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Praying the Luminous Mysteries for our Clergy


by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan
Catholic Online

On October 16, 2002, at the beginning of his twenty-fifth year as the Vicar of Christ as well as at the start of the Year of the Rosary, Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) bequeathed the five Luminous Mysteries to the Church. Here is the Holy Father’s rationale as found in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary):

I believe, however, that to bring out fully the Christological depth of the Rosary it would be suitable to make an addition to the traditional pattern which, while left to the freedom of individuals and communities, could broaden it to include the mysteries of Christ’s public ministry between His Baptism and His Passion. In the course of those mysteries we contemplate important aspects of the person of Christ as the definitive revelation of God. Declared the beloved Son of the Father at the Baptism in the Jordan, Christ is the One Who announces the coming of the Kingdom, bears witness to it in His works and proclaims its demands. It is during the years of His public ministry that the mystery of Christ is most evidently a mystery of light: “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (Jn 9:5).

(. . . .) This addition of these new mysteries, without prejudice to any essential aspect of the prayer’s traditional format, is meant to give it fresh life and to enkindle renewed interest in the Rosary’s place within Christian spirituality as a true doorway to the depths of the Heart of Christ, ocean of joy and of light, of suffering and of glory. (19)

Our bishops, priests and deacons, who are our clergy, bring Christ—the Light of the world—to us. They deserve our gratitude. Moreover, they need our prayers and penances as they seek to increase in the likeness of the Risen Lord Jesus, their Model and Guide.

The brief meditations that follow are to help us to intercede for our clergy as we pray the five Luminous Mysteries.

Our bishops, priests and deacons rely on our prayers and acts of self-denial in their pursuit of sanctity. Let us not disappoint them. We hasten to entrust them to Jesus, the Prince of Peace, through Mary—their Mother and ours.

Introduction (After making the Sign of the Cross to begin the Most Holy Rosary):

O Most Blessed Trinity, we worship You in our every prayer. During this Most Holy Rosary, we ask You, through the Ever-Virgin Mary, to give Your grace to our bishops, priests and deacons. May this recitation of the Rosary assist them in loving and praising You more each day, becoming more like Jesus Christ the Great High Priest, serving Your precious People and building up Your Church on earth.

The Apostles’ Creed, One Our Father, Three Hail Marys, One Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer (“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”)

1. The First Luminous Mystery: Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River (Mt 3:13-17; Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21-22)

Lord Jesus, Your humility shows us how to surrender ourselves to Your Father’s will in all things. Grant to our (Arch)Bishop N., our Pastor Father N. and our Deacon N. an abiding trust in You and in Your wise plan for their lives. May we and they have confidence in Your overwhelming love and mercy. Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray with us for our bishops, priests and deacons!

The Apostles’ Creed, One Our Father, Three Hail Marys, One Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer

2. The Second Luminous Mystery: Jesus changes water into wine at the Wedding Feast in Cana at the behest of Mary, His Mother and ours (Jn 2:1-11)

Lord Jesus, Your fidelity shows us how to persevere especially when unexpected obstacles arise. Make our shepherds courageous when encountering hurdles that must be crossed. May we and they be convinced of Your saving power. Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray with us for our bishops, priests and deacons!

The Apostles’ Creed, One Our Father, Three Hail Marys, One Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer

3. The Third Luminous Mystery: Jesus preaches the Kingdom of God with His call to conversion (Mt 3:17; Mk 1:14-15; Lk 4:14-22)

Lord Jesus, Your fearlessness shows us how to proclaim You—crucified and risen—in our words and actions. Instruct our bishops, priests and deacons in Your path of charity. May we and they cherish You and Your Kingdom as their sole ambition. Mary, Queen of Confessors, pray with us for our bishops, priests and deacons!

The Apostles’ Creed, One Our Father, Three Hail Marys, One Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer

4. The Fourth Luminous Mystery: Jesus transfigures Himself on Mount Tabor in the presence of Peter, James and John (Mt 17:1-8; Mk 9:2-8; Lk 9:28-36)

Lord Jesus, Your honesty shows us how to confront ...

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