's death where He commended His Spirit to God. Once an image of gruesome cruelty but now the living symbol of salvation. But as we meditate on this Mystery, we recognize the deep sorrow of Our Lady and the Twelve at the sight of Jesus dying pitifully like a common criminal. It is here also that when a terrible storm came shortly after Christ gave up His Ghost, that a Roman guard thrust a spear into His Sacred Heart which poured forth blood and water. Where even some of the pagan Roman Centurion guards even admitted, “Surely He was the Son of God!” Mournfully, we pray earnestly for the spiritual fruit of Obedience even unto death.



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