The Crowning of Mary is the final Glorious Mystery, to some it is the last one in the whole Rosary. This is another one of the mysteries that isn’t a story directly in the Bible. There is some glancing at the idea in the Bible notably in Revelation 12:1-7. This is the decade where Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven. The fruit of this mystery is perseverance and increase in virtue, trust in Mary’s intercession. This is important and we tend to neglect it at time but Mary is one of the best individual to ask to intercede on our behalf with our prayers and concerns to our heavenly father. I hope that we all can turn to Mary at some time this month and pray a Rosary when we’ve got a free moment.
The fourth Glorious Mystery is when we get back to Mary and it is not an event which happens in the Bible, sure Pius XII pointed to Genesis 3:15 and 1 Corinthians 15:54 in Munificentissimus Deus, the Apostolic constitution which declared the dogma of the Assumption. You can also point toward Revelation 12 with the woman clothed in the sun stepping on a serpent’s head. After many years Mary was taken into heaven, some say she died other she fell asleep either way she was taken into heaven. The fruit of this mystery is Grace of a Happy Death and True Devotion towards Mary.
This past Sunday during the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis asked us to join with him this May in praying the Rosary for peace in the world, specifically in Syria. May is one of the two Marian months, the other being October which is dedicated to the Rosary. So I hope that we all can pick up a Rosary sometime this May in join in the prayers of the Holy Father.
The third Glorious mystery is the Decent of the Holy Spirit which happened at Pentecost fifty days after Easter. It is when the Holy Spirit came down upon the Disciples. The fruit of the mystery is Love of God, Holy Wisdom to know the truth and share with everyone, Divine Charity, Worship of the Holy Spirit. This is a lot of things but it is very important when Jesus left he said God would send another advocate to help you and be with you forever. This second part is the most important part the Holy Spirit is with us today we need to remember this all to often we tend to forget that the Spirit is with us and we can/should be asking for help of the Spirit through discernment. I hope that we all can turn to the Holy Spirit at all time in our lives.
The second Glorious mystery is The Ascension it is found in the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of Luke. Forty days after Easter Jesus and the Apostles gather on the Mount of Olives and Jesus ascends into heaven and tells them to not leave Jerusalem until after the Holy Spirit comes. The fruit of the mystery is Hope and Desire for ascension to Heaven. Hope is something we all can have and we all hope for more than we can get. We also have a desire for all of us to go heaven in the long run.
The first Glorious Mystery is The Resurrection. It appears in all the Gospels and I am positive that it is mentioned in a couple of other New Testament books as well. The fruit of this mystery is faith. Jesus after dying on Good Friday and being placed in a tomb on the first day of the week, the day after the Sabbath, women came to anoint the body, but the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. They were told to go tell of the good news. We should be reminded of the Story of Doubting Thomas, who wouldn’t believe that Jesus had risen until Thomas himself could see the hands and put his hand in the side. When Jesus finally appeared that second time with Thomas in the room Jesus said to him “because you’ve seen you believe. Blessed are those who have not see but believe.” This is faith, it is one of the theological virtues written about in the Encyclical Lumen Fidei.
Laetitae Sanctae is another one of Leo XIII encyclical on the Rosary it is like several of the others which are implore the praying of the rosary in October. Pope Leo notes that the praying of the rosary devoutly not only helps the individual but also but society as a whole as well. His holiness goes on to say that there are three obstacles that arise in the world “first, the distaste for a simple and labourious life; secondly, repugnance to suffering of any kind; thirdly, the forgetfulness of the future life.” These are tied to the mysteries of the Rosary.
The first, the distaste for poverty relates to the joyful mysteries where we focus on Christ as a child. So much of society says that we need to amass riches so we can buy this or that to become a better person and we should “work smarter not hard”. However it takes hard work to get rich. As we look at these mysteries we see “simplicity and purity of conduct, perfect agreement and unbroken harmony, mutual respect and love – not of the false and fleeting kind – but that which finds both its life and its charm in devotedness of service.” This is what we need to bring into the world.
