Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Contemplating the Sacred Wounds and Salvific Death of Christ
The first sorrowful mystery of the most holy rosary, the Agony in the Garden:
"He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground"
Luke chapter 22, verse 44
The second sorrowful mystery of the most holy rosary, the Scourging at the Pillar
"The men who held Jesus in custody were ridiculing and beating him" Luke chapter 22, verse 63
The third sorrowful mystery of the most holy rosary, the Crowning with Thorns
"The soldiers led him away inside the palace, that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort. They clothed him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him."
Mark chapter 15, verses 16-17
The fourth sorrowful mystery of the most holy rosary, the Carrying of the Cross
"So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha."
John chapter 19, verses 16-17
The fifth sorrowful mystery of the most holy rosary, the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
"When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, and the other on his left...The veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit' and when he had said this he breathed his last."
John chapter 23, verse 33 and verses 45 and 46
The Holy Face of Manoppello, according to the different views at various times, reveals the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous mysteries of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. By contemplating the mysteries of the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary may we come to the joys of Christ's resurrection.