NATIONAL SHRINE GROTTO OF LOURDES
Meditations on the Rosary
The Rosary originally helped poor, illiterate persons in the Middle Ages pray in a simple way.
The essence of the Rosary – the “Hail Mary” – is found in St. Luke’s Gospel, where the Archangel Gabriel greets the Virgin Mary. There are now 20 Mysteries of the Rosary, and meditations follow.
The Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation: Think of the purity – and imitate it – of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Embrace God’s angels, messages, mystical love and His Son in your heart.
The Visitation: It is joyful when Christians gather together and the Mystical Body – the infants in Mary’s and Elizabeth’s wombs – is always present.
The Nativity: “God became man that man might become god” (Saints Augustine, Aquinas, Athanasius). Think of His holy humility, poverty, beauty!
The Presentation of the Child Jesus: The priest knew He belonged to God – so make every thought, word and need a pure offering to God.
The Finding of the Child Jesus: He was about His business. Pray especially for lost souls to find Jesus and God – ultimate life and light.
The Luminous Mysteries
The Baptism of the Lord: Though sinless, Jesus showed us the path of the sacraments and showed He was the Messiah for the Jews and for all.
The Miracle of Cana: He changed water into wine and so can change our sinful hearts into holy ones; He is the miracle maker.
The Preaching of the Good News: He has the words of everlasting life. Read and meditate upon them.
The Transfiguration: He went up the mountain to reveal His Sacred Divinity to the apostles. Make the journey yourself up the mountain of holiness and embrace His light and mercy.
The Institution of the Eucharist: He gave Himself to us – in Holy Communion and the Most Blessed Sacrament. He will never leave us orphaned.
The Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Agony in the Garden: He took on, saw and embraced all our sins and prayed to the Father as a priest should.
The Scourging at the Pillar: By His stripes and sufferings we are healed. He took on our punishments.
The Crowning with Thorns: The ultimate mockery – the King of Kings is humiliated and we alienate ourselves further.
The Nailing to the Cross: He allows wounds for us to hide away in – He is bludgeoned further.
Christ Dies on the Cross: This is the gateway to power over sin, Hell and death. It is ultimate and final.
The Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection: Jesus’ luminous Body is risen and shows us we need never despair, and that we need meditate upon the light, beauty, ethereality of the Glorious Body.
The Ascension: Jesus shows us our true home is in Heaven, in the Blessed Trinity with all the angels, Mother Mary and the saints.
The Coming of the Holy Spirit: “Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up thy rest. Come with Thy grace, and heavenly aid, to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.”
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Mary’s body, because not corrupted by sin, is carried to heaven, showing us the beauty and integrity of the body and soul together in perfect union – how God planned it for all of us.
The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin, Queen of Heaven: Mary, share with us, your children on earth, the treasures of heaven!
Pray the prayers, especially the repeated Hail Mary, with heartfelt devotion and contemplative love! It is a prayer of union, beauty and peace! As the Virgin of Lourdes said to St. Bernadette, “Pray the Rosary!”