Walsingham – Epiphany II


As Associates of the Holy House at Walsingham I again encourage you in the regular use of the Rosary.  At Saint James the Rosary is publicly recited on the 4th Saturday of each month at 9:30 in the morning, prior to Mass being offered at 10:00.  Having a discipline of prayer is always beneficial and spiritually healthy, for time spent in prayer is never wasted time.  You might find saying a decade of the Rosary meditating on its mystery each day of the week (M-F) possible for you.  Or, perhaps, reciting the full Rosary of 5 decades and its mysteries on a particular day of the week or month.  Whatever works for you should be encouraged.  Soon you will find praying and meditating using the Rosary are somewhat like breathing; rarely are we conscious of it until we cease.
The Rosary has been in use in the western Church since the 12th century and its use has had a long history, and continues to be an aid to prayer and meditation.  Traditionally the mysteries have been divided into 3 groups: the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries.  More recently Pope S John Paul II  added a new set called the “Luminous Mysteries” or the “Mysteries of Light.”  While the Joyful Mysteries correspond to Advent and Christmas; the Sorrowful to Lent and Holy Week; and the Glorious to Eastertide, I would suggest that the Mysteries of Light are appropriate for our use during Epiphanytide as they are centered on the classic Gospel epiphanies, the manifestations of Jesus’ identity as the Son of God.  “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men….That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world….And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father…”
 THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES:  1. John Baptizes Jesus in the Jordan  (Luke 3:21-22)
                                                          2.  Jesus and Mary at the Wedding Feast of Cana  (John 2:1-3, 7-8, 10-11)
                                                          3.  Jesus Announces the Reign of God  (Matthew 4:23-25
                                                          4.  Jesus is Transfigured on Mount Tabor  (Matthew 17:1-3, 5-6)
                                                          5.  The Lord’s Supper  (I Corinthians 11:23-25)

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