Pope John Paul ll in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (October 16, 2002) has proposed to the faithful the expansion of the Mysteries of the Rosary to include five mysteries of the adult life of Christ. Since we repeat the Glorious Mysteries three times during the week, he suggests praying the Mysteries of Light on Thursday. For my part, I think the best day to pray them is Tuesday since this would maintain an unbroken sequence of Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries. Since the Rosary is essentially a contemplative prayer, what follows is my reflection on the Luminous Mysteries.


1. Baptism of Christ

"It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." (Mk 1:9-11)



O Father, how wonderful!

You revealed your beloved Son
in your life of love, joy and peace in the Spirit
hidden from our eyes from all eternity.

O Son of God,

you humbled yourself
taking on the baptism of repentance
for sinful humanity subject to death.

Now I understand when you said,
"Whoever has seen me has seen the Father." (Jn 14:9)


Bizantine chant: Heavenly King
from CD Ancient Hymns for Modern Times. Obtain at www.ancienthymns.com

Glory to the Father and the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
Both now and forever
And unto the ages of ages.

Marriage at Cana