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History Of The Rosary
Luminous Mystery Rosary
Of Pope John Paul II

"Again therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying:
I am the light of the world: he that followeth me,
walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
-John 8:12


Catholic Rosary Myteries


Pope John Paul II updated the Rosary recently with the Luminous Mystery Rosary . This is a major event in history of the rosary.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to all Catholics regarding the Rosary. In this letter, which was entitled The Most Holy Rosary, Pope John Paul II announced the addition of the Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary history in addition to the traditional mysteries of the rosary...

The Luminous Mystery Rosary or the Mysteries of Light, as they are also called, focus on the public life of Jesus, the years He was preaching spanning the time between His Baptism and His death.

They are called the Mysteries of Light because Jesus is the light of the World.

Jesus as the light is mentioned several times in St. John's Gospel.

"And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him. He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light. That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world." -John 1:5-9

"While I am in the world, I am the light of the world" -John 9:5

Pope John Paul II felt that it was important to add these mysteries to the history of the rosary because there was a gap between the childhood of Jesus that is meditated upon during the Joyful Mysteries and the suffering and death of Jesus that is meditated upon during the Sorrowful Mysteries.

He also added them to revive interest in the Rosary which in his words illustrate an "ocean of joy and of light, of suffering and of glory" in the lives of Jesus and Mary.

The Luminous Mystery Rosary is as follows...

Just like the other mysteries, you can meditate on the mysteries of the life of Jesus with His mother, Mary mother of God.

It was Mary who asked Jesus to perform His first miracle at the wedding at Cana.

When the bride and groom ran out of wine, Mary went and told Jesus. She told the servants to, "Do whatever he tells you" -John 2:5.

Because of Mary's prompting, Jesus turned water into wine at this wedding.

According to Pope John Paul II, this event, in the history of the rosary, is the foundation to all the Mysteries of Light because the role Mary played as "intercessor" at the wedding continues throughout the other four rosary mysteries.


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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary



Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood. The most joyful event in all of human history is the Incarnation or when God became man and dwelt among us read more...

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
What a gift the the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are. Meditating on these Mysteries of Light bring even deeper understanding of the public life of Jesus. They fill in the blanks between Jesus' childhood and His suffering and death on the cross. Therefore read more...

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus loves you. He suffered and died for you. "Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13. You are loved by Jesus read more...

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead, making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious events as you pray the Rosary prayer will keep your faith alive and strong read more...





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