The second, repugnance to suffering relates to the sorrowful mysteries where we focus on the Passion of Christ. It is sad that violence has become so pervasive that in just about every movie it seem features some horrible act of violence, or really just turning on the news we hear of some murder. Society as a whole has become desensitized to it even when most of us haven’t seen it in person we’ve all seen it in the movie and television programs we watch. Sure we understand that violence is bad but we often forget about the suffering and grief left behind. Yet we must remember the actions of Jesus and follow in his footsteps, as St. Thomas says in the gospel “Let us also go, that we might die with him” (John 11:16)
The third and last one, forgetfulness of the future relates to the glorious mysteries where the focus turns to the resurrection and life in heaven. All too often we look to the future and our own personal safety with a mix of materialism and nationalism. Here is where the problem arises the militarization of individuals to serve their nation, but at the neglect of the world as a whole. We are all in the same boat and the more people rocking it the sooner we will capsize. Pope Leo put is as we may doubt if “God could inflict upon man a more terrible punishment than to allow him to waste his whole life in the pursuit of earthly pleasures, and in forgetfulness of the happiness which alone lasts for ever.” Let us remember the eternal banquet that awaits us all.
Pope Leo then talks a bit about Rosary confraternities calling them the battalions who fight the battle of Christ under the direction of the Virgin Mother noting the victory at Lepanto. This, the rosary, is the Hope of the Church. Let us all take some time and pull out a rosary and pray it.
If you remember last week I said this is often combined with Assumption or done instead of it. The Coronation is one of those events that some say is only alluded to in the Bible in Revelation with the Mary as the woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”. So after Mary had gone up to heaven she is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Let us remember this and try to take care of the world around us in honor of our holy mother. During the month of May local parishes might hold a May Crowning. The feast of the Coronation is on August 22nd. This is the final Glorious mystery and the final Joy of the virgin.
The fruit of this mystery is Perseverance and Crown of Glory, Trust in Mary’s Intercession.
As we enter into the month of May we turn our focus on Mary our mother and Queen. She is someone that we should be able to turn to when we are in trouble and need some help, as Mary will help like she did at Cana. Since most everything to Jesus through Mary, at Cana she told the stewards to listen to Jesus and there was the best wine of the evening. Mary needs to have role in our lives, be it simply praying a Hail Mary during the day or going all out and praying a whole Rosary. It is only through Mary that we eventually get to Jesus. As Pope Francis said on Sunday “May the Virgin Mary help us to welcome with meekness the Holy Spirit as the interior Master and as a living memory of Christ in our daily journey.” I hope that we all can add some sort of additional devotion to Mary or read up on one of the many titles of Mary during this month.
The fruit of this mystery is Grace of a Happy Death and True Devotion towards Mary.
As we near the month of May we turn our focus to Mary. When the time came for Mary to die she fell asleep and her body was brought into heaven like Jesus. This should be a goal for all. We need to be willing to emulate Mary in the world, be willing to say “Yes” when we face difficulty. Mary is our mother, Jesus while he was on the Cross gave his mother to his beloved disciple, we are that beloved daughter/son. Although at time we might not always be happy with our mothers they would give everything for you to succeed in life Mary did this for Jesus at the Wedding at Cana where she told the stewards to do whatever he (Jesus) tells you. Mary point us toward Christ and by following Mary we will be on the path.
The fruit of this mystery is Holy Wisdom to know the truth and share with everyone, Divine Charity and Love of God.
After the Ascension of Jesus the Apostles were still in the “keep this a secret from everyone” phase they were all scared and locked up in a room when a howling wind came through the house and flung the windows open. The Apostles were filled with the spirit, they went out and spread the message and baptized many that day. We need to remember that the Holy Spirit is with us at all times and we only need to ask for some help from the Spirit so that we can be like the Apostles on Pentecost, being inspired and going out bringing the message to the world.