DID YOU KNOW?
In 2002, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to all Catholics regarding the Rosary. In this letter, which was entitled The Most Holy Rosary, Pope John Paul II announced the addition of the Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary history in addition to the traditional mysteries of the rosary...
The Luminous Mystery Rosary or the Mysteries of Light, as they are also called, focus on the public life of Jesus, the years He was preaching spanning the time between His Baptism and His death. They are called the Mysteries of Light because Jesus is the light of the World.
Pope John Paul II felt that it was important to add these mysteries to the history of the rosary because there was a gap between the childhood of Jesus that is meditated upon during the Joyful Mysteries and the suffering and death of Jesus that is meditated upon during the Sorrowful Mysteries.
The Luminous Mystery Rosary is as follows...
- The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan,
- Jesus first miracle at the wedding at Cana,
- Jesus proclamating the Kingdom of God, his preaching and teaching
- Transfiguration of Jesus on Mt. Tabor when He revealed Himself as God's Son
- The institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper
Just like the other mysteries, you can meditate on the mysteries of the life of Jesus with His mother, Mary mother of God.
It was Mary who asked Jesus to perform His first miracle at the wedding at Cana. When the bride and groom ran out of wine, Mary went and told Jesus. She told the servants to, "Do whatever he tells you" -John 2:5. Because of Mary's prompting, Jesus turned water into wine at this wedding.
According to Pope John Paul II, this event, in the history of the rosary, is the foundation to all the Mysteries of Light because the role Mary played as "intercessor" at the wedding continues throughout the other four rosary mysteries.