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The Luminous Mysteries

The Annunciation
The First Luminous Mystery

The Baptism of the Lord

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John, at the Jordan, to be baptised by him. And John was for hindering Him, and said, "It is I who ought to be baptised by Thee, and dost thou come to me?"

But Jesus answered, and said to him, "Let it be so now, for so it becomes us to fulfil all justice." Then He permitted him, and when Jesus had been baptised, he immediately came up from the water. And behold the heavens were opened up to Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and coming upon Him.

And behold a voice from Heaven said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
(Matthew 3:13-17)

The Visitation
The Second Luminous Mystery

The Wedding at Cana

And on the third day, a marriage took place at Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now Jesus, too, was invited to the marriage, and also His disciples. And the wine having run short, the Mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."

And Jesus said to her, "What wouldst thou have me do, woman? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the attendants,"Do whatever he tells you."

Now six stone jars were placed there, after the Jewish manner of purification, each holding two or three measures. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them to the brim. And Jesus, said to them, "Draw out now and take to the chief steward." And they took it to him.

Now when the chief steward tasted the water after it had become wine, not knowing whence it was (though the attendants who had drawn the water knew) the chief steward called the Bridegroom, and said, "Every man at first sets forth the good wine, and when they have drunk freely, then that which is poorer. But thou hast kept the best wine until now."
(John 2:1-12)

The Nativity
The Third Luminous Mystery

The Proclamation of the Kingdom

And after John had been delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel."
(Mark 1:14-15)

And after some days He again entered Capharnaum, and it was reported that He was at home. And many gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even around the door. And He spoke the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four. And since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they stripped off the roof where He was, and having made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, thy sins are forgiven thee. But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins", he said to the paralytic, "I say to thee, arise, take up thy pallet and go to thy house.

And immediately he arose, and, taking up his pallet, went forth in the sight of all, so that they were amazed, and glorified God, saying, "Never did we see the like."

And He went forth again, by the waters edge and all the crowd kept coming to Him, and He taught them.

Late on the day of His resurrection, Jesus came and stood in the midst of His disciples in the locked room, and said to them, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so also I send you." When He had said this, he breathed upon them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them, and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."
(Mark 2:1-5, 10-13)

The Presentation in the Temple
The Fourth Luminous Mystery

The Transfiguration

Now it came to pass about eight days after these words that He took Peter, James and John and went up the mountain to pray. And as He prayed, the appearance of His countenance was changed, and His raiment became a radiant white.

And behold two men were talking to Him. And these were Moses and Elijah, who appearing in glory, spoke of His death, which He was about to fulfil in Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep. But when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who were standing with Him.

And it came to pass, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master it is good for us to be here. And let us set up three tents, one for Thee, one for Moses and one for Elias," not knowing what he said.

But as he was speaking thus, there came a cloud and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son; hear Him." And after the voice had passed, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence, and told no one at that time any of these things that they had seen.
(Luke 9:28-36)

The Finding in the Temple
The Fifth Luminous Mystery

The Institution of the Eucharist

Before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that the hour had come for Him to pass out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, loved them to the end.
(John 13:1)

Now on the first day of the unleavened bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Where dost Thou want us to prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?" But Jesus said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, "The Master says,'My time is near at hand, at thy house I am keeping the Passover with my disciples'" And the disciples did as Jesus bade them, and prepared the Passover.
(Matthew 26:17-19)

And while they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave to His disciples, and said, "Take and eat, this is My Body." And taking a cup, He gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "All of you drink of this, for this is My Blood, which is being shed for many unto the forgiveness of sins."
(Matthew 26:26)



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